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The dial looks like it belongs to a dressy and delicate watch.  The dive ring and case makes it look like it could survive a few knocks and is intended for active use.  The combination of the two seems weird to me, and I feel the result is ugly.  The reflective crystal combined with the indistinct mottled look of the carbon-fibre makes it hard to read in my opinion.  Are those slightly lighter shades on the crystal something being reflected or the subtly lighter patches of CF?  I couldn't tell to be honest.  It makes the crystal look like it has smudges on it.

7 hours, 35 minutes ago on Zenith El Primero Stratos Spindrift Racing Watch Hands-On

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It's a really lovely watch.  Quite understated for something covered in diamonds.  The dial has a nice organic design.  Swap those diamonds for something a little less sparkly and i'd want to wear it too.

1 day, 2 hours ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Ivy Minute Repeater Watch For Women

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Good-looking, well-made, fully-featured.  To me the name sounds like a Doctor Who enemy, but that's not a problem for me.  The case-back looks really nifty too.  If the front isn't "tooly" enough for you, just flip it over.  I also think the minutes and hours should be included in one sub-dial on way more watches.  It's logical, saves space, allows for more complications or alternatively more interesting layouts like bi-compax.

1 day, 6 hours ago on Gavox Squadron Review: A True Mil-Spec Watch

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I won't say anything against this woman, but I do feel that someone of her celebrity status could have courted a far more prestigious and respected watch brand.  Hey, she likes what she likes, and she likes... TW STEEL, even if it is a grotesque mall-class watch.  If the limit of her design efforts consist of choosing her favourite colours, I think it is safe to say she won't be the saviour who'll get women to appreciate the intricate beauty of craftsmanship and engineering that goes into true high-end watches.  As long as people like Kelly influence the market, the industry will continue to patronise the female demographic with sparkly pink bejewelled junk (it seems that's what she's aiming for in future designs).  At least the model featured isn't too bad.

3 days ago on Interview With Kelly Rowland, TW Steel Watches Ambassador

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I know a lot of people will think these are bland.  I personally really like this straight-forward slightly minimalist look.  It's a sensible, easy to read chronograph with no silly flaws that would compromise readability.  It's understated and yet there are touches to gain enjoyment from that other watches don't have.  The overall excellent finish for one, and then little details like how the lug area is chamfered.  The price is steep but that's all relative beyond a certain point anyway.  We all know that the price of any Swiss watch is rarely an indication of how much it cost to produce, even if it is made from solid gold.  The only thing I find superfluous is the minute ring (or rehaute if you prefer) - the numbers clash with those on the tachymeter ring.

3 days, 3 hours ago on Porsche Design Timepiece No. 1 Debuts

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It's interesting, though i'm not sure what it gains by being stored on your wrist.  I imagine a larger, more stable, yet still foldable design could just as easily be stowed in a pocket, and would benefit from a longer flight time.  It would be different if the thing unfolded and took off from your wrist (using Nitinol wires to unfurl by itself).  Still, it would make a nice toy for the kids at Christmas.

4 days, 1 hour ago on Nixie Wrist Wearable Flying Drone

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Very attractive; nice to see a "simple" watch with a hefty look.  It is different enough to be distinct from the pack of similar watches.  The screw heads on the back are a bit odd though - i'd prefer them to be flat and flush with the case-back.

4 days, 6 hours ago on The Sjöö Sandström Royal Capital Is The Latest Luxury Watch From Sweden

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I loved this watch before and I still do.  It has those masculine hard edges, interesting precise geometric elements on the dial and is lacking pointless ostentation.  It is that good that i'd happily overlook the yellow accent colours, though i'm assuming it might come in other variations down the line.  It's sporty without being silly.

5 days, 6 hours ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review

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Many years ago the idea of highly miniaturized mechanical computers became popular.  It was (and probably still is, who knows) an important area of research especially in the defense industry.  Such devices, constructed on a tiny scale with the latest manufacturing processes were of particular interest because unlike silicon electronics they would be impervious to EMP attack - great for the military.  Imagine a tiny, highly sophisticated adding machine.  If the Swiss could leverage their prowess of producing mechanisms combined with analogue sensors and nanotechnology, we'd have the next generation of watch movements that could perform calculations and analyse data while being totally free of the dependence on batteries.  

