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Meh.  The railway track markings should be right at the edge of the dial.  Remove the empty space with the minute numerals (which you don't need anyway) and you get rid of that stupid bump at six o'clock.  Who else abbreviates their first name to the first three letters?  When I first saw "Geo" I guessed this line would have something to do with the Earth.

13 hours, 19 minutes ago on Geo.Graham Tourbillon Watch Is Nice And Simple

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A nice looking watch with an interesting twist.  I don't like the huge chapter ring but I suppose it needs to be that wide to accommodate the iris mechanism.

13 hours, 26 minutes ago on Ball Engineer II Magneto S Watch Hands-On

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An awesome (if bulky, impractical, basically pointless) tourbillon embedded on a sewer grate.  Technically impressive but lacking from an artistic stand-point.  

1 day, 10 hours ago on Girard-Perregaux Tri-Axial Tourbillon In White Gold Hands-On

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I applaud them for attempting to be innovative.  I'm not sure i'm convinced by the result of that innovation though.  The watch does "look" uncomfortable but i'd be willing to bet that apart from the snagging potential, it's OK to wear.  As a tool though, if you dare to actually use this on a regular basis, wouldn't you end up scratching the crap out of the various links?  How would it look on the wrist with dings and scrapes on every edge and surface that has contact with a nut or screw?  As for the watch case itself and the dial, pretty generic.  It looks a bit futuristic; perhaps they should have been similarly daring with the case styling.

1 day, 10 hours ago on Leatherman Tread Watch With Tool Bracelet

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I like the animated features and the leaf design.  The rest?  Well, it's covered in jewels, obviously.  That's what women like, or so the wrinkly old Swiss sods in boardrooms tell me.  Women don't need to know the time when they can always turn and ask their sugar-daddies, which is why the dial on this watch is crippled by having a chunk cut out of it.  The movement looks like the instructions for performing some elaborate dance - to me the cut-outs look like feet.  Despite the obvious flaws, this is a nice looking watch when placed in the context of what else is available for women these days.

3 days, 7 hours ago on Richard Mille RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur Watch Hands-On

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It's nice, subtle.  I like the concentric rings on the back.  Nevermind the watch though, show me more of that shirt.

4 days, 13 hours ago on Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Ultra Slim Hands-On

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A metal bracelet is just what this needed, but i'm a little disappointed that it is of such a conventional design.  Looks like an after-market add-on; there's no Urwerk DNA in it.

5 days, 13 hours ago on Urwerk UR-210S Full Metal Jacket Watch With Bracelet Hands-On

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I generally like the Panerai cushion shaped-case.  Some of these are quite appealing - particularly the engraved one and the carbon model.  For the first time I am looking at a watch with a carbon case than doesn't look like crap.  The "grain" texture looks like a very black wood, which is attractive to me..  Perhaps these watches are a bit too clunky for some, but I have a soft-spot for the unashamedly tank-like watches like Panerai and Oris.  

5 days, 13 hours ago on Panerai Novelties SIHH 2015

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@MarkCarson @Ulysses31 You know, I considered it, but I felt that the resulting toxic fumes from her completely natural buttocks would cause collateral damage.

1 week ago on Get Your Bling On: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Full Pave Diamond Watches For 2015

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Hideous, but there are surely many super-rich who'd jump at the chance of owning this.  If I could afford this, i'd buy one just so I could invite some of the one-percent to a party where i'd drop it into a furnace right in front of them just to see them cry.  Well, either that or give the watch to Kanye West, then drop them both in the furnace.  

1 week ago on Get Your Bling On: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Full Pave Diamond Watches For 2015

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Too retro-looking for my tastes, and not in a good way.  The bracelet and case are very "flat"  with sharp-looking edges.  I've never worn one so i'll have to ask any owners what it feels like to wear.  Not keen on the rough brushed finish either - a little too industrial in appearance.  

1 week ago on Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15400SR Two-Tone Watch Hands-On

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Love it.  Distinctive with interesting and immaculately produced details, and the "fan" texturing on the dial and rotor are very beautiful.  The drop-shaped hands are something I don't think i've ever seen before on another watch.

1 week, 1 day ago on Louis Moinet Mecanograph Watch Review

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It's gorgeous, but considering I am so used to AL&S's painstaking attention to detail, I don't like the loss of some of the sub-dial markings.  I also find it a bit odd-looking that the tachymeter numerals go from perpendicularly to tangentially aligned.  Keeping them all one or the other would look more consistent.

1 week, 1 day ago on A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual Watch New For SIHH 2015

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I liked the non-chrono version of it, but this looks a bit of a mess.

1 week, 5 days ago on Ralph Lauren Automotive Chronograph Watch For SIHH 2015

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Where's the rest of it?  

2 weeks ago on Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles Squelette Watch

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It's quite beautiful.  Not sure if I like the MOP bit though.

