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@David Bredan @SantiagoT @bdekok @Ulysses31 I wonder why they sat on it for so long.  It would have added some much-needed variety to their lineup.  

1 hour, 46 minutes ago on UPDATED: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon Chronograph Minute Repeater Watch Claims Improved Acoustics

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I think it does actually have a strong and coherent aesthetic.  Not necessarily a good one but the theme here is obvious and consistent.  However, this was clearly not designed with time-telling in mind.  The hands and lack of markings make it pretty useless, the watch case itself looks overly bulky, and the tyre-tread strap is just ugly.  I thought they'd have provided a similarly-themed bracelet to go with this thing.  If it had a cheapo quartz movement, I might be willing to part with $30 for it just because I think the lume painted dial is kinda cool.  Nah, who am I kidding?  I'd never buy this to wear, even if I do find parts of it interesting.

3 hours, 59 minutes ago on Greco Hexagonal Nut Watch For True Gear Heads

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Well, I admire their courage at trying to break out of that usual tedious AP aesthetic.  The result may well be bizarre and illegible to my eyes but I appreciate the effort nonetheless.  Those hands are practically invisible and too short and the minute markers are all almost identical making it difficult to distinguish them.  I'm getting a strong Linde Werdelin vibe from this thing, which bothers me just a little bit.  If it sounds like it looks, I expect to hear the braying of a donkey when it is activated.

4 hours, 7 minutes ago on UPDATED: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon Chronograph Minute Repeater Watch Claims Improved Acoustics

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I like it as much as I like any Panerai really.  It's a safe bet for a handsome and quality watch with its own distinctive look.  I don't like the "Automatic" lettering on the bottom though.  It breaks that monolith-like aura the dial would normally have.  I wonder what the dial would look like if it were coated in that "blackest material ever" made from nanotubes.  It'd justify the higher price and give them a first for using that material in the watch industry.

1 day, 5 hours ago on Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic PAM572 Watch And New In-House P.4000 Movement Hands-On

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@Fraser Petrick @Ulysses31 I spent some time researching this, as being born and raised in Britain i've never once heard anyone say "hanged, drawn and quartered." in my whole life.  It turns out that that is an ancient form replaced (for most situations except formal ones)  sometime in the 16th century by "hung".  Another common argument is that "hanged" is used in the context of death by execution, but since being drawn and quartered is what causes death in the case of being "hung, drawn and quartered", the victim isn't technically "hanged" to death at all so the usage of "hung" is not incorrect.  I blame the Norsemen.  

2 days, 4 hours ago on Michael Bastian MB Chronowing By Hewlett-Packard Smartwatch Review

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At the risk of being hung, drawn and quartered by the others, i'm going to point out some things I like about this watch.  The back is pretty cool, for one - I like the look of all that sculpted metal.  The case-back vaguely has the shape of those unibody divers where the movement is inserted through the dial which I always thought was cool, even if this isn't actually a single piece of metal.  The watch actually looks like a watch and not a shiny pebble that looks like a marital aid for women.  Yes, the design is derivative of other well-known watches but it beats looking like something that needs to be set to "pulse".  Of course, as everyone has stated, the screen is garbage.  Monochrome high-resolution displays aren't even expensive so there's no excuse.  Overall, I think if it was given some development it might have potential, but in its current form it's not going to fly off the shelves.


"Bastian" should stick to flying white dragons and battling the Nothing.

2 days, 5 hours ago on Michael Bastian MB Chronowing By Hewlett-Packard Smartwatch Review

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I think it looks ridiculous.  At least it's different, I suppose.

3 days, 4 hours ago on RALF TECH WRX Manufacture Torpedo Watch Inspired By Submarine Interior

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Love the movement.  Kinda bored with the dial side of the watch though.  It looks crowded, especially with the tachy markings that reduce overall space, and the way the scale dips at the bottom to accommodate the subdial just looks ugly to me, even if it was done for a functional reason.  A major reason why I don't like these is the font they use that looks like some ugly typeface you'd find on an ancient typewriter.  The less said about the diamond-covered model, the better.

