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@Fraser Petrick Yeah, sure sucks when the sales tax is more than the price of watches on my grail list.

1 hour, 30 minutes ago on Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1 Tribute To Robert Filliou Watch

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I'm fine with people making their dreams come true. Sorta sad that this is what RJ dreams of.

7 hours, 26 minutes ago on Romain Jerome Space Invaders Ultimate Edition Watch For Sale Online Only

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Meh, this will look as good (and even operate) on a Moto 360 in the future for a whole lot less money. $7K for a 2 hander (and not some fancy pants gold dress watch either). RJ always seems to have prices that are head scratchers for me.

12 hours, 16 minutes ago on Romain Jerome Space Invaders Ultimate Edition Watch For Sale Online Only

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@spiceballs No problem. Just pull the crown out and set the minutes to 30 and leave it hacked. That way the hand will cover the date and you will remain stealthy. Obviously time keeping suffers with this approach, but if that keeps the OPFOR from detecting you via your date window, then it's a good compromise.

20 hours, 52 minutes ago on Clerc Hydroscaph H140 Carbon Limited Edition Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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@SuperStrapper I know that Daniel Dreifuss also uses Concepto movements in some his Maurice de Mauriac watches. Often a 7750 sized chronograph item. But this Clerc sure looks like it is based on an ETA 289x

1 day, 2 hours ago on Clerc Hydroscaph H140 Carbon Limited Edition Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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@Shawnnny I generally agree with you that forged carbon fiber does not convey a 'luxury look'. In this case the bezel has a tactical sort of look which is OK, but like you, I have to wonder how that will do in this price segment. On an under $500 quartz watch I think a bezel like this would sell very well. But that's not where this watch is.

I'm old enough to remember when quartz was new and premium priced. Maybe in 10 years carbon fiber will be like quartz is today (a readily available technology that is affordable).

1 day, 2 hours ago on Clerc Hydroscaph H140 Carbon Limited Edition Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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@Chaz_Hen I agree. Look at the center of the rotor. Notice the 3 dimples? This very much looks like it was based off of an ETA 289x or Selitta SW 300 movement. But it could be either a 2892 with a custom chronograph module or a modified 2894 (chronograph), etc.

1 day, 2 hours ago on Clerc Hydroscaph H140 Carbon Limited Edition Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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@WimadS I find "You-Blow" much more offensive than Orient.

What's with all of the political correctness anyway? It's all transitory anyway. If one has no intention to offend, then screw the words used. And regardless of the words used, if you mean to offend and indeed do so, then you have offended. Enough of all of this...

1 day, 16 hours ago on Orient Flight Watch Review

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@DG Cayse @MarkCarson @Chaz_Hen Thanks. Still would be nice to see a wrist shot of one of these baby blue pieces in the smaller size.

1 day, 18 hours ago on Ernst Benz Chronoracer Sport Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

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@Ulysses31 For 1.5 milion, I'd ask them to remove the silly stamp and I would not be surprised if they would do it for that kind of cheddar. The might "name" it something else of course. Instead of the cards/bricks flying out of the hat, they could get Wigan to sculpt a dollar (or pounds sterling) sign flying out to symbolize the amount of cash that just disappeared with the purchase of this watch.

2 days ago on Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1 Tribute To Robert Filliou Watch

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@Time2Go Time time is only shown on demand when you press the pusher at 4. Hokey right?

2 days, 1 hour ago on Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1 Tribute To Robert Filliou Watch

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@Chaz_Hen You mean their in-house replacement for the 7750s they used to use to death? I always wonder why they don't put a chronograph hours counter on the silly things. Maybe the average Hublot owner doesn't have a long enough attention span to need an hours counter. That's all I can figure.

2 days, 1 hour ago on Hublot Big Bang Unico World Poker Tour Watch Hands-On

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@SarthakSharma I agree with you. JCB is without doubt a successful businessman. But there is little to admire in the designs he authorized when at You-Blow. He has publicly stated that he consciously went after the affluent black market, hence the rapper and baller connections. Listening to Biver talk is inspriational, but I have heard from a source inside the Swiss watch industry that this is the public image he cultivates and that he is known for "parking lot negotiations" and is not as above board as he likes to appear. Again, this is second hand info, so take it with a grain of salt. But he is smart about making money. Just not a "watch hero" to me. Cheers.

