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Oh yeah, this is definitely based on the design of the USS Splanchnic-Ganglion.  I find the nod to Star Trek a bit too obvious here, and I think it would limit the appeal to those who don't particularly love the show.  Not me though, I freely admit to liking Trek up to a point.  I find it strange that this would be playing Star Wars music in the promotional video.  It makes you think that some old fart wanted to cash in on the popularity of these shows/films and threw something together, regardless of the apparent animosity fans of the two franchises have for one another.  You know what would make a REALLY good music box?  The Babylon 5 space station.  It's a bloody great cylinder.  Just don't be tempted to model it after Babylon 4 because it'll just disappear one day and you'll be out of pocket by a large sum.

17 hours, 41 minutes ago on MB&F MusicMachine 2 Is Musical Ode To Star Trek USS Enterprise

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@emenezes @Ulysses31 It's a general thing for me when it comes to transparent watches.  The master craftsmen are essentially giving up a part of their canvas (the watch dial) to the environment.  If an architect gave up one of the walls of his building to graffiti artists, it may end up having some great art on it, but more than likely will look like crap.  This watch will be worn, and so will most likely offer a view of human skin through half the dial.  I don't find my hairy wrist to be a work of art unless maybe I was covered in tattoos.  I'd much prefer a constant, unchangeably awesome work of art to carry around on my wrist and not something subject to the whims of what might be behind it.  Not sure if it makes sense but that's how I see it.  

22 hours, 26 minutes ago on Arnold & Son Time Pyramid Watch Review

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The blue and black pairing is really nice.  A complete lack of creativity aside, for sport-related watches these are quite tasteful.  I'll just try to forget I ever saw that jewel-encrusted thing.  Looks like a Zenith star on one of those models.  Zeniths of that era (under the guidance of the Prince of Darkness) could easily have come from the same stable as current Hublots.

1 day, 19 hours ago on Hublot Now In The NFL With Dallas Cowboys Football Team Sponsorship

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The only Arnold & Son that I can't like.  The floating layers, the gears that look like they broke off and fell to the bottom of the dial leaving a huge hairy empty space near the top, the silly wiggly hands.  Sorry, I know how much others love it but I have to calls it like I sees it.

2 days, 17 hours ago on Arnold & Son Time Pyramid Watch Review

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That Citizen LED watch is still "way cool".

2 days, 22 hours ago on My First Grail Watch: Jonathan Ward Of ICON Automotive

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Pushing their association with sports celebrities and actors might sway the hoi polloi but it turns me right off.  Stand on your own merits and earn my respect, or don't bother. Once you start seeing "youthful" TAGs on the wrists of Miley or Kanye, the status as the world's biggest douchebag watch-brand will be complete.  OK, that's a bit harsh, and they do have talented engineers and some genuinely attractive pieces in the line up, but only some.  No matter how good you are technologically, if you try to straddle too many different demographics, you're going to dilute your brand and lose focus.  This is what I observe when I see them targeting these different price bands.  Look at Seiko - you couldn't pay some people to believe that they are one of the world leaders in the production of haute horology, because they have such a huge presence at the budget end.  TAG is not in that position yet but they are taking a risk by aiming lower.  I already don't see the brand as a "true" premium name.  I just don't get that feeling from it.  Aiming at the younger market smacks a little of desperation as it is probably the most cliché of marketing tactics.  I never thought i'd be advising a manufacturer not to aim to produce more budget-friendly models, but in this particular case I think it is a poor choice.  I would try to solidify my brand image first. 

3 days, 16 hours ago on “Don’t Crack Under Pressure” Is New TAG Heuer Brand Message, Hints To Future Company Direction

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Nice movement.  I'm not sure if Carl Bucherer or Ellicot were first with this, as both came out with their circumferential rotors in 2010 (I think).  As for this timepiece, it's an AP and either you love the look or you don't.  I'm not nuts about this style even if I can appreciate the fine work that went into it. The dial still looks like a sewer grate to me.  The mottled look of the case seems a bit plasticy (even though it is stronger and lighter than titanium) and I don't like the asymmetrical jazz they stuck to the right of the watch.  The subdials are small and wonky, and I don't really think the movement is decorated to the tune of $300,000.  Finely, yes, but i've seen $3000 watches with a far more interesting finish.  For the guy who has a rocket car, a solid gold house and a stripper wife, I heartily recommend that he purchase this watch.  For this guy, money is no object, and besides, he would look great wearing the AP while he pilots his giant robot, juggling three great white sharks as it speeds past the Florida keys using two luxury yachts as skis. 

