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2 hours, 5 minutes ago on Arnold & Son DSTB Watch Hands-On
Nice dial and beautiful rotor. Bovet still manages to make their range of watches look like plasticy costume jewellery though. The hour markers, logo and power reserve look like they were applied with a piping bag full of gold icing. Just a lack of apparent precision in the way they look - rounded and poorly-defined. I'm not a fan of the wavy hands either.
1 day, 2 hours ago on Bovet Amadeo Fleurier 43 Meteorite Watch Review
I see this as a very useful educational tool and who knows, might actually get some kids interested in this ancient art. I could probably get an actual watch with a tourbillon in it for that much, though I do think it is a cool experiment he has done. 3D printing has the potential to create a great schism in manufacturing.
3 days, 14 hours ago on 3D Printed Working Co-Axial Tourbillon 1000% By Nicholas Manousos Hands-On
It is still visually underwhelming especially for the price, unless you're a patriot and think it's worth getting purely for the partially US-made novelty.
4 days, 11 hours ago on Revised Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch Now Packs More US-Made Key Components
Such an attractive, classy watch. It's a bit thick but really, who cares? It's great how you can see key parts of the movement operating on the front.
5 days, 16 hours ago on Arnold & Son DSTB Watch Hands-On
@Feller87 The Titanic represents a major disaster where many people died. Making cash out of such a tragedy seems distasteful to many. On the other hand, this watch commemorates one of humanity's great achievements. Considering how Bremont markets themselves as a company with links to aviation, this at least seems somewhat relevant. RJ on the other hand tends to integrate seemingly random things into their watches. What will be their next piece? A watch that integrates shards of glass from a mirror that Jerome's grandfather coughed on a couple of times?
5 days, 16 hours ago on Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition Watch
@Zzyzx You're right. I could take it or leave it, personally. It's enough that it's a handsome, well-made watch. It's just a little bit condescending for them to think that such a gimmick would make people rush out and buy the watch. If it's a good quality piece this isn't necessary.
5 days, 17 hours ago on Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition Watch
Now THIS is a very attractive watch in a vintage style with all sorts of interesting unique little touches.
6 days, 4 hours ago on Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition Watch
@Henryus Totally agree about the Seiko looks. I have the greatest respect for the Marinemaster but to my mind it has always been a good value workhorse of a watch (depending on the model). Not much of a looker though, and certainly not the kind of looks i'd pay 6K for. Bremonts have always carried a premium price though.
6 days, 7 hours ago on Bremont Terra Nova GMT Watch Hands-On
The Bremont aesthetic is fundamentally ugly to me, albeit with a scattering of attractive elements. That dial and bezel, what were they thinking? That embossed, plastic-looking globe that's tilted just upsets the symmetry. The bezel uses a font that is tiny and looks blurry and indistinct. The case-back and case itself though are very nice. Really don't like this style of hour markers though, which is common to several kinds of watch, I know, but it just looks cheap to me wherever I see it. How about something a little less stark and simplistic and more architectural and sculpted like the rest of the watch? I'm sure i've upset some Bremont fan-boys but that's just how I feel about the design.
6 days, 11 hours ago on Bremont Terra Nova GMT Watch Hands-On
I find that bezel with the Roman numerals to be quite unattractive, along with those double projections on either side, reminiscent of Harry Winston watches. Overall it's a very "Eighties" looking watch. I prefer the vintage models.
1 week, 1 day ago on Omega Constellation Co-Axial 38mm Watch Review
@David Bredan @Ulysses31 It certainly was useful to see the data represented in "black and white" as it were. It's something many people have suspected about the industry but until now haven't been able to see it represented clearly like you did here. Ariel has been talking about it a lot recently. I wonder what made him decide to throw some light on this issue? It seems to me that the Swiss watch industry suffers from a chronic inertia, a reluctance to do more than maintain the status quo. It's quite dangerous though to continue in this fashion when the globalisation of manufacturing and the democratisation of skills and knowledge make it ever more likely that another disruptive event will occur. Continuously cranking up the prices won't be enough in the coming years.