2 weeks ago on Arnold & Son Golden Wheel Watch: Return Of The Star Wheel

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Stop looking at me!  Another derpy-looking watch from Cartier.  The movement could do with some colour.  Overall crude, clumsy, unsubtle design - fast becoming a Cartier hallmark.  It's well-built as you'd expect but for that much money you'd want it to look a hell of a lot better than it does.  The only thing I like is the inclusion of "Cartier" in the numeral at seven.  

2 weeks ago on Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Tourbillon Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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I wonder if Biggs got lost and attended a different show by mistake.

http://blog.gsmarena.com/ces-breaks-records-170000-attendees-las-vegas/

2 weeks, 3 days ago on HourTime Show Watch Podcast Episode 169: Hanging At CES 2015

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This looks like something Michael Knight would wear.  In other words, thirty-five years behind the times.  Why would you want to wear a brick on your wrist?  

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Wellograph Fitness Smartwatch Review

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@SuperStrapper @Ulysses31 It's certainly possible that it was planned carefully - it just looks quite random to me, as if sprayed on by flicking a brush or some other such technique.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Hublot Watches Get The Mr. Brainwash Treatment In Miami

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I'm not sure that splashing paint in an uncontrolled fashion, either on a canvas or a watch, equates to "true art".  It could have been any watch, too.  I don't actually think the make or model is very relevant to this artistic statement.  I know everything can be art but still.  I like his jacket though.  Yes, let's do a top-ten of leather jackets.  Also, let's set up a charity for this poor fellow who clearly cannot afford a razor or a comb.  

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Hublot Watches Get The Mr. Brainwash Treatment In Miami

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The novelty of liquid indicators is destroyed by the fact that this watch does not actually tell the time.  What the hell, just get rid of the hours too.  Put some pretty sparkly glitter in the tube.  Shove a mirror in there and turn it into a kaleidoscope.  Rip out the movement too, it only adds extra bulk and weight.  That way you can own an ultra-thin timepiece instead of a fat ugly useless one.  It'd make it easier to hide under your sleeve which is something you'll surely want to do to avoid embarrassment in case your friends should catch a glimpse of what you're wearing..  As we Brits say, what a load of complete and utter bollocks.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on HYT Skull Watch Is Cool, Does Not Indicate Minutes

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Very attractive.  Clean lines, lovely details and supreme finishing.  But yeah, that pricing - not terrible, but not optimal either.

3 weeks ago on Tudor Heritage Black Bay Blue Watch Review

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Gold watches are just too ostentatious for my tastes.  The Bulova shouldn't even be there.  I'd rather have a watch made from tungsten - heavy, scratch-resistant and with that fascinating dark hue.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Top 10 Gold Watches

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One of the "classic" watches I loathe the most.  Tiny dial, extremely busy, offensive to look at.  Most "tool watches" have some degree of style; this has none.  Too many fonts and all.  Why don't the scales line up?

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Breitling Navitimer GMT 48mm Watch Hands-On

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Attractive but a little steep for what you get.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on JS Watch Islandus 45 Years Anniversary Edition Honors A Watch Maker

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I appreciate the workmanship, the hand-finishing of everything, the labour and the love that has gone into this timepiece.  I do not, however, like the style of this particular watch.  That's just because of my own personal tastes.  It's easy to be overly effusive with all things George Daniels-related.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Hands-On With The George Daniels 35th Anniversary Watch By Roger Smith

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I'm more interested in the functionality, because I actually use it.  Chronos are not mere decoration to me.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Claude Bernard Chronograph Automatic

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What a superb watch.  Beautiful, and all the complications are arranged so thoughtfully so as not to detract from the overall aesthetics.  This one makes the list.  Happy New Year to all.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on IWC Portuguese Annual Calendar Watch With New Portugieser Name & Movement

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There's that word again - "EXTREME!!!!".  The first watch looks cheap and due to their love of that "dot", the hour markers look mismatched.  The chrono is a bit better, but I still dislike those four round rivets on the bezel.  They seem like a superfluous design element.  A Valjoux movement to top it all off makes this quite undesirable for the price.

1 month ago on Movado SE Extreme Automatic Chronograph & Diver Watches

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It's clever, and refreshingly different, but beautiful?  Mmmm.....no.  The watch is quite thick, and while it is nice to have contoured crystals, the overall appearance is still boxy.  I also don't like that hard edge where the crystals wrap around to the front/back.  It's a visual disruption as well as a potential weak-point structurally.  If they came out with a second, more refined version of this, I might be interested.

1 month ago on Hautlence HL2.1 Watch Hands-On & HL2.5 Release

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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.

1 month 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 month 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. 

1 month 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.

1 month 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.  

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month, 1 week 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.

1 month, 1 week 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.

1 month, 1 week 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 month, 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 month, 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 month, 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 month, 1 week 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 month, 1 week 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 month, 1 week 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 month, 1 week 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 month, 1 week ago on Orient Flight Watch Review

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