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@DG Cayse As in "Welcome to the future where no one knows their ass from a hole in the ground." And everyone (brand) is scrambling around like a chicken with its head cut off? Like lots of early tech, there will be lots of early players but when the dust settles only 2 (3 at the outside) platforms. The rest will be wrapping the tech in attractive packages. You have iOS and Android now on phones & tablets. Maybe not the same players (although that is likely in the end) but you will probably only have a very few watch operating/connection (API) systems.

8 hours, 58 minutes ago on Is This What Luxury Smartwatches Will Be Like? Pioneer Jorg Hysek Presents Designs, Interview

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@Jimxxx I think Casio will up their game is all and embrace "smart" (really connected) tech to compete. But they already have multi-sensor watches so they are far from starting at ground zero. Same for Citizen and Seiko.

9 hours, 3 minutes ago on Is This What Luxury Smartwatches Will Be Like? Pioneer Jorg Hysek Presents Designs, Interview

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I was surprised to learn that they sold 10,000 Slyde watches. Anyway, I agree that partnerships with tech companies (Sansung, Google, etc.) will be key for watch brands as unique hardware and software platforms are dead on arrival. Smartwatches will just be a reversal (for this class of watch) from the current swing towards making in-house calibers and a return to the old days when Swiss watch brands more often than not used movements from outside companies. In this case, the electronic "movements" will just come from Asian factories rather than  the Swiss Jura. And no, I don't think mechanical watches priced over $5K USD will be much effected by the blood bath that will occur in the under $500 quartz market.

10 hours, 43 minutes ago on Is This What Luxury Smartwatches Will Be Like? Pioneer Jorg Hysek Presents Designs, Interview

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@emenezes As a coincidence, my daughter and I just watched The Walking Dead season 1 tonight. In one episode the others note that the old guy (Dale) has a watch which he winds daily. So no quartz watch for him in that Zombie Apocalypse. Cheers.

10 hours, 57 minutes ago on Leatherman Tread Watch With Tool Bracelet

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@8shapes So if I buy one I can party at the exclusive get-togethers with royalty? Hmmm, I doubt it. Maybe I'll change my mind when I see Queen Elizabeth II wearing one and her name on the GTG list. More likely, and I'm just guessing here, these either won't sell very well or they will mostly sell to pretentious new money D-Bags.

1 day, 10 hours ago on Christophe & Co. Armill Is $150,000 Self-Powering Smart Bracelet Designed By Pininfarina With Upgradeable Tech

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One of the few "quartz" watches that are technically interesting. And considering how many gizmos (that's the technical term) they had to engineer and produce, the price does not seem so crazy. But as an ideal watch it falls a bit short. I realize adding another belt is impractical due to size constraints. But in running seconds mode, you lose the current minute display. Same with chronograph mode - which seems like it is only good for timing events of up to a minute.

The lack of lume is really a lack of illumination which could be solved with a small LED light - this is an electric watch after all. Solar charging would be nice if they could work that in somewhere. 

Thanks for the review Patrick. Glad to head that it does not crazy large (which I would have otherwise guessed).

I want to see Bender (of Futurama) wear this.

1 day, 11 hours ago on Devon Works Tread 2 Shining Watch Review

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@ZL As in "Jeeves, take the rest of the night off. And clean your pants when you get home, no not here."?

1 day, 12 hours ago on Christophe & Co. Armill Is $150,000 Self-Powering Smart Bracelet Designed By Pininfarina With Upgradeable Tech

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@emenezes I agree, the mixed use bezel on the GMT is a bit of a disaster as it does not do either job (elapsed time or 24 time) completely.

1 day, 18 hours ago on Christopher Ward C60 Trident Watch Collection Overview

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@LapYoda How insensitive of you to ask Fraser to get up from his wingback chair just to ring the help. But for the rest of us, you're spot on.

1 day, 18 hours ago on Christophe & Co. Armill Is $150,000 Self-Powering Smart Bracelet Designed By Pininfarina With Upgradeable Tech

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@Shawnnny Exactly. We need discreet, affordable (and easily cleaned) bracelets for summoning the slaves.