1 week, 2 days ago on How And Why Rolex Prices Have Increased Over Time
This isn't unexpected information. The same would apply to many manufacturers, although it would be interesting if you performed this same analysis on other brands and found out which (if any) didn't partake in price gouging. A potential flaw in the analysis is that presumably you used the average income of all Americans, though I would suggest that those Americans with average to low incomes wouldn't even be considering the purchase of a luxury watch any time soon, and Rolex probably aren't interested in that demographic. We are supposed to live in a classless society but we don't; people working in certain sectors with a particular "rank" are far more likely to be interested in, and capable of purchasing, luxury items. The almost exponential growth of incomes in the banking sector, for example, would have a large effect on these results. This is happening while incomes of the average Joe are continuing to fall compared with inflation so while incomes are technically rising buying power has been diminishing for years. I'm from the UK so cannot speak for the average American.
This is an odd-looking one. It appears to have been designed by someone who was given a brief to add various complications to the dial with no instruction on how to do so. It's not quite tri-compax (in my opinion) because the two upper sub-dials aren't quite centred - it's off-putting. The clumsy big-date chops off a chunk of the lower sub-dial making it both ugly and useless. The day indicator is bizarre, like a unibrow on a frowning face. A generally botched design you'd expect to see on a $50 Chinese made product.
1 week, 4 days ago on Bulova Accutron Amerigo Watch Review
I can appreciate well-designed women's watches as I think in essence what makes a watch "good" is a set of features common to designs for either gender. It's the watches that try to focus overtly on one gender or another that tend to fail. Then there's the stereotypical crap that is rather obviously aimed at what is believed to be the exclusive domain of women (flower shapes, thousands of gems etc). Those sorts of designs seem just a bit patronising. There is a mix here, it seems. There are some really nice pieces here and a clear love of detailing and craftsmanship. The golden cuff in particular strikes me as a design that is elegant and sophisticated with the flush fitting watch dial and the hidden clasp. The engraved leaf motifs in some of their work are beautifully detailed and realistic. The somewhat organic design inspiration makes me think of Fabergé eggs. Off-topic, I wonder if we'll see Fabergé watches reviewed here?
1 week, 5 days ago on Buccellati Watches Hands-On In Milan
1 week, 6 days ago on Memorigin Transformers Tourbillon Watches With Optimus Prime Or Bumblebee
Yes, let's commemorate Brazil's abysmal performance with these gaudy watches. It's made worse by the fact that without the ugly colours and silly-looking hands these would be attractive watches. OK, maybe they could get rid of the stupid wide date window... and the unbalanced sub-dials... and the Chiquita banana sticker that is their brand logo, and those futuristic numerals (circa 1985) that look like they were borrowed from a super-bike/super-helicopter/talking car dashboard.
2 weeks ago on Parmigiani Pershing CBF Chronograph Watches At The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
"Yeah, but what have they done lately?" Sorry, just had to throw that in there - it's a phrase i've heard a lot but it's true that the non-nostalgic members of society expect constant innovation and don't get all warm and fuzzy sitting around the camp-fire smoking pipes and reminiscing about some achievement from the distant past. It was a fine achievement at the time, but doing something first and doing it best are two different things, and in industry at least, the latter takes precedent.
2 weeks ago on Celebrating The 100th Anniversary Of The First Chronometer Certified Wristwatch By Rolex
An aluminium watch that requires ugly and perishable rubber protectors for $30K + ? I love FPJ and know that they make some very gorgeous watches, but just because every watch they make carries their logo doesn't make every watch they make good. It's important to realise this because things like brand loyalty, or to put it another way, "faith", harms the capitalist approach to competition. We should assess each new product on its actual merits regardless of who made it, otherwise we risk giving our patronage to a company that may not always deserve it, allowing them to drop the ball and coast along on their reputation alone. That's difficult to do in the world of watches (or smartphones *cough cough*) but we should still try.
