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@Zzyzx That's the way Ronda make that particular chrono. Designers have to live with it. I does (theoretically) allow larger subdials though, as it's not competing for space with the cannon pins.
1 day, 2 hours ago on Uniform Wares C41 Chronograph Headlines New Swiss Made Watch Collection
I'm right there with you Mark. These are watches you don't dislike, but they don't inspire a thousand dollar commitment. If this is your thing, I'm sure a nondescript Quartz watch can be had for almost a thousand dollars cheaper.
1 day, 4 hours ago on Uniform Wares C41 Chronograph Headlines New Swiss Made Watch Collection
5 days, 11 hours ago on How One Guy Made A Shockingly Good Urwerk UR-202 Watch Homage
This comes off as visual overload to me. Like some women (and a few guys) with 14 bangle bracelets, 6 rings, a watch and a tennis bracelet, a pin, a scarf, flashy earnings, a necklace and a blinged out bag. Would have been better of without the endlessly fussy accessories. There's no need to decorate every square mm with a differing finish or styled element.
6 days, 3 hours ago on Zenith El Primero Stratos Spindrift Racing Watch Hands-On
These are much nicer without all the fussy engraving. The gold "Fire" version is especially nice looking. I don't care for skeleton watches that much, but this is very appealing. Still costly, but fairly priced among its peers - "reasonable", even.
1 week, 1 day ago on Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Water & Fire Watches Hands-On
It's one of the nicer Tag Carrera models. (shots fired).
1 week, 2 days ago on Porsche Design Timepiece No. 1 Debuts
The desire for a wearable drone comes up slightly less often than my yen for a wearable toaster.
1 week, 2 days ago on Nixie Wrist Wearable Flying Drone
There are some interesting shapes here. I wonder what they'd look like if done in a simpler, less Paisley nightmare style. Agreed that from a few feet away, it's indistinguishable from an Armitron throwaway.
1 week, 6 days ago on Glashütte Original Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition Watch Hands-On
If only it were 41mm, I'm also concerned that this will go well with cutoffs and sandals.
It's a lovely thing really. It's a crying shame I'm not a billionaire.
2 weeks ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Spherotourbillon Watch Revisited
I dig MdM's stuff - but not this particular example. I love the idea of being able to create what amounts to a bespoke watch for this little money.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Maurice De Mauriac Chronograph Diver Watch Review
... and you just finished that book, too. 2.6 million dollars. Wow. Seriously that's like a lifetime's wages for many, if you're lucky.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 Watch For 175th Brand Anniversary
Hmmm. I own an Ancon Sea Shadow and think it's quite an attractive piece. This one is a big bag full of nope, and doesn't seem to follow the brand's identity at all.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Ancon X-35 Concept Watch Review
"Look at our out of focus shots of our 3D printed, ugly, cobbled up prototype we trotted out to show we're not just smoke and mirrors." October 2014 myass.
What a brand management nightmare. Good luck gentlemen. And by gentlemen, I refer to those pre-funding this mess.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Hyetis REDLINE Smartwatch Debuts RDL-001 Swiss Mechanical + Electronic Movement
Cool - luvs me some yot racin'It's a very pretty thing. IWC does know how to style a watch for my tastes - my budget, is another thing entirely.,
3 weeks ago on IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer”
C'mon Seiko, get into this game so I can afford one.
3 weeks ago on MeisterSinger Circularis Debuts New Bespoke Movement With 5-Day Power Reserve
DLC coated platinum... w o w. Why not? The whole watch is ridicule worthy, so sure, make it out of platinum and then coat it so it looks like a ion plated Seiko.Zenith, you feelin' okay there bud?
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Tribute To Felix Baumgartner Watch
I could not care less.
Mssrs. Gruebel and Forsey can both smooch my posterior. I am a watch designer, graphic artist and hobby horological fan. A few years ago, I created some fan art depicting one of their watches. It was a 3D render faithful to their design. It neither altered or reinterpreted their designs. I claimed no copyright to the design. No profit was to be had. I posted it on several gallery sites and on social media. An homage to the brand (who at the time I esteemed)
Then came the barrage of letters from their attorneys demanding removal from all sites, as somehow my image was damaging the brand. So I asked for clarification of the offense. None ever came. I asked how this differed from perhaps poorly shot "wrist-check" photo forum posts? No response. Just more threats. I removed each image that I could control from the web.
Now every time the image reappears somewhere in the wilds of the internet, I get another cease and desist letter threatening legal action. Meanwhile, horological artists paint and sell large format paintings of all sorts of watches. Some even featured here.
G&F can be assured that I'll never again be a fan. Between their increasingly nut-job styling, "secret" text (that no one is allowed to post readable photos of), and their particular legal BS with me, I've lost all respect for the brand, the principle parties and their business practices.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on My First Grail Watch: Stephen Forsey Of Greubel Forsey
Clever, but not a third of a million dollars. Holy crap! Crafted for billionaire oligarchs only I suppose.
1 month ago on Montblanc Metamorphosis II Re-Interprets The Brand’s Unique Transforming Dial
Wow isn't that... Special? It's huge! It's hard to imagine a market for a massive, over styled. $10k watch winder. Maybe if they offered a coordinated $7500 cuff link box.
