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Ah yes, Amazon can be a constant source of amusement.  I don't think i've seen an uglier AP than that - truly horrifying.  Hey, it's Christmas; what are you lot doing here?  Anyway, merry Christmas to all.

11 hours, 25 minutes ago on The Incredibly Funny Watch Reviews On Amazon.com

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The shape of this watch seems off to me.  It's mid-way between an oval and an ellipse.  I'd prefer a true ellipse as it has a more harmonious look.  The movement side is amazing but the dial with those hands and cut-outs doesn't look "fancy", if you get my drift.  For the price you could do much better.

1 day, 8 hours ago on Parmigiani Ovale Tourbillon Watch Hands-On

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@iamcalledryan I happen to think that the industry and the government must consult each other when it comes to decisions affecting one of their globally famous national exports.  It is too crucial a matter for there not to be some sort of dialogue and negotiation going on, even if it is behind the scenes.  

I don't have a problem with them operating in a, as you say, 21st century manner, but then it makes the image they use to sell their products a false one does it not?  It is an image that is worth billions yet it is basically a long-cultivated deceit.  Were I to pick a hundred random people from the street and asked them what "Swiss Made" meant, how many of them would know that parts of these much vaunted watches were made outside of Switzerland?  Whether or not a product is made entirely in the supposed country of origin carries a lot of weight and sway with the consumer - one would think it was something to strive for even if it was very hard to achieve. 

2 days, 6 hours ago on “Swiss Made” To Mean A Whole Lot More For Watches In 2017

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@iamcalledryan They haven't really changed anything though, have they?  Just moved the goal-posts a few inches to the left.  It's the same basic system with the same inherent problems.  If they were serious about defending their reputation they'd make it so that this kind of abuse was eliminated completely.  That they haven't, and that over the years the industry continues to make blatantly self-interested decisions, is all the evidence you need to be cynical about this latest move.  I'm glad you have a lot of faith in them but it isn't deserved.

2 days, 8 hours ago on “Swiss Made” To Mean A Whole Lot More For Watches In 2017

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It's a beautiful watch, but not because it is thin, at least not for me.  Yes it is a nice achievement but also a bit pointless, since there was never any real need for it from a purely practical stand-point.  Still, it adds to the "uniqueness" factor.  Something this thin could be integrated into a bracelet of some sort where the links are as thick as the watch itself.  The reason why they will hold on to the record for quite some time is probably because most manufacturers don't think it is worth the extra effort, and i'd agree with them.  For me if a watch is 10mm thick or thereabouts, it's slim enough and comfortable to wear.  A lot of mechanicals especially the ones with additional modules don't manage that, and so i'd like to see these sorts of watches getting thinner, but only up to a point.  Well, it's a great-looking watch and i'd like to have one for that reason alone.  Perhaps a thicker version could retain the handsome dial and be cheaper to produce, making it more accessible.  

2 days, 10 hours ago on Piaget Altiplano 900P “World’s Thinnest Mechanical Watch” Hands-On

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This adjustment won't stop companies from playing the system; it'll just be a little harder to achieve but they'll find a way, and nothing will change.  I get the impression that the Swiss watch industry wants to retain this flexibility (or some might say ambiguity) so they can continue to maintain their profit margins.  Do they care that much about their blessed reputation?  Outwardly, they are showing the world that they're defending their honour - how noble!  Internally, i'm sure all they care about is the cold hard cash.

2 days, 21 hours ago on “Swiss Made” To Mean A Whole Lot More For Watches In 2017

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I like some aspects of this watch.  The dial is interesting and relatively subtle.  The sub-dials are readable and neat.  The hands are OK too, perhaps a little too much like hair-clips but I can let that slide.  I like big (butts) dates too.  Then it all starts to get a bit weird.  "Jordi"?  All that (tasteless) "sporty" red everywhere?  This watch has aspirations but misses the target.  It's what a regular visitor to Vegas or a male porn star would consider classy, sophisticated and different.  


It's a nice try, but this thing looks like it should come in a gift set for free next to a bottle of no-name cologne.

3 days, 9 hours ago on Jordi Chronograph Red Horizon Watch Review

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Rolex; once again reaffirming their association with all things "old".  It's a bit depressing.  Some nice cars though.