4 days, 15 hours ago on Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph Watch

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DS9 was one of the best "Trek" shows by a long way. This is pretty cool, and deserves to be in the lobby of some huge corporate headquarters.  When you consider the price of many watches out there, this isn't even that extravagantly priced (no, really).  I am not driven mad with a desire to own it though.  It looks part horological masterpiece, part space-age lemon juicer/kitchen utensil.  The bits that make it look like the station are superfluous to the mechanism itself, which is a little disappointing.  If they straightened the curves and added a few more strips of metal, this could just as easily be the MB&F "Cube", yet another Trek-inspired machine.

4 days, 22 hours ago on MB&F Starfleet Machine Clock By L’Epée Hands-On

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It looks like it was hewn from the finest quality MDF and then coloured in with a brown sharpie.  In other words, it doesn't have a premium look.  This fibre reinforced resin is tough, right?  So why is this watch so thick?  It really is an ugly brown lump of a thing, regardless of how much it actually weighs.  What madman decided how to arrange those red minute numerals?  They're all over the bloody place.  I'll promise to buy the watch if there's a DVD included in the package of the designer being beaten to within an inch of his life.  Hell, i'll pay double if they do that.  Sorry, but to me, offering an rare and exclusive material means nothing unless it's done with skill and taste - remember those?  It's like with ceramic, a material which has gradually filtered down to the point where you can get a pretty cheap ceramic watch, and boy does it usually show. 

5 days, 11 hours ago on ITAnano Phantom Carbon Automatic 49 Watch Review

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Nothing says "manly" like novelty bangles.  Interesting concept, but i'd never wear it.

6 days, 8 hours ago on Speedometer Official Unidirectional Bezel Bracelet

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Interesting day/month windows.  It's a curious looking watch.  I'm not terribly fond of it though.  Having the edge of the dial crowded with all those date numerals (though a consequence of this particular movement) looks a bit messy.  The anti-reflective coating is also quite obtrusive here.  I feel like I want to wipe it off to get a clearer view of the dial.  Borderline tinted, it gives it that Fossil look.  Also, the hands look like women's hairclips.

6 days, 23 hours ago on Cuervo y Sobrinos Torpedo Pirata Chrono Bronze DLC Black Watch Hands-On

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I still like the concept and appreciate him trying to give them a more premium feel with different finishes, but I think he should try to do something more interesting with the "hands" themselves.  They still look like they were painted on with correction fluid.

1 week ago on Ressence Type 1 Watches Hands-On

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Durable enough for professionals?  Professional what?  Jesters?  Hey, at least it's made of metal.  Most Luminox watches look about as high-quality as something you'd see in a claw machine.  Considering the vast array of high-power LED flashlights available today (and Surefire isn't even close to being the best brand in the industry) and how small and convenient they are to pocket, why compromise by sticking a watch and flashlight together?  Unless you want a watch AND a flashlight that is butt ugly, impractical and bulky.  There way be some very specific need for this, but I don't see how it could be justified.

1 week ago on Luminox SureFire 2211 Wristlight Tactical Watch

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This is a bit funky-looking.  Looks like a lot of plastic and primary colours on the dial.  If something from Cybertron used the All-Spark to give life to a BMW M3 badge, it would probably look like this.  Nothing about screams "professional" to me, but maybe i'm expecting a little much.  I'm not saying it's ugly - it's really not; just that the sophistication that once was so apparent in every IWC watch has long been lost.  I don't think divers have to look like this.  Shiny "techy" adornments don't do it for me here.  The most classy thing about this contraption is the logo.  The rest looks like a mechanical take on a Citizen Altichron Cirrus or something.  Mind you, the watch I just mentioned is a way better deal, more practical and accurate, and i'd rather trust my life to precise electronics than a mechanical endeavour in pointlessness.  If you're going to use a dive computer, this wouldn't be much of a backup.  Unless you're into posing and impressing the reef fish with your advanced WIS sensibilities, there's no need for this, especially not at this price. 

