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I kinda like it, but only "kinda".  Ultra thin movements are cool especially when they look presentable as this is.  The octo case is still a confused pile of geometry, but now it is one that someone left on the train-tracks and squashed flat.  Thankfully "Bulgari" only appears once on the watch.  They must have seen the Rolex GMT Master II with "ROLEX ROLEX ROLEX ROLEX..." written on it a million times and realised how trashy it looks.  Sometimes you need an outside perspective to mend your ways.

11 hours, 51 minutes ago on Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Watch Hands-On: Thinnest In The World

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@Ryan B @Ulysses31 Classic line:

http://youtu.be/YhEs9KUQ4qo


The Filmsack review of that movie is quite amusing.

1 day, 6 hours ago on Rolex Watches Appoints Jean-Frederic Dufour As New CEO

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@SuperStrapper I'm not sure but I think silicon changes colour slightly with the viewing angle.  It could just be the nature of the material, though I agree that pink and purple aren't great colours for a watch.

1 day, 9 hours ago on Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement L.M. Watch In Pink Gold Hands-On

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It's a great looking watch with some interesting and funky features.  I like the linear power reserve.  Movement looks great.  The silver model looks way better than the gold.

1 day, 11 hours ago on Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement L.M. Watch In Pink Gold Hands-On

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He looks sinister; like Sam Neill from "Event Horizon".

1 day, 22 hours ago on Rolex Watches Appoints Jean-Frederic Dufour As New CEO

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That advert looked more like the trailer for a Hitchcock film.  You keep waiting for a sniper to appear from the top of the tower and gun down that smug Accutron owner.  The original Accutron was a great innovation and that tuning fork made it unique and desirable.  They put it in some cool designs too.  This "new" Accutron II is nothing of the sort - like a shark with no teeth.  The thing that made it unique and special has been ripped out and all you get is a similar look that conjures up nostalgic memories.  Why not treat yourself to a fake Omega Speedmaster moon watch with a nice quartz chrono in there?  Looks like the original and is more accurate, just like the new Accutron II.  I know a lot of guys like it, I just think it is a bit pointless.

2 days, 11 hours ago on Bulova Accutron Watch Ad Pitch Opens MAD MEN Season 7

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It's not bad looking.  Very much Hublot-inspired.  Does that make Hublot another fashion brand, but one with obscene prices?  The crown (once revealed) looks exactly like the valve you find in a tap.  The crystal sounds like a good one.  Seiko used to supply something similar, called "Sapphlex" which was a layer of sapphire on a mineral crystal, so it was more durable than pure sapphire while retaining the scratch resistance.

2 days, 11 hours ago on Ballast Valiant BL-3105 Skeleton Automatic Watch Review

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It is quite beautiful.  The only things I don't like about it are Armin Strom signatures unfortunately, namely the offset dial and the use of a transparent layer floating above the movement.  To me it looks like a piece of protective packaging plastic that was left on after transit.  I have the urge to peel it off and throw it in the trash.  Legibility is OK; not great, but usable.  Some markers are missing but if you really love this piece you'd gladly put up with guessing.

3 days, 12 hours ago on Armin Strom One Week Skeleton Watch Hands-On: Engraved & Beautiful

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Beautiful and unique.  Worth it?  I'd have to say yes.  There's a lot of clever engineering in this watch as well as interesting design flourishes, yet it remains easy to read and practical to wear.  It's either this or a boring limited edition of a regular watch where the ridiculously inflated price is justified by a mere change in case material or a bit of red on the dial.

4 days, 12 hours ago on MCT Sequential Two S200 Watch Hands-On

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Pangolin are an endangered species and there's an international ban on their trade.  The actual article doesn't mention pangolin; perhaps it was edited out for PR purposes?  If they do indeed use this animal, please don't promote them. 

5 days, 5 hours ago on BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends April 11, 2014

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That Bombtimer watch looks really neat.  If I had $6000 burning a hole in my pocket though, I wouldn't go for the Cesium 133.  Ever. 

5 days, 5 hours ago on Bathys Cesium 133 Atomic Clock Watch Now On Kickstarter

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@Dezianjo I also don't like Roman numerals.  With the H. Moser & Cie some of the indications are on the back which to me makes it a little easier to produce a clean uncluttered dial arrangement.  That "Up/Down" legend on the dial looks very uncharacteristic of the rest of the watch and spoils it for me.

