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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.

1 day, 10 hours 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 days, 21 hours 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.

1 week 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.

1 week, 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 week, 1 day 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 week, 3 days 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 week, 5 days 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.

2 weeks, 1 day 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.

2 weeks, 4 days 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.

3 weeks, 2 days 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.

3 weeks, 2 days 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.

4 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.

4 weeks, 1 day 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 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 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 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, 1 week 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.

1 month, 1 week 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.

1 month, 1 week 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.

1 month, 1 week 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.

1 month, 2 weeks 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.

1 month, 2 weeks 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.

1 month, 2 weeks 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.,

1 month, 2 weeks 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.

1 month, 2 weeks 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?

1 month, 3 weeks 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.



1 month, 3 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.

1 month, 4 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 ago on Ambrelus Dreadnought Takes Watch Winder Design To New Level

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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 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 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...

2 months, 1 week 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.

2 months, 1 week 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?

2 months, 1 week 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


2 months, 1 week ago on Seiko Sportura Kinetic Direct Drive SRG017 Watch Hands-On

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2 months, 2 weeks ago on Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme Ivory Enamel Watch Hands-On

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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.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on How Screwed Is The Watch Industry Thanks To The Apple Watch?

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Kaan I get it without the naame on the daail?

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Pellikaan Timing Hendrik Lorentz Watch

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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.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on How Screwed Is The Watch Industry Thanks To The Apple Watch?

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@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.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Apple Watch Smartwatch Launches

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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.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Apple Watch Smartwatch Launches

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@SuperStrapper agreed - A.'s hand's on shots and videos are more insightful.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Fonderie 47 Inversion Principle Tourbillon Watch In Red Gold

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These are photos. Perhaps retouched, but they are not 3D renders.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Fonderie 47 Inversion Principle Tourbillon Watch In Red Gold

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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...

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Porsche Design P’6780 Diver Watch Review

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Man, that's good lookin'.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Nomos Zurich Worldtimer Blue Watch

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Goodness! I sure hope the design looks better the Icky Pod's offerings.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Apple Hires Marc Newson, iWatch Smartwatch Watches Likely To Be Designed With His Help

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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.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on H. Moser & Cie Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time Watch

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@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.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Casio G-Shock MR-G Comes To America With Titanium Case & GPS, Is $3,000

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