5 days, 10 hours ago on Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Car Show & Race Weekend With Rolex Watches

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Kinda looks like a light-brite.  I'd pay a good $100 for the blue one.  Perhaps the profits can go towards upping his medication.  Get him some clean clothes and a warm meal too, RJ deserves it.

5 days, 23 hours ago on Romain Jerome Space Invaders Ultimate Edition Watch For Sale Online Only

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Looks like it should be called the "HydroScuff".  I like the watch but not in this material.  It lresembles a 3D-printed prototype made from a some cheap-looking waxy plastic.  For me, very little can beat the weight and appearance of metal.  No matter how futuristic these other materials get they don't appeal to me.

5 days, 23 hours ago on Clerc Hydroscaph H140 Carbon Limited Edition Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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I actually like this better than their other stuff.  The large expanses are not boring, but have rich textures on both the dial and the movement.  Let's face it, a movement decorated with stamped heads is a little more unusual and exclusive than the regular stripes or swirls.  I think the "art piece" in the side is garbage though.. As for the stamp, I would prefer the watch without it but hey, if you have one and a half million to splash around you already can't give a damn about such trifling details.

1 week ago on Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1 Tribute To Robert Filliou Watch

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The straps look like they were made from a recycled Gucci handbag.  There isn't much to be said about Hublot these days that hasn't already been said.  They represent an absolute lack of refinement and taste, designed for people with loud personalities with little of value to contribute but whose vanity demands they be heard.  I've become used to this from Hublot and it doesn't bother me as much as it once did, but when I see masterful engineering twisted and distorted into something so indecent, crass and ugly, I feel a little twinge.  If your watch reflects your personality and values, is this what you want on your wrist?  Hublot designs are increasingly vague and without direction.  I wonder what this brand represents anymore.

1 week ago on Hublot Big Bang Unico World Poker Tour Watch Hands-On

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It's not an ugly watch, but the generic quartz-chrono-style looks don't compel me to fork over $6400 for it.  Montblanc make pens and cheap aftershave - they cannot seriously be asking that much for such a mundane-looking thing.  

1 week ago on Montblanc Timewalker Extreme Watch Hands-On

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@aleximd2000 It's funny.  When the "quartz revolution" first took off, Seiko quartz watches were in high demand and considered something of an aspirational product.  It was just so futuristic.  If you look at the catalogues of products available around that time there were loads of very stylish models available.  Fast-forward to today and people regard "quartz" as a dirty word in the watch-world.  It is all about image and marketing.  Seiko needs to be aware of the cultural differences between their home market and the wider world.  Seiko is very modest about its achievements and this is reflected (for example) in how conservatively it rates the accuracy of its watches.  Modesty, however, doesn't help sales or brand awareness.  I value their attitude but I think if anyone deserves to shout about their watches, it's them.  You can imagine how much the Swiss would boast if they produced a $60 automatic that met chronometer standards and rarely needed servicing.

1 week, 1 day ago on Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE015 Watch Hands-On

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Not crazy about the gold and red elements, but I love the subtle two-tone bracelet and that gleaming bezel is very attractive.  For me, Spring Drive represents modern horology more than a smart-watch.  It retains the values of fine engineering and craftsmanship that typify haute horology while combating the centuries-old problems of accuracy and reliability that were so fundamental to trade and shipping.  It's not enough to mull over the past and rework old designs with modern materials.  Seiko offers something really unique in this respect.  

I feel like I should mention that while Bulova Precisionist technology results in what appears to be a smooth-sweeping hand, it does in fact tick like any quartz, only the divisions are so small (1/16th of a second) they are hard to see.

1 week, 1 day ago on Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE015 Watch Hands-On

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@SuperStrapper I think it is transparent like other similar Roger Dubuis pieces.

1 week, 2 days ago on Roger Dubuis Excalibur Automatic Skeleton Watch To Debut At SIHH 2015

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I like the overall heft and the bracelet, but the workmanship on the case looks sub-par and the dial and bezel are ugly.  A polished finish really exposes every ding and weird undulation of the casing, and is very unforgiving of less than perfect construction.  The hands resemble cheap cutlery rather than anything remotely high-end or luxurious.  Honestly it looks like a bad Chinese forgery of a Ball.  It is confusing how a company can come up with the occasional stunning pieces and then stuff like this.  Still, that bracelet... really nice.

