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Pourquoi Maurice...pourquoi???

6 days, 22 hours 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!!!

1 week, 6 days 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!

1 week, 6 days 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?

1 week, 6 days 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!

1 month 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.

1 month ago on Breitling Cockpit B50 Watch With Exclusive New SuperQuartz Movement

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For watch geeks, by watch geeks.

1 month, 1 week ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre à Chronographe Watch Review

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I think that if you could somehow sneak in a Rolex flame-war-igniting comment in the article you could easily hit 1,000 comments... Apple+Rolex = Click Gold!


Also, I will probably buy the watch and wear it for a bit. It looks too fragile to wear at the gym but with the mesh bracelet and wire lugs--add to that a "panerai" face--i'd definitely enjoy it!


However, I think that when people realize that you have to take it off every few hours to charge it they will start to wear it less and less as the initial rush wears off.  The ONLY way this be a game changer is with a one-week battery or more.

1 month, 1 week ago on How Screwed Is The Watch Industry Thanks To The Apple Watch?

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Here goes...

1 month, 2 weeks ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Hamilton Khaki Pilot Day Date

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@bnabod Expensive Casio's have been selling for 5-10k for years now. Wether it be blinged out or a very limited edition, they are out there and they are selling. Especially in the Japanese market, a 1.5K Casio would not cause one to even blink.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Casio G-Shock MR-G Comes To America With Titanium Case & GPS, Is $3,000

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@JeffLadrillono Funny enough, I think that price is NOT an issue with most G's. They have the right audience for each price point. For every person that finds a high-end LE Casio expensive, another one is calling in favors to get a hold of one. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Casio G-Shock MR-G Comes To America With Titanium Case & GPS, Is $3,000

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@SuperStrapper I consider this on the top 10 posts of 2014, just for the "fly off the shelves and onto wrists" comment!!!

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Casio G-Shock MR-G Comes To America With Titanium Case & GPS, Is $3,000

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@RyanOuld I think the U-boat is more tastefully done with distressing that looks more authentic. I actually look to U-boat and Bell & Ross for vintage designs done right.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aeronef Type 20 GMT 1903 Watch Hands-On

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Usind MS Word "Word Art" ca. 1995 is not a good way to design numerals...Apart from that i'm really really really not liking the hands...Stretched out Mercedes hour hand, and a very weird narrow-then-wide minute hand...


I think they've gotten more things wrong than right on this watch. If it were a one-off I wouldn't mind it but a whole production line of these? Good luck selling them even at 50% below retail.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aeronef Type 20 GMT 1903 Watch Hands-On

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@marbstiu Also, I realize I am opening the motherload of worm cans now, but if you take the essence of the of the two iconic chronos from the two brands, the Omega is the superior watch IMO..

Take the moonwatch and the daytona. I believe that the moonwatch is exactly what a chrono should be, and epitomizes the perfect chrono design. The daytona in some iterations is not easy to read (silver dial) has more text on the face than a spelling bee final, and then you have those skewed-looking arabic numbers?!?! I cannot call the daytona a well designed watch--iconic yes, but iconic does not mean well designed ;)


I like rolex, and I think the sub ND is the "perfect" watch. But you need some excitement and rolex isn't going to provide it. Heck, even PP has more daring designs lately!

So yeah, when Omega tries to come up with 100 different designs, some are going to be misses, but they do have many hits. I for one will take the latest "moonwatch" ceramic blue chrono over the daytona any day of the week.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Omega Seamaster 300M Chronograph GMT Co-Axial Watch Hands-On

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@marbstiu I've also noticed that many high end Seiko and Citizen bracelets have those polished middle lines running down the otherwise brushed bracelet. For some reason it is supposed to convey a superior, luxurious and multi-layered finishing...too bad it sucks to look at...

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Omega Seamaster 300M Chronograph GMT Co-Axial Watch Hands-On

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I actually don't think it's that bad--ditch the 80's bezel and the worst looking bracelet in known history and it just might work.

As for the height that some have commented on, this seems to be a theme with Omega--all the Planet Oceans sit really high and struggle to balanace on the wrist.

I wouldn't say no if I'd received the blue one as a gift...But at some point some Omega top level manager must make the brave decision to stop making those bezels and bracelets...They didn't look good way back when, and they sure don't look any better now...

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Omega Seamaster 300M Chronograph GMT Co-Axial Watch Hands-On

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@Fraser Petrick truth be told the 4.30 placement might have been better on this watch! I can't get over the 6 over 6, or 8 over 6, or 31 over 6 or whatever...The date and the 6 are too close :)

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Eterna Heritage Military Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

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Ok, this needs an intervention from Colonel Graham Chapman--"Now this date placement is just SILLY! I SILLY, SILLY, SILLY. will have no more of it!"

