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Another 1.5 million dollar head scratcher from the masters of self-indulgent fatuous pap.  I'd rather ABTW cover some $400 micro-brand than this.

1 day, 5 hours ago on Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1 Tribute To Robert Filliou Watch

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oh my... That's some serious whorology right there!

1 day, 15 hours ago on Hublot Big Bang Unico World Poker Tour Watch Hands-On

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@Spaceguitar @Jimxxx True to a point, the timing gears on a 31 point date wheel are fixed, The printed numbers, not so. A custom printed date wheel would solve this visual positioning issue, and at $4,000 it is not an unreasonable request. If my design clients can do it on a 600 dollar watch, so can Ball.

3 days, 7 hours ago on Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley Watch Hands-On

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SuperStrapper and I could not have more different opinions. This thing is a designer's nightmare. Far too many separate fonts are used. The contrast between the LEGO style indices and the fussy RR logo, looks ridiculous to me. The way the power reserve markings nearly collide with the 6 marker, and the off-center date window would drive me mad. Then there's the plain-as-can-be bezel, and bizarre crown guard wart to finish it off. BALL alternates between good and hideous designs like few other firms. For me, this is perhaps their nadir.

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

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I like this brand (mostly). The signature notched bezel always bothers me. Proprietary straps too, I do like the way they accomplish the skeleton motif., and eschew loads of filigree engravings. Plus, I like saying" Rowjare Dewbwee".

4 days, 8 hours ago on Roger Dubuis Excalibur Automatic Skeleton Watch To Debut At SIHH 2015

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OK - this one has piqued my interest. I'll be folowing this one. Too late for the crowdfunding deal though. (ended yesterday.

1 week ago on Geak II Watch Stretches The Limits Of Smartwatch Battery Life

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1500 word bezel review? I think we've maxxed out the nerdometer today. :)

1 week ago on Rolex GMT-Master II 116710BLNR Watch Review

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Let's talk about accuracy for a bit. If the paramount concern was magnetic resistance and accuracy why would you even consider a mechanical in the first place?  For instance, (and I'm generalizing here) let's say the average quartz is good for +-0.5 sec./ day. That smashes the METAS or COSC standards already, but lets take it a step further, You can buy watches that re calibrate 5 times a day to an atomic standard, so your theoretical max. deviation is never more than 0.1 second.

Considering only accuracy, spending $8K+ on a METAS certified Omega or any other mechanical is akin to ignoring $200 laser scopes and spending thousands on the world's most accurate water balloon slingshot.

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

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@TomBew @DangerussArt You assume cost efficiency will be passed along to the consumer?  Riiiiight.

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

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Smells like a scheme to justify and increase Omega's already inflated prices. Increases related to this expense have to be coming. Yes, it provides some "value" to accuracy mavens, but I've been deaf to any cries for this or something more stringent than COSC. Personally, I don't need this level of accuracy, or wish to pay Omega to pat themselves on the back, or create certificates for something they've already attained. Loads of industries exceed ISO standards in their wares, but I don't see them fabricating a new personalized standard of excellence. This certificate tells me little more than Omega makes the best Omegas. Thanks for that...

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

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Curious, why is that such a hard line rule for you?

1 week, 6 days ago on Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

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Even the worlds best vanilla ice cream is still awfully boring.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Tudor Heritage Ranger Watch Review

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The bead blast Daytona is kinda cool, but too many look like the fantasy pieces you offered by curbside fake watch vendors. I'm certain tasteful combinations can be specified, Too bad that they're not part of this presentation.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Bamford Customized Rolex Watches Hands-On & Thoughts

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It must be said. This is nutty. (Groan) I'm unsure who the buyer is for these, but it's not me.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Greco Hexagonal Nut Watch For True Gear Heads

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Derivative case, no-name fashion designer, style ignorant tech company, no touch screen, parasitic battery consumption, crap display, limited functionality and single point - web based distribution... what could possibly go wrong? Besides EVERYTHING.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Michael Bastian MB Chronowing By Hewlett-Packard Smartwatch Review

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My definition of respect would not include drawing attention to another's ignorance, miss pronounced names, writing how their choice made them want to throw up (a little), and close their piece by saying essentially "don't be this guy". Respectful? Hardly. Good thing Alan is presumed to be fictional.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on When You Wear A Watch, Who Do You Wear It For?