3 days, 10 hours ago on Patek Philippe 5270 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Watches Hands-On

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@MarkCarson @Ulysses31 Yeah I know they are, I am just calling it "lume" because it's a pain in the ass to constantly type "Tritium tubes" lol.  Technically it is still lume, it is just excited by radiation to make it glow, though i'm assuming a spent tube will still glow by absorbing ambient light, at least that's what i've heard.

5 days, 6 hours ago on Ball Engineer II Marvelight Watch Review

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It looks a little bit Rolex-inspired.  I find it odd to see Seiko Monster-style huge blocks of lume (in this case tubes but whatever) on what is otherwise an attempt at a "classy" looking watch - the result is a design that fails at achieving "sporty" or "sophisticated".  Using flattened tubes is at least slightly innovative, but it draws attention to the hands and how thin and crappy their lume looks.  Imagine trying to read this watch in the dark, where the lume on the hands falls well short of the hour-markers.  I reckon they could make a kind of split hand with the lume tube sandwiched in the middle going all the way to the tip.  Overall, a weird hybrid watch.

5 days, 12 hours ago on Ball Engineer II Marvelight Watch Review

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The USPTO is a laughing stock - i'd be surprised if they didn't grant the patent.  The Meta watch is decent-looking though, except for that ugly display.

6 days, 3 hours ago on Is META Watch Pursuing A Patent On All Analog/Digital Dial Smartwatches?

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Just a stunning, classy timepiece.  The movement side perhaps isn't as glorious as some other models, but it's still beautiful.

6 days, 8 hours ago on A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual Watch In White Gold

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The overall design is nice but the date numerals look a bit crowded especially at the top of the sub dial.  The hands look pretty interesting too.

1 week ago on Girard-Perregaux 1966 Dual Time Watch Hands-On

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I like Botta design, and this is a nice looking watch.  The single-hand thing though is just too much of a hinderance for me to buy this.  Luckily they make pieces like the Mondo which are stylish and useful.

1 week, 1 day ago on Botta Design UNO 24 Neo Single Hand Watch

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@ZL I was wondering that too.  There are loads of watches that use a variety of lume colours.  It'd be the least of my concerns.

1 week, 2 days ago on OWC MilSub MS-5517 Watch Review

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I quite like it, considering what it is a homage of.  The use of different screws is I think as much a stylistic choice as anything else, and I think it adds a little bit more interest to the whole thing.  The view from the back looks  futuristic, like a part from a motorbike, mainly due to those screws.  My one concern in the bezel.  The lume looks a bit sloppy, frankly.  On the one hand it just doesn't look as refined and neat as it could be, but at the same time I find it somewhat comforting and appealing that this was obviously done by hand.  

1 week, 2 days ago on OWC MilSub MS-5517 Watch Review

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@SuperStrapper From what i've heard, it contains "display drivers" which i'm assuming are the electronics required to operate the screen as well as some sort of cable connection.  The round LG watch has that massive (and in my opinion design-limiting) internal ring which would effectively cover up any such area.  Designing a circular display is not very easy, although I think Motorola made a cellphone with a circular display years ago called the Aura.

1 week, 3 days ago on Android Wear Smartwatch Dial Designs Explode With Creativity & Variety

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Some of these are a travesty - mainly the ones trying to reproduce existing and highly recognisable analogue designs.  Quite a few, however, look really decent, like the techy computer one in the second image.  It seems to me the designs that accept the smart-watch for what it is (an electronic computer on the wrist) work better and aren't so stupid-looking.

1 week, 3 days ago on Android Wear Smartwatch Dial Designs Explode With Creativity & Variety

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I like the finish on this dull, useless watch.  The WR rating is so pathetic i'm surprised they bother mentioning it.  It used to be that most watches with such a low rating were considered "Splash-proof" and that a WR rating wasn't printed anywhere unless it was at least 50M.  Oh well.  Anyway, I wish it had a second hand - or rather, I would if I cared about this watch.  To justify wearing a watch this bland, it would have to have indispensable levels of utility, and I don't think this has anywhere close to that level of value.