2 days, 2 hours ago on Hublot Big Bang Unico World Poker Tour Watch Hands-On

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@Chaz_Hen I agree that the 47m case is too large for this movement's day/date display. Plus it makes the watch wear huge - cantilever lugs out into space! I wish they have included photos of the 44mm version. While I like the clean dial and hands typical of EB watches, this color scheme is a bit too 60s for me. And pricey for what it is.

2 days, 4 hours ago on Ernst Benz Chronoracer Sport Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

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Cards? I thought they were bricks flying out of the hat. That alone makes this a fail for me (considering the price that is). The hand stamp on the dial pretty much says it all via the appropriate check mark. There are elements to admire (the dial finish and the movement back with the profiles), but overall I don't get it. Looks like too many artsy ideas (that have little to to with each other) competing with each other for your attention. 

Art...I guess you either 'get it' or you don't. And I don't with this one. GF, next.

Would have been nice to have included a photo of the 'watch' telling time.

2 days, 4 hours ago on Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1 Tribute To Robert Filliou Watch

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@Chaz_Hen @MarkCarson I'm waiting for the Pyongyang edition. Where the world's youngest head of state (who became a 5 star general at age 29) gambles with your life if you're unlucky enough to be there.

2 days, 4 hours ago on Hublot Big Bang Unico World Poker Tour Watch Hands-On

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@Chaz_Hen @Ulysses31 Hublot just wants some of that AP ROO Baller money is all.

2 days, 4 hours ago on Hublot Big Bang Unico World Poker Tour Watch Hands-On

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A limited edition Hublot. Wow, that's unusual. Not their worst looking watch, but that's not saying much. I wonder if you can buff out scratches from the silver and gold straps. Vegas and Hublot do seem they are made for each other (again, not a compliment). Sure hope that World Poker symbol is printed on the inside of the bottom crystal. The crazy prices only make sense in the Hublot universe I guess. I can think of so many other watches I'd rather have for either $25K or $46K.

2 days, 16 hours ago on Hublot Big Bang Unico World Poker Tour Watch Hands-On

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@Fraser Petrick Or its priced so high because demand is so low.

3 days, 3 hours ago on Montblanc Timewalker Extreme Watch Hands-On

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@gyang333 ETA 7750 = SW 500. So, really the same thing in Selitta clone form. Thanks for the Mont Blanc naming info.

3 days, 5 hours ago on Montblanc Timewalker Extreme Watch Hands-On

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There is nothing about the subdial layout or feature set that would indicate the movement is a 7753 (which has a 3, 6, 9 tri-compax layout). It appears to be a garden variety 7750 (not that there is anything wrong with that).

Nice looking watch, almost has a Porsche Design vibe. But it has a hefty price for a 7750 based watch with nothing really note worthy outside of the clean design and case finish.

3 days, 7 hours ago on Montblanc Timewalker Extreme Watch Hands-On

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@notech47 Just how would any brand guarantee an item to hold its value?

3 days, 8 hours ago on Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE015 Watch Hands-On

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As much as I like this watch, the red GMT hand and GMT text look out of place with the rest of the watch. And the white background date bothers me too. And while that hand shape is common for a GMT, it does not match the style of the other hands at all. Too much text on the dial (as others have mentioned), who to they think they are - Rolex? I sure love the tech and the feature set but they just got a few details wrong with the visuals.

3 days, 15 hours ago on Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE015 Watch Hands-On

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@DangerussArt @Spaceguitar @Jimxxx Exactly right. A custom printed date wheel/ring would allow the date display to be at any angle/position (besides the 90 degree/3 o'clock and 180 degree/6 o'clock which are standard ETA parts).

4 days ago on Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley Watch Hands-On

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The VI hour marker being inverted bugs me. As do the minute/second numerals below 3 & 9. For rotating bezels and rotating rings such as a world timer, this is excusable. But for a dress watch this is just lazy. If they really wanted to make the point that the orientation is more "pure" that way, then "SWISS MADE" should also be inverted (which of course it is not).

Otherwise, a nice watch. But for that kind of money, I'd rather have an Armin Strom hand winder (yeah, less dressy I know). The 8 day PR and indicator on the back are nice touches.

I'm used to wearing 43.5 mm by 12 mm thick watches so while not svelte, I don't think the size of this watch would be an issue for me.  Then again, I don't wear a lot of long sleeve shirts and I only get stuffed into a tux at weddings (and then only my own).

