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What, no lume on the bracelet? Fail.

6 days, 11 hours ago on Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Orbital II Chronograph Watch Review

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And I shall name my parrot "Ariel" and I will hold him and...oh look...boobies!

1 week, 3 days ago on Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage II Watch Hands-On

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AmiSIHH...Brilliant!!! (in Ricky Gervais' voice)

1 week, 4 days ago on Watch_Amish Is Hilarious, Honest Commentary On All Luxury Watch Social Media

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Am I the only one who gets less and less excited by these watches, every time I see one? It's just so Baroque and over the top 9 times out of 10.


I actually find art that lies within boundaries to be more satisfying than art that is beyond cost, practical use or real world viability.


I love the Reverso, Memovox, Deep Sea Chrono et al. precisely because they have to work in context.


In other words, show me what you can do with a limited budget or other practical constraints, and THEN I can tell you how good you are.


Not directed at JLC per se, but more at the Richard Mille's/Harry Winstons/Plutocrat-watch-suppliers of this world.

1 week, 6 days ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Spherotourbillon Moon Watch Hands-On

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@DG Cayse @spiceballs @MarkCarson Funny Trivia, Manuel was renamed Paolo and was Italian in the Spanish dub of Fawlty Towers! In France he was Mexican. Politics Politics Politics...


It'd be interesting to know how the "Germans" episode played out in Germany when it first aired and if it was dubbed.

1 week, 6 days ago on Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar Watch Review

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Like Jimxxx mentions below, it's trying to please everybody but fails in really "speaking" to anyone. And yes the diapal Sinn chrono is more attractive and at half the price.


Btw, I love mesh/milanese. If it were up to me, I would put it on EVERYTHING (including my dog)

1 week, 6 days ago on Breitling Chronoliner Watch

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Can I watch Game of Thrones on that dial? And does it also come in widescreen?

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

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Is it Quartz month already?


Must...resist...temptation...to mention...T-Rex hands...crap, I just mentioned them.

2 weeks ago on Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar Watch Review

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Take out date, make numerals applied gold numerals, win the internet (in a certain age bracket)


Also, at some point companies are bound to realize that although a good looking caseback is important, you'll be looking at the FRONT much more! So, step up your game people! No half-baked designs!

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Chopard L.U.C 1963 Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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@nickyb66 Agreed about the crown! It needs some more grip. Especially when turning it backwards!

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition Watch

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Kind of puts the Breitling on a new perspective now doesn't it?


And the felix the cat/hello kitty dial cutout doesn't help much (as some friends pointed out)

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition Watch

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WOW!!!! This really is amazing!!! And a bargain compared to the 740K AP from a few days ago...I would honestly shell out the cash I could afford it...

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Vacheron Constantin Harmony Ultra-Thin Grande Complication Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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This is how I view the whole price issue--you want quality? It doesn't come cheap. I love quartz and I love ana-digi. My $1200 Promaster is fantastic and with amazing functions. It is really worth 1K but it does not FEEL like more than that. The finishing is very good but feels too "mass produced". The plastic bezel moves too freely without any resistance. One of the things that sold me on the chronospace was the bezel--it really feels like opening a high-quality bank safe! The chrono pushers on the breitling do not compare resistance-wise with the citizen's.


If you really want to compare prices, a citizen chronomaster with a thermocompensated movement, is 2-3K just for the three hander! It is superbly built but it's a very specific style that either speaks to you or it doesn't. I am guessing that an alarm chrono multifunction chronomaster (not available) would start at 4-5K.


Take grand seiko quartz, again 2-3k for three handers and up to 10K for the spring drive chronos.


If you compare a multi-function campanola (with breitling level materials and finishing) you are looking at minimum 3-4K.


Btw I usually put a 4K Japanese on a higher level than a 5K swiss so no bias there.


Just as the grand seiko spring drive diver is not the same as the Sumo, the 1K T-touch or the 700$ g-shock is not on the same level as the chronospace. Up close they look and feel like two different worlds.


And it's more than just the brand name.


