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A nice tool watch.Usually I'm not that interested in quartz, but that certainly keeps the feature list up and the price down. Nice to see a useful bezel rather than the seldom used tachymeter scale on too many chronographs. Thanks for the review. Good for those who have been moaning recently about all of the watches reviewed for the 1% customer base.

4 hours, 6 minutes ago on Gavox Squadron Review: A True Mil-Spec Watch

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@DG Cayse Once in a while I can be subtle.

11 hours, 2 minutes ago on Interview With Kelly Rowland, TW Steel Watches Ambassador

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@Time2Go You bought it and you love it - that's a perfect watch purchase in my book.

11 hours, 3 minutes ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review

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@BIGCHRONO I hear ya. And the good news is that AS has watches starting around (cough)  $10K USD, so you don't have to just pine after these lofty beauties - you can aspire to more reasonably priced but still out of reach (for me anyway) watches.

19 hours, 23 minutes ago on Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Water & Fire Watches Hands-On

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Too bad they are so far out of my price range. But I'm with Ariel on a number of points. Usually I prefer automatics, but with AS I prefer their manual wind pieces over their micro-rotor watches because of the visual symmetry and how great it is to watch them being wound. The offset center pinion (and dial and hands) does not bother me, especially on these references. The Water version goes on my lust list of watches from "The Palace" hall at BaselWorld (where I've seen other Armin Strom watches). I think these are my new favorite Armin Strom pieces.

1 day, 3 hours ago on Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Water & Fire Watches Hands-On

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Very nice Ladies Invicta watch.

1 day, 4 hours ago on Interview With Kelly Rowland, TW Steel Watches Ambassador

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@PaulMiller1997 Don't sweat it. Your reply here shows that like all of us, you just keep on learning as you go. Discussion and research just makes all of us better informed. Cheers.

1 day, 15 hours ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review

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@emenezes @Jimxxx I can't tell who is supposed to be speaking at 0:11 in the video (it may be Jacky Ickx who is Belgian and I assume speaks French natively) but whoever it is, they also pronounce the "D" sound and the following word starts with with  "W". No need to argue with me. Argue with the official Chopard video guys.

BTW Jimxxx - your original comment did not say "it's silent in French" or "it's only pronounced in English". It was a blanket statement to which I supplied attribution to the contrary. I am playing nice (or at last objectively). Cheers.

2 days, 20 hours ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review

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@SuperStrapper Swatch would yank the rug out if they legally could. Nicholas Hayek Sr (the dead one) used to seem pretty pissed off that he was forced to keep supplying movements to competitors.

2 days, 21 hours ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review

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@bigsam2035 Yes, the dial could say "Swiss Movment" (but not "Swiss Made" unless encased and adjusted in Switzerland plus having 50%+ Swiss content). Most Swiss movements do say "Swiss" or  even "Swiss Made" so there is nothing wrong with the way they have done this watch. If a buyer is confused by "Sweden" on the caseback and "Swiss" on the movement, then the sell just has a customer education challenge. Cheers.

3 days, 3 hours ago on The Sjöö Sandström Royal Capital Is The Latest Luxury Watch From Sweden

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@Jimxxx Ha ha ha. You're joking right? He is the Co-President of the company and you think he mispronounces it (for anyone)?  Too funny.

By your logic, I can't wait to hear Mr. Michele Sofisti pronounce Girard Perregaux for English speakers.

BTW - Internet search != truth

3 days, 3 hours ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review

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@Zeitblom Tungsten is pretty heavy, so going the opposite way from titanium. 24k gold and tungsten have very much the same density. And 18K gold of course is lighter. But the good news (I guess) is that tungsten is lighter than platinum.  From what little I have read, tungsten is difficult to machine. I know a jeweler who used to stock tungsten rings. He could not size them, so he had to keep a stock of every size for his customers. But I'm with you, so long as the price wasn't crazy, I'd like a tungsten cased watch also.

3 days, 7 hours ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review

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@PaulMiller1997 Lighter but not as scratch resistant as steel unless it has a surface treatment.

