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I can't wait for Ford to come out with the "new" Model-T and take me back to that classical level of discomfort and horrendous road safety that we all secretly lust after. I don't have a problem with Panerai (they make some really beautiful watches), I just question why anyone would want to pay more for what is - let's face it - inferior. Besides, at the risk of sounding like a bigot, they all look the same to me. I often hear John Biggs making fun of how anal Rolex owners can be over the details but the Paneristi, with their myriad subtle changes, cannot be far behind.
11 hours, 48 minutes ago on Panerai Luminor 1950 PAM557 Destro 3 Days Watch Hands-On: A Lefty PAM372
Quite a handsome watch overall. Reminds me somewhat of a Tag. The markings on the Telemeter bezel are crowded, and combined with those 1/5th second divisions make for a bit of a cluttered look. I'd much rather those were pointed in the same direction as the minute markings, towards the centre, for a smoother appearance.. Generally, I think if the markings were thinner the watch wouldn't look like it were sprinkled with jimmies - I already get enough of that from the tritium tubing.
12 hours, 5 minutes ago on Ball Fireman Storm Chaser Pro Watch
Can't be all that bad; Ariel seems to be able to afford that cup of coffee now, unless I missed that donation link :P
12 hours, 15 minutes ago on HourTime Show Watch Podcast Episode 152: The Steamless Steam Engine
@MarkCarson @Ulysses31 Depends on how ugly she is... But uh, anyway... i'm just wondering what stops the fashion magazines from completely replacing human models with CG ones. If it's OK for the watch industry to sell a complete illusion, what's stopping everyone else?
12 hours, 24 minutes ago on Arnold & Son DTE “Double Tourbillon Escapement” Watch
@SuperStrapper @Ulysses31 In my experience Japanese quartz movements are given very conservative estimates of their accuracy by the manufacturers. I have an old Seiko chronograph with a run-of-the-mill 7T32 movement in a barely-$100 watch that gains maybe a couple of seconds per month, after 14 years of ownership that isn't bad. Citizen make a great movement for the Precisionist line and I must admit, while I can't swallow their designs I love that smooth sweeping hand. There's something very relaxed about it.
1 day, 8 hours ago on Bulova Precisionist Champlain Chronograph Watch Review
@SuperStrapper @Ulysses31 That one is much nicer. They're not all awful; i've seen ones that I wouldn't mind owning but they're so few and far between. I think a similar model was actually reviewed here some time ago.
Who designed this monstrosity? Take an RM and a Hublot... pop them into one of those super blenders (of "Will it blend?" fame). Smear glue on your wrist then sprinkle the remains on to it, leaving the pieces where they fall, and you'd have something that looks slightly better than this. Bulova's designs for the Precisionist range are universally reviled in the watch world and this doesn't help. Great movements, butt-ugly watches.
1 day, 9 hours ago on Bulova Precisionist Champlain Chronograph Watch Review
I think it looks pretty impressive. Love the three-pointed "hand"... reminds me of something off a Zenith. If they just knew how to choose appropriate looking fonts and hands it could be a winner.
2 days, 4 hours ago on Bovet Recital 12 Watch Hands-On: The Thinnest One Yet
Why can't they just show a real picture of the bloody thing. I'm sure it would look great, and I do like the design, but the stripes on the dial are... wrong-looking. Too contrasty perhaps, but I don't like the way they look.
2 days, 4 hours ago on Arnold & Son DTE “Double Tourbillon Escapement” Watch
A little plain compared to other FPJs I lust after, but still miles ahead of their competition when it comes to distinctiveness. It's interesting how the movement hides most of the complexity, making the watch case look rather empty. It all adds to the mystery. What's with the weird geometric patterning on the blued screws?
