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@frustin @MarkCarson @Chaz_Hen Chronograph control (what happens when you press the pushers) is usually done via cams (as in the 7750 family of movements) or control of modes (running, paused, reset) is done via a colum wheel which looks like a round castle turret. Cams are cheaper to stamp out compared to column wheels which are machined. So a column wheel is more expensive to produce but provides a smoother operation and less force and a consistent force for all modes and  is generally perfered when cost is not the object.

1 day, 5 hours ago on Longines Heritage Diver 1967 Chronograph Hands-On

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@Chaz_Hen They used a Valgrange movement (A08) from ETA (which has origins in the 7750 family) rather than a 7753 which it otherwise looks like. Notably this movement has a column wheel instead of the cam actuators of the 775x movements.

1 day, 14 hours ago on Longines Heritage Diver 1967 Chronograph Hands-On

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@SuperStrapper Kris - I'm at a YYZ airport hotel overnight (delayed coming home from BW 2015) - call me if you like. 1-808-284-7745



1 day, 19 hours ago on Longines Heritage Diver 1967 Chronograph Hands-On

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@Dsmcastro Oddly (or not) the Invita booth was just opposite his at the BaselWorld show hall. I found that funny at the time.



1 day, 20 hours ago on Arnold Schwarzenegger Watch Brand Debuts For 2015

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@bichondaddy At first I was horrified by the watches and confused by the price point and specs given that AS is a real lover of fine watches. But as he explained more about the process it became clear these are for fans at accesible price points. 

Over dinner one of his peeps on this project said he was very much involved in the designs and the other people on the team did not always like his choices as much as he did. You could say this means he is a narrasistic but I have come to think that he did not sell out and allow a marketing committee to design the watches. Rather, good or bad, these are watches that speak to him. If you like them, then you will know that they are authentic. If you dont like them, buy something else.. 

The somewhat insane sizes are a reflection that he had to produce watches that he could wear himself. Its not that his wrists are so large but his hands are massive and overall he is a big guy so he needs a massive watch on his wrist.

2 days, 18 hours ago on Arnold Schwarzenegger Watch Brand Debuts For 2015

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@bichondaddy No lie here. When we saw these watches, I thought of you. Not because of the styles but only because of the sizes. And that is in keeping with what Arnold said to us. These are watcges for guys his size.

2 days, 18 hours ago on Arnold Schwarzenegger Watch Brand Debuts For 2015

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Would it have killed him to make the hands larger (so you can actually read them)? It's like chronograph subdials for what I assumme is the hours for that portion of the day.. The central hand could be longer too. I like quirky watches but (and this is just my opinion) I really dont find any of them attractive in the least. Interesting techinal/conceptual thing though. I'm glad he makes it but I'd never wear one.

2 days, 18 hours ago on Itay Noy Part Time Watch

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@Fraser Petrick I'm sure Matt Diehl (MisterDeal) will be pleased to hear that Mr. Muggs wears a Reverso as that leads credence to his position that the Reverso is a masculine watch, ha ha. Grizzlies and moose? Really - for a Bichon/Shi-Tzu mix? He must be a tough little bugger.

Notice that Mason Dixoxn also reads Forbes, so you can see that he is educated as well as discerning.

1 week, 4 days ago on Buying Watches In Orlando Florida: Orlando Watch Co.

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Hi Patrick - you are right about the hour hands. And generally a pleasing ratio of minutes to hour hand is about 1.6 (or 0.6 reciprocal). It's that golden rectangle ratio again being pleasing to the eye. Generally that also is enough of a length difference to tell them apart. In this case, the hour hand looks like its about half the length of the minute hand.

I'm with U31 that the extra width on the dial is off putting. Perhaps they needed the extra width for the chronograph slide mechanism - but it's still a shame. And as noted, color matched day/date wheels would have been nice. Otherwise, not bad looking at all. Wish it was not Invicta size though. 48mm is no joke for many wrists. 

I like that, for one of the smaller Swiss brands, Ball is doing innovative things mechanically (Spring Lock, Anti-Mag, this slide chrono, etc.). While I don't like the execution of all of their watches, I'm pretty much always rooting for them because they keep trying fresh ideas at the mechanical level of watch making (as opposed to materials "innovations" or marketing "innovations").

