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@Shawnnny The diver design would have articulated lugs and the strap would attach via Screw Pins (aka T-Bars) which are far stronger than springbars being solid steel rather than tubes with springs and sub-millimeter pins on the end. And the design calls for a sapphire bezel with lumed markers printed on the bottom of the sapphire ring. Note the dual scale bezel (count-down and elapsed time). Maybe something I could fund via Kickstarter. Shown are 3 hand and GMT versions. The hinged lugs would make for a snug fit on any wrist plus they give the watch a bold "tool" look.

4 minutes ago on Individual Design Ka La Watch Review

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@Shawnnny My watchmaker just completed assembling another GMT a couple of days ago (before he went on vacation), so I will be wearing a GMT (black case and strap) to BaselWorld 2015 as my travel watch.

14 minutes ago on Individual Design Ka La Watch Review

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@Shawnnny I'm getting a price quote for dials and hands for what I'd like to use in a dive watch. But at this point, if I have them (custom) made, I will offer them in my Ka La case immediately. My design for a dive watch would require a new case which is a larger capital expense.

31 minutes ago on Individual Design Ka La Watch Review

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@Shawnnny I still a number of the carbon fiber straps with red leather trim left. But they are both overly long (for your 6.5" wrist) and the leather trim is not a good thing to get wet. Plus the loops were not as durable as I'd like so I stopped using them as one my standard straps (but theyare still available for sale upon request). What I will send you is this: http://markcarson.com/ID/shop/viewitem.php?productid=56

I still have your S.V. address so no worries. I'll drop it in the mail on Monday so you may get it by the end of the week. I assume you have a springbar tool?

42 minutes ago on Individual Design Ka La Watch Review

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@Shawnnny Want me to send you a black and red waterproof composite strap?

1 hour, 13 minutes ago on Individual Design Ka La Watch Review

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@Shawnnny If you make it to Oahu, give me a shout so I can buy you a beer. And the only thing I smoke are tires.

11 hours, 54 minutes ago on Perrelet Turbine Skeleton Watch

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@SuperStrapper  <sarcasm> In a future (we choose not to foresee), the norm will be triple lugs and standard straps will fit them. Then people will sneer at those cheap, cheesy watches with only 2 lugs per side and lament how a standard strap is not well supported and has an ugly gap where the now required center lug should have been. </sarcasm>

18 hours, 41 minutes ago on Perrelet Turbine Skeleton Watch

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Congratulations on the win and the watch. Wish Tudor had found a way to put some lume at 3, 6 and 9 (maybe small dots in the chapter ring) and then lume the logo at 12. Otherwise, the lume shot is great!

22 hours, 17 minutes ago on WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Tudor Heritage Chrono

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@NVJim @MarkCarson Visi-Cals => Lotus 1-2-3 => MS-Excel

22 hours, 24 minutes ago on MMT ‘Horological Smartwatch’ Platform Finally Ties Switzerland To Silicon Valley

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Having tried their turbine watches on at BaselWorld, I will attest that they are fun and the time is easy enough to read. The model with the date behind the turbine was a pain to read. But the chrono with its sapphire counter above the turbine was a master stroke of how to combine a complication with the turbine metaphor. My concern strapping them on was how thick they were. I certainly like these watches but I wish they were priced a couple of thousand lower.

1 day, 7 hours ago on Perrelet Turbine Skeleton Watch

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@NVJim I agree except the that patent issue will be solved via the Swiss using licensed tech from the players you mentioned (except Apple of course). 

I'm surprised you found time to use your Lisa and Newton. I assumed you were watching Apple TV and have everything connected via AppleTalk. Or did you draft your comment using MacWrite while gaming on your Apple Pippin? Or as Billy Bob Thornton said in "Bad Santa", "The can't all be winners kid".

1 day, 7 hours ago on MMT ‘Horological Smartwatch’ Platform Finally Ties Switzerland To Silicon Valley

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@Evitzee Swatch will be very unhappy with your comment as they will find out that they are not actually selling a lot of quartz watches. Seriously, while the Swiss make more money with mechanical watches, in terms of units sold, Swiss Quartz is still their top export. But I agree it will be a tough fight for them and who knows how well they will do (or not). Cheers.

