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1 day, 2 hours ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre à Chronographe Watch Review
@emenezes @Ulysses31 Yeah, it''s just that in the past, they got none most of the time.
4 days ago on Nomos Ahoi Sport Watches Compared
I like JD - they're famous for their ornate and detail-oriented designs. I guess the guy who paints the dials didn't show up this time. It's an attractive piece for sure, but all the empty space knocks off the balance a bit.
4 days, 1 hour ago on Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme Ivory Enamel Watch Hands-On
I dunno, I think it looks cheap and bland, like those watches you get for free for inquiring about life insurance. Surprised to see so many responses to a sponsored post.
4 days, 1 hour ago on Nomos Ahoi Sport Watches Compared
It's a very well made piece but i'm not too fond if this "old world" style of watch. I find the dial textures unappealing and the way the complications are laid out is a little haphazard.
5 days, 2 hours ago on Breguet Classique Power Reserve 7137 Watch Hands-On
That plastic shroud looks like one of those D12 dies they use in board games. Next time I choose to stand in front of a sand blaster or feel like taking a ride inside a washing machine, i'll be sure to put on one of these. It looks decent, but gets a "meh" from me.
5 days, 16 hours ago on New Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Watches Tortured To Illustrate Durability
5 days, 22 hours ago on How Screwed Is The Watch Industry Thanks To The Apple Watch?
There's something disarmingly humble about this watch. It's just so clear, precise and easy to read. I'm surprised at how much I like this. The price seems steep though for what you get.
6 days, 16 hours ago on Pellikaan Timing Hendrik Lorentz Watch
@Greebo @Ulysses31 It's not nonsense at all. I often marvel at the lack of basic analytical faculties of Apple consumers. Your computer is beautiful to look at, functional, and... pointlessly thin. It's essentially a tablet on a stand. Apple was the company that started to make a big deal out of the "thinner is better" fad at the cost of battery life for phones, so now it applies to desktop-based computers and everything else too - space which would have allowed for better processors and more memory and storage, or anything else you might find useful to have on a desktop - gone - but hey, it's thinner! Unless you're planning to wall-mount it (a very unlikely use case) I don't see the point. Same thing with high-resolution displays in small devices to the point of absurdity, another fad that Apple started as a pointless specs war, another war they have long since lost. More pixels means a bigger drain on battery life without adopting newer display technologies, means more GPU processing power is needed to drive the display at a usable frame-rate, means more power consumption. Again, this is one of those specifications Apple tried to compete on purely for the bragging rights without any major benefit to the consumer. This is what they do - they choose something as a hook then over-engineer and market the hell out of it to convince people like you that it is something you can't live without. The Apple G4 Cube computer that overheated and cracked, the Apple puck mouse... tell me these were good designs and I would have to laugh. Interesting forms, functionally crippled. Even the modern Magic mouse is hard to use due to its thin design and clogging ball. My iPad that crashes whenever it feels like due to a lack of RAM... there are so many examples of poor hardware and software design choices you could fill a book with it.
Apple is a very successful company because they have the knack of selling products that do not offer any immediate extra value, but which make you think they do. Their advancements are mostly due to the expected progression of manufacturing and computer technologies we see from the likes of Intel and other engineering firms. Their processors designs are the only thing that I can respect, because they are actually very good.
1 week ago on How Screwed Is The Watch Industry Thanks To The Apple Watch?
I breathed a sigh of relief to gaze upon this beautiful watch with steel case and blued hands. I have a very low tolerance for fashionable gimmicky plastic/rubber bullshit. That iWatch looks like it was designed by Alessi, don't you think? Google them, especially their watches, you'll see. This, on the other hand, was designed by someone who has a true appreciation of what watch lovers desire.