5 days, 11 hours ago on Glashütte Original Senator Perpetual Calendar Watch Review

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One of the most elegant and subtle implementations of a perpetual calender i've ever seen.

5 days, 11 hours ago on Glashütte Original Senator Perpetual Calendar Watch Review

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The bracelet and surface finishing looks awesome on this.  I think the movement has some interesting details that make it a pleasure to look at even without being overly elaborate.  Actually, pretty much every part of this watch has been given enough consideration to make it distinctive which is something I greatly appreciate.

6 days, 11 hours ago on Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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It's a good looking watch with a nice display - certainly the match of any $600 Citizen in terms of looks.  It always amuses me when people talk up how robust and reliable electronic movements are, as if those aren't already inherent traits in that class of devices.  Throw in a plastic shield to catch the cosmic rays and you're done.  Yes, it is built better than most and has a variety of functions (none of them novel based on the above description), but the price is more a reflection of how Omega customers wish to feel reassured that their purchase is somehow far better than what's already on offer.  It's a fact confirmed from multiple studies that the consumer is more likely to perceive a product as being superior based purely on a higher sticker price, something that is demonstrated when consumers are shown the same (unbranded) product with a different price tag attached.  The higher the price, the more favourable the opinion.  The profit margin on this piece must be quite juicy.

6 days, 11 hours ago on Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Watch

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I applaud them for taking some risks and being a little daring in their design for a change.  I still think it looks like a wrestler mask though.  Hecho en México?

1 week, 1 day ago on Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon White Ceramic Hands-On

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I think it's an attractive piece for several reasons.  The main one is that the dial is very legible and clear.  The hands are smart, and I don't even really mind that the subdials are set close together; normally I find that annoying because it reminds me how small the movement is compared to the watch case, but here it still looks good.  The matte grey finish is lovely, the date window is placed sensibly and of course there's that solid movement running the whole thing.  Tag is one of those brands that for me does so much very well and then slips up on some small detail, but here I think they've done a good job.

1 week, 2 days ago on TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 36 Racing Watch Review

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@Fraser Petrick Just checked out Rodania - had never heard of them until now - very stylish range of watches.  Probably not "buyable" enough to be featured on Rolex-Omega-Tag-To-Watch though; shame.  

1 week, 3 days ago on Top 10 Watches Of Baselworld 2014

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Not a bad list.  Seems like there were an awful lot of vintage-inspired pieces from the big brands.  Some great, some bland.  I'm glad some other blogs cover the lesser-known but more striking watches.  Sometimes it's rewarding to follow the path less travelled.  Example; the Edox Hydrosub North Pole LE looks like an amazing watch, I think a lot of guys here would've been quite interested in that.

1 week, 3 days ago on Top 10 Watches Of Baselworld 2014

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@MarkCarson I love the look of the watch, just hate that metal when used for this purpose.  Steel isn't exactly expensive as you pointed out, and as long as the watch doesn't become anvil-heavy, i'd prefer it.  I suspect though that it's tougher to colour steel in this way whereas the mechanisms for colouring aluminium are numerous and well-established.  

1 week, 3 days ago on Hamilton Reveals The Khaki Pilot Pioneer Aluminum, A Hands-On With Their First Watch In Aluminum

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It looks a little better than in the earlier photos but I still find it rather plain and stark, and not in a good way.  Standard case, crown, pushers, visually uninteresting movement and a very bright white dial with no texture (or sub-dials depending on which you choose).  The type of movement in this piece makes it desirable and *may* justify the price, I don't know.  A pity they decided to slot it into such an unremarkable looking watch.  I actually prefer understated watches but this goes a little too far in that direction.  Perhaps the red-rocket sub-dial hands are meant to make it more exciting but I don't think it works.


All that aside, will there be any reviews of the lesser-known brands' new watches?  So far only the big guys are getting covered it seems, while some very interesting pieces have (so far) been overlooked. 

