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I'm quite liking this watch even though it wouldn't be my first choice from his collection.  The dial has texture!  If you could stroke it, it would feel like a pineapple from the looks of things.  I don't like red as an accent colour and probably never will, but that aside, it's an attractive piece.  Voutilainen always manages to come up with something interesting.

1 day, 13 hours ago on Voutilainen GMR Watch For 2015

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It looks disturbingly cheap and Chinese.  Yes, look closer and marvel at the clever toubillon and supreme but overly-subtle (to the point of boring) finishing, but generally this thing looks about as good as the average Parnis.  The overall dial design is inelegant.  That toubillon cut-out looks raw and uninteresting, a similar complaint people had about another watch some weeks ago.  I wonder if the GF name will blind anyone from making the same observation.

1 day, 18 hours ago on Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Seconds Vision Watch Hands-On

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The Veyron is a weird car.  It has the apparent aerodynamics of a VW Bug or something similar - very bulbous and stumpy, and really not sleek to look at, yet it's one of the fastest cars in the world.  I wonder how fast it would go with Lamborghini bodywork.  Not crazy about the watches either but they look like a perfect fit for the unique look of the car.

2 days, 12 hours ago on Parmigiani Fleurier And Bugatti Lifestyle

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I prefer this to the other model but at first glance I was expecting the little cubes to indicate hours, minutes and seconds like a digital watch.  It would be a lot easier to read that way even though I know the liquid stuff is their big selling point.  Nearly $300,000 for an inaccurate, hard to read watch?   You'd never buy this to tell the time, so that's probably a moot point.

3 days, 21 hours ago on HYT H3 Watch & Video

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@Quijote Agreed.  This is exactly the problem with the German automakers.  They've diluted their brands with "fun" and "cheap" vehicles, and the drop in reliability hasn't helped.  Funnily enough, this is exactly what Apple tends not to do, with very few variants of a product.  The Swiss may be shooting themselves in the foot by trying too hard to compete with mass-produced, relatively cheap electronics.  That isn't their "thing" and isn't what most lovers of horology are looking for anyway.  

5 days, 14 hours ago on MMT ‘Horological Smartwatch’ Platform Finally Ties Switzerland To Silicon Valley

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Sleep trackers based on motion alone have been shown time and again to be wildly inaccurate.  Unless these watches come with a tiny EEG and cables, they're not gonna tell you much useful information.  It bothers me because like most of you and the majority of ordinary folk, I see a specialist to get a professional sleep analysis performed on me every month or so, but as a hypochondriac, i'd like to have one every night if I could.  There's a pressing need for this kind of technology to become available to the masses.  Oh wait... how many of you have EVER had a sleep analysis performed?  If you suspect you have sleep apnoea, perhaps you might have done, but i'm willing to bet most people don't need this "feature" at all.  As for the other feature - if you need to be reminded by a gadget to get off your ass and move a little bit, I worry about your sanity.  Step-counting may be useful, but i've seen purely mechanical versions of those that are a century old.  Maybe they could build that into a traditional mechanism and stuff it in there without replacing everything we love about mechanicals.


If you want to pay top-dollar for a watch that looks like a classically beautiful mechanical timepiece but with the heart and lungs ripped out and replaced with a quartz module of questionable utility, these are for you.  If you want a genuinely useful wrist device, it is going to have to be shamelessly computerised.  Shoe-horning technology into classic designs may be a way to break the ice and may initially seem appealing to traditionalists, but if MMT is all they can come up with, i'd rather go for a balls-out soulless electronic device.  At least it won't be as much of a compromise.  Of course, I am yet to be convinced they are of any real use either.  

5 days, 18 hours ago on MMT ‘Horological Smartwatch’ Platform Finally Ties Switzerland To Silicon Valley

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These look a bit naff.  I cannot unsee the little smiling face in the centre, especially with the hands at ten and two when it acquires the most hellacious of eyebrows.

5 days, 19 hours ago on Perrelet Turbine Skeleton Watch

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@bnabod @Ulysses31 It does look a bit cheesy, but it's a flourish that I appreciate when trying to find positive things to say about this watch and brand in general.  Looks a bit slippery and hard to grip though.

6 days, 18 hours ago on Bremont Jaguar MKI And MKII Non-Limited Edition Jaguar Collaboration Watches

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Love the tyre tread detail on the crown.  This is one of the least objectionable Bremonts i've ever seen; well-done.