I'm not saying FPJ is coasting, but I don't see the value proposition in this particular watch. The implementation is clumsy at best. The bracelet links leave huge ugly gaps when curved in various ways. The rubber bumpers seem like they were retrofitted onto the watch after the designers realised the watch parts might scratch or have that awful tinny aluminium "clank" when they clashed together. The complications on the dial are located in random places, making it difficult to love this look. The movement, while accomplished, is not the beauty that I have come to expect from FPJ. It would be acceptable if this watch were cheaper, but it isn't.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on F.P. Journe Octa Sport Watch In Aluminum Review
@aBlogtoWatch @Ulysses31 That's kinda my point. "Oversize" doesn't have a hard, standardised meaning. What is average or usual is simply whatever is the norm or what is fashionable for the time. It is indeed a moving target and that is why we shouldn't take too much offence at its use. The definition is loose and means different things to different people. I don't think those who use the term are deliberately trying to attack those who have a preference for larger watches. There are plenty of other ways to do that that are far more entertaining. "Undersize" could be used in the same way but is ultimately equally fuzzy. Is it suitable to describe a watch 30mm or less? Maybe 36?
At the end of the day if it looks good, it's the right size. I'll tell you what bugs me more than an excessively large watch... people who don't bother sizing the bracelet, and just let the watch flop around on their wrist. Maybe not worthy of an article in itself but something i'd be interested in getting to the bottom of.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on What’s The Deal With Big Watch Sizes? The Large Timepiece Explained
I've said it several times and I guess i'll have to repeat it. "Oversize" does NOT mean "too big". It means "larger than average", or "larger than is usual". There is never an indication in any definition that i've seen that would indicate that "oversize" implies something negative or excessive or wrong. Merriam Webster, the OED and various other dictionaries agree with me here. Ultimately the correct size for a watch is whatever looks right on your wrist, and you should be able to tell if you're a very skinny guy that a 200 gram lump of a watch isn't best suited to your physique. Likewise, if you have arms like tree-trunks as is the case with the guy in that photo, you should wear a larger watch, though not something as crass as a SISU. Kinda sounds like the name of a brutal Egyptian military dictator, doesn't it?
@emenezes @Ulysses31 You're right. I've seen it on some Corum watches too. I don't think flags make for an attractive design element though.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver Refreshed For 2014
It's OK, but I find it weird-looking. Those lugs are just strange. The pricing is overly ambitious, like they believe their own hype. Humility is one thing that must be running in short supply in Detroit. It's a fatal flaw and one that is still common in American manufacturing. Great companies have fallen by the wayside when they got cocky, and Shinola isn't even a great company (yet). I don't have a problem with quartz movements, but I do have a problem with getting screwed for what I get. This decent looking watch is one to avoid until the price is at least halved.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Shinola Black Blizzard Titanium Chronograph Watch
It's a handsome watch - unusual for Alpina who are normally terribly boring. It looks well put together. Tells the time and everything. Yep. Not bad.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Alpina Alpiner GMT 4 Watch Hands-On
@MarkCarson @Ulysses31 I like the ocean waves theme too. Just not enough subtlety for my tastes. Other versions of this style (like the all-black with blue markers and hands) are more my thing.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver Refreshed For 2014
Gorgeous bracelet, case and case-back with that lovely "classic" matte titanium finish. Excellent build quality. The ugly uninspired Casio-esque cheap-looking LCD display ruins it. Nothing says "we couldn't be arsed" like having four unharmonious corners in the circular cut-out for the dial. It's as though they thought "shit! We made the hole too small! Quick, chop it up and make it fit!" At least they made an effort with the integration of the display into the Z-33.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Omega Speedmaster X-33 Skywalker Watch Hands-On
It's a nice bracelet, but man, that dial is fugly. Let me guess, the white stripes control bad breath while the red stripe deters tartar? Also, rubber has no place on a component that will be frequently touched by oily-skinned humans. Yep, i'll have to pass on the U.N "Toothpaste" edition.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver Refreshed For 2014
Let's be reasonable. Eleven million is a lot of money for a sheikh with a lot of financial commitments. Those terrorist groups don't fund themselves.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Sotheby’s To Re-Auction The Patek Philippe Supercomplication, The Most Expensive Pocket Watch Ever
@Zeitblom Titanium anodises well, but just for that superior durability and exotic nature, i'm more of a Tantalum guy. It also can be anodised but due to the rarity, probably not that easy to source.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on JeanRichard Terrascope Aluminum Watch In Primary Colors Hands-On
Nursery school kids will be clamouring for this. United Colours of Benetton want their watch back. I could go on but it isn't necessary with all the other great replies down there. I like having fun as much as the next guy but not at the expense of my dignity. One thing I do like about this watch is the combination of blued hands with orange lume. That by itself looks cool. The rest of it looks like colourful plasticine.
