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Interesting that Switzerland, being a watch industry capital, is not the easiest place for new Indie brands to pop up due to the price of goods and services and lack of access from vendors.
Good luck to her, this is tough industry to break into.
2 hours, 7 minutes ago on Fiona Krüger Skull Watch Hands-On
@Patrick Kansa The ETA 2892-2 GMT hand is set via the crown in the first pulled out position. Clockwise advances the date, counter-clockwise advances the GMT hand (so yes it can be set independently of the main time). With the crown fully pulled out, the hours and minutes and the GMT hand all move.
7 hours, 33 minutes ago on Ball Engineer Master II Pilot GMT Watch
@somethingnottaken I was surprised to learn a couple of years ago that steam and water vapor are both water in a gaseous form and temperature and pressure isssues aside are the same thing as a state of matter. BTW - the clouds will be heartbroken to learn that they are invisible to human eyes, ha ha.
7 hours, 48 minutes ago on Recommended Use: Understanding The Durability Of Your Mechanical Watch And When To Take It Off
Clean styling. Nothing to complain about but somehow they seem emotionally cold and soulless. Like they need more personality in some way. Hard to put a finger on it, but they strike me as bland even though they are well designed.
22 hours, 14 minutes ago on Uniform Wares C41 Chronograph Headlines New Swiss Made Watch Collection
Wonderfully complicated even by today's standards. Breguet is rightfully hailed as one of the best, if not the very best, watchmakers of all time. Thanks for the post David.
22 hours, 21 minutes ago on Historic Breguet No. 3519, 4111 Pocket Watches & No. 2655 Carriage Clock Hands-On
@Frauss Ahh, the screws... Well it is not made by Hublot, so maybe yes.
1 day, 4 hours ago on Savoy Watch Winder Safe No. 3 Mixes Modern & Vintage Parts For $825,000
@AK74 A couple of ways to look at it. At 20 times the price of an entry level Apple Watch they don't have to have the same volume to generate the same revenue (and their margins are probably a lot better than Apple's).
On the other hand, do you really think buyers will be deciding between this watch and an Apple Watch? I don't see them as direct competitors, so I find your concern oddly founded. Cheers.
1 day, 4 hours ago on Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri Watch Hands-On
@SuperStrapper Outside of making one of your straps Kris, one of those rubber straps with a tire thread might work here.
2 days ago on Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri Watch Hands-On
I'd like it better if it had an minute hand and the hour hand was discreet and both were retrograde rather than jumping at 12:30. I was not ready for the price. This is getting to be almost Ressence country in terms of price and even some technical features, but it would be no contest for me - Ressence for the win (yeah I know they are different thematically).
2 days, 1 hour ago on Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri Watch Hands-On
@DG Cayse I guess one should be able to regulate a movement of any frequency to be accurate. But that slower ones are supposed to be more easily "upset" by shocks or positions changes before settling back down to a steady beat. I did notice using the timing machine that right after a position change (you just rotate the attachment bar the watch is held onto) that the rate error changes but returns to a steady (and better) result after a minute or two. I'm guessing that is the gyroscopic effect on the balance wheel needing some time to settle.
2 days, 10 hours ago on Rpaige Waltham Original Antique Dial Watch Review
@DG Cayse All of that from a leisurely 2.5 Hz (18,000 bph) beating movement.
Ummm, Sardinia is an island (not part of the northern Italian Piedmont region) and wrist watches did not first appear in 1800. I wonder if the safe is too heavy for installation in a double wide trailer? For that much money, you could just build a granite watch mausoleum in the backyard. I hope for that price they at least put some Invictas on the winders for you (so you won't be embarrassed with empty winder positions when you show it tto your friends). For $800K I could hire a security guard for $40K a year for 20 years to wind and guard my watches. If the rich really need ways to spend their money, I'd be happy to make one of a kind match book covers for them for a tenth of the price.
Thanks for the post Ariel. I do enjoy reading about this sort of thing. Ree-dick-you-less as it is.
2 days, 10 hours ago on Savoy Watch Winder Safe No. 3 Mixes Modern & Vintage Parts For $825,000
@DG Cayse I was down at BlackPoint Fine Watches over the weekend and for fun we put an RPaige watch on the TimeGrapher 1000. In the crystal up position it ran dead accurate to +1. In other positions not quite to chronometric standards but still less than 10 off. Pretty darn good for even a modern movement, let alone one roughly 100 years old. Just for grins I put some old watches I had laying around the house on the TimeGrapher before I took it to BlackPoint and the ones with Chinese movements all ran about 30 seconds a day fast and varied 10 or more seconds between positions. Back at BlackPoint, we put a Seven Friday (Miyota 3Hz movement) on the machine and it was very accurate. Just data points...
2 days, 11 hours ago on Rpaige Waltham Original Antique Dial Watch Review
@Fraser Petrick Yes, "oz" has become metric so now its "gr" for around that price for 18K gold.