1 week, 4 days ago on Ball Engineer Master II Slide Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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And as a bonus, it does not have Che or Chris Columbus on it! This massive watch is what I would have liked to have seen Howard Hughes wear on that single flight of the Spruce Goose.

1 week, 5 days ago on Zenith Pilot Type 20 Grand Feu Watch Hands-On: A True Collector’s Piece

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@spiceballs Oddly when Ariel and I were speaking with Greg Thumm (CEO of Bulova) last year at Basel, I asked him how much cooperation vice competition they had with (their parent) Citizen. He said that at the time they were more like competitors in terms of selling watches. But you have to wonder if they can 'reach' into the corporate tool chest for things like eco-drive or Miyota movements.

1 week, 5 days ago on New Bulova Accutron II UHF Sport Watches For Baselworld 2015

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@mark maftei I agree that interacting with watches is part of the fun in owning them. However as a software developer, the goal of designing user interfaces is to make the operation of a system easier, not harder for people. Especially for functions that are not used daily. Cheers.

1 week, 5 days ago on Breitling B55 Connected Watch Makes Perfect Pair With Phone

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I wish there was a button press that would make the hands fly to 3 and 9 so they would clear the digital displays on demand. If there is such a feature I did not see it in the video.

1 week, 5 days ago on Breitling B55 Connected Watch Makes Perfect Pair With Phone

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@C_Toste "And anyone who doesn't buy their clothes at Wal-Mart is a snob right?"

I'm hoping that with a raise I can move up to Sears or JC Penny for my fine apparel.

1 week, 5 days ago on Why Don’t You Cover More ‘Affordable’ Watches On aBlogtoWatch?

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@I_G And remember  - once someone pays you to drink a beer you will lose your amateur status (which may effect your qualification in the beer drinking Olympics).

1 week, 5 days ago on Garmin Fenix 2 GPS Watch Review

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@SN0WKRASH @iamcalledryan Yes - I'd like to sign up for more thrusting. Oh wait - it only measure thrusts and does not provide any thrust - nevermind.

1 week, 5 days ago on Richard Mille RM 025 Tourbillon Chronograph Diver’s Watch Hands-On

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@bichondaddy That Nigerian $21 million might not solve all of my problems - but it sure would solve any money problems. But then I'd have a lot of watch buying decisions to make.

1 week, 5 days ago on Breguet Classique Complications 3795 & 3797 Tourbillon Perpetual Skeletonized Watches Hands-On

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@egznyc Agree - at this level of art you can sorta see why they spend more time in a vault (or better a locked display case) than on a wrist.

1 week, 5 days ago on Breguet Classique Complications 3795 & 3797 Tourbillon Perpetual Skeletonized Watches Hands-On

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And only $1.83 (x 1,000,000) for 10. For an order of 10, Breguet might cut you a deal and make it $1,490,000 - or an even million times more than a single chicken nugget.

1 week, 5 days ago on Breguet Classique Complications 3795 & 3797 Tourbillon Perpetual Skeletonized Watches Hands-On

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I'd want a mixture of the two - the guilloche dial of the 3797 but the skeletonized movement of the 3795 (so the mechanical aspects can be seen). The 3795 is a bit too hard to read IMO, plus you miss the lovely guilloche for the most part.  Now which pair of pants did I leave the quarter mil in?

1 week, 6 days ago on Breguet Classique Complications 3795 & 3797 Tourbillon Perpetual Skeletonized Watches Hands-On

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@plmiller How about a pocket watch in a wristwatch case? Especially with a century old movement? Is that ole timey enough? 

http://www.ablogtowatch.com/new-rpaige-duoface-timepiece-birth-watch/

Full disclosure: The watch in the lead-in photo is mine (but with a different strap). And I designed the case and links for my friend Richard Paige.

1 week, 6 days ago on Watch_Amish Is Hilarious, Honest Commentary On All Luxury Watch Social Media

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@I_G Bulova is owned by Citizen, so perhaps Miyota is involved (also Citizen owned).