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Eterna Heritage Military Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

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I like this VERY VERY much!!! I doubt I would buy it if I could afford it, but I can appreciate it from afar. 


I've seen a lot of ugly stuff that sells for 43k...this is not one of them.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Bovet Amadeo Fleurier 43 Meteorite Watch Review

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Compare this with the Sinn chrono just reviewd--priced only 1000 more--and draw your own conclusions...

Oh btw, that bracelet!!! The fit is wrong on so many levels...

3 months, 1 week ago on Shinola Black Blizzard Titanium Chronograph Watch

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@Zeitblom Exactly the case with my hands. I have tiny 6.75 inch wrists--my wife only needs to microadjust my watches by one hole to wear them. BUT (said in a Sherlock from "Elementary" way) I am 6.1 and 200 pounds so unless you isolate the wrist, the whole picture looks fine and well proportioned with my favorite 48mm pilot watch.

Bottom line, I am fine with large watches, if the extra real estate serves a purpose (easier to read, larger fonts, more spread out dial).

What I cannot stand is a 55mm watch with a 20mm movement, even if it looks good on the wrist.

3 months, 1 week ago on What’s The Deal With Big Watch Sizes? The Large Timepiece Explained

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@Zeitblom "Proof that sober is not the same thing as boring." you *said* it ZeeBee!!!

3 months, 1 week ago on Sinn EZM 13 Watch Hands-On

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This is a badass watch and the bracelet is as badass as it gets!!! I had a damasko chrono which is IMO in about the same league as Sinn and I can honestly say that nothing beats a serious German tool watch. 


While the lack of 12 subdial would bug me, it is easy to use the bezel to time hours when the pip is aligned with the hour hand (5 mins = 1hr)


I will now go peruse the online Sinn catalog...

3 months, 1 week ago on Sinn EZM 13 Watch Hands-On

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@Ulysses31 This is bordering on Hypnotoad territory...I think that the watch image swirls if you stare at it long enough...

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Graff Diamonds Hallucination, The $55 Million Quartz Watch

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I want to make an offensive and really smart comment about this....BUT, I've been stuck staring at all the wild colors for 30 minutes now and my mind has been wiped clean!!!

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Graff Diamonds Hallucination, The $55 Million Quartz Watch

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When I lived in Phoenix 15 years ago I was not into watches--I would have liked to have visited this place during my (fine) time there! If only for the fact that the average American is so detached from watches, that a High-End Japanese watch retailer in AZ seems like such an oxymoron.

Btw I hate smoke and cigars but if you're going to do it, might as well go all out--line the wall with more heads I say! Orcs, Unicorns, you name it!

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Buying Watches In Phoenix, Arizona: Arizona Fine Time

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Hublot has GOT to be behing this somehow...

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Blancpain L-Evolution R Chronographe Flyback Grande Date Watch Hands-On

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I'll just wait for the Alien vs. Predator vs. Hublot feature film. I'm sure the shoulder-mounted "big bang" mini rocket laucher will be a match for the Predator's...

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Hublot Sponsors The Exosuit Diving Suit Wearable Submarine

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@marbstiu while I understand the sentiment, I think MOST watch companies are essentially casemakers. For example breitling only recently came out with in-house movements.

Tag has been renaming valjoux's all over the place. Their much-hyped recent in-house was a "white label" movement produced by Seiko. IWC uses a lot of ETA (e.g. Portofino), AP and Vacheron have also used JLC movements--supplying "just" the case/parts.


An interesting little fact I read recently was Squale making the cases for Blancpain's fifty fathoms (some production runs).


In my book, I rank case/parts-making pretty high. It takes a lot of skill to house a delicate movement and have it perform and look good in a complete watch.


Besides, the "case" also means the dial, hands, finishing, bezel, straps, buckles.etc. all of which require tremendous skill to design and produce.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Bell & Ross BR 03 Golden Heritage Watches Hands-On

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This was a long time coming...Bravo Citizen!


Also, just replace the Bulova logo with the Campanola one and switch the case to Rose Gold and voila! Sell it for around 3K and you've got a winner.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Bulova Precisionist Wilton Chronograph Watch Review

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I like almost all B&R designs. Only gripe is the minutes hand--looks out of the place with hours hand.


I liked the previous sword hands better. Apart from that, I'd totally wear this--and at 42mm this is definitely a keeper.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Bell & Ross BR 03 Golden Heritage Watches Hands-On

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Breguet be keeping it real for the unsung aquatic heroes of the 60's.

I love a watch that is pure function--you don't need Côtes de Genève when the mighty Kraken is swallowing your left leg!

4 months, 1 week ago on Breguet No. 1646 Diver Watch: A Newly Discovered Vintage From 1965

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Funny story from a watch store visit in Paris--don't remember the name but it was near Chronopassion near the Champs-Élysées.

