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These kinda remind of those Victorinox watches with the cases in various unusual colours.  With that beastly crystal, I wonder what the WR rating is, though I doubt it's very much considering the target market.  Something I find irritating is lens distortion in watch crystals - I like to be able to see the dial clearly and with as little obstruction as possible, so obviously these won't appeal to me.  Interesting that Corum is trying to do something "fun" for a change, and i'm sure a lot of people will like these, but just watch their faces drop when you tell them how much it costs.  

7 hours, 23 minutes ago on Corum Bubble Watch Is Back For 2015

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The usual suspects in terms of brands presented here, like pretty much every year.  Luckily there are other watch sites that are more thorough.

14 hours, 58 minutes ago on Top 10 Watches Of Baselworld 2015

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Looks very slick, like a quality watch, smart or otherwise.  Round displays are available now so hopefully the next version of this will do away with the small, clipped screen.  Add an endmill bracelet and it would look even better.  I don't think it's a mistake that most attempts at smart-watches try to replicate the look of more traditional timepieces. These sorts of designs appeal to me far more than the formless genderless blob that is the Apple watch.  

1 day, 9 hours ago on Olio Model 1 Smartwatch From New Company With Top Talent

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I'm completely convinced that this is, in  fact, a spaceship piloted no doubt by a race of tiny aliens.  The fact that it has a strap, crown, time display and so on in no way breaks the illusion since all spacecraft have these features.  Seriously though, in what opium-filled den does RJ think this looks like a spaceship?  Thirty-thousand dollars of illegible nothing.

2 days, 10 hours ago on Romain Jerome Spacecraft Black Watch Hands-On

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Good movement, but I just don't like the look at all, the bezel in particular.  It being modelled on a vintage design, I don't suppose there's anything you could change about it.

2 days, 16 hours ago on Longines Heritage Diver 1967 Chronograph Hands-On

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Leave it to Biver....  I can't believe that this is a Tag.  The crusty old man has little in the way of creativity and it shows if this is really an indication of the direction he wants to take Tag in.  There's a difference between being bold and being reckless.  Hublot are the high-end Invicta - big, bold, and designed to simultaneously evoke shock and disgust.  Tag was never that kind of company and I don't think trying to assimilate them into the Hublot Collective by pushing designs like this will do anything to help the brand.

4 days, 6 hours ago on TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon Watch Will Cost About $15,000

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Looks like a cheap beater watch, frankly.  

4 days, 15 hours ago on Longines Avigation Watch Review: Establishing A Heritage

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Love this case shape.  The hands and hour markers look a bit "off" to me though.  Too much variation perhaps - circles, triangles and squared-off hand ends.  Great if you want to teach your kid about different shapes.

4 days, 15 hours ago on Eterna Super KonTiki Watches For 2015

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Date window is in the wrong place.  The case-back is just horrendous.  

4 days, 15 hours ago on IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Worldtimer Watch

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It's too busy and "old-fashioned" in style for my liking, but the technology is fun to play with.  These Kinetic Direct Drive movements have been around for many years.  You can get a watch with a similar movement (without some of the complications) for a third of what this costs, and this exact model can be had for around the $900 mark.  While I wouldn't personally go for this model, I can see the appeal and a dive watch with this movement would give you something more useful to do than playing with the bezel.  I know a lot of people hate quartz, but i'm not one of them.  Good value, superior accuracy, decent looks and reliability will always have a market.

4 days, 15 hours ago on Seiko Premier Kinetic Direct Drive Moonphase Watch Review

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I still love it, but there's too much text on the dial as others have pointed out.  Personally, i'd have widened the date window to match the size of the marker opposite (or, if you prefer, shrink that marker to match the size of the date window) for the sake of symmetry, and then lumed the date ring itself so you wouldn't need a tiny bit of lume next to it.  In other words, make it serve as a date indicator AND a glowing marker.