1 week, 6 days ago on New Bulova Accutron II UHF Sport Watches For Baselworld 2015

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I'm sorry but if I can't talk to Siri with my fitness watch it's no sale. No wait - this is a real watch and fitness tracker - what am I saying, nevermind.

2 weeks ago on Garmin Fenix 2 GPS Watch Review

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@SuperStrapper LMFAO. And since you won't use your own body parts I guess a mouse dick strap is also unavailable. Just kidding of course.

Seriously everyone - I have 2 of Kris' (SuperStrapper) straps and they are great. Truly bespoke (no two are identical) and hand made. I will be wearing mine to BaselWorld for the 3rd year in a row. http://individualdesign.blogspot.com/2013/04/canadian-bespoke-strapworks_20.html

2 weeks ago on Review Of A Sampling Of Options From Da Luca Straps

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Flavio - the Italian version of Flavor Flav (as in true watch lover - not).

Gee, guess I need to make a drawing of some stupid expensive watch that that does not exist and call it news. I realize real watch companies issue press releases for upcoming products and sometimes send out images that are renders, but Jacob is 2 for 2 right now - how about no posts about his vapor-ware watches until he can produce a photo of at least a running prototype.

2 weeks ago on Jacob & Co. “Billionaire Watch” For Flavio Briatore Is $18,268,000

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@SwissMatic In fact, a diamond for the end of the balance staff is a traditional Saxon touch. Besides ALS, Lang und Heyne does it on their Augustus watch: http://www.ablogtowatch.com/lang-heyne-augustus-hands/

2 weeks ago on Jacob & Co. “Billionaire Watch” For Flavio Briatore Is $18,268,000

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@Fraser Petrick When shall I be expecting your order details Fraiser? And I can no doubt make that an even 15,000 watches (volume discount, etc.).

All of those watches on your wrist and I'll bet Vlad still doesn't get one.

2 weeks ago on Jacob & Co. “Billionaire Watch” For Flavio Briatore Is $18,268,000

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@stefanv @I_G You are right - the majority of the benefit to the Swiss economy from watches is from mechanicals. So Swatch (the brand, not the group) needs to be concerned for their under $500 plastic quartz watches. The over $1000 watches, probably not much impact.

2 weeks ago on Is The H. Moser & Cie Perpetual Calendar One Of The Original Smartwatches? Their Video Suggests So

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You said: "Tighten the mainspring which powers the watch too much, and it releases too much torque which can make the movement run fast. If the mainspring is almost totally wound down, the torque will drop and the watch will run slow"

But it's actually the other way around (yeah, I know it's counter-intutive). More torque causes greater amplitude which increases the time between 'hits' of the lever arm in each direction of the balance wheel.

I like the round cased RM watches better than the their tonneau  ones, so this one is OK (so long as I don't to come up with the money for it). I would have expected the finish on the exotic strap to a bit better.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Richard Mille RM 025 Tourbillon Chronograph Diver’s Watch Hands-On

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@Ulysses31 I started Chrome (on Windows 7) just now. Updated to version 41, then watched the video in this post full screen. Everything was fine for me. Not sure if you are having a bandwidth issue somewhere along the pipe from ABTW to sunny England.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette Watch For $1,015,000

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@moofee There have been numerous posts on aBlogtoWatch about this family of watches. You might want to check a few of them out. I think James did not go into the details of this movement's unique display as it has been covered previously. Cheers.

http://www.ablogtowatch.com/?s=ressence

2 weeks, 1 day ago on New Ressence Type 3 Watch With Oil Temperature Gauge

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@Ulysses31 Nope, videos are fine in my browser (Firefox). You need to upgrade from that coal powered browser.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette Watch For $1,015,000

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@SwissMatic Frasier just has his driver Vlad bring him a beer (he uses that bracelet to so indicate his need for a brew: http://www.ablogtowatch.com/christophe-co-armill-150000-self-powering-smart-bracelet-designed-pininfarina-upgradeable-tech/

So no worries for him except that now Fraiser has to double wrist it (bracelet and this watch)

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette Watch For $1,015,000

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@thornwood36 @IanE Nope - it was wrong so matter which way you looked at it. But if they just "stuck" the earth via the south pole instead of the north pole it would be fine. I'll bet this version gets it wrong also as the earth globe is still attached via the north pole and I doubt they made the axle it spins upon rotate the opposite way this time. Cheers.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette Watch For $1,015,000

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What no date? Cancel my order.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette Watch For $1,015,000

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There is an oil filled "half" (display) and a non-oil compartment where the movement mechanism is. So, sadly, you still have the same WR issues with this watch. Having the gears oil encased would create a lot of drag. Cheers.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on New Ressence Type 3 Watch With Oil Temperature Gauge

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@bdekok @MarkCarson @spiceballs I'm far from perfect - but my use of Android devices is not one of my many flaws, ha ha.