First off the lady was as rude as they come--I was checking out the Max Bill Chronoscope, and was examining it from all angles. I wound it to get a feel of the movement and engaged the chrono while checking the visibility of the hands under different angles. The response of the lady was (translated from French) "after you buy it, you can play with it all you want". She literally used the word "play".

Needless to say i threw it in her face and slammed the glass door on my way out. I hope I broke at least something.

Morale of the story: it's not the internet per se that is taking away from your business--it's your friggin' attitude! Treat your customers right and no matter WHERE you are, people will appreciate it.

If this article is the beginning of pointing out GOOD stores worldwide I will be a very happy man!

4 months, 1 week ago on Buying Watches In Burlingame, California: Topper Fine Jewelers

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I did NOT see this coming

4 months, 1 week ago on Tissot Heritage Navigator Automatic COSC 160th Anniversary Watch Review

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@MarkCarson @spiceballs This conversations has intrigued me...I'm about to have my lunch so I'm not going to look up "durian" just yet...

I'll just pretend it's one of the dwarves from The Hobbit.

4 months, 1 week ago on Panerai Luminor Submersible Left-Handed Titanio PAM569 Watch Hands-On

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FAN-TA-STIC!!! (except the 47mm)

4 months, 1 week ago on Panerai Luminor Submersible Left-Handed Titanio PAM569 Watch Hands-On

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Finally, a watch for that Grand Inquisitor in your life (cue "Nooooobody expects the....")

4 months, 1 week ago on Montegrappa My Guardian Angel Watch Hands-On

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@MarkCarson I think it's so that the people on the street will ask "Hey, got the GMT time?"

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Bell & Ross BR 123 GMT 24H Watch Hands-On

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The Rodney Dangerfield of watches does it again! I don't care that proper WIS don't like B&R. I for one applaud their style and determination. 


It takes skill to tweak a design and mix various elements into a satisfying whole. Just ask Breitling and their Ungly Font department if they'd like some of that B&R magic and i'm sure they'd say yes!

Yeah the GMT hand is bigger than some of my vintage watches but what the heck...i'd buy it!

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Bell & Ross BR 123 GMT 24H Watch Hands-On

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It's cool that everyone who's won a watch is an accomplished photographer! :)

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Watch Winner Review: UNIQ P-47 Chronograph

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Selling my "48mm PVD" Glycine has left a "48mm PVD"-shaped hole in my collection. This watch will patch that hole up nicely!

4 months, 3 weeks ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Serket Telson PVD Manual Wind

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OK, sure, I get it...but COME ON on the price...2k?!

You can get an Archimede pilot chrono for about half of that, and a nice Sinn/Damasko chrono for a about that much or a little more!


Sure ceramic might be expensive but for those that have handled a Sinn/Damasko, their case finish is fantastic and smooth...i'll take hardened steel over ceramic anytime.


Also, I don't care if baby blue and baby pink symbolize the RAF or even the Visigoth hordes as they lay to waste their enemies and put their heads on spikes--they look especially wrong on this "manly" watch.


Anyway, how much JUST for the case back?

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Christopher Ward C1000 Typhoon FGR4 Watch Review

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@Jimxxx I'm leaning more towards "conservative" rather than bland. That said, most breitlings don't photograph well--they are much more impressive and imposing in person. 


I can easily see a sporty type wearing this as his only watch--so the conservative styling can be a plus.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Breitling Superocean Chronograph Steelfish Watch New For 2014

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@SuperStrapper I was debating the very same issue in my head, why not use a B01? The answer I think is simple, they need to have more entry-leve (cheap) models. And they are using a reliable base movement so...why not? :)

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Breitling Superocean Chronograph Steelfish Watch New For 2014

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I thought it was obvious but Hublot is a marketing GENIUS!!!


They win on two fronts. 


1) They get free publicity from releasing a polarizing piece--everybody and their dog will "share" this so that everyone can make fun ot/bash it--even those that didn't know Hublot now WILL

2) The people who would be inclined to buy this watch now will DEFINITELY buy it because everyone else will hate it. And their like-minded friends will join them and they will all look cool and fashionable while the peasants gawk at them


This is how the pros troll...

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Hublot Big Bang Pop Art Ladies Watches Hands-On

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This is REALLY nice!!! White dial + bracelet is the way to go for me. The closest alternative in a similar style would be the Orient DV02003W.

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Christopher Ward C65 Classic Watch

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@MarkCarson I'm a big fan of yellow and orange as colors. I think they've taken a back seat (hehe) when it comes to racing watches, or non-divers in general--and it's a pity.


I'm basically sick of red, and especially red on a racing watch. If I see another red-tipped chronograph hand I swear I will paint over it with a crayon :)

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Watches For 2014 Hands-On

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