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Another awesome giveaway!  Thanks for the chance, Ariel.  I love handmade/boutique goods because they are unique and have a certain special quality to them that's hard to explain.  Perhaps an illustrative example would help. One of my favorite handmade items is a pocket knife made by a man in Croaita (Dalibor).  It's not perfect, and you can tell that it was hand-assembled, but it just feels special...and when I carry it, there's a good story behind it too.  As for RGM, what American watch lover wouldn't want to visit and learn about one of the most well-known USA watchmakers?

9 months, 3 weeks ago on GIVEAWAY: Trip To American-Made RGM Watch Manufacture In Pennsylvania

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The picture is very likable.  It's a nice picture of a watch with tasty looking macaroons in the back.  What's to dislike?  If I were scrolling quickly, it could have passed as an ad by Cartier.  

And seeing as to how there isn't a particularly wide selection of high-quality women's watches below the price point of say a 36mm Rolex Datejust, currently, it looks like fashion watches from Michael Kors and the like is the way to go for the typical women's wrists.  IMO in the world of horology, Michael Kors is to women like a Seiko Diver is to men. Perhaps I am wrong?  Top 10 list of sub $500 women's watches to come up on ABTR next?  I think that'll be a rather hard list to fill.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Instagram Advertising Kicks-Off With A Wrist Watch

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This would be perfect for halloween next year.  I do like the color combo year-round though.  I currently only have external rotating bezels, but I've wanted to try an internal one for a while too.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on GIVEAWAY: Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Chronograph Watch

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Yikes.  For ~$15k, you'd think that they'd be able to have a bit more attention to detail and quality in casting the skulls--particularly around the teeth and the eyes.  The bracelet looks particularly chintzy.  But perhaps it's just the tiny scale that they're working in...so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Artya Son Of A Gun Dancing Skulls Watch

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I've actually tried on one of Mark's watches at Honolulu Time Company, and it was much more attractive in person than in pictures, so I'll throw my hat in the ring for one...would love to pick it up in person from Mark himself too if I win.  Right now, I have no plans on buying any watches from independent makers in the next year...or any other makers as I'm trying to save money to go back to school.

1 year ago on GIVEAWAY: Mark Carson Hawaii Ka La Watch

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Good article.  Helpful pointers and good points.  

One thing I hate about buying in brick and mortar is that you often run into snobby salespeople who give awful service when they think you have no money.  I'm a young guy, 23, and when I head to the mall, I tend to dress in t-shirt/shorts/sneakers and put a fun (usually inexpensive) watch on.  There have been times where I've been flat out ignored in empty stores, and others where the sales staff is visibly disengaged when talking to me.  You can bet I have not and will never return to those places.

Granted, some ADs are better than others, I remember walking into Waikiki Tourneau wearing some Seiko Diver and flip flops, and got amazing service even though I made it clear to the salesperson that I was really just browsing and wasn't ready to buy at the time. He let me try on a wide array of Omegas since I was on the market for a PO.  (Ended up getting it online since as much as I enjoyed the service, I enjoy saving a few hundred dollars more.)

So it's hard out there for brick and mortar.  Bad service they lose, and good service, they can still lose if they're just show rooming.  I think the places that have the best chance for survival with loyal customers are those with value-added services like in-house repair or trade-in programs.  Those services can't be easily replaced by online retailers.

1 year, 1 month ago on Guide To Buying Watches Online Versus In Retail Stores

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The only small watch brand that has ever appealed to me is Bathys (another Hawaii watch brand).  I have a black on black 100F that I love, and just wish they had more models...or made their midsize moonphase in a bigger-than-midsize case.  If Mark Carson changed the name on his watch to my own name, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.  ;)

1 year, 1 month ago on GIVEAWAY: Mark Carson Hawaii Ka La Watch

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Have to go with the old watch brands.  I feel like the newer watch brands tend toward fashion pieces that package a swiss movement whereas the older brands have the cash for R&D and can do more inventive watches.