6 days, 7 hours ago on 3 Concept Smartwatches That Could Be From Popular Swiss Luxury Brands

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I think it's ugly.  All the overly-ornate decoration looks like it belongs on a pie crust.

6 days, 21 hours ago on Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 Watch For 175th Brand Anniversary

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I love the choice of patterning on the bridges, but this is a style of watch that doesn't really appeal to me, even if it is made by G.O.  There is also a disturbing feeling that it looks no better than an Asian-made budget skeleton from eBay.  Note that I said looks, not quality.  

6 days, 23 hours ago on Glashütte Original Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition Watch Hands-On

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A brilliant piece of engineering let down somewhat by a rather bland dial.  They haven't really done much with the cut-outs in the dial - they just look like pieces of card that have been punched via some industrial machine and left as-is.  A little flair would be nice, like a gilded bevelled edge or something.  Perhaps that's nit-picking but if you're going to fork over quarter of a million dollars for this, you're very much entitled to nit-pick.  

1 week ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Spherotourbillon Watch Revisited

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One thing I really dislike on watches is large, featureless bezels...

1 week, 1 day ago on Maurice De Mauriac Chronograph Diver Watch Review

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That blue Nomos Lambda is gorgeous.  It's just all-business, with a dial that looks like a blue-print or some sort of HUD.  Stark and attractive.  The price is a kick in the nuts though, even accounting for how nice these are.

1 week, 1 day ago on Nomos Lux & Nomos Lambda Gold Watch Lines Enhanced With Beautiful Colors And Smaller Cases

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I love watches with a thin bezel and large clear dial, so these are perfect for satisfying my occasional minimalist cravings.

1 week, 3 days ago on Bauhaus Style: New Junghans Max Bill Watches

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It's a beautiful watch.  As far as NATO straps go it's a good quality one but they still all look like cheap nylon garbage to me.  They're too thin, making it more obvious that the watch was designed for a much thicker strap or bracelet.  I get the feeling that the NATO strap looks more like something MacGyver would put together from stuff lying around when the "real" strap broke.  Kinda like using an old extension cord to hold up your pants if your belt broke.  Still, Hamilton gives you good alternatives and you can replace it with something more classy if you want.  It's one of those companies that makes so many watches that I want and at a good price.

1 week, 3 days ago on Hamilton Pan Europ Watch On NATO Hands-On

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I also like the strap.  I even like the inky blue colour of the hour markers and matching lume.  The problem is, coupled with that particular retro future font and the scrap-yard look of the dial, it kills legibility.  That and the shitty temporary tattoo on the back spoil what pleasure one could get from this.  That's just my opinion; don't take it as a personal slight against your manhood, Hublot owners - i'll probably get ranted at anyway *shrug*.

1 week, 4 days ago on Hublot Big Bang Ferrari USA 60th Anniversary Watch Hands-On

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Terrible.  I'm not sure which feature I like least; the sewer grate bezel, the plasticy hands, the stupid amount of text or the poor legibility.  Perhaps it's the fact that a high-street fashion-watch would make this thing look like garbage.  Ancon can, and have done way better.

1 week, 5 days ago on Ancon X-35 Concept Watch Review

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I like Habring designs in general, but I feel this is over-priced.  Of course, some will say it's an internally designed movement (sort of) so it is worth it.  If I wanted a nice minimalist watch I would take one of the Genesis watches at close to half the price, with an off-the-shelf but modestly decorated movement.  The Habring is a good watch for sure but I think if you're not too obsessed with in-house movements, you can get more for your money.  This thing looks unfinished, especially considering just how easy and quick it is for a watch maker to apply Geneva stripes or perlage.

1 week, 6 days ago on Habring2 Felix Watch Review And Manufacture Visit

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Kinda reminds me of this:
http://blog.gsmarena.com/halo-smartwatches-run-real-movements-transparent-oled-touchscreens/

A super-low resolution display that looks crap.  It looks like someone has airbrushed out some areas of the display using MS Paint.  I'm not sure if their concept was over-ambitious and they're just trying to hide the possibility that the watch has two tiny screens above and below the "hole".  If you look closely it looks like the grid of pixels stops abruptly on the left and upper right sides of the display, making it look like it won't even come close to filling the whole dial.  Either way, it's poor presentation.  

