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Too colorful for many, but suited for its purpose. It's priced well, especially considering it's occasional use as a dive / vacation watch. I enjoyed the write up / trip report very much.

10 hours, 29 minutes ago on Seiko Prospex Kinetic GMT SUN023 Dive Watch Review

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Bezel numbers upside down?! Have you ever looked at a dive watch? Show me one that's not got numbers in this fashion.

2 days, 9 hours ago on Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic PAM616 Watch Hands-On

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I'm a fan of the brand but not this offering. I've never been fond of the submersible case and this freaky material doesn't change that. I cannot fathom the marriage of the ultra modern case material and faux aged tritium. Is it supposed to look modern or not? As a one who seeks a certain value proposition in a watch, it's galling to see Panerai trot out the same old crap in a new "plastic" cause with a rubber strap and ask $20k for it. Seems Panerai's most enduring tradition is unrealistic prices.

2 days, 9 hours ago on Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic PAM616 Watch Hands-On

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"We have top men working on this right now."

"Who?"

"Top.     Men."


3 days, 7 hours ago on Olio Model 1 Smartwatch From New Company With Top Talent

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@AndreBraz I'm guessing that sub-$1K price is for the 3-hander. The current comparable Airboss mechanical chrono has a $2300-ish MSRP.

3 days, 7 hours ago on Top 10 Watches Of Baselworld 2015

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I like it better that Zenith's oversized version. The styling is a hit for me, but odd for Patek. But as much as the style draws me in, the price repels. Thankfully I'm unaffected by the PP mystique, so any number is similarly styled "accessible" (is that the term now?) watches will scratch that itch.

It's well made, but so simplistic the cost fails to make sense. A bit like an $8,000 toaster. Nice, but...

6 days, 10 hours ago on Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524 Watch Hands-On

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JCB can have his Carrera 01 plaything, and perhaps it will be a moneymaker. What I'll hate is the dilution of the core TAG stylistic DNA. As long as he limits himself to the 01, that'll be fine. I'll just ignore the goofy looking inbred relative he's sired.

6 days, 11 hours ago on TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon Watch Will Cost About $15,000

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@Ulysses31 if you haven't seen them, the non- tourby Carrera 01 model looks even more Hublowy than this does:


6 days, 22 hours ago on TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon Watch Will Cost About $15,000

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Godammit, Jean-Claude!  TAG did nothing to deserve this. No one's been screaming for Hublot lite!  Please keep your "one-note creativity" the hell away from the rest of the Carrera line. The only thing the Carerra o1 collection does is lower the price point for tasteless douchebag Hubloista wannabees.

I dread the endless colorway of the week,  LEGO parts swap bullshit, "new" designs to come pouring out. GAAAAAAAAH!



1 week ago on TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon Watch Will Cost About $15,000

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Neat "Cartieko". It's certainly a niche piece. Not meant for a WIS but also not for the masses who couldn't imagine spending more than $200 for a watch. To most people this will look like one of those "crazy expensive" watches they see occasionally in the mainstream media - which I'm sure is the point. It does look nice. Eliminate the logo and other visual tells and I'd mistake it for a much more expensive watch. It's not my style at all though.

Does it tick like a more common Quartz? With battery life a non issue, a smooth second would be something to hope for.

1 week ago on Seiko Premier Kinetic Direct Drive Moonphase Watch Review

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Today, I learned that Mr. Schwarzenegger has exactly the tastes I imagined him to have. I'm convinced he'll find commercial success with these. I'm also certain that for most people who buy them, it will be the finest watch they own. Pairs well with strategicly ripped Affliction shirts.

1 week, 2 days ago on Arnold Schwarzenegger Watch Brand Debuts For 2015

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Say what you will about faux vintage, the "vintage" one is gorgeous! The whole Panerai colors and strap motif works far better than one might expect.

1 week, 5 days ago on Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Watch Now In Four New Colorways

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Snomega. 


I've never seen the appeal of the all-white, all-black or monochrome anything in regards to watches.  

1 week, 6 days ago on Omega Speedmaster White Side Of The Moon Watch

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I pick on aesthetics, but that's my gig.  This  simplistic "connect-the-dots" bridge and dial work is letting the movement dictate the appearance too much. They've ended up with haphazard elements like a "crooked" logo, and a woefully unbalanced and inelegant dial presentation.  In fact, the whole execution of simple planar elements and shapes comes off as heavy handed and resembles student work more than a finely crafted and styled timepiece.