I've always liked the MeisterSinger aesthetic, and with this watch they've made a timepiece that maintains the one-handed look and adds much-needed practicality. As others have said, the price isn't right, but the watch certainly is.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on The MeisterSinger Salthora Changes Up A Singular Design
@watchlux Several of the regulars here are in fact divers, so it would be unwise to insult their experience. I'd prefer their wisdom over that of an obvious shill any day of the week. This watch is so good they couldn't even be bothered to clean it of filth and grime before presenting it to the world. Some of your claims are laughable.
3 weeks ago on Visconti Abyssus Scuba 3000m Dive Watches Hands-On
I first saw this some months ago and was taken with the funky industrial techy design. I thought the fit and finish was deplorable though, so i'm glad to hear it's not in the final form. However, I am not a fan of the GP Sea Hawk dial so this design doesn't do much for me either. Still, all those weird controls look like they'd be fun to play with before they fall apart. I'll admit I like the futuristic look, but it's all a bit random and not very refined.
It's a very beautiful watch from a casual glance. The hand length issue is a pretty serious mistake though. The movement finish is not something that delights in the same was as the dial does. Having become used to the fact that the majority of Swiss manufacturers don't make everything themselves, I am not that fussed about whether or not the movement is in house. It's a laudable effort though.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Christopher Ward C9 Harrison 5-Day Automatic Watch Review & Debut
I'm glad to say I got most of these, although I should point out that some of these iconic hands are actually ones that have been derived from earlier generic designs.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on How The Most Popular Watches Can Be Recognized By Just Their Hands
It looks as great as the other models in this range. I have decided that I don't really like crystal bridges though. They look like perspex/lucite to me. Plasticy, in other words. It's the kind of stuff I expect to see when entering a modern office building, not in a luxury watch. The honking great bridge on the top makes the watch look a bit imbalanced. On a random note, did you see the new crownless Rado watch you can set by just caressing the sides? Pretty cool.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Christophe Claret Maestoso Watch Hands-On
@Panagiotis Sounds like the NSA had a hand in the design of this watch...
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Graff Diamonds Hallucination, The $55 Million Quartz Watch
After the last two posts, what a relief it is to see a work of art like this. The textures and tones on this watch are very attractive. For some reason the dial guilloché reminds me of scales, like those of a snake or pangolin. Overall it's a great idea that allows you to enjoy the workings without having to remove the watch. I've often said that the movements tend to outshine the dials in terms of beauty on many a Swiss watch, so hopefully this sort of thing will catch on.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Arnold & Son Royal TES Tourbillon With A Sapphire Twist
The strap looks like it was designed to appeal to seven-year-old boys who love playing with hot-wheels. It also looks like it was stitched by a seven-year old. Just embarrassingly shit quality there, sorry but this is really a pathetic effort. People get fired from Chinese sweat-shops for work better than that. As for the watch itself, while not a fan of carbon-fibre I can tolerate it when the design of the watch is reasonable, and it is overall a nice design. Shame about the orange and the over-use of CF, and the digital date looks tacky. My memory drifts back to a few decades ago when digital was so trendy that this digital style font was used on every piece of crap calculator, walkie talkie and transistor radio from Hong Kong to make it look futuristic.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Blancpain L-Evolution R Chronographe Flyback Grande Date Watch Hands-On
It's a terrible, terrible thing. You'd have to have some kind of deep-rooted psychological issues to want, or wear, this watch. The "watch" part of this thing is all but absent. The rest is just an extremely expensive assembly of diamonds that would, in the hands of a true craftsman, become something amazing, but in this case are a hideous LSD-trip of random colours. As such, it has no place on a blog that is supposed to be about high-end watch-making and for those who love the art of engineering. At least it's aptly named.