1 week, 4 days ago on TAG Heuer Carrera CH 80 Watch For 2014 Hands-On

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@stefanv @Ulysses31 I think it's different with a pen, as a pen requires a fine level of finger tip control.  I'd prefer a pen to be light since I can't stand getting fatigued fingers.  A watch is merely strapped on and (hopefully) stays in place.  I mentioned Invicta as the other end of the extreme - a weight below something ridiculous like that is usually tolerable, but within that tolerable range I don't see much benefit for the ordinary user in making a watch any lighter.  I am fully aware that there are materials out there that are both light and strong, but I think it is partially instinct (or maybe years of cultural programming) that makes me feel more at ease with something that has weight to it.  Not too much mind you, but not too little.  It's the feeling in hand, how sonorous the metal is (aluminium can rattle and feel "hollow" to me), how it presses into your flesh slightly when you handle it etc.  I don't really see the draw for aluminium when steel is strong and durable and watches made with it aren't painful to wear.

1 week, 5 days ago on Hamilton Reveals The Khaki Pilot Pioneer Aluminum, A Hands-On With Their First Watch In Aluminum

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@stefanv @Ulysses31 What a silly comment.  I don't wear aircraft on my wrist.  Is there a hidden feature of this watch that causes it to sprout wings and take flight?  Unless you have the strength of an anaemic child or are trying to wear an Invicta monstrosity, the weight of a watch is not a physical burden except in extreme cases (like sports).  Objects with a little heft are reassuring since we generally equate mass with strength (and since there is no mention that this watch is made of a high-grade aluminium alloy with equivalent strength of a heavier metal, that's a fair assumption here).  Most people asked would find the feeling of a very light watch cheap and unpleasant.

1 week, 5 days ago on Hamilton Reveals The Khaki Pilot Pioneer Aluminum, A Hands-On With Their First Watch In Aluminum

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It's a good looking watch as far as it goes.  I also could live without the screws - superfluous stuff doesn't really sit well with me.  The lugs have that odd crease in them which look like a mixture of two different styles.  A mish-mash of elements borrowed from other watches.  Cartier?  Breguet?  Add any that I missed.  

At the end of the day, Ralph Lauren as a brand doesn't come across as a watch manufacturer of any great weight and seems to be yet another "high end" fashion brand jumping on the "let's make a mechanical watch with a jacked-up price" bandwagon.  Granted, they probably hire highly skilled manufacturers in Switzerland to achieve this but it still feels like watch manufacture by committee, without any singular driving force or intent behind it.  They do make some beautiful watches if you look at the website but there's a psychological block in my mind that stops me from recognising this relative newcomer as worthy just yet.  I hate using that term because I don't think I am a watch snob but i'm probably just trying and failing to get across how I feel about this and other similar brands.  

The watch in this article lacks any flair or loving details, though it does a very good impersonation of haute horology.  The anti-reflective coating is a nice touch.  The case-back is thoughtless and ugly.  No depth rating.  Short power reserve.  High price for not very much; feels like you're paying for the label.

Perhaps i'm making the same mistake that I did with Bulgari but I don't think guys who don't read glossy fashion magazines will have much regard for the brand.  Some men wear a watch to make themselves look good to others.  This RL is perfect for that man.  There are some watches out there, however, that carry with them such heritage, such gravitas, forged with a singular unwavering purpose, that command such respect, that it doesn't matter if it impresses others in high-society.  The watch wears the man.

1 week, 5 days ago on Ralph Lauren Sporting Classic Chronometer Steel Watch Hands On

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@antjay @Ulysses31 In my experience i've had my watches endure scrapes and knocks against hard objects in the most unexpected situations.  At least with steel you can buff scratches out.  If you don't do anything too strenuous with the watch i'm sure it'll serve well enough but I like the reassurance that something like that is made from a quality piece of metal.

1 week, 5 days ago on Hamilton Reveals The Khaki Pilot Pioneer Aluminum, A Hands-On With Their First Watch In Aluminum

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I think they look very nice, but the aluminium kills it for me.  You can harden the outside however much you like and anodisation done properly as it is in industry is quite effective (not the inferior method Apple used, resulting in chipped and flaked coatings out of the box), but it presents the same problem as any other case-hardening method (i'm assuming that's what they're trying to achieve with this technique); the outside becomes a hard shell but the inside remains soft.  In other words the metal is weak against crushing and penetrating forces.  This is the lesson we learn when researching Damasko watches, which are uniformly hardened throughout the metal as opposed to merely being hardened on the outside.  Add to that the lightness of aluminium which feels awful (if you've ever been to Japan and handled their change you'll get what I mean) and the price begins to appear ridiculous.  Thanks to Swatch we already know how much an aluminium watch is worth, and it isn't close to $1150.

