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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 day, 4 hours 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 :)
3 weeks, 5 days 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.
1 month 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...
1 month, 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.
1 month, 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!!!
1 month, 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...
@Ulysses31 This is bordering on Hypnotoad territory...I think that the watch image swirls if you stare at it long enough...
2 months ago on Graff Diamonds Hallucination, The $55 Million Quartz Watch
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!!!
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!
2 months ago on Buying Watches In Phoenix, Arizona: Arizona Fine Time
Hublot has GOT to be behing this somehow...
2 months ago on Blancpain L-Evolution R Chronographe Flyback Grande Date Watch Hands-On
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...
2 months ago on Hublot Sponsors The Exosuit Diving Suit Wearable Submarine
@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.
2 months ago on Bell & Ross BR 03 Golden Heritage Watches Hands-On
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.
2 months ago on Bulova Precisionist Wilton Chronograph Watch Review
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.
2 months, 1 week ago on Bell & Ross BR 03 Golden Heritage Watches Hands-On
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!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Breguet No. 1646 Diver Watch: A Newly Discovered Vintage From 1965
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!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Buying Watches In Burlingame, California: Topper Fine Jewelers
I did NOT see this coming
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Tissot Heritage Navigator Automatic COSC 160th Anniversary Watch Review
@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.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Panerai Luminor Submersible Left-Handed Titanio PAM569 Watch Hands-On
FAN-TA-STIC!!! (except the 47mm)
Finally, a watch for that Grand Inquisitor in your life (cue "Nooooobody expects the....")
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Montegrappa My Guardian Angel Watch Hands-On
@MarkCarson I think it's so that the people on the street will ask "Hey, got the GMT time?"
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Bell & Ross BR 123 GMT 24H Watch Hands-On
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!
It's cool that everyone who's won a watch is an accomplished photographer! :)
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Watch Winner Review: UNIQ P-47 Chronograph
Selling my "48mm PVD" Glycine has left a "48mm PVD"-shaped hole in my collection. This watch will patch that hole up nicely!
3 months ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Serket Telson PVD Manual Wind
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?
3 months ago on Christopher Ward C1000 Typhoon FGR4 Watch Review
@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.
3 months ago on Breitling Superocean Chronograph Steelfish Watch New For 2014
@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? :)
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...
3 months, 1 week ago on Hublot Big Bang Pop Art Ladies Watches Hands-On
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.
3 months, 1 week ago on Christopher Ward C65 Classic Watch
@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 :)
3 months, 1 week ago on Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Watches For 2014 Hands-On
'tis the year of the bee
Love it love it love it love it!!! I am very much into the color palette used here, and it is very tastefully done (unlike say...a Silberstein)
I expect it to reach around €1000 street price, at which point I will gladly add it to my rotation!
3 months, 1 week ago on Citizen Promaster Altichron Cirrus Watch Hands-On
I like it actually! Although I prefer the Heritage 1973, the 70's are certainly back with a vengeance! Although orange is the de rigeur color for 70's diver--the red is different and not a bad idea overall.
Oh btw, the dodekahedral bezel looks like a caseback cover, and a bit silly on this watch IMO.
3 months, 1 week ago on Longines Heritage Diver Watches
I don't know why but i've grown really weary of these super exclusive watches--I don't even bother to look at them unless it's an mb&f or something really original like the Ressence.I think when it comes to industrial design, I appreciate creativity defined by boundaries and limitations more, rather than one defined by a bottomless pit of money and an insatiable apetite to show off one's wealth.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 5 Watch
This is VERY VERY nice!!! Inspired by the Rolex Snow White but not a direct copy. I would probably do a sunburst brushing on the bezel (instead of the cyclical one) but this is nothing major. Also It begs for a bracelet methinks.
BTW, this is one of the best date wheel implementations ever. Aesthetics 101: white dial with black printing looks good paired with a black on white date wheel. I'm baffled by how many watchmakers seem to get this wrong...
I would totally buy this even though it's a little on the steep side.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Michelsen Arctic Explorer GMT Watch Review
@MarkCarson aaight! That's what I'm talking about!
Is this your new Turtle GMT? ;)
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Nomos Metro Watch Hands-On
@lidrummer sorry about that :p
@Ulysses31 one can never have too many 70's inspired cases/watches :)
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Magrette Leoncino Watch
@Grinnie Jax There is nothing iherently long with the length, i just find such hands very difficult to differentiante if viewed from an angle. One of the main reasons I sold off my Glycine KMU 48. It just bugs me.
Pet peeve alert: I cannot stand it when the hour and minute hand are almost identical.
They are the same shape, almost exactly the same width and the minute hand is only about 1mm longer than the hour hand.
If you are reading the time at a slight angle I can tell you that it's impossible to tell the two hands apart. I see it in some pilot watches and it drives me nuts!Also, I cannot connect with the overall design, it's too lukewarm/only-half-way-there. Solution: make the seconds hand the same baby blue color as the power reserve and shave off a few mm's from the hour hand...
If you really want to go all-out, sandwich a thin baby blue leather strap in the middle of the black one so that the blue is visible only from the sides.
First of all, congratulations to Ariel for a well-deserved success. I have been reading the blog for many years (still owe us a screenshot of the FIRST version of the blog btw) and have enjoyed every article--i didn't expect it to reach the level of readership that it has reached, and that is something to be proud of.
I think that the readers of this (and other blogs) should be given more credit. I have no doubt that if someone sells out and writes for the watch companies it will be immediately evident in the writing.
I understand why you'd want to "explain" the situation but I think that the writtng speaks for itself. You only have to compare the articles here to a real ad-disguised-as-an-article piece to see the differences.
So again, thanks for the heart to heart but just keep doing that thing you do :)
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Answering The Question Of Who aBlogtoWatch Works For
Too much empty space on the dial...
3 months, 3 weeks ago on MB&F LM101 Watch Is Entry Level Legacy Machine: Hands-On
@MarkCarson "Mille Miglia all'ora" <- now THAT's how you make a real pun. Well played!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on This Is What A Modern Rolex Dashboard Instrument Looks Like: Chronograph & Speedometer For Bloodhound SSC 1000 MPH Car
I calls 'em like I sees 'em. This Patek: GOOD, the previous one from a few days ago: BAD.
Most PP's leave me cold but this is an exercise in restraint with actual USEFUL complications.
And I like it much more than their 700k, 34mm chronos...
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Patek Philippe 5990/1A (5990) Nautilus Steel Watch Hands-On
@Paulrus Although I generally agree that JLC has a higher "cache" as a true manufacture, in this case I think the comparison is apt--i.e. comparing two antimagnetic watches with similar prices (more or less) from two prestigious brands. If he were comparing a seamaster quartz with a gyrotourbillon then yes, it would be a different story :)
OK JLC is a weighty name but Omega is no lightweight newcomer. Just because their average watch is cheaper than an average JLC, and they are more mass-marketed, those facts alone do not diminish their value.Also, to go off on a tangent, JLC has had quite a few misses IMO, and apart from 4-5 classic designs (classic reverso, memovox et al.) they are playing the "revival" card a bit too often lately relying on too much fake patina.
Don't get me wrong, I would love to own many JLC's but the "untouchable aura" surrounding the brand may not always be justified. If Bell & Ross add patina they are posers/poseurs. If JLC does it they are just revisiting their historic roots.
This is not directed at you Paulrus I just took the opportunity to get some things off my chest. :)
End of rant :)
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Watches Hands-On
JLC...gotta catch em all! For fanbois only...
If I were in the market for a "crosshair" watch I'd go for the Breitling Transocean...Half the price, twice the class!