1 week, 5 days ago on Nevo Analog Smartwatch Marries Minimalist Looks With Activity Tracking And Notifications

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He's seems like a pretty straight-forward guy.  Not into bling like many of his peers.  He's also got some talent, and a nice taste in watches.  I don't know this guy beyond the interview so I don't really understand the hate, but perhaps someone could enlighten me?  

1 week, 5 days ago on Aloe Blacc Interview: Pop Star, Process Nerd, Watch Guy, Friend Of IWC

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This is actually (gulp) a "good" idea.  The device is discreet.  It doesn't have that kitschy embarrassing 50's sci-fi aesthetic that certain smart-watches have.  You can keep your existing watch.  Their hybrid watch is also one of the best attempts at a smart-watch i've seen so far.  While I can't see a use for the technology myself, barring some sort of brain injury that renders me incapable of remembering small lists or of being able to remove my phone and look at it, I think it is a move in the right direction for those who absolutely must have yet another piece of disposable technology in their lives.

2 weeks ago on Kairos T-Band Strap With Screen Turns Any Watch Into A Smartwatch

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Not only is this watch very handsome with beautiful intricate details, but it also has an in-house movement and best of all, a feature that makes the single-hander a practical watch to wear.  All things considered, this might be regarded as good-value considering the price.  A video of this in operation would be great, hopefully soon?

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Konstantin Chaykin Genius Temporis Single Hand Watch With A Twist

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It's a nice design, with some interesting features like how the crystal contours smoothly into the bezel area.  I noticed that the minute ring and hour markers appear to be misaligned while watching the video.  Anyway, I appreciate the minimalism but it treads a fine line between being understated and looking like it is unfinished.  Also, the strap annoys me.  There is such a big space between the strap and the lugs, it could just as well be a third party leather strap fitted to this thing.  It doesn't look like it was intended for this watch.  Curved spring bars might be nice or even better some sort of bracelet with similarly subtle design cues as the watch itself.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Uniform Wares 351 Series 351/RG-01 Watch Review

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Attractive, inoffensive designs but nothing to get excited about either.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic Watches For 2014 Hands-On

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Personally while I think it is important that manufacturers produce their own movements, it's an accepted reality that many of them can't or just won't.  Who knows if that'll change but I hope it would.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver

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A very handsome and well-put-together watch.  It has a masculine shape, beautiful movement design and distinctive (but not over-done) dial.  It's hard to read but in this case i'd learn to live with that, because - well, just look at it.  I don't like Roman numerals either, but again... just look at it.  

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Bulgari Daniel Roth Carillon Tourbillon Minute-Repeater Watch Hands-On

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It should come with a free Toblerone in every tube.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Swatch Holiday Twist Watch

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Trapezoidal date window?!  TRAPEZOIDAL DATE WINDOW?!?!%$^%$  I'm in tears, I love Hublot so much for drawing attention to a feature so many other manufacturers thought was so worthless, so trivial, that it wasn't even worth mentioning.  I will endeavour to purchase as many of this limited edition as I can before connected the straps together to form a crown which I will then proudly wear on my head in even the most inappropriate of settings - hospitals, in church, at funerals - you name it i'll wear it, without shame and with no regard to my dignity, because that's the embodiment of Hublot and I want the world to know.  Even your late uncle Gerry would've wanted to know. 


With watches like this, Hublot is doing a disservice to the watch industry by convincing those who may not be into mechanical watches that all high-end timepieces are basically ugly harlequins, minor variations on a theme with no innovation or sophistication, and churned out on a whim to opportunistically exploit whatever sports collaboration they think they can profit from.  It's mercenary, it's soulless, and I suspect a lot of people would not be turned on to mechanical watches if Hublot was their primary experience of horology.  I'm not angry about this watch, contrary to what it may sound like.  I'm just disappointed and bored by this brand to the point where my frustration has given way to acceptance that they'll probably never change.  It'll go on the wrist of some over-paid sports star with a minimal IQ who wouldn't have a clue how this watch works, nor give a crap about what it was made of, caring only that it is Swiss and it is expensive, and that his fellow knuckle-draggers will be impressed by it.