4 days, 5 hours ago on IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic Watch

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@JoelSchumann I agree that $4K is not pocket change (to me anyway) but there are people who consider a Sub a tool watch. And at half the price this better qualifies to my mind. Cheers.

4 days, 14 hours ago on Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley Watch Hands-On

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@DG Cayse Being based on ETA or Selitta, the answer to hand winding would be yes.

4 days, 14 hours ago on Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley Watch Hands-On

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When I think of a tool watch, this is pretty much what comes to mind. A watch with function first and aesthetics second. Not that this is bad looking watch, just that form follows function. A very purposeful beast with the useful combination of Amortiser and power reserve indicator.

4 days, 15 hours ago on Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley Watch Hands-On

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@Aevum So you don't think that in 1865 George Favre-Jacot said to himself, "Hmm I want to start a watch company, but I need to be at a price point above that company started by Edouard Heuer 5 years ago. And I hope that he respects my market segment and keep his innovations and prices in line to protect my market position. I'm sure the path to each of our success will be to not compete with each other."

Seriously though, Zenith was in worse shape when Thierry Nataf ran it than it is today.

5 days ago on TAG Heuer Interim CEO Jean-Claude Biver Confirms TAG’s New Pricing & Brand Strategies

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@WimadS @au bloc Then you would have to raise the dial above the movement (so now you may have hand clearnace issues) and often the date ring is nearly the width of the movement (which is often smaller than the dial by quite a bit). So you have to have somewhere to have the dial feet (the pins that extend down from the dial to the movement) attach. Not impossible, but not anywhere as trivial and you hoped it would be.

5 days, 3 hours ago on Orient Flight Watch Review

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Price is great. But without hand winding, I would never buy one. Actually very nice otherwise, especially for the price point. I wish they just used a Seiko 4R35B or NH35A movement instead.

5 days, 16 hours ago on Orient Flight Watch Review

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Very cool and important timepieces and watch people showing up in those photos. Interesting to have a show where collectors can actually buy what they see. And I love again seeing the de Bethune watches (which as a guilty pleasure I was able to try on at BaselWorld).

6 days, 17 hours ago on Mexico City’s Watch Show: What The SIAR Is Like

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@MisterDeal I like that idea. Sort of like Chopard does with their L.U.C. upper tier watches.

1 week ago on TAG Heuer Interim CEO Jean-Claude Biver Confirms TAG’s New Pricing & Brand Strategies

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@5803822 I believe Mr. Babin (head of Bulgari) has said that they value the expertise they inherited by absorbing Genta and Roth companies, but that they had essentially no business (meaning sales), they there were dropping them as separate brands. I did later see that they used the Genta name on a Bulgari piece, so they are still using the names they own, but just not as separate brands anymore.

1 week ago on TAG Heuer Interim CEO Jean-Claude Biver Confirms TAG’s New Pricing & Brand Strategies

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@MisterDeal No argument. But my point was not to re-position Hublot. Only how JCB the man would feel about having his baby taken down a peg if the shoe was on the other foot. I only make this analogy because Linder has all of those years with TAG. I suspect Mr. Linder has plenty of "skin in the game" and is not thrilled about Biver's group/corporate positioning decision, hence his departure. Cheers.

1 week ago on TAG Heuer Interim CEO Jean-Claude Biver Confirms TAG’s New Pricing & Brand Strategies

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Where does JCB get those suits? Something of a cross between a Chairman Mao and a Sears $100 off the rack but buttoned way up. At least its distinctive (and I suppose he has them custom made with that extra top button) and from the suit alone you know who it is.

Back to the watch world, sounds just like everyone suspected. Linder no doubt did not want to back TAG down in the market and give up the high-tech image building pieces. And Biver, no surprise, wants to make sure his "Ford" brand has no models in his "Lincoln" price range. I can see the positions of both men, but I can also see why it was frictional. Perhaps if Linder had not been at TAG so long and had not seen it grow into what had become, he might have acquiesced. But imagine how hard it would be if the situation was reversed and Linder was head of LVMH Watch and he told Biver to make Hublot the entry brand. I know that would not happen, but think about how JCB would react to having his baby reduced in prestige. Just saying...