1 day, 21 hours ago on Christophe & Co. Armill Is $150,000 Self-Powering Smart Bracelet Designed By Pininfarina With Upgradeable Tech

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@Time2Go And no charging required. And it is personally sized for you at the door by a real human being. Lightweight, beer proof, and you won't be mugged for it. What's not to like? Oh yeah, waking up hung over the next day and realizing you forgot to take it off only when you are in  the middle of business presentation.

2 days, 18 hours ago on Christophe & Co. Armill Is $150,000 Self-Powering Smart Bracelet Designed By Pininfarina With Upgradeable Tech

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Pretty watch, but (cough) the price is not for the feint of heart. Not sure I pull off wearing this one, just a bit to feminine for me. Killer ladies watch at a kill me dead price. The use of a sapphire disk for the top bridge of the tourbillon is a great idea. I always wondered how much of a stability impact the lack of a top bridge imposes on flying tourbillons.

3 days, 11 hours ago on Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Aventurine Watch Hands-On

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@DG Cayse I believe ABTW editor Maximillen (Dr. Max) uses an A-M watch when in the lab for exactly those reasons (equipment with very strong magnetic fields). He is not a medical Doc, but still around test equipment with strong fields.

3 days, 12 hours ago on Ball Engineer II Magneto S Watch Hands-On

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@DG Cayse @MarkCarson @TomBew And its marked as "Chronometer" so they must have gotten good rate results too. I asked Ball's technical director if they were going to add Spring Lock to all of their watches and he said (this was back in 2013), that was the eventual plan but they had to phase it in to different movements.

3 days, 12 hours ago on Ball Engineer II Magneto S Watch Hands-On

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@X2Eliah I suspect that was Ball's concern too. While they had prototypes at BaselWorld 2014, the iris was not as robust as you would want for years of use. That they are releasing the watch now tells me that they took their time to improve it. I can't say now reliable it will be, but this same iris system has been used in cameras for decades. Valid concern though. Cheers.

3 days, 14 hours ago on Ball Engineer II Magneto S Watch Hands-On

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@egznyc And other high end brands use the talents of his shop to finish their movements. On some HM watches he has been one of the "Friends" in MB&F (Max Busser & Friends).

3 days, 16 hours ago on My First Grail Watch: Kari Voutilainen

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@spiceballs Being an ETA clone, yes it is not hard to source date rings that fit this movement with the date printed at 6 and with white numbers on black background.

3 days, 20 hours ago on Ball Engineer II Magneto S Watch Hands-On

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@TomBew Ball used to use ETA movements, but with Swatch restricting supply to companies outside of the Swatch Group, you see brands like Ball here who have switched to using Sellita. However Ball makes modifications to the base caliber (looks like a SW200 in this case), most notably by adding their patented Spring Lock shock protection system to the escapement.

4 days, 3 hours ago on Ball Engineer II Magneto S Watch Hands-On

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@Shawnnny While women may love your magnetism, you can see how this extreme level can be hard on a watch movement. So the question is why would you ever open the iris?

4 days, 3 hours ago on Ball Engineer II Magneto S Watch Hands-On

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@ArtDonovan The hour markers and the hands have tritium gas tubes. The minute markers (10, 20, etc and sticks between) are lumed. With a nice hit of UV light (from the Sun or an UV flashlight) the lumed markers will be initially brighter than the gas tubes. But the lume fades over a period of hours while the gas lights have a useful life of roughly 20 years so they stay at the same level of brightness all night long.

4 days, 9 hours ago on Ball Engineer II Magneto S Watch Hands-On

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@5803822 Yeah, I want it to be a mechanical where I can remove the balance spring and use it as dental floss.

4 days, 11 hours ago on Leatherman Tread Watch With Tool Bracelet

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Yes, there other magnetic resistant watches out there that use silicon components (Omega, Breguet, etc.) but this Ball watch has the appeal that, since watches are essentially toys for boys at this point in time, this gives you something else to fiddle with and operate. I saw a prototype of this watch at BaselWorld 2014 and its a fun thing to have operate. Sure that seems shallow, but toys are meant to be played with. Likewise, I enjoy just the act of winding an Armin Strom manual wind watch because it is also something fun to watch as you do it. Is this a gimmick? Maybe, but a cool one in a watch world filled with tourbillons, equation of time and sidereal watches. So why not? And it does not break the bank like some "novelties" do. Heck, so long as you remember when to open and close it, it is even useful. I like that for a relatively small company, Ball continues to innovate (as evidenced by the Spring Lock system), so good on them.