1 week ago on Mühle-Glashütte R. Mühle & Sohn Watches Celebrate The 20th Anniversary Of The Brand’s Revival
The watch industry is not at any major risk. No smart watch is directly comparable in form or function to a standard quartz watch of a few hundred dollars. Someone looking for a high-quality Citizen or Seiko quartz will not consider one of these as an alternative. From an aesthetic perspective they are not remotely alike. It is like believing that a kilt is a viable alternative to trousers. They're so different, you'd never even consider the other as an option. It will create NEW customers, not replace the watch of an existing customer - the people who don't already own one. The styling is too "feminine" and jewellery-like to appeal to a lot of men (of course many would disagree, I accept that). The iWatch is a beautiful smooth pebble of a thing that makes no consideration in its design for actual ergonomics or practicality. It is a piece of sculpture that wants desperately to be beautiful so badly that it neglects what it is supposed to be used for. This is the Apple design philosophy - form dominates function, always. I can appreciate the looks but it is still an unimaginative square fat little box with a computer inside, wrapped in a "premium" case. Did you notice the great excitement when several manufacturers adopted the round form-factor? People want a watch that LOOKS like a watch. The iWatch cannot escape what it is, and never will. A circuit board, some cheap resin, and a tiny battery, all put together by some anonymous Chinese OEM by the hundreds of thousands, built to a budget with a generous profit margin slapped on top.
Beautiful? I think it's attractive enough. Useful? Probably. A must-have? Certainly not. Will it change everything... again? Doubtful. Some of the less intelligent manufacturers will see the affect of the Apple brand sell quite a number of these things, some will scramble to produce new designs (despite having already made watches with almost identical functionality and looks) and then realise that it is their brand and not their product that holds them back. Same old story really.
1 week, 1 day ago on How Screwed Is The Watch Industry Thanks To The Apple Watch?
@MarkCarson Like a Seiko Kinetic Direct Drive? It's a good idea. You could also have used a wrist-facing thermopile (Seiko Thermic) or transparent solar cell over the screen, but good ideas are not what apple does. They have random ideas, assume they are good, and then polish and market them to absurdity, then watch the cash roll in.
It looks like a more premium take on existing smart-watches. I quite like the way it looks but it's not miles better than anything we've seen so far. The phones are the same deal - sleek looks but in terms of functionality nothing superior to what has already been available for months, if not years. It'll sell because it is Apple. Some similarities with the Samsung Simband prototype, physically at least.
1 week, 1 day ago on Apple Watch Smartwatch Launches
I think it's quite beautiful, really. Couldn't give a frak about the gun connection though; actually I think that taints the watch, and its image. Yes, they might argue they're "helping", but it seems like the worst kind of token gesture, like a fat bastard of a business man tossing a coin to a hobo as he passes by in his sedan chair. Yes, by purchasing this watch you'll be able to boast to your friends that you've "done your bit", and make sure you squeeze out every last drop of kudos from your generous act that you possibly can. Great watch, but patronising intent.
1 week, 1 day ago on Fonderie 47 Inversion Principle Tourbillon Watch In Red Gold
Jony Ive's boring unadventurous "follow the leader" design versus Newson's radical yet attractive and interesting aesthetic - who will win? Hopefully Newson, but given the cultural inertia Apple has, not likely.
1 week, 2 days ago on 10 Interesting Facts About Marc Newson’s Watch Design Work At Ikepod
Chunky, masculine and modern with sleek looks and a gorgeous finish. Maybe a little on the blocky side but I like it. Looks kinda thick though. Put it on a diet and this would be perfect.
1 week, 3 days ago on Porsche Design P’6780 Diver Watch Review
A Nomos I actually like. What a difference the colour makes.
1 week, 3 days ago on Nomos Zurich Worldtimer Blue Watch
I generally like the watches this guy comes up with. This retains the attractive style and adds a little novelty. Yes, it could break - this is a natural material and not some high-tech formulation - but I can't remember the last time I dropped my watch or banged it on something. I'm more worried about scraping it on something as I walk by. Durability is one of my main concerns especially with something expensive, but I would wear this only occasionally, and so risk of damage would be minimised. The price kinda kills this as a possible purchase, even for "fun".
1 week, 3 days ago on Giuliano Mazzuoli Carrara Watch With Marble Case
I only have the one, a chrono. Nothing fancy really.