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Hmmm. To me, the article comes of as smug and self congratulatory. The take away for me was "see how sophisticated I am, what great taste I have? I collect nice stuff, and here are my condescending views of others who I deem to be gauche." It feels like even if he says he doesn't wear watches to "impress", he writes that way.

I don't buy or wear watches for any calculated effect. To be honest, if a person is making character assessments based solely on my watch, I'd hope to avoid a business or personal relationship with them.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on When You Wear A Watch, Who Do You Wear It For?

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@Zzyzx As Hublot was sponsoring, I have  hard time thinking it would anything but a Hublot on Ariel's wrist. It looks to be one of their Ferrari models, but from a distance I'd be hard pressed to tell a lot of them apart.

1 month ago on The World’s Most Expensive Watches Book Party Photos

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My inner 12 year-old thinks this is pretty rad.  I may buy him this. 

1 month ago on New & Improved Victorinox Swiss Army Night Vision Watch

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Like many diversions, this is a lot more exciting when it's naked!

1 month ago on Movement Hands-On Series Episode 1: MB&F HM6 Space Pirate

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I was there as well. What I found surprising was that with Tudor being the title sponsor of the race, they had zero presence at the track. As far as I could see there was no public exhibit, hospitality suite, pop-up store, nothing.

1 month ago on At The Races With The Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Edition Watch

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Ugh. I had no idea. Went to the one in Beverly Hills. I just assumed it was their flagship store.

1 month, 1 week ago on Buying Watches In Los Angeles, California: Westime

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I keep thinking "show me a cool skeleton with a more industrial, and less fussy finish - I bet that would look neat".

It's surprisingly disappointing how wrong I was.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Squelette Watch For Men & Women

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Isn't that... uhm... special? 50 of these represents $11.5M !  That, my friends, is a lot of money to throw at silliness.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on MB&F HM6 Space Pirate Watch Hands-On Debut

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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 month, 2 weeks ago on Uniform Wares C41 Chronograph Headlines New Swiss Made Watch Collection

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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 month, 2 weeks ago on Uniform Wares C41 Chronograph Headlines New Swiss Made Watch Collection

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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.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Zenith El Primero Stratos Spindrift Racing Watch Hands-On

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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 month, 3 weeks ago on Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Watches Hands-On

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It's one of the nicer Tag Carrera models. (shots fired).

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Porsche Design Timepiece No. 1 Debuts

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The desire for a wearable drone comes up slightly less often than my yen for a wearable toaster.  

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Nixie Wrist Wearable Flying Drone

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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.

2 months ago on Glashütte Original Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition Watch Hands-On

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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 months ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Spherotourbillon Watch Revisited

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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 months ago on Maurice De Mauriac Chronograph Diver Watch Review

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... 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 months, 1 week ago on Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 Watch For 175th Brand Anniversary

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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 months, 1 week ago on Ancon X-35 Concept Watch Review

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"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 months, 1 week ago on Hyetis REDLINE Smartwatch Debuts RDL-001 Swiss Mechanical + Electronic Movement

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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.,

2 months, 1 week ago on IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer”

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C'mon Seiko, get into this game so I can afford one.

2 months, 1 week ago on MeisterSinger Circularis Debuts New Bespoke Movement With 5-Day Power Reserve

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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?

2 months, 1 week ago on Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Tribute To Felix Baumgartner Watch

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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.



2 months, 2 weeks ago on My First Grail Watch: Stephen Forsey Of Greubel Forsey

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Clever, but not a third of a million dollars. Holy crap! Crafted for billionaire oligarchs only I suppose.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Montblanc Metamorphosis II Re-Interprets The Brand’s Unique Transforming Dial

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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.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Ambrelus Dreadnought Takes Watch Winder Design To New Level

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My "Grail", and likely, just as elusive.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour Le Mérite Watch White Gold Boutique Edition

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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.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on TAG Heuer Carrera MP4-12C Chronograph McLaren Watch Revisited

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$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!

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Vogard Business Officer Timezoner Watch Review

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"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...

3 months ago on MB&F HM5 CarbonMacrolon Watch

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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.

3 months ago on Niall One Mechanical Watches Claim To Be Made With Over 90% American Parts

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Bond +Goldfinger = Rolex
I'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?

3 months ago on Unique Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Gold 50th Anniversary Of 007 Goldfinger Watch Sells For $113,000

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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


3 months ago on Seiko Sportura Kinetic Direct Drive SRG017 Watch Hands-On

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