The suit is far more impressive, and far more of an engineering challenge, than the watch.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Hublot Sponsors The Exosuit Diving Suit Wearable Submarine
I think it's a very handsome watch. The styling is excellent, though the dial is just a little bit crowded. I would be perfectly OK losing the 1/1000th of a second functionality because it is a bit pointless, since the reaction time of the human operator would add a far larger error into the reading (unless they had fly-like reflexes). It's big but that's fine by me - isn't it a common complaint that dressy watches are too small? This isn't offensively large by any means. The battery must add to the necessary bulk of the watch and having a supplementary charging system as Mark suggested would go a long way to making this watch a bit thinner. A domed crystal probably wasn't a good choice for this reason, since it would make the watch look even thicker. Still, it's pretty good value overall and if it comes in steel it would be even better. Steel with a blue dial would make it a very lust-worthy timepiece.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Bulova Precisionist Wilton Chronograph Watch Review
I'm surprised anyone buys anything from the Galante range, but then you guys have Las Vegas and it all starts to make sense. It's all very brown and stuffy-looking inside - there might as well be a bunch of rifles hanging from the walls. I definitely get the feel that this place is perhaps best suited to the older American gentlemen. As a European I think i'd be far more likely to enter a place that was more light and airy, with a modern design. Nice to see Seiko doing so well; I wouldn't have expected that, but they do provide good value - something even the wealthy cannot avoid noticing in these troubled times.
1 month ago on Buying Watches In Phoenix, Arizona: Arizona Fine Time
@David Bredan @Ulysses31 I see. Those are a bit more my taste. Somewhat reminiscent of Itay Noy pieces. Thanks for adding them :)
1 month ago on Unique Skeletonized Watches By Molnar Fabry: Hands-On And Workshop Visit
Some truly incredible work here. I love the little intricate gears and pulley-like contraptions all over the movement. It's impressive how they have managed to reproduce by hand a heavily machined look. While an obvious demonstration of their collective skill though, there's also that coldness we associate with very "machine-like" designs. These watches could've been assembled from whatever might be found inside the skull of a Terminator. Aside from that one beautifully customised bridge in one of the photos with sweeping curves and organic shapes, the aesthetic is too "technological" for my tastes, though I very much appreciate and admire the skill of these guys.
It's elegant and very thin but also a bit boring. Feu dials may be hard to produce but the final result is a little underwhelming in this instance. I don't want to wear a coin on my wrist (unless it is a tremendously good-looking coin).
1 month ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Grand Feu Watch Hands-On
It sure is a tough life being a watch journalist :P. This watch is impressive. It's big and masculine but not showy, and has in my opinion a useful complication built in. I wasn't sure if I liked the floating dial in the centre but it's growing on me as it adds depth to the watch.
1 month ago on Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter Watch Hands-On Flying Debut
@WimadS @Ulysses31 For me, it's the "clutter" that it adds to the perimeter of the dial - and the extra hand. It's the same reason why I don't much like world-timers where all the city names are crammed around the edge. JD and some others manage to do it in a way that's not too intrusive and I don't mind those, but in this case it doesn't quite look right to me; the date markings look too prominent.
1 month ago on Frédérique Constant Moontimer Watch Review
A competent effort but nothing that gets me excited. Great lume, great finish. I really don't like that particular type of date implementation though. It's just less elegant than a date window.
Smart, understated looks. Low power too - in fact, such a low power device that it would have been ideal if solar powered. There must be a lot of technology squeezed into that small case and all it takes is an oaf of a jeweller to damage the watch while changing the battery.
1 month ago on Withings Activité Fitness Tracker Device Disguised As An Elegant Timepiece