1 day, 7 hours ago on MMT ‘Horological Smartwatch’ Platform Finally Ties Switzerland To Silicon Valley

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@egznyc @MarkCarson So you want those boobies pressed against your flesh? Good thinking.

1 day, 8 hours ago on Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage II Watch Hands-On

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@SantiagoT @MarkCarson Yeah, I know what you mean. And if you are not a watch geek, then looks are all that matters. In fact "normal people" think a battery powered watch (multi-year that is) is better than anything that can wind down.

1 day, 17 hours ago on MMT ‘Horological Smartwatch’ Platform Finally Ties Switzerland To Silicon Valley

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@DG Cayse I laser engraved a wooden plaque for one of my watchmakers a couple of years ago (for his shop). It looks like this (and the dude is ALB of course).

1 day, 17 hours ago on MMT ‘Horological Smartwatch’ Platform Finally Ties Switzerland To Silicon Valley

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@SantiagoT That would be the "Oyster Superlative SmartWatch" from you know who, ha ha.

The only point I question is the "mechanical goodness" not being enough win a sale for "Swiss Automatic" watches. As is, even generic Swiss automatics (ETA, Selitta, etc.) generally cost more than a comparable quartz watch. So I expect mechanical to continue to sell at a premium all other things being equal. With a fitness tracker being a $100 item, why pay than that extra for what is essentially a traditional quartz watch with a fitness sensor? And still not a mechanical toy that we all love.

1 day, 19 hours ago on MMT ‘Horological Smartwatch’ Platform Finally Ties Switzerland To Silicon Valley

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@SantiagoT I burned calories just watching, thanks Santiago. But the Swiss lack the fire of you Spaniards, so I expect Swatch cheerleaders to dance more like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Eoc23YtZ74

Not sure what caused the puking...

1 day, 19 hours ago on Swatch Introduces A Smartwatch: Touch Zero One (For Volleyball)

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I love it technically, but I could do without the date display entirely and also move the (goofy smile) power reserve indicator to the back.

1 day, 19 hours ago on Parmigiani Ovale Pantographe Watch Hands-On

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@jkim010100 For some activities a smartwatch makes sense. I hope you are not reading texts while driving (on any device). 

In the same way that a fitness tracker is your best bet while exercising, a smartwatch that looks like the current crop might not be best for the Oscars (that JLC Reverso is still a good choice for that). Most of us have multiple watches and wear what makes sense for what we plan to do at that time and day. I don't expect that to change for us watch geeks. 

Back when my first gen Tissot T-Touch was working, it provided more functionality than my other watches but still I did not wear it every day. Great for travel, but overkill for the office. It's all in the context baby!

Cheers.

2 days, 1 hour ago on Why The Apple Watch Is Heavily Marketed To Women

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More reasons Apple will make a load of money selling them. And the same reasons, after they become overly common, that those who use watches to say something individual about themselves will avoid wearing an Apple Watch. Apple is smart, no two ways about it. But while this will be a blood letting for under $500 quartz, I continue to think that the over $1000 mechanical market won't feel the same pain. Electronics are great, but when you want a mechanical toy, something all electronic doesn't satisfy that jones.

The first people I personally knew who had iPhones were women. Apple can sell tech to females (a lot of tech companies can't), so they had to have women in their sights from day one with the Apple Watch.

2 days, 22 hours ago on Why The Apple Watch Is Heavily Marketed To Women

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Thanks for the update David. Looks like a lot of shortcomings are being addressed with this new model. Pebble - not dead yet! And standard straps is a biggie too (compared to the Apple Watch)

4 days, 3 hours ago on Pebble ‘Time’ Smartwatch Puts Pebble Back In The Game: New User Interface, Notable Design Updates

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@Ulysses31 I agree that the 12 hour marker is a bit of a problem as it makes the home time sub-dial look like a power reserve indicator at a quick glance (with its incomplete circle). The use of 12 for both scales is clever but still looks awkward in execution. The date window does not bother me as much as it does you, but yeah, round would have been cool. Otherwise, I think it is an attractive watch at an understandable price point (considering the brand and the custom module).