Attack away, Hublot fans.  

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Hublot King Power Los Angeles Lakers Watch

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I don't love it or hate it.  There are bits I really like, like the eyeball in the centre (would make a much better "Ulysses 31" watch if you ask me - remember the ship).  It's as hard to read at a glance as other watches from their stable but then this was never intended to be something practical, but rather something to marvel at.  Did anyone else notice the Star Trek font used on the back?  

3 weeks, 1 day ago on MB&F HM6 Space Pirate Watch Hands-On Debut

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It's quite elegant.  The frosted dial looks better as it merely hints at what is going on inside.  The unfrosted version has that massive, unimaginatively-finished plate that looks a bit too raw and industrial to appeal to me.  The movement side is lovely though - great that they decorated both sides of the rotor.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Squelette Watch For Men & Women

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Well, I still like it.  It's pretty and charming.  While I think it may take some time to get women more interested in the movement side of things, they have to start somewhere and this is as good a start as any.  The price, however, severely limits the chances of anyone owning this.  

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Christophe Claret Margot Watch For Ladies Hands-On

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As a piece of art, I think it looks cool.  As a watch, it is something of a Rube-Goldberg machine.  The dial is all window dressing and the result is something that for me is impossible to read to the point of making it pointless as a watch.  This is 100% about form and appearance, and is expensive for something that lacks any kind of utility other than being a pretty lump on a ladies wrist.  The case back looks extremely crude too, but perhaps this is a result of the watch being in the early stages of production.  Good luck to her and all that; hopefully any newer models will be a bit more thoughtfully designed.  Man, what I wouldn't give to get a watch design of my own into production.  

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Fiona Krüger Skull Watch Hands-On

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I'm not crazy about it.  It's another unadventurous effort from Ball, who make some pieces I really like but seem to be phoning it in lately.  The tarmac (asphalt) dial isn't particularly attractive either.  Also, I know it's meant to be a globe, albeit highly inaccurate, but to me it looks more like a basket ball.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Ball Engineer Master II Pilot GMT Watch

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I like the clean minimalistic design but it's one of those things i'd get tired of pretty fast.  The more trendy youth-oriented watch brands already have similar styles available for a lower price, and since it is a design I would get frustrated with after a while, I wouldn't want to pay too much for it.  The recessed sub-dials are nice, the date window is more interesting than most, but after a while of staring at that blank, nondescript face I want it to "say something", to give me something to smile about, and it just sits there like a slack-jawed, inarticulate teenager.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Uniform Wares C41 Chronograph Headlines New Swiss Made Watch Collection

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@SN0WKRASH Several of the older regulars just had a heart-attack.

4 weeks ago on Romain Jerome Batman-DNA Watch Debut

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It looks nice and seems like it has a fun way of setting the time.  Measuring time in fifteen minute increments though is a huge fail for me.  I know it is the nature of the beast with one-hand watches but still, others have done it better.  Would I buy this or three very decent, better-looking watches from other manufacturers?  No contest really.  Whoever decided the pricing for these was being very optimistic.  

4 weeks ago on Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri Watch Hands-On

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I like Batman a lot.  This is actually a pretty good effort for RJ.  The result is a timepiece that might as well be crafted from some sort of plastic; it'd look roughly the same and come in at a hundredth of the price.  Yep, RJ sure knows how to make a very expensive watch look cheap.  The glowing background lume looks cool even though it doesn't help you tell the time in the dark at all, not that you should ever expect practicality or logic from anything RJ pushes out.  It's hard for me to see how a two-hander with a base movement in steel can cost nearly $20,000.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Romain Jerome Batman-DNA Watch Debut

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It's a beautiful watch with a lovely dial that has a certain warmth and depth to it.  The movement side is a little spartan for my tastes but nothing wrong with it really.  I would have preferred some indication of seconds, even as a discreet "life" indicator.  It's not easy to find a gold watch that doesn't look over-the-top and gaudy but this is an excellent example of how to do a gold watch properly.  Interesting features, a good quality chrono movement and higher accuracy just add to the appeal.  