3 days, 8 hours ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review

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@Jimxxx The Co-President of Chopard (Karl-Friedrich Scheufele) pronounces it with a "D" sound at 1:24 in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X60GdUE88n8&list=PLC38FEF7083BA185F&index=5

I think he of all people would know how to pronounce it.

3 days, 9 hours ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review

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@5803822 Nope - the ETA supply draw down is a multi-year program and controlled by the Swiss govt's competition commission. Chopard is increasing the manufacture of their own movements, but obviously they are not 100% of the way yet.

3 days, 9 hours ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review

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@sigp226 i would be willing to pay $ 4,500 USD for this watch.

3 days, 20 hours ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review

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@BIGCHRONO @thornwood36  As I recall, wasn't Jacob the Jewelers conviction for money laundering for criminals? In which case, yes the fact does support unchecked greed.

3 days, 20 hours ago on 3 Concept Smartwatches That Could Be From Popular Swiss Luxury Brands

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@SantiagoT @MarkCarson I agree. Quartz and  even under $500 mechanical are going to be vunerable to smart watches.

3 days, 20 hours ago on 3 Concept Smartwatches That Could Be From Popular Swiss Luxury Brands

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Don't like the price much, but the styling is spot on. Despite the 7750 and cost, these were some of my favorite watches at BaselWorld 2014. Even nicer than the photos show.

4 days, 3 hours ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review

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@Zeitblom @MarkCarson What an Orwellian future - yikes! neckties? I live in Hawaii,  not sure we even have a word for that. Watches are already for peacocking in various degrees of subtly or overtness. And even in a dismal future, not everyone will wear a Hublot (Fraser's wrists are too thin for instance), ha ha.

4 days, 10 hours ago on 3 Concept Smartwatches That Could Be From Popular Swiss Luxury Brands

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@Zeitblom You know, we often see social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) icons on actual or proposed smart watches. Personally, I don't even like it when my phone alerts me that someone on Facebook had a birthday. So I really don't want to be alerted to such trivial information on my wrist. Maybe if I was expecting an important email it might be nice to see that it has come in, but I only have an issue with digging my cell phone out of my pocket while I driving. And better tech in cars and phones will solve those needs. So I'm happy to keep a mechanical watch on my wrist.

But if a useful digital module could become industry standardized and watch brands would adopt it (think of SIM cards or micro SD memory), then traditional watches would still exist to satisfy our desire to make a more personalized statement about ourselves via our watches and still have the commodity/utility functions that digital alerts can provide. Distinctive vibration alerts (for me) would be more useful and discreet than flashing screens on my wrist (I really don't care what my friends just ate for lunch - photo included). Cheers.

4 days, 12 hours ago on 3 Concept Smartwatches That Could Be From Popular Swiss Luxury Brands

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@SantiagoT I agree. Luxury (traditional) watchmaking is a proven segment. Luxury digital goods have not yet shown themselves to be very successful (Slyde watch, Ulysee Nardin phone, etc.) so while this may be an evolving market segment, I think tech companies will have a hard time moving into the luxury area where name (branding) and history are important. Plus tech is known to be disposable. Luxury goods are supposed to be enduring items. And you are right Santiago, luxury brands at best may find a blend of their traditional strengths plus a dash of tech. Or at worst, they will fail and will abandon digital initiatives and retreat to what has worked in the past. Cheers.


4 days, 12 hours ago on 3 Concept Smartwatches That Could Be From Popular Swiss Luxury Brands

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@Ulysses31 The Chinese will beat them to it with a tiny abacus (also impervious to EMP)

5 days, 3 hours ago on 3 Concept Smartwatches That Could Be From Popular Swiss Luxury Brands

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@Zeitblom So if I get this right, Biver thinks he could do better than Apple, yet he headed Hublot which has produced some of the most garish watches. While I'm not exactly a fan of the Apple Watch, I want to see a render that JCB  made himself for comparison.

5 days, 3 hours ago on 3 Concept Smartwatches That Could Be From Popular Swiss Luxury Brands

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@socabaptist Damn straight - I'm with ya on that (the Armin Strom).

5 days, 9 hours ago on Glashütte Original Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition Watch Hands-On

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@Ulysses31 I have no idea what you are talking about - a PieTech Phillipe perhaps?