2 weeks ago on Linde Werdelin Spidolite Updated In Gold, Titanium, And A New Movement

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Celebrating the death of legibility?  It's obvious this is a bracelet first, with watch being a far distant second.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Fiona Krüger Celebration Skull Watch

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Besides the "impressive" price point keeping me away, the aesthetic is ruined by the huge honking "WiFi" symbol.  Should have, could have been more like this:

 

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Breitling B55 Connected Watch Makes Perfect Pair With Phone

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Hoo boy! That's sumthin!

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette Watch For $1,015,000

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Additionally, if it's ABTW's intent to cover the inevitable tide of competing devices, consider spinning it off into a separate blog. I'm willing to bet that moredamnscreens.com is available.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on After Training People To Forget About Watches, How Will Apple Teach Them To Love The Apple Watch?

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32 articles about a device that's yet to hit the street. Infatuated much? I might even understand it if the comments trended to say we were all gagging for more. I am not. I come here to read what I cannot get in the mainstream news space. I really don't need to know Apple's every ad, philosophy, marketing ploy, psy-ops move, press release. It's all become tedious now.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on After Training People To Forget About Watches, How Will Apple Teach Them To Love The Apple Watch?

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We should be thanking Apple for launching the $10,000 "apple watch" as the new gold standard in douchebag detection.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Apple Watch Release: Final Details & Prices

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Not at all what I would have expected. Also, not at all what I'd ever look to purchase. I really wanted an updated chrono with a retro look. - I just don't associate Angelus with this sort of avant weird stuff.

3 weeks ago on Angelus U10 Tourbillon Lumiere Watch Marks Brand’s Official Return

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Right there with you Mark. Wonderful engineering, but I wish he had a different aesthetic. Or licensed his movements to others.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on F.P. Journe Quantième Perpétuel Watch Hands-On

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"Hey, neat watch, what time is it?"... Digs phone from pocket. I still prefer some function with my form. It's neat and all, but I can't say it's raison d'être is timekeeping.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on MCT Frequential One F110 Watch

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This is pretty nice looking. I'm enjoying the blacked guilloche work a lot. I wonder if the movement has a similar dark aesthetic to match? I yearn for more traditional lugs though - these remind me of frog's legs or something reptilian. Not a great tie-in for a dress watch.  Ribbit!

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Voutilainen GMR Watch For 2015

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It is, they do.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Seconds Vision Watch Hands-On

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Zounds! How on Earth did people know when they were moving or sleeping before this?! Life changing, this is not.

1 month ago on MMT ‘Horological Smartwatch’ Platform Finally Ties Switzerland To Silicon Valley

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The Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Orbital II Chronograph looks in many ways to borrow too much from Breitling. The Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Orbital II Chronograph is nicely made but the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Orbital II Chronograph is too thick for most people's taste. The lume shot of the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Orbital II Chronograph is impressive, but terribly busy.

Note to writer / editor , once we are familiar with the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Orbital II Chronograph, you may refer to the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Orbital II Chronograph as "the watch".

1 month ago on Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Orbital II Chronograph Watch Review

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Horological freak show. Obviously Zenith never knows when to say "enough".

1 month, 1 week ago on Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage II Watch Hands-On

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Actually, my first thought was, "woah, they sure are making it easy for fake watch factories these days" Does anyone here see $32,000 in this? ... Anyone?

1 month, 1 week ago on Piaget Black Tie “Vintage Inspiration” Watch Hands-On

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I think the "apostrophe" faux bridge is pretty unique. However,  there is such an inelegant blending of the curves near the bottom, as it transitions into the chapter ring diameter, that it looks like a design or manufacturing flaw - a crease where none should be. It's such a spoiler for me, that it's all I see now.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Frédérique Constant Manufacture Heart Beat FC-945 Watch Hands-On

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Interesting, but not for me.. It doesn't happen too often, but there are a number of watches that fall in to my "Nope, never" category. I'd like to welcome the Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition to the list. I'm sure it'll sell out quickly, but I cannot find a single thing I like about it.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition Watch

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retail price of $5,915 - pretty serious price for mil-posing.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Breitling Chronospace Military Watch Hands-On