1 week, 6 days ago on Hyetis REDLINE Smartwatch Debuts RDL-001 Swiss Mechanical + Electronic Movement

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Ah, restrained design - I remember that.  Many a watch "lover" will be staring at this wondering where the unobtainium alloy is, or why the mainspring isn't made from a coiled hair plucked from the buttocks of a 30,000 year-old frozen caveman.  Meanwhile, i'll just appreciate this stylish watch for what it is.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer”

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The most exciting thing about this watch is the name.  Design-wise, it is a very bland and timid watch.  However, it appears to be impeccably made, and as another bead-blasted finish addict, I really like the way the case looks.  Everything should have this finish.  The way the curve of the crystal flows into the bezel is another nice touch.  It's not for me but it has its charms.  About the date opening, I am not sure if the material of the date disc would make a difference.  Assuming it is metal and the hole doesn't directly lie over a crucial component that would affect accuracy, maybe it can retain its shielding.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Mk II Fulcrum Watch Review

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@MarkCarson @Ulysses31 Ordinarily i'd agree.  I don't feel that this watch was built primarily with practicality in mind though; it is just a beautiful "thing" that sits on your wrist and can tell the time, maybe for wearing on special occasions.  

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Watch Revisited: A Classic Luxury Of Modern Proportions

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I like these, and the movement is pretty too but i've never been able to see how i'd justify the inevitable loss of accuracy and delay in reading the time.  I had the crazy idea once that they should print tiny indices for every single minute and have a little magnifying lens on the end of the hand so you can easily read the time at a glance.  

2 weeks, 1 day ago on MeisterSinger Circularis Debuts New Bespoke Movement With 5-Day Power Reserve

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Just beautiful works of art.  I love the intricate organic detailing.  Both the white-gold and gold versions are amazing.  Swiss watch pricing is always up for debate, but at least in these timepieces you can really see the skill and effort involved in making it, so the price becomes (a little) easier to swallow.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Watch Revisited: A Classic Luxury Of Modern Proportions

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This book should have pop-up features and each watch printed 1:1 scale on some perforated card so you can punch it out and wrap it around your wrist to see how large it would wear.  

2 weeks, 2 days ago on The World’s Most Expensive Watches Book By Ariel Adams

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@thornwood36 @Jimxxx Well, aligning screws was commonly done on steam locomotives and gun manufacturers often do the same thing because they want that sense of perfection in their products.  Spindle sensors are used in CNC to define exactly where and when the tapping process begins.  I guess they don't bother doing it with (most) watches because of the slightly increased manufacturing time.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Watch Review

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It's pretty cool but looks so thick.  I really can't think of a reason why i'd want to remove it and plug it in to that display case.  Rather pointless when you think about it, and this unnecessary feature has to add to that thickness.  The instrument console idea looks like something a young toddler would enjoy; slotting lumpen objects into their appropriate openings.  I would get bored of this after ten seconds.  Generally Hamilton makes a lot of attractive pieces, but this is one of the less handsome ones.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Hamilton Khaki Takeoff Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

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Trade is the great leveller.  Politics, freedoms, morality - none of this matters as much as the continued flow of trade, and where there's money to be made different parties will find a way to conveniently ignore unrest such as this.  Besides, these protests are fast fizzling out.  There are currently only a few hundred protesters left.  Things will go back to normal pretty soon in terms of trade and there'll be no big loss to profits in the long run.  As mentioned, the Chinese still travel in their droves to Japan on shopping holidays.  When the government wants to distract from an issue they'll rile up their citizens and you'll see bands of Chinese people torching Japanese factories, destroying their shops and overturning their cars, but as soon as they step foot on Japanese soil it's all forgotten in favour of bargain hunting.  


There is a vast difference between buying someone's goods and taking a political stand.  They cannot expect foreign investors (who obviously only give a crap about HK for the money they can make out of it) to risk their earnings by taking stands on issues that don't really concern them.  The people of Hong Kong, while having a valid point to make, still have things a lot easier and are more prosperous than their brothers on the mainland.  It smells of complacency to me.  


