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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.
6 days, 23 hours ago on Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Ultra Slim Hands-On
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 week ago on IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition “75th Anniversary” Watch Hands-On
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!
2 weeks ago on Montblanc Heritage Spirit Obris Terrarum Watch
Love the 70's models! I could do without 20 identical timers though...10 is my limit!
2 weeks, 1 day ago on 58 New Old Stock Breitling Watches “Last Of The Joseph Iten Collection” On eBay For $125,000
Let's see Arnie pull this one off
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Guy 3D Prints Excellent, Massive Rolex Submariner Watch: A True Desk Diver
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!
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Tudor Heritage Black Bay Blue Watch Review
The more I pay for the watch, the more assurance I need!
2 weeks, 6 days ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Tudor Heritage Chrono 70330N Sponsored By TrueFacet
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!
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Richard Mille RM63-01 Dizzy Hands Watch Hands-On
I want the gold one!
3 weeks, 3 days ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Claude Bernard Chronograph Automatic
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?
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Breitling Navitimer GMT 48mm Watch Hands-On
If i'm going to win ANYTHING this year, let it be this!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Tudor Heritage Chrono 70330N Sponsored By TrueFacet
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.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Chanel J12 G10 Watches With The Most Feminine NATO Straps You’ve Seen
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.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Watch Review
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Tempest Forged Carbon Dive Watch Review
@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
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Tudor Heritage Ranger Watch Review
Lose the open heart, watch them fly off shelves. You're welcome Z...
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Zenith El Primero Synopsis Watch Review
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!
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Bamford Watch Department Customized Rolex Watches Hands-On & Thoughts
That bracelet (esp. the clasp) looks kick-ass!
2 months, 1 week ago on Ball Engineer II Marvelight Watch Review
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...
2 months, 1 week ago on A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual Watch In White Gold
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!
2 months, 1 week ago on Botta Design UNO 24 Neo Single Hand Watch
Gotta hand it to a guy who made his hobby a dream come true! Cheers Ariel!
2 months, 1 week ago on The World’s Most Expensive Watches Book Party Photos
me me me me meeeeeee
2 months, 3 weeks ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver
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? ;)
3 months ago on Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri Watch Hands-On
@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 ;)
3 months ago on Forging The Magrette Regattare Carbon Watch
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Maurice De Mauriac Chronograph Diver Watch Review
Why oh why did I click on this...i KNEW what I was going to get...damn you Hublow!!!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Watch Review
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!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Mk II Fulcrum Watch Review
@MarkCarson I didn't even know that was an issue! Is that why the migauss lacks a date?
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Breitling Cockpit B50 Watch With Exclusive New SuperQuartz Movement
@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!
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.
For watch geeks, by watch geeks.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre à Chronographe Watch Review
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.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on How Screwed Is The Watch Industry Thanks To The Apple Watch?
4 months, 3 weeks ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Hamilton Khaki Pilot Day Date
@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.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Casio G-Shock MR-G Comes To America With Titanium Case & GPS, Is $3,000
@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.
@SuperStrapper I consider this on the top 10 posts of 2014, just for the "fly off the shelves and onto wrists" comment!!!
CASIOOOO, F*CK YEAH!!!
@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.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aeronef Type 20 GMT 1903 Watch Hands-On
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.
@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.
5 months ago on Omega Seamaster 300M Chronograph GMT Co-Axial Watch Hands-On
@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...
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...
@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 :)
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Eterna Heritage Military Limited Edition Watch Hands-On
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!"
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.
6 months ago on Bovet Amadeo Fleurier 43 Meteorite Watch Review
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...
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Shinola Black Blizzard Titanium Chronograph Watch
@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.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on What’s The Deal With Big Watch Sizes? The Large Timepiece Explained
@Zeitblom "Proof that sober is not the same thing as boring." you *said* it ZeeBee!!!
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Sinn EZM 13 Watch Hands-On
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...