1 week ago on Bremont Jaguar MKI And MKII Non-Limited Edition Jaguar Collaboration Watches

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Overall a distinctive and fairly attractive watch.  The hands are a technical marvel, but nevertheless look silly to me - like a prop for a clown routine or something to fold open and dry your clothes on.  They're busy, spindly and fragile-looking, and this clashes with the easy, charming simplicity of the rest of the dial.  It doesn't help that a two-centuries-old pocket watch bests this for craftsmanship.

1 week ago on Parmigiani Ovale Pantographe Watch Hands-On

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It seems patronising that most watch companies, soon to include Apple, continue to think that all that is necessary to market something to women is to make it blingy.  Do male consumers care too much about details such as battery life and actual utility to be bothered with?  Apple is a household name in technology and will sell mainly because of that, and the fact the various companies who have produced arguably more innovative smart-watches already are relative unknowns.  I expect these to fly off the shelves initially, mostly worn purely as a fashion item with the majority of its features left unused, other than notifications and such.

1 week ago on Why The Apple Watch Is Heavily Marketed To Women

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@SN0WKRASH I'll have what she's having.

1 week ago on MB&F HM3 MegaWind Final Edition Watch Hands-On

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Yet another re-heated MB&F concept.  Let's see, hmm, what can I say about this tired design that I haven't already said, hmm.  Nice lume?

1 week, 1 day ago on MB&F HM3 MegaWind Final Edition Watch Hands-On

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Relatively cheap and interesting for what they are.  I like the Panerai inspired one - what an interesting dial.  The Batman one is OK but he's used both the Bale and Keaton-era bat-symbols in the same watch.  You'd think a big fan of the franchise would go for watches with that theme, and would immediately notice the error.

1 week, 2 days ago on Affordable Hand-Engraved Watch Movements By Artur Akmaev

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Subtle and stylish with hints of blue.  This frosty-looking watch is just distinctive enough to stand out from the crowd.  It's appealingly thin too.  If it were my choice, i'd ditch the Arabic 12 for another stick marker, and maybe make the date window round, since the square one looks a bit awkward and out-of-place next to the other circular details.  I'm not convinced by the price but there's ugly garbage passing as haute horology going around at twice what this costs, so I guess it's all relative.

1 week, 2 days ago on Montblanc Chronométrie Dual Time Watch Hands-On

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C'est énorme!  Love the chunky bracelet and clasp - this is the Yorkie of watch bracelets.  The watch itself however is just massive to ridiculous (or should that be redonkulous?) levels.  The dial looks like someone sprinkled white jimmies all over it - in other words, busy as hell.  Where it really dominates is in that glorious light-show it generates in the lume shot.  The hands look as cheap as ever.  Attack a soda can with some tin snips and you'd end up with something very similar.  

You know, this looks a lot like several Seiko Prospex Landmaster variants.

1 week, 3 days ago on Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Orbital II Chronograph Watch Review

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Nice innards, but the hands don't really match (not "techy" enough like the rest of the movement) and then there are my usual grievances with the trademark notched bezel and superfluous lugs.  The black one helps to down-play these deficits somewhat.  If they tweaked the form just a little I would be all over this.

1 week, 4 days ago on Roger Dubuis Excalibur 42 Automatic Skeleton Watch Hands-On

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That Reverso looks like a woman's watch in every wrist-shot.  Perhaps it's because the guy has no arm hair but to me it just look feminine.  Love the chrono.

1 week, 5 days ago on Whiplash Movie Editor Tom Cross Chooses Perfect Jaeger-LeCoultre Watch For Academy Awards

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One cannot fail to be deeply impressed by the level of dedication on show here.  It is things like this that really justify the high prices we are familiar with in the world of horology, not tacky celebrity endorsements or special editions.  The movement is something to behold - not showy as such, but it doesn't need to be.  What is there, is flawless.  This modest yet perfectionist aesthetic reminds me of certain Japanese movements, and I think it is something that less savvy watch aficionados would easily miss.  I can't even begin to imagine how long it takes to craft a dial like that.  I have a dumb question, but how are the pallet jewels attached?  Is it a friction fit or is there something more?

1 week, 5 days ago on Movement Hands-On Series Episode 2: A Movement Conceived And Made Entirely By The Same Independent Watchmaker

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It's a beautifully crafted watch, but just like with that Ché-themed watch, I cannot ignore the subject material.  On the back, shouldn't Columbus be chopping off the ears and nose of that man, and slicing out the tongue of the woman before raping her?  Where are the thousands he put to death, and the rest of the slaves?  What's next Zenith, the Goerring memorial watch?  But oo look, a parrot!


Strip out the crap that lionises a monster of history, flatten that bulge, and you'd have a beautiful watch on your hands.  