1 year, 2 months ago on GIVEAWAY: Delma Santiago Blue Shark

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YTD I'm at 0 watches.  And within the past 12 months, I've purchased 1 watch.  I've been relatively good.  Thanks for the chance.

1 year, 3 months ago on GIVEAWAY: Azimuth Bombardier VI Vintage-Style Mechanical Aviator Watch

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Ariel, here's an idea for you next hit post.  You should make a post for the top 10 most luxurious (read "overpriced") watches with ETA2824 movements in them.  Then sit back and wait for the commenter to tell you how you blew it and totally missed certain watches.


And don't worry, this thing will be like $400 when it hits Oakley Vault like the rest of their watches that nobody really wants....  Strangely, I feel like John Biggs right now.

1 year, 3 months ago on Oakley Time Bomb II Watch Remembered

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Hey Ariel, easy on the partying up at BaselWorld!  You have a few minor typos in there.  But if you ever need another editor who will work for the swag John Biggs refuses to take home, come find me.  (And 50 days of power reserve is incredible.)

1 year, 4 months ago on Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari Watch With Power For 50 Days

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Missed April Fool's by just 20 days.  I guess Crazy Hours wasn't crazy enough.

1 year, 5 months ago on Franck Muller Custom Oppa Gangnam Style Watch For PSY

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If there were more room, I'd add the Panerai Radiomir or Luminor to the list too.  So many watches, so little time!

1 year, 5 months ago on Top 10 Living Legend Watches To Own

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I enjoyed building Lego as a child.  I'd love to see how putting together a watch compares to putting together a Lego set.  And as a rookie, I'll settle for putting together a the largest 3-hander movement they have available.

1 year, 8 months ago on GIVEAWAY: Travel To Geneva, Build An In-House Frederique Constant, Keep The Watch

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I'd add dead seconds to the list. Why buy an expensive complication that makes your mechanical watch look like a quartz watch?

1 year, 10 months ago on Top Five Useless Watch Complications

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I hope his watches all hack and are COSC spec...or are two-handers.  I think having unsynchronized second hands would drive me crazy.  Thus, just one watch at a time for me.

2 years, 1 month ago on Hublot King Power Diego Maradona Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

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This is a beautiful watch!  As for the question, I typically leave the factory bracelet/strap on except for Seiko divers which just beg to have their bands swapped frequently.

2 years, 1 month ago on GIVEAWAY: Nivrel Deep Ocean GMT Automatic Watch

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F1 Monaco is my favorite.

2 years, 2 months ago on Giveaway: Tissot T-Race Watch

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"Unfortunately the FuelBand was obviously designed with a left wrist bias so changing this puts the colored LED meter on the beveled edge facing away from you. It's an annoyance but not necessarily a deal-breaker."

 

If you don't like that orientation, you can plug it into the computer, and change the settings under advanced settings to flip it 180 degrees.  You can also remove the pedometer/calorie counter features so you can just flip between watch and fuel count.  That's my preferred setup.

 

And since it's just a 3d gyro, you definitely get fuels from driving just from accelerating and braking--even with an automatic transmission.

 

Love my fuelband.  :)

2 years, 3 months ago on Nike+ FuelBand Watch Review

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Ariel, I can't wait for the next Hour Time Show so John Biggs can give you a very hard time about wearing this women's watch.  Even on bracelet it isn't remotely manly.

2 years, 3 months ago on Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph Watch In White Hands-On

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Jeremy Lin.  I really want to see what watch brand picks him up as an ambassador.  He is the sports hero of the year....perhaps of the decade if he keeps playing the same way he has been.

2 years, 6 months ago on Tissot PRC 200 Danica Limited Edition Diamonds Ladies Watch Giveaway

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I am personally fond of the name "Jellyfish". Have always been interested in picking one up just for the cool name. Manta Ray is up there too. (That is indeed the reason I picked up a Seiko Monster--it just sounds cool.)

2 years, 7 months ago on Prometheus Baiji Watch Giveaway

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