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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...

1 day, 15 hours 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 days, 1 hour 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 days, 13 hours 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 days, 22 hours ago on Seiko Sportura Kinetic Direct Drive SRG017 Watch Hands-On

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5 days, 21 hours 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.

1 week, 1 day 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?

1 week, 1 day 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.

1 week, 2 days 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.

1 week, 3 days 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.

1 week, 3 days ago on Apple Watch Smartwatch Launches

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

1 week, 3 days 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.

1 week, 3 days 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...

1 week, 4 days ago on Porsche Design P’6780 Diver Watch Review

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Man, that's good lookin'.

1 week, 5 days 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 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 weeks, 1 day 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 weeks, 1 day ago on Casio G-Shock MR-G Comes To America With Titanium Case & GPS, Is $3,000

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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.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Casio G-Shock MR-G Comes To America With Titanium Case & GPS, Is $3,000

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@IvanGopey Ugh. OK, scratch that reasonable notion.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Ball Engineer Master II Slide Chronograph Watch, Slipping To The Future

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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?

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Ball Engineer Master II Slide Chronograph Watch, Slipping To The Future

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25. ?  Oh, the date..  Oh boy..  Surely you've slid the pricing decimal-point  one digit too far to the right.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Junghans Force Mega Solar Watch With Wireless Charge And Sync

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Meistersinger: Yes!
One Handed: Yes!
Blue dial: Yes!
Chrono; Yes!

Price: dammit....

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Introducing The MeisterSinger Paleograph Chrongraph

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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".

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Samsung Gear S Introduces Curved Screens To Smartwatches

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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?

3 weeks, 2 days ago on MB&F MusicMachine 2 Is Musical Ode To Star Trek USS Enterprise

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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.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Hublot Now In The NFL With Dallas Cowboys Football Team Sponsorship

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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?

4 weeks ago on MB&F Starfleet Machine Clock By L’Epée Hands-On

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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. 

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Speedometer Official Unidirectional Bezel Bracelet

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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.

1 month ago on Bulova Accutron II Surveyor With Precisionist Movement Watch Review

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I see Omega is a full fledged player in the bullshart pricing game. They've built this basic watch for ages, are amortizing the co axial buy cramming it in every watch the sell. Where does $6000 for a 3 hand watch come from? Build a nice watch, price it realistically, and maybe they wouldn't need to spend a hundred million on ads convincing people to buy one.

1 month, 1 week ago on Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial Watches Hands-On

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I like the vintage one best. I think this watch would have been an appropriate place for that aged tritium faux vintage luminant. The green is off putting and looks inexpensive in this application.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Eterna Heritage Military Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

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With my background in industrial mechanics and love for simple and restrained styling, I'll say that this looks just about perfect to me from an aesthetic POV.  I'd remove only the Tourbillon text from the movement plate. It's unnecessary and cheapens the look too much. I'm digging the tiny little ball bearings, they are much more interesting than a synthetic jewel.


Now where's that spare $80K?

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Hajime Asaoka Project T Tourbillon Indepedent Japanese Watch

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Cool machine, what's it do? Almost looks like a watch.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Tourbillon Watch Hands-On

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@antjay @DangerussArt


Agreed, but the London > Bangladesh differential is vastly different than Bremont >  La Joux-Perret, The movement isn't crap just because it's not fully Bremont.  I'll admit that the stratospheric price escaped me there for a bit. I'm sure the Arnold & Son piece isn't cheap either.


The trust thing. It's important and then again probably not. I'd bet like most brands the number they sell to WIS is a fraction of those sold to people who just think it's a neat watch,

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Real Story Behind The Bremont Wright Flyer In-House Made BWC/01 “London” Watch Movement

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Here's my take. Is it honestly that big of a deal?  If one was going to buy the watch, would you not now? It's not like the movement is sh1t now, that its source is more readily known. If anything, I'd have more faith in the thing now that I know a reputable "engine builder" is behind it rather than be an early adopter of an unproven new manufacture.


Within the watch industry, loads of firms subcontract co-supply and share methodology when it benefits them with or without full disclosure. Our cars are many times more costly, carry our families and other precious cargo, yet are comprised of parts from likely hundreds of suppliers. No one is demanding full disclosure of all sources for that. So why is this such a big deal?


So they kept some sliver of truth from you?  Oh my goodness!  Ever buy a shirt made in Bangladesh, eat sausage, dine out, buy gasoline, use an investment firm? Oh how the secretive non-disclosed truths of those industries must make life unbearable for those that are getting this worked up about a watch movement.

So despite the apparent "sins", Bremont has still produced a uniquely styled, configured movement that is unique to Bremont in its finished form.  Industries of all sorts incorporate semi-finished goods and parts into their final product with nary a word to the consumer. And we're all fine. 

So withing this hobby there seem to be far too many obsessive types who must make their superior knowledge of minutia known to the world.  I'd be willing to bet that the first to raise a flag about this "heinous" offense has no interest in the brand, the watch or harming anyone, but merely could not resist exhibiting some self congratulating "Look what I know - see how important I am?" foolishness.

I'm not a Bremont fan-boy or rabid defender of the brand.  I can always count on the watch hobby to make me feel normal in the face of all this pedantic "outrage".