5 days, 10 hours ago on Tudor Pelagos 25600TN Black, 25600TB Blue Watches In-House Made MT5612 Movement Hands-On

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@egznyc That, and others too i'm sure.  It's not a new idea, but it is a discreet and attractive implementation.

6 days, 15 hours ago on Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524 Watch

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Arnold was also a childhood hero of mine.  In the latter part of his life he was made several mistakes, but years ago I bought one of his books "Education of a Bodybuilder", which is as much about his life story up until that point as it is about exercise, and he truly is a self-made man who came from very humble beginnings.  Now, as for his watches, i'll be frank - some look awful, and some look surprisingly slick and "high-end".  If the range really is so vast, there'll be at least a handful out of the bunch that look good enough to compete with other brands, particularly the higher-end fashion brands.  Of all the celebrities out there, his might be the only name I could tolerate on my wrist (assuming the watch looked good of course).

6 days, 15 hours ago on Arnold Schwarzenegger Watch Brand Debuts For 2015

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@SuperStrapper Agreed.  For me it's more about passion and individual expression than a business proposition.

6 days, 16 hours ago on Grand Seiko 62GS Hi-Beat & Spring Drive Watches For 2015 Inspired By Grand Seiko’s First Automatics From 1967

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DeBethune, you so cray-cray.

1 week ago on De Bethune DBS Tourbillon Watch For 2015

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I like it, even though it's like Marmite for some people.  An anvil for the wrist.  I still think that "detonator" button on the side is an interesting quirk, which helps distinguish this from the over-crowded world of dive watches.

1 week ago on Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch Hands-On

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The little colour accents next to the hour markers are a nice touch.  Classic design, though I wouldn't want to pay this kind of money for it.  Remove the branding and no one would be surprised if they were told it was a Seiko.  Size is OK, though I wouldn't mind a little bigger.  

1 week ago on Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watches New For 2015 Hands-On

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Part of the Zenith design language I don't like is those overlapping sub-dials.  They look squashed together in the centre.  There's something disappointing about a watch when you can instantly recognise the case is too big for the movement.  It doesn't feel like a perfect marriage between the two, as though they didn't really put much consideration into things and just wanted to shoe-horn a regular movement into a watch made larger than it ought to be for fashion reasons alone.  At least this time they bothered to leave the indices on all three sub-dials intact and readable, instead of completely clipped off.  Still, it lacks the harmony of, say, the many Omega chronos we've seen here lately.  In terms of layout and clarity, those might as well be perfect, but it's something Zenith has yet to attain here (apart from the more classical designs).  The fonts they use for the sub-dial numerals are too blocky and bold - they are hard to read at a glance.  Not quite Breitling levels of awful, but getting there.


For people who absolutely must have an El Primero movement, these would fit the bill but to me these don't look like they are worth $11,000.  A by-the-numbers chronograph with clumsy design elements can be had for a lot less.

1 week, 1 day ago on Zenith El Primero Sport Watch

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As stupid design decisions go, that "Sonnerie" plaque has to be up there with the worst of them.  Craft an elegant watch with a beautiful movement and then drop that thing on it.  Such a shame, because it's all so cleverly engineered.  Sure, you could learn to live with it or make excuses for it, but you shouldn't have to.

1 week, 1 day ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Minute Repeater Watch

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It's gorgeous.  Interesting crown layout, novel day/night indicators, raised numerals that give that quality look.  It's all very slick, and reasonably-sized to boot.  Basically it succeeds everywhere that hockey-puck of a Zenith fails miserably.

1 week, 1 day ago on Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524 Watch

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The one with blue lume looks interesting, in what seems to be a very sedate bunch of watches.  Don't like the bezel of course, but the finer notches make this a little less blingy than the "pie-pan" bezel used by Rolex.  Having a little observatory on the back is a nice touch.  One thing about Omega; they give you a lot of options.

1 week, 1 day ago on Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch For 2015 Hands-On

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I'd get snow-blindness looking at this watch for too long.  It's just... so... white!