Ps. i noticed i said "chrono" way too many times :)

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Breitling Chronospace Military Watch Hands-On

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@notech47 back when the economy was better, I knew of many pilots who wore the aerospace. Also, to my knowledge, pilots used to get a hefty discount at Breitling (30%-50%) so a 3K watch is not that unattainable. 

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Breitling Chronospace Military Watch Hands-On

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This is a Love/Hate offering to be sure...i LOVE it and i think the color scheme works very well here!


The "too expensive for a quartz" angle is always valid, and on par with the "5k for an ETA 2824" argument. But really, everything in this game has a high brand cache.


Bottom line, if you like it an can afford it, this is a kick-ass watch that looks and performs the part!


And this is as manly as it gets in my book ;)

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Breitling Chronospace Military Watch Hands-On

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If you're going to go all out, this is the way to do it...

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication Watch Hands-On

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One more thing about popular Japanese watches--they retain value (and even increase in some cases) more than 90% of Swiss watches! Just look up the Seiko 6105 with all original components, and how much it sells for.


Also, put up a Seiko monster for sale @ 20% below street price it and it will disappear in a flash! Same holds true for SKX007 for example.


Japanese watches are easy to own and maintain, offer great VFM and can be easily sold/exchanged! Combine that with a wide strap/nato selection and you could be a happy camper for life, with less than 2k.

3 weeks ago on 7 Ways To Survive As A Watch Lover On A Budget

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@caerphoto @MarkCarson You guys are both right, the seconds' hand is right on the dot... when I first looked at it I thought it was in-between two dots...Please disregard my comment...

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Deadbeat Watch

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First off the watch is very attractive and looks impeccably finished, which should be a given.


There are however, a few points which I find amusing.


I am all for high-end products masquerading as low-end. I have no problem with a $1000 pair of really worn jeans, or a "hobo" outfit that costs more than a car.


I just don't think it translates that well into a watch. I know the dead beat complication is...complicated...but we all know it looks like quartz--minus the quartz accuracy! And although I love quartz, this will look like a fake gold watch with a huge ticking quartz hand. Even if it used a seconds sub dial, it would look like a fake watch trying to hide that it was quartz by sticking the seconds into a small sub dial!


Also, why do the seconds not align with the markers?! Honestly, how hard can that be...My Citizens are spot on, regardless of price range.


Last thing, I think it's funny that the dead beat complication requires more energy (hence the low power reserve) when originally quartz watches "ticked" to conserve energy. 


Oh, and what are "rolled" alligator straps? I don't think I've heard the term before.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Deadbeat Watch

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Fantastic VFM here! I am currently looking at nomos (autocorrected to "gnomes" btw) and this is a serious contender for a <40mm dress watch with a good price! I would actually even consider the red gold!


One minor quibble, I would place the "mecanique" text on the bottom of the dial to balance it out a bit.

1 month, 1 week ago on Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Ultra Slim Hands-On

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Like everything about it except the dial. My 50$ inkjet can print a better dial.


Also, am I alone in thinking that flat/printed dials look cheap compared to textured dials with applied markings?


Good things they didn't print the hands as well.

1 month, 1 week ago on IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition “75th Anniversary” Watch Hands-On

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Note to MB. Promote the guy who designed this, fire the guy who designed the smart e-strap (and the watch it was attached to).


Thus is balanced restored!


Btw, HOW COOL are those hands?! The small pointy end should be required by law to exist in all sword hands!

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Montblanc Heritage Spirit Obris Terrarum Watch

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Love the 70's models! I could do without 20 identical timers though...10 is my limit!

1 month, 2 weeks ago on 58 New Old Stock Breitling Watches “Last Of The Joseph Iten Collection” On eBay For $125,000

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Let's see Arnie pull this one off

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Guy 3D Prints Excellent, Massive Rolex Submariner Watch: A True Desk Diver

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The thing about the Tudor Black Bay is that both the red and the blue are exciting at first with nice designs and a good value for the rolex pedigree--but I feel they lose their luster the more you look at them as a whole.