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Real Story Behind The Bremont Wright Flyer In-House Made BWC/01 “London” Watch Movement

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My wife buys award gifts for a large company that is very woman centric. As such I see loads and loads of inexpensive costume jewels and cheap, overly "gem" encrusted watches. While these are the "real-deal" if you stuck these in the pile or in a catalog page, I'd be hard pressed to differentiate between these and a $15 example of the same style.  I'm obviously jaded but after seeing so much of it, these get unfortunately grouped in the cheap looking category in my eye.

The quintessential tiny MOP dial and diminutive hands in a sea of stones is a staple of the costume watch arena.

2 months ago on Buccellati Watches Hands-On In Milan

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$2690? Must be a typo. Seriously impressive watch for so few dollars. I was reading the specs and about the modded 7750, thinking "well, there goes the affordability." Stunned. I was just about to buy a Tudor Pelagos, now I'm wondering why.

2 months ago on Sinn EZM 13 Watch Hands-On

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For everyone, I imagine, here are some musicians, actors, artists, and writers who's body of work never quite appeal to them. FP Journe has a unique aesthetic and brand style language that hits me that way. I dig what he's doing, just not the way he's packaging it.  This one, especially at more than $30K, has little appeal for me.

2 months, 1 week ago on F.P. Journe Octa Sport Watch In Aluminum Review

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But there's a spare 2 square millimeters between the power reserve and the date window that is devoid of decoration! I'm sure with a bit of effort they could squeeze another screw or useless geegaw in there.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Visconti Abyssus Scuba 3000m Dive Watches Hands-On

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Grrr. No steel / black version?  I'd certainly buy one if it were available in that, or even steel and blue. I just can't do the rose gold thing, and the all silver one doesn't do much for me.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Bulova Precisionist Wilton Chronograph Watch Review

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Lets do talk about the screw heads a bit more.  Do you understand how threads are cut? A spinning tool intersects a pre drilled hole in the case to start cutting the thread. The point and angle at which it begins that process is beyond reasonable control. A spinning bit is not a precisely indexed operation by any means.  Now repeat the process on the screw itself with a tiny tool intersecting a tiny screw shaft on a lathe or other rotating tool. - again largely random.  When the two meet in the assembly process, the odds are they will "never" align one to another.  When tightened to spec their visual rotation will fall randomly. You could over torque or under torque to align them visually, I suppose, but I think that would affect your OCD more knowing that 3 of four were "loose".


The Royal Oak uses a completely different assembly method that ensures alignment, that is inapplicable in most "put a screw here" scenarios


Better to think of your tool watch as a tool with inherent imperfections or a unique snowflake or whatever allows you to sleep nights.  

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Bell & Ross BR 03 Golden Heritage Watches Hands-On

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What a strange company GP is. They show such technical prowess, then hand off the visuals to a cadre of designers who manage to spoil just about every watch they touch.  Their Sea Hawks have some of the most awkward dial layouts available,. The World Timers are a cluttered mess, then they do something lovely like the 1966 chrono.  It's so hit-or-miss with these guys.


This has so many odd design choices, that as a whole, it is a big turn off for me.

3 months ago on Girard-Perregaux Neo Tourbillon With Three Bridges Watch Hands-On

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I like to imagine the scene when Ariel receives this review sample  package and sees this for the first time. What goes through your head?  I know what my gut reaction is, but then again I don't have to write an unoffensive essay about it.  Yeeesh!

3 months, 1 week ago on Montegrappa My Guardian Angel Watch Hands-On

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Congrats!  You've added a very well written review. Better than many I've read. Hey Ariel, add this guy to the roster as the :affordables guy"

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Watch Winner Review: UNIQ P-47 Chronograph

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I like the idea of being non traditional, but I don't love these. The lugless "chiclets gum" case looks ungainly in this size. The hands are novel, but difficult to read, and I would not be surprised that the large heavy disc hands play havoc with accuracy and power reserve.


I do like the gray black red color-way, but i'd like a lot better with a different case, an easier to read face, less text on the dial and a 50% reduction in price to bring it in line with other Miyota based timepieces.


It's a "legit" watch, but like many other brands, it's pretending to be something it's not - in this case Hautlence.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on SevenFriday Watches Review: P1, P2, P3 Models

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I agree with Galvan - if the bottom sub dial matched the top one, this would be a purchase consideration.  Maybe even a different color. I know the colors are matched to the RAF markings, but its more of a blight than an asset in this case.


Aha! They do offer just that in another model. The C1000 Typhoon FGR4 Ceramic

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Christopher Ward C1000 Typhoon FGR4 Watch Review

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I can change a battery!


Great article. Aaron is one impressive fellow, as are his creations.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Bexei Watches: Some Of The Finest In The World & Made In Hungary

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I changed a battery once!

Wow! Great article about great things. Thanks.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Bexei Watches: Some Of The Finest In The World & Made In Hungary

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Yep, seven hands ought to cover it,  The outrageous design and price keep this from being a contender for me.

4 months ago on Citizen Promaster Altichron Cirrus Watch Hands-On

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This dial + black case = take my money

4 months ago on Casio G-Shock G-Aviation GWA1100 Watch

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@Ulysses31  


It's interesting you bring up that Wryst article. I left a snarky comment, as I think it's a horrible looking thing.  Only to have retaliatory comments left on several my Twitter postings by Wryst associates. Nice.


I deleted my comment here and the throwaway Tweets. You can imagine my "takeaway sentiment" regarding that particular company.

4 months ago on How Negative Comments Can Help Boost Sales Of Watches

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