1 week, 5 days ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Hamilton Khaki Pilot Day Date
"...iWatch Smartwatch Watches..." Ugh... Anyway, I like Newson's work. A little worried that he is being initiated into the design team at Apple though. Ive is a bad designer based on his decisions in the last few years, so i'm hoping Newson will bring in something fresh AND sensible to the Apple design stable, which has really been aching for something innovative for ages now. I heard that Ive said the Swiss watch industry will be in big trouble once the iWatch comes out. I've long felt his ego was immense, a feeling only reinforced by comments like this. Must be all that iKoolAid.
1 week, 5 days ago on Apple Hires Marc Newson, iWatch Smartwatch Watches Likely To Be Designed With His Help
An attractive watch. I love the subtle sub-dials. The main dial is lovely and overall the watch has a relatively slim appearance. It could be due to the face-to-bezel ratio favouring mostly dial, which is something I prefer. Even the Roman numerals (which I usually dislike) are made less obtrusive by being represented as outlines rather than solidly filled. The rotor looks a bit funny though; is it a magic-eye picture? Doesn't matter, I wouldn't be staring at it while wearing this beauty.
1 week, 5 days ago on Blancpain Villeret Pulsometer Flyback Chronograph Watch
It has some style judging from the sketches. It looks like the most popular smart watches will be those that resemble traditional designs. I actually think that the fully-connected philosophy will turn out to be less useful than other features that could be added in the future. Currently all manufacturers can come up with are ways of replicating functions of other devices. I don't think I would ever want to type a text message on something as small as a watch though (as an example). Even the fitness-aimed devices are a niche that won't appeal to everyone. I would actually be more interested in a watch with a true physical dial that used hands to indicate useful information. The idea of a glowing screen showing a simulation of an actual watch dial doesn't appeal to me. A Mirasol-based display could look nicer - it wouldn't glow but more resemble something that had been physically printed. Perhaps in the future we'll have a dial where the pixels are tiny physical rods that can move up and down, creating actual relief like an ultra-fine pin-art toy.
1 week, 5 days ago on Gilt Michael Bastian Smartwatch Engineered By Hewlett-Packard?
@Jimxxx @Ulysses31 It's not always possible to explain in painstaking detail what one means for the benefit of those who are unaware of a person's usual writing style and choose to favour a negative interpretation. Do me the courtesy in future of not assuming I have some sort of malicious intent when I make a comment. Try to give people the benefit of the doubt. I dislike having my integrity questioned by total strangers who misunderstand me.
1 week, 5 days ago on Citizen Campanola Mechanical Watches To Use Swiss La Joux-Perret Movements
@Jimxxx Yes, it's a generalisation, but a fair observation based on experience, and one that wasn't intended as an insult. I wouldn't make such a statement based on one watch face. It's based on my observation of the culture as a whole. The Japanese culture likes to anthropomorphise inanimate objects significantly more than in the West. How many times have you seen a Japanese instruction manual for a TV or phone or some other electronic device where the device is given a face, arms and legs and tells you it doesn't like excessive heat or cold by sweating or turning into an ice cube? That's just one example, but there are many. Granted such practices are not unique to Japan but I reckon anthropomorphism is more prevalent there. Some believe it originates in ancient Animist beliefs where it was normal to imbue all manner of non-human life forms and inanimate objects a "soul". Of course there are exceptions; what I said was merely an observation of a trend.
@SuperStrapper It makes it look like the watch has a nose bleed. Thankfully it can be hidden.
1 week, 6 days ago on H. Moser & Cie Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time Watch
@SuperStrapper @5803822 Yeah, that's what I meant. I should have been more specific and said "blue elements" (such as hands or dial etc) and white gold. It might look a bit like an AL&S but that would be no bad thing in my book.
@SuperStrapper It looks like the logo is just on the crown and rotor.
1 week, 6 days ago on Citizen Campanola Mechanical Watches To Use Swiss La Joux-Perret Movements
I'd actually rather have a fully Japan-made watch from Citizen than one with a Swiss movement. I realise this is not that different from Swiss companies purchasing Japanese movement designs but there's something about mixing the two that might give certain types an excuse not to make the purchase. Those of us in the know already recognise that the Japanese can make their own perfectly good movements. Some, however, might see that as a compromise. For the price you can buy (in theory) 100% Swiss.