2 days, 15 hours ago on Blancpain Villeret Pulsometer Flyback Chronograph Watch Hands-On
I want this movement's decoration in the FF Bathyscaphe chronograph. Still not too sure about these roman numerals but I guess I'm getting used to them (slowly) as they keep appearing on Blancpain enameled dials.
3 days ago on Blancpain Villeret Pulsometer Flyback Chronograph Watch Hands-On
@emenezes Since the movements have to be refurbished/cleaned/overhauled, their cost is probably more than something like an ETA 2824. So the parts cost is only part of the cost :-)
3 days, 17 hours ago on Rpaige Waltham Original Antique Dial Watch Review
@Noodlefish Don't take my flippant response too seriously. While modern shock protection did not come until later, these pocket watch movements were as stout as could be for their day. While not G-Shocks, the RPaige watches are certainly up to normal wear requirements. I have seen lots of them at BlackPoint Fine Watches in the Sheraton Waikiki (Honolulu) and customer reported issues are very rare according to the sales/service personal there (whom I know as the store also carries my watches).
4 days, 1 hour ago on Rpaige Waltham Original Antique Dial Watch Review
@Noodlefish Incabloc was invented in 1934. Do the math as they say, ha ha. Cheers.
@joshgraves Richard is a fan of Cartier (which was his inspiration for a blue crown stone). How it matches the dial and hands varies what the buyer selected
@BIGCHRONO I like that ABTW has watches to lust after that same way that car magazines feature Ferraris that I only own in my dreams. But balancing that with reviews of more affordable watches is a good thing too. Cheers.
4 days, 1 hour ago on Gavox Squadron Review: A True Mil-Spec Watch
The crown has a blue Swarovski crystal, not a sapphire (but they do look like what you'd find on a Cartier even though they are not).
Richard has lots of antique dials and hands so while you can't say that a given dial is totally unique (he might have 2 or 3 of some), by the time you select an available dial and hands and case (polished SS or matte finish titanium) and put one one of his many available straps (which includes Australian Barramundi fish), you just won't see someone else walking down the street wearing the same watch.
And for a taste of things to come, check out his Facebook page for some shots of his new Duo-Face case which allows you to wear the dial or movement side up. (case design by...well...a friend of Richard's shall we say).
4 days, 3 hours ago on Rpaige Waltham Original Antique Dial Watch Review
4 days, 23 hours ago on How One Guy Made A Shockingly Good Urwerk UR-202 Watch Homage
@5803822 I agree. Lack of battery status is a reason I'd never trust a quartz watch for diving (not that I have done so for years) unless I knew I had a fresh battery. A mechanical, you just wind and you feel pretty good that it will be running longer than your dive. Plus, how hard can it be to display on demand in a quartz watch? Even a "weak battery" indication (before it's dead) would do.
5 days, 6 hours ago on Gavox Squadron Review: A True Mil-Spec Watch
@SN0WKRASH I concur, thanks Vicky for the amount of detail and history in the post. The watch has a Piguet look to my eye for some reason (which is a good thing).
6 days, 13 hours ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Ivy Minute Repeater Watch For Women
@Ulysses31 I agree on the chrono hours/minutes on one sub-dial. That's part of what makes the new Speedmasters so sweet with their bi-compax layout.
6 days, 14 hours ago on Gavox Squadron Review: A True Mil-Spec Watch
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.
1 week ago on Gavox Squadron Review: A True Mil-Spec Watch
@DG Cayse Once in a while I can be subtle.
1 week ago on Interview With Kelly Rowland, TW Steel Watches Ambassador
@Time2Go You bought it and you love it - that's a perfect watch purchase in my book.
1 week ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review
@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.
1 week ago on Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Water & Fire Watches Hands-On
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 week, 1 day ago on Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Water & Fire Watches Hands-On
Very nice Ladies Invicta watch.
1 week, 1 day ago on Interview With Kelly Rowland, TW Steel Watches Ambassador
@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 week, 1 day ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review
@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.
1 week, 2 days ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review
@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.
@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.
1 week, 3 days ago on The Sjöö Sandström Royal Capital Is The Latest Luxury Watch From Sweden
@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
1 week, 3 days ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review
@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.
@PaulMiller1997 Lighter but not as scratch resistant as steel unless it has a surface treatment.
@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.
@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.
@sigp226 i would be willing to pay $ 4,500 USD for this watch.
@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.
1 week, 3 days ago on 3 Concept Smartwatches That Could Be From Popular Swiss Luxury Brands
@SantiagoT @MarkCarson I agree. Quartz and even under $500 mechanical are going to be vunerable to smart watches.
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.
1 week, 4 days ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review
@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.
1 week, 4 days ago on 3 Concept Smartwatches That Could Be From Popular Swiss Luxury Brands
@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.
@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.
@Ulysses31 The Chinese will beat them to it with a tiny abacus (also impervious to EMP)
1 week, 5 days ago on 3 Concept Smartwatches That Could Be From Popular Swiss Luxury Brands
@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.
@socabaptist Damn straight - I'm with ya on that (the Armin Strom).
1 week, 5 days ago on Glashütte Original Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition Watch Hands-On