5 days, 13 hours ago on Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 Watch For 175th Brand Anniversary

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@DG Cayse @MarkCarson I agree, but consider the Earnshaw as only a case in point - that the GO unfortunately looks like some cheaper skeleton watches from a distance. Up close, no contest.

5 days, 13 hours ago on Glashütte Original Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition Watch Hands-On

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@5803822 Plus the Earnshaw is an automatic and has a seconds hand. So it must be a better watch, ha ha. Well maybe from afar.

6 days, 2 hours ago on Glashütte Original Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition Watch Hands-On

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Just for example, an Earnshaw (399 euros):

6 days, 4 hours ago on Glashütte Original Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition Watch Hands-On

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I'm sure up close it is a winner. But I find it odd that at a little distance and a quick glance it looks like a  Chinese skeleton watch in the $100 range. Which I know is a disservice to this watch, but still...

http://www.ablogtowatch.com/earnshaw-beagle-watch-review/

6 days, 4 hours ago on Glashütte Original Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition Watch Hands-On

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@DG Cayse @MarkCarson Yeah, Daniel is a fun guy. And his stories of the inside dirt on the Swiss watchmaking industry are most interesting to hear.

6 days, 7 hours ago on Maurice De Mauriac Chronograph Diver Watch Review

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@DG Cayse Correction - platinum density is 21.46 g/cm3

6 days, 11 hours ago on Nomos Lux & Nomos Lambda Gold Watch Lines Enhanced With Beautiful Colors And Smaller Cases

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@DG Cayse Except that Daniel is a German speaking Swiss watchmaker.

6 days, 11 hours ago on Maurice De Mauriac Chronograph Diver Watch Review

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@DG Cayse Out of curiosity, I decided to run some numbers to see what gold (and platinum) material does to underlying costs. This is sort of worst case (pun intended) as I weighed one of my stainless steel cases for  a reference. I had the top and bottom and crown and crystals (which would not be part of the calculation) and my cases are heavy due to their shape and wall thickness.

SS case: 63 grams

SS density  is 7.99 g/cm3

Gold density  is 19.32  g/cm3

Platinum density is 12.46 g/cm3

Factoring the density differences you of course have more weight in gold and platinum and they cost more per gram. 

24k gold (152 grams) = $6062

18k gold = $4500 (roughly)

pure platinum (169 grams) = $6865

950 platinum = $6500 (roughly)

These are for heavy cases and assume zero material loss and do not include any machining or labor costs - just precious metal costs. I hope this give at least some idea (leaning on the high side) of how much gold or platinum adds to material costs of a watch. I don't offer precious metal cases, so "I have no dog in this fight" regarding the mark-up of gold. But you can see that a $7000 gold watch would have to have a very trim case and not have that much mark-up in terms of percentage.

Cheers

6 days, 12 hours ago on Nomos Lux & Nomos Lambda Gold Watch Lines Enhanced With Beautiful Colors And Smaller Cases

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@DG Cayse Thanks but no worries.The storm is passing by us to the south. Just overcast and humid today on Oahu.


6 days, 13 hours ago on Nomos Lux & Nomos Lambda Gold Watch Lines Enhanced With Beautiful Colors And Smaller Cases

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Ariel, you said early on that this is not a tourbillon. So is it a carousel instead? You refer to it as tourbillon later on, so...?

Anyway, very cool and in the mechanical art sphere in terms of price and appearance. If any used demo units need a good home (sort of like "Puppy: Fee to a good home"), be sure to let JLC know I'm here to help.

1 week ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Spherotourbillon Watch Revisited

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I seriously don't care for the Lux from the front. But the back view is gorgeous.

I'm with Fraser, I wish the power reserve on the Lamda was smaller, otherwise very nicely done. I wonder if the Lamda wears large for a 42 mm because of those long lugs.

1 week ago on Nomos Lux & Nomos Lambda Gold Watch Lines Enhanced With Beautiful Colors And Smaller Cases

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@iamcalledryan I do. Seem to recall the blacked out crystal was supposed to be hiding a tourbillon no less. Stealth or silly - you decide.