1 month ago on Ambrelus Dreadnought Takes Watch Winder Design To New Level
My "Grail", and likely, just as elusive.
1 month ago on A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour Le Mérite Watch White Gold Boutique Edition
The "boy-racer" in me loves this thing. I have since it was announced. It looks great in person too. I saw / tried it at the Dallas boutique, Sadly the price is more than I choose to pay, but if the detractor's predictions of half-off fire-sales come to pass, then perhaps.
1 month ago on TAG Heuer Carrera MP4-12C Chronograph McLaren Watch Revisited
$8500 huh? Does this come with a $8000 rebate check? Why is it double or more than other world time watches? Just not seeing it. And Flip open lever, twist a thing to adjust the time to the new time zone. Gosh! That sound awfully similar to using a crown to do the same freaking thing. I'm not paying an $8000 "convenience fee" for that!
1 month, 1 week ago on Vogard Business Officer Timezoner Watch Review
"uses a purple-colored 22k gold automatic rotor shaped like the MB&F battle ax logo."
That sums it up pretty much. You gotta wonder why there are not more purple gold ax shaped rotors...
1 month, 1 week ago on MB&F HM5 CarbonMacrolon Watch
For a $600 watch ?! While I almost always applaud the independent watch maker's drive to see it through to production, this effort hits me wrong on almost every level. The US produced aspect is meaningless to me. But don't blow smoke trying to make figures support your story. Being involved with many start ups and boutique brands design process give me insight to what this should cost to manufacture. This fellow either got completely worked over by his suppliers or he's delusional about the selling price.
1 month, 1 week ago on Niall One Mechanical Watches Claim To Be Made With Over 90% American Parts
Bond +Goldfinger = RolexI'm not sure what Omega is commemorating here. Omega was not in the movie at all, so why would there be a Goldfinger Omega, when Omega had nothing to do with Goldfinger?
1 month, 1 week ago on Unique Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Gold 50th Anniversary Of 007 Goldfinger Watch Sells For $113,000
There doesn't seem to be much cohesiveness in the design elements to me. Great Lugs, but crappy looking crown and crown guard. Nice dial color and texture, but cheap looking hands. Great looking markers, but a pie plate sized power reserve that dominates the dial. Too many detracting elements for me to fall for this one.The movement tech is neat, but I'd go for this one: SEIKO Sportura SRG005P2 Kinetic Direct Drive
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Seiko Sportura Kinetic Direct Drive SRG017 Watch Hands-On
A bit too
much blank space.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme Ivory Enamel Watch Hands-On
As it happens, the Apple Watch has already been flagged by the British Department for Transport as being illegal to use when you find yourself behind the wheel. The DfT informs that wearing the thing when you're driving is just as wrong as texting or talking on your mobile phone. But wait, one's just a watch while the other is a mobile phone, so why all the fuss? Well, the Apple Watch lets users do stuff like checking texts, make calls and even go on the world wide web to watch cat videos on YouTube, so it's virtually a miniature smarthpone, or so says the United Kingdom's Department for Transport.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on How Screwed Is The Watch Industry Thanks To The Apple Watch?
Kaan I get it without the naame on the daail?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Pellikaan Timing Hendrik Lorentz Watch
Cribbed from web comments I have enjoyed:
Meh: You need to have a phone running the same operating system nearby in order for them to work so you have to carry two devices. Then you have to remember to charge two devices both of which I am sure won't last 48 hours with a decent amount of use. The functionality and interface is limited on the watch but then... you could just take your phone out of your pocket to get the missing functionality.
If they are anything like other Apple products you won't be able to change the battery. Longevity? OMG, have you seen the charger?!
You can supposedly pay for your groceries with your watch rather than your credit card ( if you don't feel like paying with the phone a foot or two away in your pocket). The desire to pay for things with my watch occurs about as frequently as my desire to change my hotel booking using my shoes.
I'm likely 100% wrong. I am thinking intellectually and rationally. I don't see the Apple Watch as what it is--I see it as a tool. But it's not a tool. It's a fashion accessory and a toy. There's nothing wrong with fashion accessories and toys being hopelessly impractical. And because it will not be evaluated on the merits of what it can do, but rather on what it is, different standards apply.
Lefty's and those who might two-wrist it, need not apply - with the ergos and controls being largely accessible through the crown wearing on the right wrist is a piss poor compromise.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on How Screwed Is The Watch Industry Thanks To The Apple Watch?
@thefinalmonster if there was ever a product than needed an induction charging station (think nightstand tray) this is it. No muss, no fuss, just take it off, place it in the tray and it charges.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Apple Watch Smartwatch Launches
As far a smartwatches (SW) go and it being "smart", connected and useful, it definitely appears to be a wake up call for the SW industry. It's quite a bit more than i expected it to be on all fronts (save for aesthetics). It's priced $50 less than I predicted, which is surprising. As my typical watch purchase is between $750 and $5K , the borders on "why the hell not?" territory.