1 week, 2 days ago on Omega Speedmaster White Side Of The Moon Watch

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It looks like blades should shoot out of it.

1 week, 2 days ago on Urwerk UR-1001 Titan Is Intense Zeit Device Pocket Watch For The Wrist Hands-On

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Attractive but a bit plain.  The single sub-dial for both hours and minutes is a logical move.  I'm wondering if the tachymeter scale is any more durable than the predecessor - that particular implementation has a tendency to rub off after a while, as can be seen in the comparison photo.

1 week, 2 days ago on Omega Speedmaster ’57 ‘Retro Dial’ Watch For 2015

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This is a very handsome watch, and since I like Snoopy, I wouldn't mind owning this.  It's more subtle than most character-themed watches, at least from the front.  The lume looks great too.  The strap looks like it would get grubby quickly and the Snoopy on the case-back looks deformed.  I'd rather not have that there.

1 week, 2 days ago on Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award Limited Edition Watch

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 The blue-dial looks pretty nice, although judging from the Instagram photos it looks like they've enhanced the saturation in the press photo.  It also lacks that fluted bezel I despise.  Still, the cyclops was/is a bad idea, especially when you have an obvious texture on the dial.  It looks like a drop of water is stuck on the glass.

1 week, 2 days ago on Rolex Day-Date 40 Watch With New Rolex 3255 Movement

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This doesn't look half bad.  Playing around a bit with the colours can really freshen up the looks of a watch.

1 week, 2 days ago on Rolex Yacht-Master 116655 Watch In Everose Gold With Black Ceramic Bezel For 2015

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It looks a bit like one of those Samsung smart-watches - curved case, rounded metallic edges, etc.  Quite elegant for a Cartier but very bland on the movement side.  You expect more from a $7000 watch than plain, utilitarian looks.  The numerals are still way too massive - the crowded look isn't very attractive.  Still, it could've been a lot worse.

1 week, 4 days ago on Cartier Tank MC Watch Review

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The dial tweak is interesting.  The hands don't match at all and the rubber strap looks a bit loose and cheap.  The case-back is cool.  Other than that, it's the same old Spidolite which, after the umpteenth outing, gets a bit tedious.  I imagine this case design would catch on things with all those sharp points and hard edges.

1 week, 4 days ago on Linde Werdelin Spidolite Updated In Gold, Titanium, And A New Movement

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@egznyc @spiceballs Swatch group has "Auto Quartz".

1 week, 5 days ago on New Bulova Accutron II UHF Sport Watches For Baselworld 2015

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Generally a very handsome watch, or it would be if not for that thick ugly spacer around the outside of the dial.  I suspect whatever movement this thing has (edit: it's a 7750) is significantly smaller than the case, so they could either have that spacer or expand the dial to the edge, leaving the sub-dials looking crowded around the centre.  I don't particularly like either option but I truly despise the spacer solution to the problem.  Perhaps it's needed to incorporate the slider mechanism but it still seems like too much.  Of course, you could just make the whole watch case smaller but then it wouldn't be Ball, would it?  After all, "Ball" is short for "Baller".

1 week, 5 days ago on Ball Engineer Master II Slide Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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Hmm, let me see if I can get this right *clears throat*.... "Zenith!  STAHP!"  At first I thought this was quite a nice looking watch, but then came to my senses.  The dial and hands on their own are good and legible.  The engraving though is too much, too repetitive, and thus boring.  All those swirls make it look like it is covered in a weird metallic wool.  The use of sapphire in the case is unattractive to me and as stated in the article leads to concerns about durability.  Combined with the monochrome colouration, it becomes an eye-hurting mess, like looking at one of those magic-eye pictures.  Can't believe i'm saying this but i'd rather pick up a Zenith Defy than one of these.  