1 week, 2 days ago on Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley Watch Hands-On

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A busy watch with my least favourite type of strap, but the blue dial has a lovely smooth finish.  No hacking or hand-winding in a $300 watch is not good enough, especially no-hacking.  It doesn't take much effort to get a watch ticking, but setting it up accurately when it doesn't hack is a nuisance for me that i'd rather not have to bother with.

1 week, 3 days ago on Orient Flight Watch Review

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Really quite nice, apart from the notches in the bezel.

1 week, 3 days ago on Roger Dubuis Excalibur Automatic Skeleton Watch To Debut At SIHH 2015

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Depends on the model and the market.  Sometimes you can't realistically expect something to be refurbished, but if you're putting down a lot of cash it would be almost foolish not to expect a higher level of service.

1 week, 4 days ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Tudor Heritage Chrono 70330N Sponsored By TrueFacet

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@JosephW I just checked them out.  They look like they should come out of a vending machine.  

1 week, 5 days ago on TAG Heuer Interim CEO Jean-Claude Biver Confirms TAG’s New Pricing & Brand Strategies

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I read what he said about making TAG appeal more to the youth by using celebrities to promote the product, including more from the music industry.  I shook my head.  I wonder if in a few years' time we'll see TAGs made of plastic or with colourful coatings being promoted by people who only got famous for flashing their T&A (&P)?  Biver is a master of marketing with no regard for what happens to a brand in the process - if the product rakes in cash it doesn't matter how crass and ugly it becomes.  It's too early to tell what he'll do with TAG but i'm not optimistic.  As for his suit; it looks shapeless and ugly.  

1 week, 5 days ago on TAG Heuer Interim CEO Jean-Claude Biver Confirms TAG’s New Pricing & Brand Strategies

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These look decent, but the screen is too low-resolution for any of those "dials" to look good up close.  The name is kinda stupid too.  Still unconvinced as to the killer purpose for smart-watches.  I have the feeling that by the time the technology improves to the point where these are actually a practical option (good batteries etc), people will already be sick of the sight of these things.

1 week, 5 days ago on Geak II Watch Stretches The Limits Of Smartwatch Battery Life

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@Patrick Kansa @Ulysses31 I know, i'm just using that word to describe the off-centered design.  I just find it bothersome is all.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Armin Strom Gravity Date Watches Of All Four Elements

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Movement looks cool, looks like there's a bullet casing in there.  It's still lopsided, and they still use those eye-hurtingly ugly indices and that angular font for the hour markers.  Those circumcised hands are also not attractive.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Armin Strom Gravity Date Watches Of All Four Elements

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This is primarily a marketing move.  I don't believe for a second that Omega want to somehow encourage other manufacturers to raise their standards to meet METAS requirements as that would only increase competition for Omega which is something they wouldn't want.  I don't associate the Swiss watch industry with such altruism.  It's more likely that they are trying to recoup on the huge investment they put into anti-magnetic technology by promoting a new standard that they can then conveniently demonstrate they exceed.  Let's face it, when it comes to long term accuracy of a mechanical watch, the interference of extremely powerful magnetic fields isn't the most common threat  It's great for people who work in a power plant or at the LHC but outside of such cases the "inferior" shielding widely used in the industry is more than adequate.  Find a way to make a completely thermally stable movement that is totally immune to changes in position and that'll pique my interest more than a watch that is immune to an ultra- powerful magnetic field i'll probably never encounter.  It's a neat party trick if you happen to have a huge solenoid lying around, nothing more.  That this test is performed by Omega themselves kills any hope of impartiality, only reinforcing my belief that this is just a new way to sell more product to those guys who like playing Top Trumps with their watches, comparing practically-irrelevant specifications.  "How many Gauss, kiddo?  8000?  Pfft, your watch is garbage compared to my Omega."


