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Watches are best viewed in the round, so to speak, The richness of depth - the play of light and shadow, the impression of mechanical complexity, all depend on a certain level of 3D balance. Virtually eliminating the Z-axis dimensions leaves it feeling visually and literally flat.  I can appreciate the technical challenge and the mastery of thinness for its own sake, but I'm left wanting more. It is precise and well done, but "reads" like a technical thesis rather than fine literature.

2 days, 2 hours ago on Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Watch Hands-On: Thinnest In The World

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@SN0WKRASH @DangerussArt  working now - was a problem until about noon (the last I had checked)

2 days, 17 hours ago on Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement L.M. Watch In Pink Gold Hands-On

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Unrelated to this watch, this morning (04/15/14) all links to page 2 on all articles are not functioning.


Pink gold is a stylistic disaster for this watch. The white metal version actually looks techy and cool. This combination looks like it's pink gold used for pushing the price northward.


Is the iridescent purple / blue / pink intrinsic to silicon parts, or are they adding it for effect? If its an affectation for novelty, they can skip it.

3 days, 3 hours ago on Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement L.M. Watch In Pink Gold Hands-On

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The all black one on NATO ! Yeah, baby!

1 week, 1 day ago on Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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Despite all it's conceptual Tourby GMTness, it looks like something you'd buy at a mall kiosk for twenty bucks and immediately regret spending that much on it.  It really does look like some sad fashion pastiche replica of an AP where they've ruined enough of to avoid a lawsuit.

1 week, 3 days ago on Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon White Ceramic Hands-On

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I really dig the design of this watch!  My beef is TAG could make this watch (just as accurate, with perhaps more features in quartz), sell it for $750 to $1K and I'd buy it.  Create a simpler version with the same look and an ETA movement for $3500 and I'd still be a buyer.


It's the style and finishing that makes me want it, not the "El Primero" movement (regardless of it's pedigree). I won't (read can't) drop $9000 on this.

1 week, 4 days ago on TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 36 Racing Watch Review

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I did that golden hued one a lot. It's unexpectedly nice looking, and perhaps the one that will bear the wear the best. I'm not sure where $1150 comes from. At $550, I'd be all over it. I'm seriously hoping Seiko steals the idea and makes an updated Seiko 5 like this.

2 weeks ago on Hamilton Reveals The Khaki Pilot Pioneer Aluminum, A Hands-On With Their First Watch In Aluminum

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Ever the contrarian, I love this piece.  I'll take on the responsibility of a long term hands-on review,. Just send me one and I'll post periodically as it ages and patinas over the next few years. 

2 weeks, 1 day ago on IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Charles Darwin Watch In Bronze Hands-On

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It's hard to argue with the success of the Moonwatch line, but it's getting a little stale in all it's iterations.  Omega had better spend whatever it takes to be on a Mars mission so they can milk that for the following half century.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronometer Lunar Dust Ceramic Watch Hands-On

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Why so costly?  There's not *that* much precious metal here, nor much of anything worth $16,3K

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Rolex Cellini Time: Return Of The Crown’s Dress Watch

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Hmmm. I'm a big fan of the brand and typically love everything they make. Not so much with this one. I'm not largely impressed with esoteric case material choices. The styling is very ho-hum to me, not really retro, like you'd expect given the 1933 debut of the Model 247. It's not exactly modern either , just sort of middle-of-the-road with a (to me) 70's vibe. The thin bezel reminds me a bit of the Tissot SeaStar range, a watch which also leaves me cold. 


What seems odd to me stylistically, is the loads of  spiral, fluted, fan-like elements which speak more to me of jet engines than propellers.  


Is there that much "romance" for early 30's prop-driven Boeing airliners to drive a collection? Seems a bit of a stretch.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Bremont Boeing Model 247 Watch Hands-On

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That crown. I've never liked it. It spoils this watch for me.  It looks like a US fire hydrant, or one of Madonna's old boob get ups. Unfortunate really, because I find the remainder of the watch looks pretty decent.

3 weeks ago on Breitling Chronomat Airborne Watch

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I like it, but it sure looks like a LOT of other less expensive watches out there.  Even Fossil's Swiss mechanical offerings are as "nice" for less than 1/3rd the price.  It's main virtues are its simplicity and legibility - which can be had for a song.  Just not seeing $3K here.  Especially when you see what 3 grand buys in the pre-owned marketplace.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Tudor Heritage Ranger 79910 Watch For 2014 Hands-On

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@lawmarc  it's semantics really. There is "no such thing" as a t100 tube.  One could build a t100 watch with 1 tube if they were so inclined, or with 15 as you might expect.  The "tX" rating refers to the overall amount of tritium contained in the watch. So yes a t100 watch with the same amount of tubes will be far brighter.  I would expect Luminox to off the same as many competitors with t100 watches.


I also guess that the NRC strictly monitors the overall amount of tritium one can obtain / import . That Luminox sells so many watches they may be limited by that. Rather than reduce the number of watches they can build, they may elect to stick with t25 to satisfy demand.


I'm not a fan of their styling for the most part, so that would be a bigger factor to me than a t100 rating.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Luminox Steel Colormark 3150 Watch Hands-On

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T25 and T100 are not grades of tritium. They are restrictions set forth by the NRC. T25 means the watch has up to 25 mCi (unit of radioactivity) of tritium, while T100 allows up to 100 mCi. A company must file for a separate license to be able to sell T100 watches, and some countries prohibit it altogether.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Luminox Steel Colormark 3150 Watch Hands-On

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So does one's wrist turn green with wear?

4 weeks ago on Armida A8 Brass Watch Review

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Guys check out my new $107,000 Mr. Nutsack watch.  Nope.  MB&F is quickly becoming my least favorite watchmaker. I read MB&F and think WT&F.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on MB&F Legacy Machine LM1 Xia Hang Performance Art Watch Hands-On

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