4 days, 9 hours ago on Montblanc Chronométrie Dual Time Watch Hands-On

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Very cool and reasonably priced to boot. Thanks for the review Karel.

4 days, 20 hours ago on Affordable Hand-Engraved Watch Movements By Artur Akmaev

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Xetum, Bathys Hawaii, some Bulova (Accu-Swiss), etc. So there are a few others although smaller Indie brands are of course not as well known as Movado and Bulova. Cheers.

6 days, 8 hours ago on Movado Museum Dial Watch Ready For A Return? Movado Thinks So: Its History & Horwitt’s Struggle

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@MisterDeal No such luck. We agree to disagree. The Reverso is also a great ladies watch which makes it a bit too unisex to be identified as masculine to the exclusion of having femine appeal. Sure some women wear Subs but it still more masculine than a Reverso. I say again the Reverso is a great dress watch - it does not have to be overty masculine to fulfill that role.

6 days, 19 hours ago on Whiplash Movie Editor Tom Cross Chooses Perfect Jaeger-LeCoultre Watch For Academy Awards

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I like the DLC over Ti reference except that I still worry that the hands have low contrast over the exposed movement. Hmmm, based on the parts count (167), this should cost $491 using the Swatch Sistem 51 as a reference. OK, maybe not, but this is still an expensive watch even with all of the hand finishing. I'd wear it, but I wouldn't want to pay that much for it.

Is the demographic for a $64K watch that much different from the buying segment for a $150K RB watch?

Thanks for the review of this interesting watch.

6 days, 21 hours ago on Roger Dubuis Excalibur 42 Automatic Skeleton Watch Hands-On

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@MisterDeal "You'd be surprised - the Reverso is a very masculine watch, especially for a dressier option. It actually complements pretty much every male wrist, in the same way I've seen, say, a Speedmaster or Submariner."

Well you are certainly entitled to your opinion but I don't think a Reverso (which I think is a great dress watch for either sex) has the masculine appeal of a Speedy or Sub. Cheers.

6 days, 21 hours ago on Whiplash Movie Editor Tom Cross Chooses Perfect Jaeger-LeCoultre Watch For Academy Awards

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Technically interesting, artistically a mess.

1 week ago on Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage II Watch Hands-On

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I am now follower number 511. Too funny to miss out on. Thanks for the heads up Ariel and David.

1 week, 2 days ago on Watch_Amish Is Hilarious, Honest Commentary On All Luxury Watch Social Media

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@X2Eliah They should do it like DeBethune does it (with a sphere).

1 week, 2 days ago on Movado Museum Dial Watch Ready For A Return? Movado Thinks So: Its History & Horwitt’s Struggle

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@Time2Go And never to be seen "in the wild". At least the straps will stay nice since they won't be picking up any oils from sweaty wrists - God forbid anyone should wear a watch.

1 week, 3 days ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Spherotourbillon Moon Watch Hands-On

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Is it just me or does the white bezeled one look like a vintage white side wall from a tire? Comments about adding a rubber bumper (ala Victorinox) are of course welcomed.

1 week, 3 days ago on Tissot T-Touch ‘Pocket Touch’ Watch

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@DangerussArt Come on Kris, the split ring will never be able to display the time except between 9 and 3. I do like that it is apparently a retrograde mechanism. The dial rocks (not).

1 week, 3 days ago on Movado Museum Dial Watch Ready For A Return? Movado Thinks So: Its History & Horwitt’s Struggle

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@RipJJ They just need fresh batteries - but I found them (in my watch box and her jewelry box). Mine wears smaller than it looks in the photo.


1 week, 3 days ago on Movado Museum Dial Watch Ready For A Return? Movado Thinks So: Its History & Horwitt’s Struggle

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@Jimxxx No, he meant "resemble" - its a standard (if self-effacing) variation on "resent"( which is the normal reaction to an unflattering inference). Cheers

1 week, 3 days ago on Breitling Chronoliner Watch

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Ah, way back in the day, I bought one of these and a matching one for my wife. I still admire the clean design but these days I like a little more visual interest in a watch. Thanks for the history Ariel.