It's worth noting that the half-Gauss strength of the Earth's magnetic field at the surface is not enough to justify people talking about "long-term accuracy" benefiting from anti-magnetic technology.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Omega Watches Will Be “Officially Certified” By New Swiss METAS Certification, COSC Abandoned

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The original models with the plain white dial were despicably dull.  The meteorite dial adds a certain organic richness and texture making the watch more interesting to look at.  I don't like the way the date is handled as it looks busy to me, but it's more tolerable on the meteorite dial, not so stark.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar Meteorite Dial Watch To Debut At SIHH 2015

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Sorry, I just find it terribly boring.  There's nothing special about it at all.  The durability of this watch isn't due to any clever engineering or a new innovation; it's an inherent property of a quality quartz movement.  The cheap-looking clip-on rubber bumper is almost an admission that this watch has no special durability, as well as making it look like a wannabe G-Shock.  Couldn't they at least have applied some sort of hardening treatment to the case?  

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Watch Review

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Even though this isn't a bad-looker, it has that problem some other recent Cartier watches possess; the total and utter lack of subtlety.  The boxy lugs, the huge bold hour markers, the big cut-outs for the day indicators - no matter what it is, and how elegantly simple it could have been, everything on the dial is struggling for room and it all just shouldn't be so cramped-looking.  It also appears they only know how to produce one kind of guilloche (just kidding in case the anally-retentives get upset - it's just boring to see the same thing over and over again).  Cartier watches tend to have a lot of nice elements clumsily arranged.  Until they learn how to apply some finesse to their products, they'll continue to churn out quality timepieces that are the EQUIVALENT OF SHOUTING.  

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Annual Calendar Watch New For 2015

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@Jimxxx Something like that but with a silver dial and red markings.  It's actually quite an attractive look, to be honest.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

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Looks crisp, clean and modern,  The bexel markings are very neat and well-defined, making this watch look very "tool-like"; if you've ever played around with a decent micrometer where the markings are etched (or more likely lasered) into the tool, you'll know what I mean.  Linear seconds is a nice touch too.  I do like Oris as a brand, and I like this piece, even if it does look unnervingly like a Swatch of some kind.  

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

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That font for the hours looks like it came straight out of a 1990's DTP program.  The red tachymeter ring is also a turn-off.  I realise red is "sporty" but for me it looks unpleasant, like a teacher has been scrawling all over it to correct the mistakes.  As Mark pointed out, the Grand Prix de Monaco is far more appealing.  Chopard do that modern style very well indeed.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Chopard Mille Miglia 2014 Race Edition Watches Hands-On

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I like the pocket watch more.  Yes this is yet another lovely watch from A&S but it's just too perfect, too gleaming.  I'm not a fan of large empty spaces on a dial (Geneva stripes are a bit boring), and so I still prefer their other models to this one.  

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Arnold & Son DTE Double Tourbillon Escapement Watch Hands-On

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It's a nice technical achievement but there's a point where the relentless pursuit of certain goals begins to become pointless.  It's great to have a mechanical chrono as thin as a quartz, but if they keep going in this direction it will be for breaking records only and not for any tangible benefit to the user, unless wearing a coin on your wrist is something you truly desire.  It wouldn't hurt to be a little more daring with the design either.  It's nice to see the movement, but i'd prefer to see more of the inner workings.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Piaget Altiplano Chronograph Watch Sets New Record For Slimness

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I've been waiting for this to happen for years.  Kinda disappointed that they didn't bother to re-issue their most beautiful vintage models, instead giving us these rather strange-looking pieces.  Lordmatics, King Seikos, they had a very refined and timeless look, but these are just a bit too clunky-looking; more like 70's wallpaper. 

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Seiko Recraft Mechanical 1970s Style Watches

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Quite a nice watch, but the forged carbon looks like cheap plastic garbage, full of swirls and scuffs.  If I look at it cock-eyed, the swirls almost look artistic, like some sort of elaborate engraving.  Generally though, not for me.  It's a shame because I like the dial design and lume.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Tempest Forged Carbon Dive Watch Review

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This is a premium quality piece of mediocrity.  I don't have a problem with humble-looking pieces - they are the antithesis of bling and have their own charm, but as has been pointed out, such a modest and simple design shouldn't cost this much.  The only pretentious thing about this watch is the price.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Tudor Heritage Ranger Watch Review

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@d4nimal Yet they managed to, uh, "design" this all by themselves.  