3 days, 4 hours ago on F.P. Journe 10 Year Anniversary Tourbillon Limited Edition Watch Hands-On
As a known hater of RM and wanting to change my evil ways, i'll try to point out the few things I like about it. I like the case material. It does look good. The watch would be better for following through with the "stealthed" theme that people fawn over so much in other timepieces, by skipping on the RED and the YELLOW, which I maintain against popular opinion makes a watch (or anything really) look like an emergency vehicle or a life-preserver or some other not-intended-to-be-incredibly-beautiful object. Hands could be longer and less stubby. Like seeing a guy at the gym with a muscular torso but chicken legs, it looks a bit pathetic. The bolts/screws that hang off the edges are not to my fancy either. I don't like it when Ebel do it and I don't like it here. When did you last see a review of anything by Ebel on this blog by the way? Wait, scratch that - I just looked at their website - their collections are mostly gaudy crap now. Forget I mentioned them. Oh yeah, back to RM. Velcro is crap, sorry. How about a strap made from thin layers of that flexible magnetic rubber they use to make fridge magnets... flexible, secure and silent in operation if they embedded that in a silicone strap.
After that glowing praise of their product, I expect one of these watches to be winging its way to me, literally, attached to the leg of a carrier pigeon. It's just THAT light, you know? Because the biggest downer in my life, the source of my suicidal rage-filled thoughts... is those god-damn mother^&*%ing GRAMS.
3 days, 11 hours ago on Richard Mille RM 35-01 Rafael Nadal NTPT Carbon Watch Hands-On
Judging from the disproportionate number of column inches devoted to the Planet Ocean you'd get the impression this is the only watch Omega make. Same situation with the Rolex Submariner. It's a handsome enough well-made watch, minus the slight silliness Mark pointed out. Still, it's one of the least interesting and most conservative watches in the Omega line. Blandness does seem to have a monopoly with the general public though. The favourite ice-cream flavour in the UK and US? Plain vanilla. Go figure.
5 days, 7 hours ago on Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Watch Review
Does not compute... an elegant Hublot... *head explodes*. The dial, markers and hands are classically beautiful. That signature case design and bezel, however, is not. It creates a strange combination. Were they to round it off a little it would look more stylish and less like a regular freaky Hublot with all the horrific detail removed. Nice movement too. Anyway, it has potential, and represents some hope for Hublot if it continues to transition from a vulgar teenager into a sophisticated adult. Well, I say that knowing that there's such a thing as the Hublot Pop-Art collection, so who knows.
6 days, 10 hours ago on Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin 42mm “Shiny Dial” Watches Hands-On
My small collection could do with a classy watch like this. I'd go for a "sporty" watch most often but not one that is outrageous. More of a hybrid between the two.
1 week ago on GIVEAWAY: Victorinox Swiss Army Officer’s Day/Date Mechanical Watch
Ugh. It's orange. The strap looks like it should be tying down a load on a trailer, not sitting on my wrist. $6000 for something that wouldn't look out of place at a hardware store. I actually like the overall B&R look but they keep on paring that basic design with weird elements.
1 week ago on Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Carbon Orange Watch
I'd rather have the original version of the watch, without a testicle-headed fat little man sitting on the dial. Might as well be a polished steel turd.
1 week, 2 days ago on MB&F Legacy Machine LM1 Xia Hang Performance Art Watch Hands-On
I think it looks awful, except for the movement which looks great. See-through elements that look plastic, a very short minute hand, poorly-defined, blurry looking perlage. Looks a bit like an Orient.
1 week, 2 days ago on Montblanc Timewalker Chronograph 100 Watch Hands-On: Finally, A Concept Piece For 2014
1 week, 5 days ago on Arnold & Son Royal TEC1 Tourbillon Chronograph Watch
A great looking watch. The finish looks almost like black ceramic. Lose that date window and the pointless "TITANIUM" on the side and it would be perfect.
1 week, 5 days ago on Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto Review
I like the decoration on the rotor but other than that, there are just so many oddities in the design that look cheap, I can't like this watch. While i'm sure plenty of love and attention was applied to its creation, it's really not very apparent.
1 week, 6 days ago on Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronograph Manufacture Watch Hands-On