1 week, 5 days ago on Zenith Pilot Type 20 Grand Feu Watch Hands-On: A True Collector’s Piece

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Colourful and interesting, but it definitely wasn't designed with practicality in mind.  Atrocious readability, and no lume on the hands yet there is lume on the dial for the silly design?  Pretty enough for a woman's wrist so I guess the jewellery aspect overrides the time-telling functionality in terms of importance.  I think someone needs to go to a design school for adults, because yes - even women need to know the time.

1 week, 6 days ago on Fiona Krüger Celebration Skull Watch

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It's a good-looking watch except for that stinking great blue symbol on the dial.  Being able to set certain functions via a smartphone might be useful for a novice, but I don't think the target market would struggle too much with complicated procedures if indeed this is aimed at pilots.  Add a couple of extra pushers if you really need to, but the functionality implemented by this wireless connection seems superfluous  to using the watch.

1 week, 6 days ago on Breitling B55 Connected Watch Makes Perfect Pair With Phone

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That's a real smart-watch - something with clear purpose and obvious utility and it doesn't cost thousands.  Garmin tend to have understated designs which is something I appreciate compared with the overtly-ruggedised watches from other popular brands in the tough/sport sector.

1 week, 6 days ago on Garmin Fenix 2 GPS Watch Review

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The first one looks vintage Omega-ish, which is a good thing.  Bulova designs seem to be getting better. Improved accuracy is always welcome too.

1 week, 6 days ago on New Bulova Accutron II UHF Sport Watches For Baselworld 2015

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The comment system was switched back and my comment went with it, apparently.  Lovely watches etc.  

1 week, 6 days ago on Breguet Classique Complications 3795 & 3797 Tourbillon Perpetual Skeletonized Watches Hands-On

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Everything within the rectangle looks nice - everything without is vulgar.  "Tasteful" is clearly a relative term.  I'm liking that panda style chrono he's wearing too.  Anyone know what make/model that is?  

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Jacob & Co. “Billionaire Watch” For Flavio Briatore Is $18,268,000

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@SuperStrapper It is in the eighth paragraph.  You'd need some special dexterity to depress both buttons at the same time while turning though, I reckon.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Richard Mille RM 025 Tourbillon Chronograph Diver’s Watch Hands-On

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@SuperStrapper This is what I get for skim-reading.  It's a pretty clever system.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Richard Mille RM 025 Tourbillon Chronograph Diver’s Watch Hands-On

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I've hated on these things in the past, but to be honest, this is pretty interesting.  It is the watch a time-travelling robot of the future would wear.  Strap to case integration is nice and smooth.  The markers at 12 and 6 look like buttons.  If it weren't for the clear dial making the thing hard to read, it would be great for lovers of sci-fi timepieces.  Don't be put off by the price either - in a future filled with time-travelling robots $750,000 is only worth a few hundred bucks. 

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Richard Mille RM 025 Tourbillon Chronograph Diver’s Watch Hands-On

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@MarkCarson @Ulysses31 Must be some setting gone awry then.  I use Chrome to develop too, so performing a reset will probably fix it.  

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette Watch For $1,015,000

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@rclayton @Ulysses31 There will always be specific use-cases where smartwatches and devices like Google Glass would be useful.  These include fields like sports and industrial applications.  It's the idea that the average Joe needs these things that I find a hard sell.  

Smartphones are great but they already do so much stuff i'm pretty sure I would never use them to their full potential as it is.  I've played with the iPhone 6+.  It feels good in hand and is definitely quite a sleek object.  I do feel conflicted though about this type of product, which is built to be very luxurious and solid, which seems somewhat at odds with the fact that people tend to upgrade every couple of years.  That goes for most of the high-end phones.  I'm thinking of e-waste and energy usage involved in production.  These products are designed to last a lot longer than the manufacturers would want us to keep using them.  In the case of a watch there's even less reason to upgrade after you have one, especially if you paid a good chunk of money to get it.