1 week, 3 days ago on Movado Museum Dial Watch Ready For A Return? Movado Thinks So: Its History & Horwitt’s Struggle

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@notech47 No ALS Lange 1 for you (says the soup nazi from Seinfeld). Cheers

1 week, 4 days ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Spherotourbillon Moon Watch Hands-On

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@Sumo59 Would you prefer a duckling logo? (as in Huey, Dewey and Louie)

1 week, 4 days ago on My First Grail Watch: Chris Vail

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@Shawnnny Perhaps a seque (rather than a 2 wheeled scooter), but we know what you mean and I agree. No doubt Tissot will be for Swatch for TAG is already going to be for LVMH - the designated brand to test how to engage in the smartwatch battle (if it truly develops).

1 week, 4 days ago on Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar Watch Review

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@sasnak No more than the cost of a replacment watch, ha ha.

1 week, 4 days ago on Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar Watch Review

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@MisterDeal @MarkCarson I don't dislike the Milanese bracelet, only the color contrast issue. Cheers.

1 week, 5 days ago on Breitling Chronoliner Watch

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The polished Milanese bracelet looks out of place with the black bezel and dial to my eye. A black DLC or PVD case with a black strap or bracelet would be fine. Or if the dial was silver then the black bezel might be OK with the current Milanese bracelet. 

And while I like panda dials, this one only serves to highlight the 7750/7754 movement's 6, 9, 12 subdial layout which I'm sort of tired of (with its lack of symmetry). If the running seconds subdial at 9 was in black then it would not bother me as much. Or they could have used an ETA 7753 which has a 3, 6, 9 set of subdials - but then they would have lost the pilot oriented GMT hand. 

Outside of the bracelet (and minor subdial) issue. I really like that this is so clean looking for a Breitling (especially compared to the overwhelming dials on Navitimers).

1 week, 5 days ago on Breitling Chronoliner Watch

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@Panagiotis But next month is BaselWorld (for news anyway) so there will be plenty of mechanical goodness to savor then.

1 week, 5 days ago on Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar Watch Review

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@SantiagoT Shoot me an email: Mark AT MarkCarson DOT com

2 weeks ago on Chopard L.U.C 1963 Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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Anything that makes the Astron dial less busy is a good thing. While I'm usually a bit pessimistic about two-tone bracelets, I find the white ceramic inserts on the black titanium bracelet very nice as it echoes the dial and hands with their white markings. They give it an almost racing stripe look.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Seiko Astron Solar GPS Chronograph Limited Edition Styled By Giugiaro Design

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Love the watch. But...the orientation of the date wheel (which is like a 6 o'clock one) seems wrong to me when used at the 4:30 position when the watch when worn on the left wrist,. My line of sight is usually about 45 degrees (looking from 7:30 to 1:30) so the text on this watch's date wheel is 90 degrees rotated from what is easiest to read. For an LUC line Chopard I want every detail right. I'm really hoping to see this watch in 5 weeks at BaselWorld.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Chopard L.U.C 1963 Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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@bichondaddy @MarkCarson As the SN from Seinfeld would say, "No watch for you!!! You come back NEVER!!!"

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Vacheron Constantin Harmony Ultra-Thin Grande Complication Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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Looks best from the back. Nice technically, but with an overly ambitious name (as mentioned in the post). Maybe it's the colors or the fonts, but I just don't care for this dial. On the other hand, you could buy 2 of the 10 in this series for the price of the recently reviewed AP Grand Complication. But neither of them are on my house/watch budget at the moment (to say the least). Thanks for the review.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Vacheron Constantin Harmony Ultra-Thin Grande Complication Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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I like the funky color scheme. But for real money (which they are asking for this one), I'd rather see it with a co-axial movement and live without all of the quartz enabled do-dahs. Crudely like this perhaps? (still not too sure though...)

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition Watch

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I can't see what is "retrograde" on this watch. Otherwise, not bad looking but a grand still gives pause for a quartz (even thermo-compensated) chronograph.
Thanks for the review. I don't recall seeing Certina reviewed here before (or at least not recently).

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Certina DS-2 Limited Edition Watch With High-End PreciDrive Movement

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