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That's a nice looking "Zenith".  For a grand, it's worth having a closer look and try-on, but there's only 3 retailers in the US - 2 in Vegas one in NYC.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Certina DS-2 Limited Edition Watch With High-End PreciDrive Movement

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What seems to be lost with many version of the Royal Joke, and this model in particular, is that at some point, visual complexity loses it's appeal. It's not lovely to look at, it's just overwhelming. I guess one could say it's still impressive - but in a "Wow! look at all the shit!" way.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication Watch Hands-On

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You just described a $2500 watch. You expect all that for $500? Get real friend.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Prometheus Sailfish Watch Review

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Well those "photos" are all renderings anyway, so hopefully it looks better in real life, but what's shown here is the cheapest looking $8,100 watch I've ever seen.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Eterna Royal KonTiki Chronograph GMT Watch Debuts With New Movement

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80 C is 176 F, not 112. 112 is a Summer day in Texas.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Sinn EZM 9 TESTAF Watch Hands-On

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And, so what? The authenticity of the singular watch on the wrist of a rapper isn't the problem, but the 3 million, not rich wannabes that buy fakes to emulate their cultural icons. Considering the often grossly tacky watches chosen by the "artistes" of rap, I just wish they all gravitate to a new objet de pimp, and leave watches alone.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Rhyming ‘Rollie’ And ‘Guacamole': FakeWatchBusta Inspires A Real Rap Song By Migos

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I feel that marble as a material, needs a larger tableau to exhibit the "marbling" that makes it attractive. Lacking the surface area to define a pattern or veins, this just looks spotty and dirty.  The prices give one pause. To consider this in lieu of a Tudor Pelagos or Black Bay, or a host of other fine watches would take a collector with deep pockets and a not unsubstantial helping of ennui regarding typical watches.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Giuliano Mazzuoli Carrara Watches Review

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Is this a pre-production prototype?  I sort of hope so. There's so many raw, unrefined surface finishes, and all the text on the "dial" plate is crowded, off-center.  Honestly, that whole plate looks terrible. This looks hastily manufactured versus crafted with (any real) care. Not what I'd ever spend 10 thousand dollars for.  It doesn't have to be finished like an ALS movement, but this appears crudely machined, and some surfaces look as if they were left raw as delivered from the metal supplier. I'd prefer not to see tool marks and what looks like tool chatter anywhere on a $1oK watch. If that's the aesthetics they were aiming for, it's a swing and a miss,  These guys should strive to emulate a UWERK level of finishing, 

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Devon Works Tread 2 Shining Watch Review

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Yeah, "water"... I get it, but I would prefer a plain dial version. If only that were one of the 133 variations possible.

2 months ago on Christopher Ward C60 Trident Watch Collection Overview

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I'm 100% sure I'd shatter the bubble and ruin the whirly-twirly.

2 months ago on Girard-Perregaux Tri-Axial Tourbillon In White Gold Hands-On

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A million dollars? OK... Do the mega-rich not care about value? Weighing this against a LaFerrari, (also a million dollar toy), the car seems to be a far, far better value, more fun, and almost assuredly better and easier resale. Oh well, it's certainly not crafted with me in mind.

2 months ago on Richard Mille RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur Watch Hands-On

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Seems pointless. What does one do with the deviation information provided by an EOT display? It's not like the entire rest of the world's schedules are affected. "Hold that plane, it's not really 6:30, see... My spendy mechanical timer thingy says so." I cannot see ever spending a penny for a silly complication that keeps me apprised of some uber geeky time factoid that no one cares about. Even if my NASA mission critical celestial mechanics job required the need to know, wouldn't a dedicated computer tracking application do a better job?

2 months, 1 week ago on Two New Panerai Equation Of Time Special Edition Watches For SIHH 2015

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From the new ipecac collection, I assume?

2 months, 1 week ago on Get Your Bling On: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Full Pave Diamond Watches For 2015

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Keeping with the theme, shovldn't that be MARC AVRELE jvst to be thovrovgh?

2 months, 1 week ago on Christophe Claret Aventicum Watch With Mirascope Dial

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@trj66 Even fixing all that, it's still not much to look at:



2 months, 2 weeks ago on Ralph Lauren Automotive Chronograph Watch For SIHH 2015

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