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Blancpain Villeret Pulsometer Flyback Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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A lovely face and interestingly decorated movement that reminds me of banknote anti-forgery patterns.  I really hate those lugs though.

1 month ago on Rpaige Waltham Original Antique Dial Watch Review

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I'm very impressed that one guy could do all this.  I'm tempted to start some sort of watch-related 3D project after reading this.  Stupid question but this isn't actually powered by any sort of movement, is it?  

1 month ago on How One Guy Made A Shockingly Good Urwerk UR-202 Watch Homage

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The dial looks like it belongs to a dressy and delicate watch.  The dive ring and case makes it look like it could survive a few knocks and is intended for active use.  The combination of the two seems weird to me, and I feel the result is ugly.  The reflective crystal combined with the indistinct mottled look of the carbon-fibre makes it hard to read in my opinion.  Are those slightly lighter shades on the crystal something being reflected or the subtly lighter patches of CF?  I couldn't tell to be honest.  It makes the crystal look like it has smudges on it.

1 month ago on Zenith El Primero Stratos Spindrift Racing Watch Hands-On

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It's a really lovely watch.  Quite understated for something covered in diamonds.  The dial has a nice organic design.  Swap those diamonds for something a little less sparkly and i'd want to wear it too.

1 month ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Ivy Minute Repeater Watch For Women

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Good-looking, well-made, fully-featured.  To me the name sounds like a Doctor Who enemy, but that's not a problem for me.  The case-back looks really nifty too.  If the front isn't "tooly" enough for you, just flip it over.  I also think the minutes and hours should be included in one sub-dial on way more watches.  It's logical, saves space, allows for more complications or alternatively more interesting layouts like bi-compax.

1 month ago on Gavox Squadron Review: A True Mil-Spec Watch

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I won't say anything against this woman, but I do feel that someone of her celebrity status could have courted a far more prestigious and respected watch brand.  Hey, she likes what she likes, and she likes... TW STEEL, even if it is a grotesque mall-class watch.  If the limit of her design efforts consist of choosing her favourite colours, I think it is safe to say she won't be the saviour who'll get women to appreciate the intricate beauty of craftsmanship and engineering that goes into true high-end watches.  As long as people like Kelly influence the market, the industry will continue to patronise the female demographic with sparkly pink bejewelled junk (it seems that's what she's aiming for in future designs).  At least the model featured isn't too bad.

1 month ago on Interview With Kelly Rowland, TW Steel Watches Ambassador

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I know a lot of people will think these are bland.  I personally really like this straight-forward slightly minimalist look.  It's a sensible, easy to read chronograph with no silly flaws that would compromise readability.  It's understated and yet there are touches to gain enjoyment from that other watches don't have.  The overall excellent finish for one, and then little details like how the lug area is chamfered.  The price is steep but that's all relative beyond a certain point anyway.  We all know that the price of any Swiss watch is rarely an indication of how much it cost to produce, even if it is made from solid gold.  The only thing I find superfluous is the minute ring (or rehaute if you prefer) - the numbers clash with those on the tachymeter ring.

1 month ago on Porsche Design Timepiece No. 1 Debuts

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It's interesting, though i'm not sure what it gains by being stored on your wrist.  I imagine a larger, more stable, yet still foldable design could just as easily be stowed in a pocket, and would benefit from a longer flight time.  It would be different if the thing unfolded and took off from your wrist (using Nitinol wires to unfurl by itself).  Still, it would make a nice toy for the kids at Christmas.

1 month ago on Nixie Wrist Wearable Flying Drone

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Very attractive; nice to see a "simple" watch with a hefty look.  It is different enough to be distinct from the pack of similar watches.  The screw heads on the back are a bit odd though - i'd prefer them to be flat and flush with the case-back.

1 month ago on The Sjöö Sandström Royal Capital Is The Latest Luxury Watch From Sweden

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I loved this watch before and I still do.  It has those masculine hard edges, interesting precise geometric elements on the dial and is lacking pointless ostentation.  It is that good that i'd happily overlook the yellow accent colours, though i'm assuming it might come in other variations down the line.  It's sporty without being silly.

1 month, 1 week ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review

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