1 week, 6 days ago on Hamilton Reveals The Khaki Pilot Pioneer Aluminum, A Hands-On With Their First Watch In Aluminum

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It's cool but sinister.  I think it looks a bit like a scary alien or the Lilith character from the Evangelion manga.
http://viceroyforlife.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/lilith.jpg
I'd have liked some subtle markers allowing me to tell the time properly but understand that it might spoil the look.  Nice to see something different from GP.

3 weeks ago on Girard-Perregaux Three Bridge Tourbillon Automatic Watch For 2014

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I've always liked this range for it's relatively clean and modern design and good legibility.  I am not a fan of the bronze fad though.  I like the way they look when new but a patina developing on this watch would look a bit crappy in contrast with the clean looks.  At least it's not as indecent as gold and certainly more robust, but I don't really like rubber straps either...   Give me a manly bracelet that can take as much of a beating as the watch itself.  The weakest link in a chain breaks first.

1 week, 6 days ago on IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Charles Darwin Watch In Bronze Hands-On

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But you can see the hairs on your WRIST!!!  Ahem.  With that out the way, it's a very clever piece of engineering, and quite attractive.  I say "quite" only because the creepy staring robot look is disconcerting.  The only things that strike me (buddum-tish) are how very thick the watch looks, and how wrong those hands look.  There's just something really "off" about them.

2 weeks ago on Ulysse Nardin’s Imperial Blue Watch With Flying Tourbillon And 4-Gong Sonnerie In Sapphire Hands-On

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The tricompax layout is a definite improvement.  It's actually very handsome for a "techy" watch and with so many variations there's bound to be one or two that appeal to most people.  The ceramic bezel looks sharp.  Now if only they could produce a nice auto-chrono for Western markets with similarly nice materials and design and at a better price than this. 

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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I would have preferred a watch made from Lithium.  So awesome it has to be kept in a jar of oil - you can't even wear it without it catching fire and causing horrific burns.  Knowing what we know about Hublot, despite the ridiculous premise of the article, we are nevertheless forced to pause and think about it for a few moments.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Hublot Big Bang Atomic D-38 Watch Proves Your Manliness With Radioactive Uranium

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Sophistication and elegance comes to the dive-watch world.  It's a great looking piece that could be worn in a variety of situations.  I'm not sure how useful it would be when used as a chronograph underwater - it seems as though the relevant hands would be hard to see in such a poorly lit environment.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Chronograph Flyback Watch

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More retro goodness?  It's a beautiful watch and I love the finish that resembles powder coating.  Movement side is a little plain though. 

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Sinn 144 St S Jubilee Anniversary Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

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A daring piece of engineering that is (so far) a unique machine and so able to justify the price.  When a similar model was shown a few months ago I did have questions about the longevity of the movement, and those questions remain, even if Tag Heuer claim to have resolved those issues.  I'd just like to know more about how long the belts will last and how well they'll hold up to environmental changes.  Style-wise, it's not nearly as bad as it could be, let's just leave it at that. 

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Tag Heuer Monaco V4 Tourbillon Is The First Belt-Driven Tourbillon

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The silver model looks way better in these photos than in the marketing ones.  Very nice.  Not quite as keen on the gold model, but Arab sheiks and Communist party members everywhere will surely be fawning over it.  Classy understated design with the latest technology.  Best of both worlds.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial Watch Hands-On

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I usually dislike what they make.  This isn't too bad of an effort, if a little dowdy and somewhat confused.  The rotor looks stupid with the Bremont logo looking like a sticker glued on to the thing.  I don't like how the grooves on the rings around the pushers start and stop; they'd look better if they were continuous.  The little logo above "Chronometer" makes it look like the watch has an alarm or vibrate function (which it doesn't, obviously), I find it a strange choice.  With an unharmonious design and a 7750 movement, I don't think it is priced properly at all, unless that special steel is extremely expensive.  Bremont has always been over-optimistic with their pricing strategy though so maybe I shouldn't be surprised.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Bremont Boeing Model 247 Watch Hands-On

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@Emperius Works fine for me.  