By using a Swiss movement, it feels as though Citizen is trying to ride on the coat-tails of the Swiss watch industry's reputation rather than offering something they couldn't produce themselves. They, like many Asian companies, seem to be realising that "Swiss made" carries a lot of weight in the market, however well-deserved (or not) this reputation is. They own the company and so might as well make the most of it, and if you are more interested in getting a special La Joux-Perret movement than a nice watch as a whole (not specifically aimed at this watch), then these Campanolas would probably offer a better value proposition, but for me a watch should be taken as a single entity.
These specific watches are well made and finished but i'm really not liking the design. Very few of the Campanola line over the years have appealed to me as they look like "wannabe European" designs - a bit confused as to their identity with a few clichés thrown in here and there to make them look more premium. The Roman numerals are fat and ugly, the minute ring has superfluous screws on it, and the PR looks like a smiling face. That PR design is found on several other Citizen ranges, I think they must like it a lot - the Japanese have a penchant for seeing faces in everything, and if it doesn't have one they'll just draw it on.
A lovely watch. I'd like a version in blue and white gold though. Not too keen on warm orangey hues.
@aBlogtoWatch @Ulysses31 So this probably adds a little to the bulk of the watch, since most other watches don't have such a system. I don't know for sure, but I reckon most quartz movements are already quite robust by their very nature. Does the movement in this watch also have the self-aligning hand feature as in some of their "Tough" movements?
1 week, 6 days ago on Casio G-Shock MR-G Comes To America With Titanium Case & GPS, Is $3,000
It's nice to finally see another G-Shock in a premium material. I don't trust Casio much with their premium efforts so far though. They have a habit of using metallic shells surrounding plastic framework, for example. I am assuming that for this price it is a completely solid metal case. I'm a little worried to hear that the bracelet includes plastic but we shall see. The finish on their Oceanus line is also not of premium quality. Again, this new metal G-Shock line will hopefully offer better quality. Comparing this to a Grand Seiko is a bit of a stretch although I understand if the comparison is only a conceptual one. Having said all that, it is a decent looking watch which will appeal to existing owners. For me, the look still seems targeted to appeal to teenage boys, in that it lacks some sophistication. The dial for example is still a bit cluttered, though I can't argue with how practical and useful all the features are. But wait - the tri-wing screws don't line up!
2 weeks ago on Casio G-Shock MR-G Comes To America With Titanium Case & GPS, Is $3,000
I like it. It's modern and quite stylish. Personally I like chronographs as it is a little bit of extra and useful functionality. It looks a bit like several Seiko Wired chronograph models, particularly the ones that have the faceted edge.
2 weeks ago on Ball Engineer Master II Slide Chronograph Watch, Slipping To The Future
Not a bad watch but the lume just looks grubby and nasty. So they found a way to industrialise the process of printing dirt onto the numerals, big deal. You'd think they wouldn't want to highlight something like that - any other brand would try to make up a fantastic story about how a highly-trained century-old dwarf applied the markings with a brush made from unicorn hair. From the back it looks like an Oreo, which I find appealing for some reason.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aeronef Type 20 GMT 1903 Watch Hands-On
They look very Eighties. I prefer the black ones but the $1500 price can't justify the $100-from-eBay looks.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Junghans Force Mega Solar Watch With Wireless Charge And Sync
I still don't like this watch. I dislike it all the more because it's clear that it is well made and with fine materials, well put-together and finished - I want to like it, but can't. Accentuated sub-dials, I hate them. It makes for an unbalanced design, and I really see no point in making it lumed... what, you really need to see the seconds pass by at night? The mix of (ugly) Roman numerals and crude-looking baton markers is not a nice combination. The open date window, as others have mentioned, is just stupid, like a gaping gash on the dial. A mish-mash of elements, which is fast becoming a hallmark of Cartier design. The mixture of styles is very reminiscent of an Asian attempt at a high-end watch, which is usually typified by a combination of disparate elements with no understanding of actual aesthetics. This is Cartier though, so what's their excuse?