4 days, 11 hours ago on Ball Engineer II Magneto S Watch Hands-On

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@bdekok And as Billy Crystal famously said, "It's more important to look good than to feel good. And you look marvelous!".

4 days, 18 hours ago on Leatherman Tread Watch With Tool Bracelet

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Where is the hideously oversized trigger (for some purpose) on the side of the case? Just kidding. Wow, a nice looking Graham for a change. Very nice watch - good size and classic looks. Nothing I don't like about it (except the price of course).

4 days, 20 hours ago on Geo.Graham Tourbillon Watch Is Nice And Simple

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@Chaz_Hen @thornwood36 Comes with a jewelry prong adjusting tool for those diamonds?

4 days, 21 hours ago on Leatherman Tread Watch With Tool Bracelet

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@egznyc I like the idea of an 8 day power reserve on a manual wind watch. That way you just need to remember to wind it once a week.I agree that the PRI can go on the back with this duration. Cheers.

4 days, 21 hours ago on Baume & Mercier Clifton 8-Day Power Reserve 185th Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

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I almost hate to say this since these days tourbillons are for visual delight not, timekeeping improvement, but...

As far as I can tell, you get all of the benefits needed in just 2 axis of motion (a double cage). The rotational of a single axis tourbillon provides equal timing all of the vertical watch positions (12 up, 12 to the right, 12 down, 12 to the left) and a second axis of spin (across the 9 - 3 axis) provides equality in the face up or face down positions and all angles in between. While the 6 adjustment positions of a watch don't strictly follow the faces of cube the analogy is that you can make any face of a cube on the top by rotating the cube in only 2 axis. A triple axis tourbillon is an example of "because it's hard and we can do it" but it really does not solve any remaining positional problems that I can see. 

Thanks for the review Vicky. Lovely watch and I dig the modern styling of both the dial side and movement back elements.

5 days, 11 hours ago on Girard-Perregaux Tri-Axial Tourbillon In White Gold Hands-On

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@marvin1234 Nobody, probably riff raff by your definition as I have no desire for a Rolex. Have a nice life (conversation ends...)

5 days, 15 hours ago on How And Why Rolex Prices Have Increased Over Time

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@DG Cayse And most watches are country of origin marked in English (which I always thought was odd looking when other text in the dial was in the language of the country of manufacturer. Maybe that is a lingering export marking from when?

5 days, 16 hours ago on Richard Mille RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur Watch Hands-On

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@marbstiu Ashtray - LOL

5 days, 17 hours ago on TOP 10 Watches Of SIHH 2015

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@marvin1234 Perhaps you should  "donate" your slogan to Rolex to use in their marketing, "It is designed to keep the riff raff away." I'm glad you are happy with your Rolex watches (which in the end is all that matters), but your initially stated reason still fails to impress me in the least. Carry on...

5 days, 18 hours ago on How And Why Rolex Prices Have Increased Over Time

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@DG Cayse So Dan, are you saying that Americans have more or less taste than the rest of the world? (lights fuse on troll bomb and back away...)

5 days, 18 hours ago on Richard Mille RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur Watch Hands-On

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Nice to see a super high level watchmaker who openly appreciates the work of others. Plus I 'get' that he does not flip his personal watches. For him, his collection is permanent - which I admire. Having met Kari at BaselWorld, I can attest that he is a very nice guy. Humble and soft spoken but obviously proud of his work. The look of the Urban Jürgensen reminds me of a George Daniels watch.

5 days, 22 hours ago on My First Grail Watch: Kari Voutilainen

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@thebalancecock I'm not calling VC the company a fail, only this watch. My point was that for $8K you can get a complete split seconds watch so we are not talking a triple axis tourbillon here. Even with VC's level of finishing, it is hard to justify $370K for a watch with only this and a power reserve indicator. And then make it so boring and cheap looking. There are plenty of classy looking VC pieces. This just isn't one of them. And as for being a 10 piece run, at this price you know they won't sell an thousand of them. And the lack of economy of scale only justifies price so far. Again Habring does not make thousands of the split seconds chronograph per year either. Cheers.