1 week, 1 day ago on IWC Aquatimer Deep Three Depth Gauge Watch Hands-On

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@Chaz_Hen "Waterproof" as a term was made illegal years ago with regards to watches by an international standards organisation because no watch can be guaranteed waterproof under all conditions.  I didn't know that Rolex use it, but if they do, then they shouldn't.  If a watch case has any openings at all, it cannot be 100% "waterproof".  Hubris is something of a Rolex trait.

1 week, 2 days ago on Recommended Use: Understanding The Durability Of Your Mechanical Watch And When To Take It Off

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Overall a handsome and unusual design.  I really like the case shape.  It's spoiled a bit by the very bold minute markers and hour markers that, unusually, are offset from the edge of the dial.  It looks a little cheap as a result.  If this came on a bracelet it would be a lot more appealing than on the papery strap.

1 week, 2 days ago on Bulova Accutron II Surveyor With Precisionist Movement Watch Review

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@IvanGopey It's already used to make springs (including hairsprings) and flexible batteries.  I imagine it could be applied elsewhere in a movement.

1 week, 2 days ago on Recommended Use: Understanding The Durability Of Your Mechanical Watch And When To Take It Off

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@chabusch @Ulysses31 After some digging around the ETA website I found out that the DS2 is powered by a thermo-compensated HEQ movement, very accurate. It's generally thought that a quartz movement is only affected by a magnetic field while the crystal is exposed, and that it goes back to normal after the field is removed.  I'm not sure if that's completely true though, what with most Swiss quartz movements having all-metal gears - unless those gears are non-ferrous.  Maybe they're brass, I really don't know but i'd assume so.  I guess Omega has the right idea with their drive towards anti-magnetic watches throughout the range.

1 week, 2 days ago on Recommended Use: Understanding The Durability Of Your Mechanical Watch And When To Take It Off

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@chabusch Certina make a nice range of quartz models you could choose from.  They're a brand I considered years ago.  Maybe they didn't reply due to the fact that they're relatively small and obscure - not that that is a good excuse.

1 week, 3 days ago on Recommended Use: Understanding The Durability Of Your Mechanical Watch And When To Take It Off

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@MarkCarson @MikeinFrankfurt Quite possibly.  I guess it has imprinted on my mind over the years that this look is a spin on a Seiko diver, which is not to say the Seiko is a bad watch (it isnt), but just that I can get the look and the solidity straight from them, save money, and it would have a logo too :P.  Hell I could probably pay to get it bead-blasted, reassembled, and still undercut this thing.

1 week, 3 days ago on MKII Paradive Watch Review

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I think for high-end watches the WR rating isn't sufficient - people should be told more.  With hard disks, we are freely told what kind of shock the mechanism can handle, both operating and non-operating.  The numbers might be difficult to interpret but at least someone has tested them.  Something similar is needed for watches.  They are fragile, but nowadays people are so detached from the technology and machinery involved in their everyday lives that they don't appreciate the limitations.  It would be common sense to us here that a mechanism consisting of fine parts would not be tolerant of much abuse.  It's common sense that would fly over the heads of the average consumer.  Trouble is, if the manufacturers were to raise awareness of the special care these watches need, the consumer might mistakenly see this as weakness or poor design and be put off a purchase.  Perhaps movements could be built with more flexible synthetic materials that give but won't break under stress - i'm thinking more use of silicon parts for example. 

1 week, 3 days ago on Recommended Use: Understanding The Durability Of Your Mechanical Watch And When To Take It Off

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I love the instrument-like looks.  Simple, well-made and attractive and you don't have donate one of your testicles to own one either.  I'd prefer not to have those two screws on the dial though.  The central "hub" could be chromed instead of being matte black - it looks too much like a Mickey mouse nose.

1 week, 3 days ago on Autodromo Stradale Line Debuts As The Brand’s New Flagship Watch

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@MikeinFrankfurt @Ulysses31 Yeah, it has the look of something that was assembled with Seiko-compatible parts from eBay.  Perhaps it's completely irrational of me but i've seen so many of these custom Seikos over the years that I don't think I would want to pay so much when I could cook up something almost as good looking for far less.  A logo, either as a symbol or a bit of text, is something I feel is essential for any product.  Imagine a car without a badge on the grille - it would just look weird.  In a way I appreciate the modesty of having no obvious branding, but it also feels unfinished.

1 week, 3 days ago on MKII Paradive Watch Review

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A solid and minimalist take on a diver with a lovely finish.  The by now ubiquitous dial style and lack of branding makes it look like a DIY custom job.