1 week, 1 day ago on Maurice De Mauriac Chronograph Diver Watch Review

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@Fraser Petrick And  very tiny phones.

1 week, 1 day ago on Maurice De Mauriac Chronograph Diver Watch Review

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@clayguida Watches Ariel likes or watches you like? Not always the same thing. Notice at the end under "Would reviewer personally wear it", the answer was  "Yes". Cheers

1 week, 1 day ago on Maurice De Mauriac Chronograph Diver Watch Review

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@SantiagoT @MarkCarson Too funny. I'd be happy to accept his rejects.

1 week, 1 day ago on Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 Watch For 175th Brand Anniversary

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What do you mean no numbers? They are just  red numbers on a red background. Can't you see them?

Daniel beats to his own drum in all things - and especially when it comes to colors. From his watches down to his clothes, he is a colorful guy who is not a slave to convention. I've stopped trying to figure out why he does certain things with watches. I think he just has a playful attitude and never wants to be boring. If you don't like this watch, don't worry, he will make something else equally whimsical but to your desires. Remember to consider his colored sapphire crystals too.

1 week, 1 day ago on Maurice De Mauriac Chronograph Diver Watch Review

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@Lurch I wondered that too. I checked their website and most of their other watches do have sapphire crystals. So I think they did this to be in keeping with retro style of this watch. But I still would not have done it.

1 week, 1 day ago on Bauhaus Style: New Junghans Max Bill Watches

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@spencerhastings22 I agree and perhaps the engraving and overall style would make a nice looking ladies PP in a smaller size (and with maybe only 18 or so complications due to size considerations).

1 week, 1 day ago on Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 Watch For 175th Brand Anniversary

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After reading the review of the Hamilton Pan Europ with its colorful NATO strap, I had to wonder what an oligarch would wear on those hot summer days or when hiking about on his vast private estate. Then it hit me!


1 week, 1 day ago on Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 Watch For 175th Brand Anniversary

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@Ivan1998 Patek does participate in Only Watch:

http://www.ablogtowatch.com/patek-philippe-titanium-5004t-for-only-watch-2013/

In fact that piece is in Ariel's new book "The World's Most  Expensive Watches" and shows its auction price which was for more than the price of this 175th  anniversary piece. So, it would not dilute  the brand or its pricing. But Only Watch is in odd years, so it does not work for PP now and besides, why would they want to share the spotlight with others at this milestone?

1 week, 1 day ago on Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 Watch For 175th Brand Anniversary

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@iamcalledryan @SantiagoT @MarkCarson The naming of days is a mixture with Tuesday - Friday coming from Norse/Germantic gods. 

The ISO standard (which really has no bearing on watches)  says: weekday number, from 1 through 7, beginning with Monday and ending with Sunday.

As a software engineer this means Sunday = 0 and Saturday = 6 as most computer languages use 0 indexed arrays and counts. But that is also not very relevant to watch  dials either. 

Regarding dominicus (Christian day of worship):

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Dominicus

http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Dominicus

Regarding Sunday: (check out the Etymology section)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunday

Why am  I posting any this? Cheers.

1 week, 1 day ago on Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 Watch For 175th Brand Anniversary

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@iamcalledryan Nope - Sunday as in the day the sun was created (first day) according to that book. Sabbath is the 7th day (and of rest). Jewish and Muslim weeks have it right by this measure. Christians celebrate  on Sunday because of Easter (resurrection). So you could say the Christians don't obey the 4th commandment, ha ha (and all this coming from an atheist).

1 week, 1 day ago on Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 Watch For 175th Brand Anniversary

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Your website might have size and movement details for Laco watches. Cheers.

1 week, 1 day ago on Laco Watches – Rewriting Horological History Since 1925

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@X2Eliah Not from Junghans, but consider the  Nomos Ahoi (even though they don't have  rotating bezels and are not fully ISO 6425 compliant):

http://www.ablogtowatch.com/nomos-ahoi-atlantik-hands/

http://www.ablogtowatch.com/nomos-ahoi-sport-watches-compared/

1 week, 1 day ago on Bauhaus Style: New Junghans Max Bill Watches

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