1 week ago on TAG Heuer Interim CEO Jean-Claude Biver Confirms TAG’s New Pricing & Brand Strategies

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@skipbay Let me guess, you've never actually met Ariel or spoken to him. In which case you are entitled to your ill-informed opinion, but that's all it is - no facts to back up your position. Cheers.

1 week, 1 day ago on Chanel J12 G10 Watches With The Most Feminine NATO Straps You’ve Seen

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@thornwood36 Naw, Ariel holds his camera with his right hand and shoots watches on his left wrist. So these photos are not showing his wrist (assuming he took them, which is a pretty good bet). Also, the blouse has the Chanel interlocking "C"s and I'm not sure that blouse comes in his size, ha ha.

1 week, 2 days ago on Chanel J12 G10 Watches With The Most Feminine NATO Straps You’ve Seen

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Amazing. I can't wait to see what Chanel can do for toilet paper. Silk with golden threads and diamonds maybe?

1 week, 2 days ago on Chanel J12 G10 Watches With The Most Feminine NATO Straps You’ve Seen

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@Shawnnny What??? Are you a traitor to the "Winners Club"? Where is the watch you won? Just kidding...

Nice tooled strap on your Hamilton.

1 week, 2 days ago on WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Hamilton Khaki Pilot Day Date

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@bichondaddy And that's the good news! You don't need no stinking app. The time on your not-so-smart-phone is already the correct time without any app nonsense.

And I agree - if you can live without a smart phone, you can certainly live without a smart watch. So there Apple and Samsung!

1 week, 3 days ago on Omega Watches Will Be “Officially Certified” By New Swiss METAS Certification, COSC Abandoned

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So with your background Karel, are you going to recreate an Urwerk UR-202 visually on an Apple Watch? That would of course be your second recreation of that timepiece.

http://www.ablogtowatch.com/one-guy-made-shockingly-good-urwerk-ur-202-watch-homage/

1 week, 3 days ago on What Happened At The First Apple Watch WatchKit OS Hackathon

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Very cool article Matt. Thanks for letting us know about this interesting man and shop. Passion rules!

1 week, 3 days ago on Jack Khorsandi’s Jackpot: Exploring Vintage Omega Watches At Los Angeles’ Jackmond

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Thanks for the hands-on review. Enjoy your new watch in good health!

1 week, 3 days ago on WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Hamilton Khaki Pilot Day Date

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@Chaz_Hen Yeah as in, "Where is the start/stop and reset button on my Chronometer? I think they screwed me."

1 week, 4 days ago on Omega Watches Will Be “Officially Certified” By New Swiss METAS Certification, COSC Abandoned

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@bichondaddy Yout don't even need an atomic clock app on your phone as it gets its time from the phone network which uses a standard time signal, which ultimately gets it from an atomic clock in Colorado.

1 week, 4 days ago on Omega Watches Will Be “Officially Certified” By New Swiss METAS Certification, COSC Abandoned

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One of my favorite makers of hand wound watches. The micro-rotor is a nice option (but a rather costly upgrade) but I really enjoy the sight of seeing a dual barrel Armin Strom being wound as the barrels counter-rotate. Another benefit the AS folks told me about at BaselWorld was that the offset center pinion allows for larger barrels. I'm not sure how critical that is, but anyway...

The hand finishing and pride they put into these watches is admirable.

1 week, 4 days ago on Armin Strom Gravity Date Watches Of All Four Elements

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One of the key factors in COSC is that they only test movements (in test harnesses),not completed watches. So there is a difference in the real world practical impact of the testing. COSC being a private company and somewhat of the only well known game in town might have irked Swatch/Omega or caused them to want to get price competition (or just lowered units costs) by going elsewhere. And the cost to Omega will no doubt be lower as they don't have to send their movements to COSC only to have them returned and then encased. I'll bet this saves Omega money.

Does anyone really need that level of accuracy in a mechanical watch? Maybe not, but like Rolex, they want to put "Chronometer" on the dial not so much because the owner demands the few extra seconds of accuracy per day, but because "Chronometer" = Higher Quality. And quality helps justify the high price of a luxury good in the buyer's mind.

1 week, 4 days ago on Omega Watches Will Be “Officially Certified” By New Swiss METAS Certification, COSC Abandoned

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@SuperStrapper Yeah, I'm only good for gentle cycle in the dryer these days.

1 week, 4 days ago on Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Watch Review

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