1 week, 4 days ago on MKII Paradive Watch Review

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I originally quite liked the look of this, before I realised the dial was a weird gradient fill, Photoshop style.  It doesn't seem to pop like in the promotional pictures but then we all know those are heavily edited.  Like many a Rolex, it suffers from too much text on the watch.  You shouldn't have to scream about the features of the watch.  If you must, put it on a sticker that can be peeled off.  The way they've done it is like having permanent advertising on the thing.  I don't like it.  If you are a WIS you are probably already well-aware of what the watch can do.  If you're an ignorant poseur out to impress your friends, only then would such information be necessary.

1 week, 5 days ago on Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller D-Blue Watch For James Cameron Hands-On

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I like the clear expansive dial, the black day/date wheels (where appropriate) and that they didn't use an ugly font for the hour numerals (like on the IWC Portuguese for example).  Not so sure about the two-tone job, or the price, but this is a nice piece.  Just not something I could imagine buying before many other more desirable watches.

1 week, 5 days ago on Mühle-Glashütte Antaria Tag/Datum Watch

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I've been aware of this brand for years but they are not well known at all, and I think it's slightly unfair for them to be in that position.  While the watches shown here are very generic, they have a nice range with some real gems.  Tissot, conversely, is generally overrated, even though they do have several attractive watches in their lineup.  They wouldn't even be in that position except for the fact that they're the only reasonably priced Swiss brand most people have heard of.

1 week, 6 days ago on Titoni Seascoper Dive Watch

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Not really feeling these at all.  Remove that TAG name and you'd have no idea these came from a "high-end" manufacturer.  Generic, somewhat clumsy design doesn't cut it.

2 weeks ago on TAG Heuer Formula 1 Automatic & Chronograph Watches For 2014 Hands-On

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People who push boundaries also live near them - sometimes perilously close.  Sadly all too often, they are eventually consumed by being so close to that realm.  Yet, without these courageous souls, human society and culture would be poor and bleak.  I have heard that he was depressed because of financial concerns, which would make this event all the more tragic as it was preventable.

2 weeks ago on RIP Robin Williams, Watch Guy

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Shiny and pretty.  Nice case, good-looking movement and just distinctive enough not to be boring.  I'd like to see more from the back though, not just huge plates.  Easy to read dial too, typical of most Panerais.  I like it, though at $8000 it seems you don't get much.  At that price we're in the realms of arguably more prestigious and good-looking (subjective I know) watches. 

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days PAM514 Watch Review

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An awfully long name for a watch that doesn't really excite.  It's fine, not ugly at all, just uninteresting.  Just a bunch of stuff I don't usually like in watches in this particular watch, so not surprising really.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Moonphase Watch Hands-On

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Football branding - the ultimate tack.  I'm not really a fan of nouveau-rich sportsman with the literacy of five-year-olds, so i'll have to pass on this one.  Not everything is meant to have a dash of colour in it.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Bulova Percheron Treble Watch For Manchester United

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@SuperStrapper I'm normally the first one to despair at Omega's range of mostly repetitive designs, but for me this is one that I like and while it isn't radically different to what has gone before, it is handsome enough that I forgive them :)

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial Watches Hands-On

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One of the truly elegant and beautiful Omega designs.  The one in the first image with that lovely blue dial and a black date window looks great.  I don't like the minute indications all around the edge though (I mean the numerals not the markers themselves).  The different variants are all tastefully done, and I wouldn't mind owning any of these versions, though they'd all have to be on bracelets.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial Watches Hands-On

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@trj66 @Ulysses31 Yeah that's the one.  Cheers mate :)

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Eterna Heritage Military Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

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It's a strange looking watch, but I like it.  Reminds me of a vintage watch from another brand though I can't remember the name off the top of my head.  I think it was a certain Longines model.  That's the thing about I me, I can never remember names, only (watch) faces.  It's distinctive enough to be desirable anyway.  Also, happy birthday to me; cheers!

3 weeks ago on Eterna Heritage Military Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

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I'm so glad this guy is getting more coverage.  It's just a beautiful and elegant watch.  It doesn't feel pretentious like so many Swiss watches do.  It is what it is - a combination of excellent engineering and design.  That oily black dial is gorgeous.

3 weeks ago on Hajime Asaoka Project T Tourbillon Indepedent Japanese Watch

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@SuperStrapper It wouldn't be so bad if the end pieces actually matched the colour and finish of the watch case but they even got that wrong.  