I was thinking how it might be interesting if Apple had decided to engineer a tiny Stirling engine and built it into the watch.  These are very simple thermal engines and are commonly used in deep space probes to provide power - they are highly efficient and scale well.  It would run off the heat from the wrist and power a dynamo keeping the battery topped up.  The Swiss have put little barometers inside watches so I don't see why it couldn't be done.  Your watch would quietly tick too, just like a mechanical :P.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on After Training People To Forget About Watches, How Will Apple Teach Them To Love The Apple Watch?

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@aBlogtoWatch @Evitzee @Ulysses31 I'm not doubting your knowledge of traditional watches.  I was referring specifically to what increasingly comes across as a blind faith in this new and as yet untested smartwatch category, specifically the iWatch.  


The Swiss watch industry responded to the quartz crisis (which was largely a crisis of their own making, by resting on their laurels much as you could say they are doing now in response to the current smartwatch threat) by moving themselves up-market beyond the reach of the mainstream, thus feeding the image that they were more special than the more common quartz timepieces.  


The Apple smartwatch, while not being nearly as refined or requiring as much skill to produce as the average Swiss mechanical we're used to (things we typically value about mechanicals), is trying to invade that segment by pricing alone.  It's a ballsy move because it leaves the Swiss with nowhere to go but further up, which, considering the trend of increasing prices of mechanicals over the years, would only serve to further alienate them from their usual customers.  The thing is, though they may be aiming at similar price categories, they are not similar products.  


It feels like a technological version of the Emperor's new clothes.  This product is being hailed as something akin to the second coming of Christ and as the doom of the Swiss watch industry, but I have my doubts.  As I said, they are different products.  I don't think anyone would swap their mechanical for a smartwatch because they represent different things and fulfil different desires for the customer.  Is the Swiss watch industry doomed?  No.  Should it be scrambling to meet this perceived threat?  Hard to say.  They should be more open to the changing demands of their customers, but I don't think a hybrid-type device is necessarily the answer.  I just get sick of the postulation that this is a home-run for Apple when it is yet to even hit the market.  Remember that Apple iterates on a relatively slow yearly cycle (usually) and the competition don't operate under such restrictions.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on After Training People To Forget About Watches, How Will Apple Teach Them To Love The Apple Watch?

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It looks amazing in motion, but the aesthetic is not for me.  Also, it reminds me of that weird engine from "Event Horizon" so it's a little disturbing while also being awesome.  Perhaps it's just my browser or something, but for the last few months whenever I go full-screen with an embedded video on ABTW it always loads up in a split-screen, with the video on the left half of the screen and the usual page on the right.  Viewed directly from Youtube it behaves normally.  Anyone else have that?

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette Watch For $1,015,000

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@rclayton @Ulysses31 Maybe it's a word more commonly used in Britain, but generally it means "angsty", "petulant", "sulking", etc.  Well, not exactly, but those could be regarded synonyms.  I exaggerate of course for effect, though Ariel really repeats himself many times that most people don't understand the product.  Oh to be one of the enlightened few, eh?

 I don't think I was particularly angry, though perhaps annoyed by the extraordinary amount of coverage this particular topic is getting from ABTW.  I did include some solid facts in my comment though - I try to even if my views are not going to win me any friends.  Thank you for not resorting to the more common responses to criticism of Apple that are either "You're just jealous", "You're too poor", or "Could you do better?" - all of which are amusing and don't deserve a response.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on After Training People To Forget About Watches, How Will Apple Teach Them To Love The Apple Watch?

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It's still one of the most unique watches out there.  Amazing looks with a completely different construction than a conventional watch make this a very compelling piece, even considering the price.  There are plenty of interesting innovations here like the magnetically linked mechanism which I find quite fascinating.  I wonder what the torque transfer is like.  Imagine if you could wind a conventional watch via a stem that was magnetically linked to the mechanism - you could make a dive watch with incredible levels of WR.  Who knows, perhaps someone has done this already.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on New Ressence Type 3 Watch With Oil Temperature Gauge

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