1 week, 6 days ago on Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage II Watch Hands-On

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Nice watch.  Elegant hands and beautiful front and back, assuming you can somehow mentally erase that scrawling "12 Jours" written in the ugliest, dumbest-looking font imaginable.  It's supposed to be a watch, not an early-Nineties web-page.  It is for me the one fly in this very, very expensive ointment.

2 weeks ago on Blancpain Villeret Tourbillon Volant Une Minute 12 Jours Watch Hands-On

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Just beautiful watches.  I'd go for the power-reserve version - not sure how many people need to know the phases of the moon other than lycanthropes.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Updated Glashütte Original PanoMaticLunar, PanoReserve Models For 2015

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The "T" must be short for "Taking the piss".  The T-touch range have never been beauty queens, and when I think of pocket watches I imagine ornate, intricately beautiful masterpieces of craftsmanship - not a digital watch with the strap removed and a loop attached.  Sorry, i'm not seeing the retro style in this piece at all.  On a purely practical and functional level it's great - if only it wasn't as dull as a can of emulsion paint.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Tissot T-Touch ‘Pocket Touch’ Watch

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Although it's their most iconic design, for me it is the one Movado design I most dislike.  The dot imbalances the whole thing.  It's actually a pretty cool feature in some of their pieces where it serves as a date window, for example on the Datron chrono models (and the sub-dials balance it out more).  By itself though, it just looks a bit silly.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Movado Museum Dial Watch Ready For A Return? Movado Thinks So: Its History & Horwitt’s Struggle

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This only gets a "meh" from me.  The dial is just too stark, lacking in any sort of beautiful texture and with components that look like they were made with a cookie-cutter and glued on.  It looks like a bit of fondant icing resting on top of some sort of multi-tiered cake.  Dial-side looks great though.  Frankly, I am so over tourbillons I am almost sick of the sight of them.  They are to watches what talking furry animals have become to movies - utterly cliché.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Spherotourbillon Moon Watch Hands-On

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I too am surprised at how decent-looking this is - just not $8000 decent.  Does it signal a new design direction for Breitling?  I sure hope so.  The only thing is, I don't like Milanese bracelets on watches with standard lugs, because of the gaps it creates.  They only get away with it on a Super Ocean Heritage because that is such a handsome watch and those lugs are beefier than here.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Breitling Chronoliner Watch

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If I press down on the glass hard enough, will I hear a bell ring?  Perhaps it will summon the elevator?  I like the "minimalism" up to a point, and this watch definitely doesn't look like most others.  It does have the vibe of a much cheaper watch though.  If I can't read it at a glance, and if it looks like some sort of button, then i'm afraid i'd have to pass.  Considering these guys gave us the Altiplano, it looks like they weren't even trying here.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Piaget Black Tie “Vintage Inspiration” Watch Hands-On

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Due to the aforementioned design "flaws" this watch looks like it was built in a Chinese factory by someone who needs glasses.  Normally an admirer of FC, but someone really dropped the ball here.  

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Frédérique Constant Manufacture Heart Beat FC-945 Watch Hands-On

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I just find it quite ugly to look at.  Really would choose pretty much any other Rolex over this.  The pie-crust fluted bezel, the weird filled-in lugs on some models, the gaudy gold, the cyclops - it's a perfect storm of design elements I dislike.  The huge off-centre cut-out on the dial just kills it.  Yes, I know it is all part of the design and that is the way the functionality is implemented, but while clever from an engineering standpoint, it just doesn't look nice at all.  If any die-hard fanatic vehemently disagrees (Rolex seem to have a lot of these), feel free to get in line and pick a lesser timepiece to lob at me.  I'd go for the Invictas, they really hurt on impact.  Crap quality, but dang yo, they heavy.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rolex Sky-Dweller Watch: New Gold Colors Hands-On

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A pretty decent-looking Seiko.  It actually looks like it might be worth the asking price due to the nice finish and numerous cool design touches.  I am not one of those people who instinctively hates electronic watches, but I can tell pretty fast when an electronic watch is over-priced, as most of the ones with delusions of grandeur tend to be.  This seems well-engineered and deserving of the price.  To put it another way, if a watch like this had a bog-standard 7750 in it with these looks, no one would be complaining about the price - and this thing does a heck of a lot more than just tell the time.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Seiko Astron Solar GPS Chronograph Limited Edition Styled By Giugiaro Design

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I heard it this morning.  Strangely your voice sounded deeper.