3 weeks ago on Everest Leather Straps For Rolex Watches Preview

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Stunning watches from any angle.  I love the Genie 01 in gold and grey in particular.  Basic weather prediction is a genuinely useful complication.  I only wish that they offered these watches on a bracelet.

3 weeks ago on Breva Genie 01 Watch Hands-On: The Luxury Barometer Weather Station

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I think it looks worse like this.  Kinda half-assed, made-at-home looking.  Also reminiscent of Hublot with the needless metal between the lugs, not a look you want to copy if you can possibly avoid it.  Other manufacturers can integrate the leather strap perfectly with the case and it looks just fine.  This looks like it was found in a flea-market. 

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Everest Leather Straps For Rolex Watches Preview

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@MarkCarson It would be easier to wear a cupcake on your wrist.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller D-Blue Dial Watch Is Tribute To James Cameron Deepsea Challenge 3D Movie

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The blue dial really makes this an attractive watch.  It's amazing how something as simple as a colour change can make something so mundane become desirable. 

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller D-Blue Dial Watch Is Tribute To James Cameron Deepsea Challenge 3D Movie

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I don't really see the appeal, unless you happen to be a big fan of the Mini.  Are people really crying out for a cost-effective watch containing an arbitrarily sourced material?  It just seems like such a pointless USP.  The watches themselves look OK but I really couldn't care less that it had parts from some rusty old car, and i'm even less interested in the "history" of the thing.  The watch industry is trying this tactic more and more and it just smacks of desperation to me.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on REC Watches Mark I M2 Chronograph Review

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I cannot fail to be impressed by these guys.  The watches are beautiful, brilliantly engineered and thoughtfully designed.  I shudder to think what it costs to get this level of dedication though.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Visiting The Julien Coudray 1518 Manufacture: A Hidden Gem Where Watchmaking Tradition Prevails

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I think a date complication is useful to have, even if it isn't difficult to remember what the date is.  It gives you a sense of place, a sense of where you are in the week which is the largest unit of time that matters much to the average person on a regular basis since it is how we arrange our work lives.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Torgoen T32 Automatic

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@Lkcons @Ulysses31 I'm not crazy about these opportunistic sports tie-ins no matter who makes them.  I just wish they put in a little more effort into it.  To me it's about as "special edition" as green beer on St. Patrick's day.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Tissot 17th Asian Games Incheon 2014 Limited Edition Watches

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After all this time I still don't understand how having a sticker on the back and changing the dye on the strap making machine makes something worthy of being a special edition.  Seriously - a goddamn motherf&%$ing sticker.  You'd have to REALLY be a fan of the games i've never heard of before to want one of these over the regular versions.  It's like the IWC Top Gun edition nonsense only with an even less desirable watch.  T-Touch and these other particular models aren't terrible, they just aren't very lust-worthy to me.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Tissot 17th Asian Games Incheon 2014 Limited Edition Watches

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@JackForster @SuperStrapper You could use a modified centrifugal governor, from the steam age.  As the watch sped up and began running too fast, centripetal forces would cause balanced weights to spread further apart.  Instead of this movement regulating a valve of some sort, it could be designed so that the balanced weights approached a permanently magnetic ring, which would induce eddy currents in the spinning weights, generating "drag" and causing them to slow down and bring the watch back into accurate time-keeping.  You could regulate the movement by adjusting tension in the governor arms or changing the proximity of the magnet.  This way you could forgo a quartz crystal, coils etc.  Smooth movement, no ticking, no electricity. 

4 weeks ago on Arnold & Son DSTB Watch Hands-On

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@MarkCarson @SuperStrapper As an alternative analogy, how about a pulse jet engine, where rapid short-duration bursts lead to a smooth motion during flight... or a put-put boat.  

4 weeks ago on Arnold & Son DSTB Watch Hands-On

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Companies like this wouldn't exist if Rolex weren't so insular about their design.  I was initially horrified by some of the designs thinking this was some kind of joke, but then a couple of the pieces started to grow on me, specifically the green and black, and the steel and blue.  They're by no means perfect but there's a lot of potential here.  God knows what possessed them when they decided having coloured squares on parts of the watch looked good. 


http://youtu.be/vyUAS4ZVZW8

4 weeks ago on Finally! Colorful Coatings For Most Metals: Rau-Tech Custom Rolex And Other Watches

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