5 days, 22 hours ago on TOP 10 Watches Of SIHH 2015

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@Zeitblom @MarkCarson @Chaz_Hen @emenezes Even if they are human, nothing says they are young or attractive. Think of you friend's old maid great-aunt in her 80s (the one with the 3 hairs growing out of the mole above her lip). And 71 others like her...

5 days, 22 hours ago on Richard Mille RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur Watch Hands-On

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What a weak year when you have the most boring looking watch possible for over $300K (the hole which displays the tourbillon looks like it was just punched out of the dial). While I appreciate the GF does fantastic finished of every component, even the ones you can't see, it in no way looks like a $300K watch. Greubel Forsey: fail.

Yes split second chronographs cost more. But with only a chronograph and a power reserve, it take a lot of balls to charge $370K for a watch, let along naming a watch with only this number of features a "Grande Complication". A nice Habring split second chrono will only set you back $8K USD, so there is no excuse for the VC price based on this complication alone.

http://www.ablogtowatch.com/limited-edition-habring2-doppel-3-horlogerie-suisse-com/

Vacherson Constantin: fail.

The JLC Grand Grand at least looks like a $200K watch. Jaeger LeCoultre: pass.

Some of the best watches this SIHH were the more affordable ones, but there were not enough of them. Too many line extension as noted in the post. Sure hope these brands do as promised and show us more interesting stuff later in the year.

6 days, 10 hours ago on TOP 10 Watches Of SIHH 2015

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@Chaz_Hen @emenezes @MarkCarson When you have 72 virgins waiting for you (even at 90), you have to know the time and date to avoid double bookings (unless that is your plan, he he).

6 days, 11 hours ago on Richard Mille RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur Watch Hands-On

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@emenezes Assuming this still may be a ladies watch, and the princes can have up to 4 wives (nominally) each and they are bound to treat each one equally. So they might need 112 watches right there. Oops, RM won't make enough to go around. Nothing like a pissed off wife or 4.

6 days, 15 hours ago on Richard Mille RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur Watch Hands-On

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@antjay @MarkCarson But they also need to be ladies or bought for their ladies. And then the size of the watch comes into play. The notion that uber wealthy Chinese business women will buy these only makes the size issue worse due to their average wrist size.

6 days, 19 hours ago on Richard Mille RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur Watch Hands-On

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@rennteam1 Yeah, there are lots of us these days. And I can grow my facial fuzz for free. Cheers.

1 week ago on Richard Mille RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur Watch Hands-On

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@Zeitblom "Feed me" (a million and some blood)

1 week ago on Richard Mille RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur Watch Hands-On

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Sort of interesting (I guess) but I can think of lots of watches and other thing I'd rather have if I had, and was forced to, spend a million buck on fun, but essentially ree-dick-you-luss, stuff. I think I appreciate it as art, but the size and style don't seem like much of a match. Are there really 30 people in the world with the money and desire for this?

1 week ago on Richard Mille RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur Watch Hands-On

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@Chaz_Hen Not to disagree in any way, but how do you feel about Lamborghini similarly being forced years ago to "give" their V-10 Gallardo engine to Audi for their R8? That's the best analogy I could think of.

1 week ago on Baume & Mercier Clifton 8-Day Power Reserve 185th Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

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@Chaz_Hen Lifestyle, lifestyle baby. It's about living the dream in the Hamptons. (not my dream but hey, we live in paradise Chaz).

I remember seeing a product placement for B&M in an episode of The Sopranos. I about laughed my ass off as Nurse Jackie went all goo goo eyed and kept saying it's a Baume and Mercier" in a Jersey accent. Not TV's finest moment. I have nothing against the brand, but it's not like Tony came home with a PP or ALS or Breguet.

1 week, 1 day ago on Baume & Mercier Clifton 8-Day Power Reserve 185th Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

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