3 weeks, 3 days ago on Bamford Watch Department Customized Rolex Watches Hands-On & Thoughts

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@CG The vast majority of people killed by terrorists are Muslims.  That's just a fact.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Casio F-91W Watch Video Showcases Popularity Among People We Love & Hate

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Thank god for people like Bamford.  He takes one of the highest quality watches out there and changes it from a snooze-fest into something fresh and attractive.  One look at a Rolex might not kill you outright like staring into the eyes of the Medusa but it'll easily put you in a coma.  Some of these Bamford works are abominations, yes, but many are really very cool-looking.  I would actually want to buy a Rolex like some of those shown in this article; the all-grey model for example, or the one with bright orange lume on the dive ring.  I don't have a problem with him putting his name on the watch, as it's no different from professional car customisers putting their badge on the vehicle.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Bamford Watch Department Customized Rolex Watches Hands-On & Thoughts

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Christian terrorists prefer Timex.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Casio F-91W Watch Video Showcases Popularity Among People We Love & Hate

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Nice watch as usual.  I feel that their designs have become too busy though with plenty of seemingly random and/or superfluous design elements.  The fluted region around the dial where the hour markers sit - why?  That ring with minute markings and Roman numerals at the very edge of the dial - again, why?  Especially when the minute markings are repeated in an inner ring, including those superfluous 1/5th-second divisions.  Removing these frankly pointless bits would allow the dial to be larger.  I also think that if the hour markers and hands were thinner, it would make for a more classy-looking and elegant watch.  At the moment, I could only describe these parts as "stubby".  

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Zenith El Primero Synopsis Watch Review

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Sounds like this trip was way better than the RGM would have been.  I'd love to try out all these different watches, even if it's unlikely i'd own many of them.  I wonder if Ariel goes everywhere with a very heavy violin case in tow?  Dare I ask him for a small favour?  

4 weeks ago on aBlogtoWatch Reader Joins Us For Watch Weekend In Los Angeles

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@David Bredan @SantiagoT @bdekok @Ulysses31 I wonder why they sat on it for so long.  It would have added some much-needed variety to their lineup.  

4 weeks ago on UPDATED: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Acoustic Research Episode 1 Watch

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I think it does actually have a strong and coherent aesthetic.  Not necessarily a good one but the theme here is obvious and consistent.  However, this was clearly not designed with time-telling in mind.  The hands and lack of markings make it pretty useless, the watch case itself looks overly bulky, and the tyre-tread strap is just ugly.  I thought they'd have provided a similarly-themed bracelet to go with this thing.  If it had a cheapo quartz movement, I might be willing to part with $30 for it just because I think the lume painted dial is kinda cool.  Nah, who am I kidding?  I'd never buy this to wear, even if I do find parts of it interesting.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Greco Hexagonal Nut Watch For True Gear Heads

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Well, I admire their courage at trying to break out of that usual tedious AP aesthetic.  The result may well be bizarre and illegible to my eyes but I appreciate the effort nonetheless.  Those hands are practically invisible and too short and the minute markers are all almost identical making it difficult to distinguish them.  I'm getting a strong Linde Werdelin vibe from this thing, which bothers me just a little bit.  If it sounds like it looks, I expect to hear the braying of a donkey when it is activated.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on UPDATED: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Acoustic Research Episode 1 Watch

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I like it as much as I like any Panerai really.  It's a safe bet for a handsome and quality watch with its own distinctive look.  I don't like the "Automatic" lettering on the bottom though.  It breaks that monolith-like aura the dial would normally have.  I wonder what the dial would look like if it were coated in that "blackest material ever" made from nanotubes.  It'd justify the higher price and give them a first for using that material in the watch industry.

1 month ago on Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic PAM572 Watch And New In-House P.4000 Movement Hands-On

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@Fraser Petrick @Ulysses31 I spent some time researching this, as being born and raised in Britain i've never once heard anyone say "hanged, drawn and quartered." in my whole life.  It turns out that that is an ancient form replaced (for most situations except formal ones)  sometime in the 16th century by "hung".  Another common argument is that "hanged" is used in the context of death by execution, but since being drawn and quartered is what causes death in the case of being "hung, drawn and quartered", the victim isn't technically "hanged" to death at all so the usage of "hung" is not incorrect.  I blame the Norsemen.  

1 month ago on Michael Bastian MB Chronowing By Hewlett-Packard Smartwatch Review

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