First off, I disagree with the prevailing sentiment about the 2824--a watch is much more than the movement and I for one am hesitant to spend too much on in-house movements. Movement reliability trumps exclusivity for a watch of this type--a daily wearer that should be enjoyed fully. 


My qualm is that when you examine the watch after the dust settles, there are many other alternatives in the same price range that are much more exciting. For example, I love the blue Breitling super ocean heritage 42mm, and even though it came out a few years ago, I am STILL in love with it. The Omega Aqua Terra in blue is a stunning watch (although a bit pricier) that has been around for a very long time, but still feels fresh. The Doxa 5000 Caribbean is a joy to wear and a very solid competitor for alternative dress diver. 


The black bay seems to have many quirky design elements, yet still feels boring. The snowflake hand, the lack of a date, the "self winding" text, the rose logo (i prefer the shield), the blue insert in the crown--all feel incoherent as a whole. 


I will still give it a chance to grow on me, but it had better do it fast cause that Breitling is winking at me!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Tudor Heritage Black Bay Blue Watch Review

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The more I pay for the watch, the more assurance I need!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Tudor Heritage Chrono 70330N Sponsored By TrueFacet

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You know what I like? That this is a great looking RM and they could have easily sold it on its own design merit.


They didn't HAVE to create a superfluous complication but they did it anyway! That is what elevates the watch in my eyes.


Also, this watch in gold is 3-4 times cheaper than the plastic ones and on the lower end of RM pricing--if I could afford it and it didn't have the complication I would actually consider it!


In fact, it has a very unique complication (for RM), you can actually see the hands and read the time! I think that is a bragging right in itself!




1 month, 3 weeks ago on Richard Mille RM63-01 Dizzy Hands Watch Hands-On

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I want the gold one!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Claude Bernard Chronograph Automatic

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As someone who actually uses the slide rule quite a bit when travelling, it makes a BIG difference having a bigger case as the slide rule fonts are bigger as well!


So in this case, the size does serve a functional purpose. For those who feel uncomfortable with the size there is a 41.8mm (older navi) 43mm (B01) 46mm (newer navi) and 48mm (gmt navi)


How many brands offer 4 sizes for the "same" model? 



1 month, 3 weeks ago on Breitling Navitimer GMT 48mm Watch Hands-On

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If i'm going to win ANYTHING this year, let it be this!

2 months, 2 weeks ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Tudor Heritage Chrono 70330N Sponsored By TrueFacet

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Very cool and if anyone can pull it off it's Chanel. Yeah it's a fashion statement but most contemporary designs cater to some fashion or another.


I actually think that their popularity with women is that many women (at least in Southern Europe) do not like small feminine watches. They'd rather wear a sub or a Panerai (which i think is hot btw) or a U-boat or anything bold and imposing.


The Chanel J12 has the sub DNA but with the cool ceramic--a very appealing all-purpose combination. Yes it's often imitated and copied in plastic so it might look cheap to the untrained eye-- but i would have no qualms wearing a J12 black chrono -- even with some gold details thrown in!


As for Rado, i'm sorry to say that I find most of their designs quirky yet boring at the same time. If they would just find a good new core design like the J12 i'm sure they'd be back on their feet in no time.



2 months, 3 weeks ago on Chanel J12 G10 Watches With The Most Feminine NATO Straps You’ve Seen

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The case is a total mismatch for the dial and hands...it looks quite classy and with the right face (and a bracelet or stingray strap) could offer a very interesting Genta-esque alternative, as someone pointed out.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Watch Review

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L-O-V-E-I-T !!!

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Tempest Forged Carbon Dive Watch Review

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@Grinnie Jax The JDM Seiko's in that price range (Sumo, Alpinist etc.) get my #1 vote for Value for Money watches...The casework is AMAZING compared to watches 3x the price

3 months ago on Tudor Heritage Ranger Watch Review

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Lose the open heart, watch them fly off shelves. You're welcome Z...