In the end, the only corporation that can take a stand is the one that thinks it can afford to do so.  

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Luxury Watch Industry’s Dilemma In Hong Kong

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@5803822 Good idea about the horse.  That'll be coming soon in the "Dia de los Muertos" edition.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Watch Review

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@The Balance Wheel @Ulysses31 Don't embarrass yourself.  Obviously I wasn't comparing the two as being exactly equal to each other.  I even considered putting in a disclaimer explaining that exact point just in case some over-defensive dick took it the wrong way.  Congratulations; you are that dick.  

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Watch Review

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@thornwood36 It is indeed possible to have aligned screws, but I imagine only the very highest, most well-regarded and precision-oriented firms would even attempt such a thing, and that the watches concerned would cost a great deal.... oh wait!  That's an SPC097P1 by the way.  I've read people say many times that it's very difficult to do this.  *shrug*.


2 weeks, 5 days ago on Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Watch Review

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Look!  The little horse on the dial is clearly trying to run away.  I like blue on watches, especially the more vibrant shades.  This watch is peppered with a number of different colours though, which while eye-catching, don't make for something "beautiful".  It was as if a peacock was put in a blender and then applied liberally to this watch.  I actually kinda like the strap.  When I was a kid, the red and blue combination was very trendy, but that was the Eighties.  This is the, uh... Tens?  Well made, nice features, very bold, but not for me.  Luckily Hublot has been releasing quite a few more sober designs in recent months, so it is possible to buy and wear a Hublot outside of a large colourful tent without embarrassment.  

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Watch Review

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An interesting article that I found myself agreeing with.  I think you could go even further with those definitions though, adding a few more sub-categories.  If we go to a carpenter who works by himself creating bespoke furniture, we wouldn't ask him if he made the screws and nails himself too.  A piece of furniture, however, is not really in the same league as a watch when it comes to complexity or the importance given to craftsmanship.  Perhaps centuries ago this was the case for furniture intended for princes and kings, but not now.  I think I actually would like to know if the watch company produced its own screws or bearings or whatever.  Most of these parts are made by machines anyway - would it be so hard for a wealthy watch company to purchase a few such machines so enabling them to claim their movements were "100% in house produced"?  On the other hand, considering that the production of these parts is mechanised, would it really add much to their reputation by making those parts in house?  I think I shot down my own argument.  The real question is, where would you draw the line?  At what type of component?

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Truth In Watch Movement Advertising And Defining Watch Caliber Origins Once And For All

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@MarkCarson @Ulysses31 Then it's likely that most of the cost is the motor, although I don't think it would be impossible to source decent motors from somewhere else.  There are pretty easy and cheap ways to silence motors that are louder than desired.  Sound deadening insulation could be an option.  It works wonders for loud PCs.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Barrington Single Watch Winder And Double Watch Winder Review

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That Bulova Oceanographer is gorgeous.  They don't make the watches like that anymore either, never mind the advertisements.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Cool Vintage Bulova Watch Advertisments, Plus Brand President Interview

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I like the green one but it looks dirt cheap.  There are probably only £30 worth of materials in there.  From the back it looks like one of those cheap Chinese electronic Christmas ornaments, down to the faux-leather plastic battery box.  I don't understand why these things have to be so expensive except that they're tied to an industry where everyone expects expense and are suspicious of lower priced stuff.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Barrington Single Watch Winder And Double Watch Winder Review

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I quite like the look of these.  Not fancy at all, but those Omega lugs look nice.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Martenero Ace Watch Review

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They're desperately searching for legitimacy.  I guess they don't consider themselves "real" designers so need to court the big established names.  It's sensible, but somewhat out-of-character for Apple.  Mind you, they also purchased Beats recently, which we all know has fashion cred only because god knows they are some of the worst headphones you can buy (with some exceptions).