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Cartier Calibre Diver Watch Review
I wouldn't really mind more advertising as long as it wasn't the type that interrupts the flow of my reading. In other words, the type that hijacks your browser while showing you an advert for thirty seconds before loading the next page you clicked. I hate stuff like that. At the moment, you produce a lot of content - way more than you used to, and if it weren't for the fact that I like this site, I would probably skip it like most of what pops up in my feeds, due to lack of time to read everything. That's not directly related to revenue creation but perhaps a hint that you already do enough for the reader.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Your Feedback Is Requested In Regard To The Future Of Watch Media
I'm afraid I don't like this at all. So many blank, empty expanses. So many randomly-placed items with absolutely no sense of space, layout, flow, or artistry. The crowns look interesting, and the tiny little ship is nice, though completely random. The dial is cheap looking, like it was punched out of some layers and sandwiched hurriedly together. The lovely blue colour is the only redeeming feature here. Overall it's about as stylish and artistic as a training shoe, with those bold swooping curves, but there's nothing ornate or appealing about it.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1 Watch Hands-On
I'm not sure about this one. I don't like short hands, or hands that get fatter towards the end. I don't like dashes of red scattered around the watch in a sad attempt to make a watch look "sporty". I don't like compromises to the functionality of the watch for the sake of being fashionable. The text around the sub-seconds is just pathetic really, and an indicator that whoever designed this watch cares more about fashion than function. There are few faster ways to lower your credibility and your apparent commitment to quality than that. All in all it looks more like a knock-off rather than a genuine Omega - there are just too many clichés crammed into this timepiece for it to be taken seriously.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Omega Seamaster 300M Chronograph GMT Co-Axial Watch Hands-On
Beautiful watches. I would still miss having a minute hand though.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Introducing The MeisterSinger Paleograph Chrongraph
@MarkCarson @Ulysses31 I feel pretty similar about those too. Some manufacturers have a slightly different spin on the design but the vast majority produce out-right clones. I don't think very much of the original, so a copy of a copy of a copy ends up depressing me all the more. Trolling is fine if you make a good point :)
3 weeks ago on Torgoen T32 Automatic Watch Review
It is a boring watch though. This is a traditional design that just about every brand has a take on. A little superfluous plaque doesn't change that. That doesn't mean it is an ugly watch at all, just that it is very "safe". One thing I like about this style is the supreme legibility which would be great for people with poor eyesight. Conversely, that is also what turns me off about it. The big bold hands and numerals could make this a candidate for "baby's first watch". That's not a complaint specific to this particular model but the style in general, which is why I am always torn when i'm looking at a B&R display. At least this watch is more reasonably priced.
It's looks OK but these manufacturers should embrace the fact that these are NOT multi-thousand dollar mechanicals. The overly-ornate analogue dial wallpaper will never look good on something designed to look so much like a smartphone, or a tiny tablet on the wrist. Now, the LG G watch R is a far more traditional design with a round screen that can, from a distance, look like a normal watch, making it discrete and not too embarrassing to wear. Steel case and traditional bracelet, all self-contained from the looks of it.
I thought the Samsung Gear Fit was the first smartwatch with a curved screen, unless you prefer to call that a fitness tracker.
3 weeks ago on Samsung Gear S Introduces Curved Screens To Smartwatches
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.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on MB&F MusicMachine 2 Is Musical Ode To Star Trek USS Enterprise
@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.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Arnold & Son Time Pyramid Watch Review
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.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Hublot Now In The NFL With Dallas Cowboys Football Team Sponsorship
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.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Arnold & Son Time Pyramid Watch Review
That Citizen LED watch is still "way cool".
3 weeks, 3 days ago on My First Grail Watch: Jonathan Ward Of ICON Automotive
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 weeks, 3 days ago on “Don’t Crack Under Pressure” Is New TAG Heuer Brand Message, Hints To Future Company Direction
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.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph Watch
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.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on MB&F Starfleet Machine Clock By L’Epée Hands-On