3 months ago on Zenith El Primero Synopsis Watch Review

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Surprisingly, the only Daytona that i like is the DLC / Blue one!!! I really don't see the fascination with the Daytona--don't mind Rolex in general but I always felt the Daytona crammed too much text and useless (tacky) information in, essentially, a basic chrono with no date...I especially dislike the skewed Arabic numerals dial...


Oh and that "gold" bund strap...hideous!

3 months ago on Bamford Watch Department Customized Rolex Watches Hands-On & Thoughts

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That bracelet (esp. the clasp) looks kick-ass!

3 months, 1 week ago on Ball Engineer II Marvelight Watch Review

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I'm struggling to see how this sells for 84K and you average Patek (which doesn't hold a candle to this ALS IMO) doesn't drop below 1 million.... life just isn't fair...


Oh and those hour/minute hands--probably the best and most legible i've seen on a dress watch...

3 months, 1 week ago on A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual Watch In White Gold

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I keep searching for the hour hand when I glance at this...nice design, sucky bracelet...


When I'm tired I can barely figure out the time when it's spelled out for me digitally on my Casio..on this i would probably stare at it for a minute than take out my phone to see the time!

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

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Gotta hand it to a guy who made his hobby a dream come true! Cheers Ariel! 

3 months, 1 week ago on The World’s Most Expensive Watches Book Party Photos

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me me me me meeeeeee

3 months, 4 weeks ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver

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Wait didn't these puppies cost around 2-3K like...a few months ago??? I think your average garden variety manometer costs about that--and it looks a lot better!


Maybe he was trying to price it in Lira? ;)

4 months ago on Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri Watch Hands-On

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@funkright1 True but it seems to work well for Panerai who produce L.E's in batches of hundreds--so when scaled down to size 25 seems like a good number that will leave fans wanting more!


Can't think of a better way to build up demand than to create something lustworthy and then not make it available but to a select few!


It's even worse when you can actually afford it but missed out because so few where available...Makes me want one because it's hard to get ;)

4 months ago on Forging The Magrette Regattare Carbon Watch

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Pourquoi Maurice...pourquoi???

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Maurice De Mauriac Chronograph Diver Watch Review

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Why oh why did I click on this...i KNEW what I was going to get...damn you Hublow!!!

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Watch Review

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I actually like it although I have a hard time justifying its purchase when a blue black bay is only slightly more expensive...


Still if I took the tudor out of the equation I would happily wear this with a bead blasted mesh!

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Mk II Fulcrum Watch Review

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@MarkCarson I didn't even know that was an issue! Is that why the migauss lacks a date?

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Mk II Fulcrum Watch Review

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@Jimxxx I think that they are obliged to carry spare parts for 20 years after the watch has stopped being produced. They advertise that a lot so I guess they should be held accountable if it's false advertising!

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Breitling Cockpit B50 Watch With Exclusive New SuperQuartz Movement

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LOVE it!!! The olive green especially is very nice! Although I would prefer a slide rule bezel and a non-skeletonized hour hand (what did the hour hand obscure anyway that they needed to make it skeletonized?)


Look, breitling is the only swiss company that takes quartz seriously...and there is no real quartz competition in the big leagues--at least not with the look that breitling offers. The Seiko Astron, 3k$ Mr-G, Spring Drive Ananta, T-touch to a lesser extent,..I like them all and I plan to buy them all (in due time) but I feel they lack a certain "class" that breitling offers. Even with its crass/in-your-face designs/cluttered-dials/loud polished cases etc. they look and feel the money that you pay for them IMO.


This is not about value, it's about emotion. When people praise the mechanical over the quartz for the "connection" they feel to their watch, I bet you anything, that quartzies feel the same connection to high-end quartz watches. Again, not about value, but about emotion. In the same way that a Seiko 5 diver "looks" but does not "feel" like a rolex, a 500$ citizen nighthawk "looks" but does not "feel" like a $4000 aerospace.


Ultimately, for the look/style/feel that breitling offers, i see no real HEQ alternative. So in that sense, their pricing is justified.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Breitling Cockpit B50 Watch With Exclusive New SuperQuartz Movement

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