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Why Apple Wants The Apple Watch Approved By The Design & Fashion Community

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Nomos?  No mas!  It's OK, I just find it a bit dull and don't like the strap.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Nomos Ahoi Atlantik Hands-On

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@joblow @Ulysses31 @aBlogtoWatch As I said, I was talking about watches from the past, which didn't vary much, if at all, in terms of styling, between male and female versions.  Perhaps the masculinity in vintage watches was a little more subtle than it is now but for whatever reason, the designs would work on a male or female wrist.  Nowadays a woman wearing an obviously masculine watch, or the so-called "boyfriend watch" is regarded as cute, whereas the same couldn't be said if a man wore a watch aimed primarily at women.  Women's watches are generally diminutively small, so in my view not suitable for a man to wear.  That's why i'd probably not wear a woman's watch of today.  Society does indeed dictate our actions to a certain extent - that is simply a fact, although I never once said that I wanted to wear a woman's watch, so that is a moot point.  I said that floral motifs are not generally used for men's watches because some people consider that feminine.  Note, I would wear a man's watch with such a motif but not happily wear something from the list you supplied.  Speaking of which, those watches, while covered in gems, are clearly designed from the start with the intention of being jewellery.  The gems are not added as a token afterthought in an attempt to sell to a wider audience as with the examples in this report.  I love AL&S in general but I think they could have tried a little harder.  In general I find men's watches with gems to be too gaudy for my tastes.  

3 weeks, 3 days ago on A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 His & Hers Sets For The Model’s 20th Anniversary

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It's cool, stylish, and fun to play with.  This is a Mont Blanc I actually wouldn't mind owning.  Pricey as hell though.  I reckon they must use a random-number generator to decide how much they'll charge.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Montblanc Metamorphosis II Re-Interprets The Brand’s Unique Transforming Dial

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@joblow @aBlogtoWatch @Ulysses31 Up until a few decades ago a female version of a watch was simply a slightly smaller one.  It seems like that was more respectful, since there's no reason why a woman wouldn't find a handsome watch any less attractive than a man.  Good design can be universal and genderless.  Nowadays we have pink stuff, flowers, fairies, you name it,.  You know, I actually like flowers.  I spend some time in the garden.  Yet it's very rare that you see flowers on a man's watch unless it's something Japanese or by Voutilainen.  It's as if our masculinity might be threatened if our watches don't have spikes or engine parts on them.  

3 weeks, 3 days ago on A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 His & Hers Sets For The Model’s 20th Anniversary

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@MarkCarson Before I even saw your comment I was considering the same.  If my "crying Frenchman" can't even draw attention to the futility of conflict, then nothing will.  This is all just too much crap to read now.  

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Apple Watch Hands-On: The Wristwatch Just Caught Up To The 21st Century

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@Fraser Petrick @aBlogtoWatch @Ulysses31 Don't worry; many manly handshakes were had.  I draw the line at hugs though. 

3 weeks, 4 days ago on A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 His & Hers Sets For The Model’s 20th Anniversary

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I'm torn about this watch.  My initial reaction was similar to how I feel about very similar pieces from the likes of RJ or Hublot.  It's very busy looking.  As I continued to examine this dial though, I found myself spotting features that I actually found interesting and shockingly, even useful.  The big-date that is actually a minute counter - I love it.  I am one of those guys who (perhaps unusually) thinks a chronograph is a genuinely useful and handy complication, and JLC has made it even more practical with their take on it.  The mode-shifting thingy is also very cool.  Looks-wise i'd change a few things of course but not as much as you might think.  The ceramic bezel reminds me of a vinyl record somewhat.  It's a bit strange.  There's also a bit too much text littering the watch - it doesn't need to try this hard to draw attention to itself, so that kind of text is unnecessary.  Finally, i'm not sold on the design of the grippy elements on the pushers and around the bezel.  They seem a little less imaginative than the rest of the watch.


If I had $60K knocking around, I don't think i'd buy it, but I don't hate it either.  Almost every part you see here actually DOES something.  It's not merely silly decoration as with so many other watches I have seen that are aiming for that futuristic aesthetic.  

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Extreme Lab 2 Watches Hands-On

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@aBlogtoWatch @Ulysses31 There's the " /S " option if you lack emoticons.  I just thought you were being irate because of all the heat you were getting from the Apple article.  

3 weeks, 4 days ago on A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 His & Hers Sets For The Model’s 20th Anniversary

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@aBlogtoWatch @Ulysses31 There's no need to be patronising.  Even someone of your faculties should be able to recognise a cliché when you're presented with one.  You betray your true character with such comments.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 His & Hers Sets For The Model’s 20th Anniversary

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