I won't be first in line for one, and I'll happily wait for an app or two that really makes me want it. It is about what I expected it to be. It's the only SW I'm interested in at this time.As far as Marc Newson's involvement, I don't know what to believe. Did he actively participate, or did Apple crib so much from his designs that it was good PR and social engineering to make him an employee prior to launch? The timing and such seems suspicious, but it hardly matters.
@SuperStrapper agreed - A.'s hand's on shots and videos are more insightful.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Fonderie 47 Inversion Principle Tourbillon Watch In Red Gold
These are photos. Perhaps retouched, but they are not 3D renders.
My ability to appreciate this still leads to this being another pretty, albeit strange diving watch with a popular name on the dial and a $10K price tag.
Spending quite a bit less will buy me some very nice dive watches from brands that surpass this in specs,. credibility and reputation. - OmegaRolexIWCTudorSinn...
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Porsche Design P’6780 Diver Watch Review
Man, that's good lookin'.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Nomos Zurich Worldtimer Blue Watch
Goodness! I sure hope the design looks better the Icky Pod's offerings.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Apple Hires Marc Newson, iWatch Smartwatch Watches Likely To Be Designed With His Help
The wearer can also "hide" the second time zone hand under the main hour hand to give the dial a cleaner look if they are not traveling.
that's pretty brilliant actually.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on H. Moser & Cie Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time Watch
@naah70 My whole deal is that my G-Shock is a beater - indestructible pretty much and if I had to throw it away because I destroyed it somehow - no big deal, I'll buy another on sale for $125. I'm not in a spot where I view $3000 with the same nonchalance as $125. I'd be "chalancing" my face off if I totaled a $3000 watch from any maker.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Casio G-Shock MR-G Comes To America With Titanium Case & GPS, Is $3,000
It is very cool, and I do want it. There are a number of reasons (3 thousand of them to be precise), why I'm not a buyer. Others will happily pay this, but I can't shove this much cash at a G-Shock. I'm not that much of an enthusiastic brand fan.
Obviously this is a prototype, because the hands look like they were lumed with plaster.
@IvanGopey Ugh. OK, scratch that reasonable notion.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Ball Engineer Master II Slide Chronograph Watch, Slipping To The Future
Nice work with the han...
All in all, it's one of the better looking watches from this maker, There's lots of neat details to like and the price is very reasonable for what's going on with this design. It's too damn big though. Does the slide mech dictate size or is this just big for big's sake?
25. ? Oh, the date.. Oh boy.. Surely you've slid the pricing decimal-point one digit too far to the right.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Junghans Force Mega Solar Watch With Wireless Charge And Sync
Meistersinger: Yes!One Handed: Yes!Blue dial: Yes!Chrono; Yes!
2 months ago on Introducing The MeisterSinger Paleograph Chrongraph
While the phone and tablet market rushes away from skeuomorphism and embraces a (too?) flat design mantra, The smart watch makers are all going the other way with drop shadows, pixel guilloche, and starburst designs that won't react to lighting conditions. Not to mention the faux-est of diamonds that won't sparkle. I don't get it much. If they're catering to a tech society (their strength) then make the UI consistent. In my opinion they are not going to woo many traditional watch wearers with pixel bling or some reinterpretation of a chronograph, with an email counter in a "sub dial".
2 months ago on Samsung Gear S Introduces Curved Screens To Smartwatches
I'm struggling to picture anyone I've ever met that would desire and purchase a Star Trek music box, let alone one that costs $21 thousand. The people I imagine having this much disposable cash for (a completely useless curio) - are they rabid Star Trek fans? More precisely, wealthy, rabid Star Trek fans who also like Star Wars, Led Zeppelin, The Stones and the Clash covers by a music box.Does that person(s) even exist?
2 months ago on MB&F MusicMachine 2 Is Musical Ode To Star Trek USS Enterprise
Barftacular! I live about two miles away from their stadium. I could not care less about the 'boys, Sadly, they'll probably sell every one of these crapfests.
2 months ago on Hublot Now In The NFL With Dallas Cowboys Football Team Sponsorship
Love the movement! I could do without the sci-fi flavor, but it does not repell me or quash my desire. I now need to search for other small table clocks like this with more earthly designs and pricing. Any ideas where to start?
2 months, 1 week ago on MB&F Starfleet Machine Clock By L’Epée Hands-On
Pretty cool. I'm not sure if they're worth the asking price, but I'm intrigued. These look like they would chew up a watch case in no time for fans of the watch+bracelet look.
2 months, 1 week ago on Speedometer Official Unidirectional Bezel Bracelet
Pros - the case, the smooth seconds.
Cons - the super cheap (looking) strap, the thin, poor application of blue pigment on the second hand, the accutron name.
If the smooth seconds is a focal point, then make the second hand worth looking at. I can change the strap, but certainly another $5 in the strap budget would not have killed the project. I get that there's some "history " behind the name, but I detest suffixes like "tron", "rama", and others that make the product sound dated and still trying to leverage a mid-century notion of modernism.
Sometimes timeless classic styling just comes off as stale. Like this does.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Bulova Accutron II Surveyor With Precisionist Movement Watch Review