I'm sure you are right that the Crapple Watch won't ever support Android, so I'm clearly on the sidelines watching all of the drama. But I still find it all interesting as there will be functional spillover to other watch platforms.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Apple Watch Release: Final Details & Prices

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The in-house movement could be a measured response to Swatch cutting back on supplying ETA movements to competitors (that they don't like, in contrast to ones that appear to tolerate). Glad to see a 70 hour (over the weekend) power reserve. Unlike Kris, I think the power reserve indicator is OK on the dial side provided that they made it a lot more subtle. But on the back of this automatic would work too. The non-standard strap attachment is a PITA. It will be interesting to see if they move up market in price or try to stay in their traditional price segment.

Not a back looking watch, but from these grainy photos it does not look that special either.

Let's see, in-house caliber and exhibition back - you'd swear Rolex has a new boss, ha ha. I was waiting to see if Dufour was going to shake things up.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Tudor North Flag Watch With In-House Movement For Baselworld 2015

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@spiceballs Yep - I'm a software developer (plus that watch thing). And fully agree: 

Prices, especially for straps are a rip-off. 

iPhone only (I'm an Android phone user).

Crap battery life.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Apple Watch Release: Final Details & Prices

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@iamcalledryan Have you seen one in person? I had not unit I saw them as BaselWorld last year (2014) and was much more impressed than in photos. The lack of depth is unsettling at first, but then that becomes the draw. With the oil, it looks like it is all a single block of whatever. But the markings move in what otherwise appears to be a single solid object. And it is a sleek item overall. But very different from other watches. Worth checking out if you get the chance. Cheers.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on New Ressence Type 3 Watch With Oil Temperature Gauge

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@spiceballs @SuperStrapper So you are saying that perhaps one of the pre-canned responses for all text messages will be "Shit, I just spilled my mochaccino"

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Apple Watch Release: Final Details & Prices

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@SantiagoT @MarkCarson @DangerussArt Hopefully other creation of democracy (the free market) will speak also and limit how many fools, err make that customers, he finds.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Apple Watch Release: Final Details & Prices

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@gadgety Yeah, it's that old Apple validating an existing market - and then it takes off for everyone (who is spurred to create far better items than before Apple's entrance). And that's about all good I can say about it. Cheers.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Apple Watch Release: Final Details & Prices

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Wonderful work. I like them a lot - finally it produces a Rolex I sort of like :-) I'm not denying the artistry but the prices are not trivial. Come to think of it, I know a guy who knows a guy in L.A. who does gun chasing. Maybe I could send a SS case of mine his way and see what comes of it. My curved lug rings certainly provide enough canvass for carving.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on MadeWorn American Hand-Engraved Rolex Watches Hands-On

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@marbstiu OK, so you are coming out of the closet and proudly saying you are bi-watchual. So which smartwatch will grace your right wrist?

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Apple Watch Release: Final Details & Prices

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@bdekok @MarkCarson @DangerussArt But for $65K USD, the case has real lugs and you can fit a "long" strap to it so could fit Clare's wrist (I assume you wouldn't wear this diamond encrusted monstrosity).

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Apple Watch Release: Final Details & Prices

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@bdekok @MarkCarson @DangerussArt Perhaps "AppleWatchDoucheBusta" (like FakeWatchBusta on Instagram)?

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Apple Watch Release: Final Details & Prices

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@DangerussArt Exactly - some Apple fanboy poser will think that because he (or she) spent $10K on an Apple watch that they will get street cred among WIS geeks like us. Nice try... ('cause it not about the money, it about the micro-machine in that price league).

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Apple Watch Release: Final Details & Prices

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