3 weeks ago on Ariel Adams On BBC World Service Program “The Why Factor” To Talk Watches

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Overall I think it looks beautiful, but I hate that cheap-looking buckle they often use and for some reason the case looks like it has a lot of swirls or smudges on it.  Probably because it is a review model, but it really spoils the looks.  The price seems to have be chosen via a random number generator - out of reach for most of us, but then I don't think price or value have any real meaning to the target audience of watches like this.

3 weeks ago on Vacheron Constantin Harmony Ultra-Thin Grande Complication Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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The colour combination is funky and appealing, making this Omega marginally less boring.  Still, i'd have to pass.  I could get a bunch of funky, colourful watches for nearly $6000.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition Watch

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I like this watch, only it's a little bit large, and a little too blocky and thick in design to be considered truly "elegant".  I also don't like that central lug design.  If they were to invert it and have two broad outer lugs it would look nicer.  Movement and rotor seem quite plain.  They make nicer pieces; this one doesn't particularly blow me away.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date Watch Hands-On

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Hublot enters the high-octane, pulse-pounding sport of... golf.  Ugh.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Justin Rose Is New Hublot Watches Ambassador As Brand Enters World Of Golf

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@Lurch @Ulysses31 You're right.  The lack of a seconds hand still bothers me on the AL&S, but their watch out-does the Breguet in terms of class and simple elegance (IMHO).  Also, I find the vast majority of what AL&S create to be to my tastes which is something I cannot say for most brands.  

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Top 10 Elegant Dress Watches for Men

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This looks very much like a number of Nautica watch designs.  If it weren't for the logo i'd say from the looks alone this was a $500 watch,  I like the brand and the movements but in this guise, i'd have to pass.

4 weeks ago on Eterna Royal KonTiki Chronograph GMT Watch Debuts With New Movement

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I really like what DeBethune usually do, but their watches are starting to look more like Star Trek movie-props than expensive haute-horologie.  It's a fine line they're walking these days.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on De Bethune DB28 GS “Grand Sport” Watch Hands-On

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Lovely.  Fusée and chain all in your face.  A little too much text littering the movement and it's not much to look at either, but forgivable considering the rest.

1 month ago on Zenith Academy George Favre-Jacot Watch With Fusee And Chain Hands-On

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I like the dial texture and colour a lot, but the yellow accents and the association with the Bond franchise spoils it for me.  

1 month ago on James Bond 007 Spectre Movie Gets First Watch: Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra > 15,007 Gauss

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An elegant watch, with a gorgeous rotor design.  I'm not happy about the mixing of Arabic and Roman numerals on the same scale though.  Honestly I could take or leave the deadbeat complication.  I just don't see the appeal of it in this use-case.  Now, it makes more sense to have a deadbeat hand on for example a sub-dial, where the indices are so bunched together you cannot easily tell which marker the hand is pointed at.  Here though, the ticking is something I would want to get away from.  There's something more natural about watching the smooth passing of time with a sweeping hand.

1 month ago on Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Deadbeat Watch

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It looks a bit doughy; a big fat lump of a case with itty-bitty hands and narrow strap.  A nice idea though.

1 month ago on Giuliano Mazzuoli Carrara Watches Review

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@Patrick Kansa @Ulysses31 So you could get at least a month out of it?  That's not so bad.  I am so used to expecting poor battery life from the electronic watches that usually get featured here.

1 month ago on Devon Works Tread 2 Shining Watch Review

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It's a more wearable version of an original flawed concept.  Looks a bit like an RM, which you may or may not like, depending on your tastes.  Those central lugs look ridiculous - are they Bulova tuning-forks?  I think one of the most important questions about this watch remains to be answered, and that is how long it lasts on a single charge.  I'm surprised it wasn't mentioned but perhaps it is still so impractically limited that it would harm the marketing for the watch.  I actually like the idea of this watch, and i'm sure it would be enjoyable to hear the electro-mechanical clicking and whirring every now and then.  If it dies every few days though, it is just another mobile gadget you have to look after.

1 month ago on Devon Works Tread 2 Shining Watch Review

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Looks decent, nothing that blows me away.

1 month ago on Christopher Ward C60 Trident Watch Collection Overview

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The soft pads would be an ideal place to have some sensors.  That way the old rich fart wearing it could figure out how long he had left to live, or when to slow down and avoid a heart-attack while he was pounding that young model who married him "for love".

1 month ago on Christophe & Co. Armill Is $150,000 Self-Powering Smart Bracelet Designed By Pininfarina With Upgradeable Tech

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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.

1 month, 1 week 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.

1 month, 1 week ago on Ball Engineer II Magneto S Watch Hands-On

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