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Nice post. I think your point about the European politicians opens up an interesting discussion about their choices. There was a bit of coverage this past year when Sarkozy abrupty removed his Patek while shaking hands in a packed crowd (presumably to hedge against someone tearing it off his wrist)...then you have the overt luxurious watches of Putin (Blancpain, Breguet, et al). You would NEVER catch a campaigning American President rocking a Patek....that's for sure.
2 years ago on Mitt Romney’s Election Time Wrist Watch
Well said regarding the appeal factor. I too don't understand why anyone would want this version over the version Bond actually wears in the films. Furthermore, this continuous flow of special edition this or that (with numbers in the thousands....i.e. not special at all really), totally cheapens a watch brand. One has to wonder why you don't see Rolex coming out with a zillion special editions. I think it's because their marketing folks agree with me.
2 years, 5 months ago on Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 007 Skyfall Watch
@Dennix The same way that Bell & Ross charge 5k for watches with ETA movements that cost a few hundred bucks. Marketing, Marketing, Marketing....it's entirely about brand perception. These days you can spend $2000 on a manufacture Nomos, a company with little marketing presence, or you can spend $8000 on a Panerai with an ETA movement and lots of marketing about the brand's pseudo-history.
2 years, 5 months ago on SISU Guardian Watch Review
Honestly, I'm squarely in the hater camp mentioned in the review. I'll accept that sometimes a watch case needs to be substantially larger than it's movement to accomodate say, a massively overbuilt diver case to withstand a lot of pressure. Even then, the +1000m dive watch scene has a bit of absurdity built into it as well (different convo altogether), but at least in that example, it's not a completely superfluous design concept like this piece. The porthole like see-through caseback on this watch makes it look even sillier given a case that's literally 2x the size of the movement. The crown stem on this watch must simply be ridiculous. At best, this is an overpriced fashion watch for someone with large wrists that doesn't appreciate anything other than case size. Setting aside size for a moment, let's just imagine this watch reduced down to 42mm....it still doesn't look good imo. Sorry for the negativity, but the large watch trend has lasted several years longer than it should have...