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Rolex Cellini Time: Return Of The Crown’s Dress Watch

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I think it looks fine.  Remember, for Omega, this is extremely daring, and while I think most of us wouldn't mind them pushing the boat out a bit, this is probably about as fast as they can innovate in their current condition.  Necessity is the mother of invention, and currently for one of the big incumbent watch manufacturers, there is no necessity to do anything particularly spectacular - the money keeps rolling in.  The grey metallic flecked dial looks nice as does the ceramic case.  The movement continues to look underwhelming but at least it now coordinates with the rest of the watch.  Overall a smart looker that will go with anything.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronometer Lunar Dust Ceramic Watch Hands-On

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An attractive watch.  Not soul-crushingly boring and uninspired like the Submariner.  Without even knowing the price, I bet I could get a more refined take on this style at a better price from another brand.  This is another one of those models that they are hoping will sell on the brand-name alone, and it probably will, especially to those from the Middle and Far East who buy in to the "West is the best" philosophy. 

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Rolex Cellini Time: Return Of The Crown’s Dress Watch

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@Frauss @Ulysses31 Eyelids.  They come in pairs, so i'll have this watch twice as fast.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Moonwatch Anniversary Watch Hands-On

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The dial is beautifully made and the dimensionality is very appealing.  I'm just a little torn by the colour scheme.  I feel that for the rather cool stealthy look, the gold highlights are a little fashion-blingy.  If the Omega logo and text were also in gold it might look more balanced.  As it is, from a distance you can't really tell what it is, because the colour scheme is so unusual for Omega.  Overall it's really quite nice and I hope they take this concept and run with it by adding a few variants.  Simple mirrored silver highlights and a more obvious logo, and i'd be harvesting thousands more body parts to exchange for this piece.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Moonwatch Anniversary Watch Hands-On

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Looks very interesting.  A decent looking Bremont, my goodness.  The crown guard is weird and funky, if a little unexpected on a watch of this type.  The chrono versions are good-looking too.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Bremont Boeing Model 1 Watch Hands On

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It's handsome in a plain sort of way.  Loaded with interesting features yet you probably wouldn't linger on it in a shop window.  Capable yet understated.  The bracelet looks weird/wrong on this watch but maybe that's just me.  Too much of a generic look, or maybe the central links are just too wide.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial Watch

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It's an interesting take on the Spaceviw.  In the original there is more to see, such as certain electrical component.  This is just a coil and a plate.  You can see something similar (though not nearly as accurate) in a Swatch.  The original was ground-breaking for the time; this watch contains a movement already available in so many other models it's not quite as amazing as it could be.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Bulova Accutron II Alpha Watch Hands-On: The New & Affordable Spaceview With A Precisionist Movement

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One of the most desirable watches for me this year.  I'd gladly collect 100... no, 1000 foreskins of my enemies and present them at Omega headquarters in exchange for one of these.  Yes, I like it that much.  I'm crazy, you know i'd do it.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Omega Speedmaster Mark II Watch For 2014 Hands-On

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Oo, it's bigger!  Funny, I thought the "bigger is better" philosophy in watch making was already over a few years ago.  Perhaps there's some sort of hysteresis at work.  Nice to be able to see the movement, even if it isn't much to look at.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Breitling Navitimer New For 2014 46mm And GMT Watches

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The case shape is beautiful and elegant.  The movement complications are numerous and all inside a very neat looking package.  The dial design, however, is a bit all-over the place.  Sub-dial font is quite ugly and I swear i've seen it used on many a Zenith.  The curvatures of the upper part of the day and month windows don't appear to match the overall curve of the dial - seems a bit sloppy.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Patek Philippe Chronograph Annual Calendar 5960/1A Watch In Steel

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I knew i'd seen that Citizen F100 bracelet somewhere before...  This is a very nice watch with lovely lugs and bracelet link design.  The case is quite bulky looking due to the relatively small dial area - something I wish they'd consider changing, but the watch looks very solid as a result.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph 5990/1A Watch In Steel

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Damn, I really like this.  It has some retro design elements which I like.  All metal construction, rather svelte, almost architectural lines, handsome bracelet and not overloaded with bulky ornamentation. 

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F100 GPS Watch Hands-On

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