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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 day, 5 hours ago on The Real Story Behind The Bremont Wright Flyer In-House Made BWC/01 “London” Watch Movement
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 day, 6 hours ago on The Real Story Behind The Bremont Wright Flyer In-House Made BWC/01 “London” Watch Movement
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.
1 week, 4 days ago on Buccellati Watches Hands-On In Milan
$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.
1 week, 4 days ago on Sinn EZM 13 Watch Hands-On
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 weeks ago on F.P. Journe Octa Sport Watch In Aluminum Review
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 weeks, 6 days ago on Visconti Abyssus Scuba 3000m Dive Watches Hands-On
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.
4 weeks ago on Bulova Precisionist Wilton Chronograph Watch Review
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.
1 month ago on Bell & Ross BR 03 Golden Heritage Watches Hands-On
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.
1 month, 1 week ago on Girard-Perregaux Neo Tourbillon With Three Bridges Watch Hands-On
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!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Montegrappa My Guardian Angel Watch Hands-On
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"
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Watch Winner Review: UNIQ P-47 Chronograph
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.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on SevenFriday Watches Review: P1, P2, P3 Models
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
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Christopher Ward C1000 Typhoon FGR4 Watch Review
I can change a battery!
Great article. Aaron is one impressive fellow, as are his creations.
2 months ago on Bexei Watches: Some Of The Finest In The World & Made In Hungary
I changed a battery once!
Wow! Great article about great things. Thanks.
Yep, seven hands ought to cover it, The outrageous design and price keep this from being a contender for me.
2 months ago on Citizen Promaster Altichron Cirrus Watch Hands-On
This dial + black case = take my money
2 months, 1 week ago on Casio G-Shock G-Aviation GWA1100 Watch
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.
2 months, 1 week ago on How Negative Comments Can Help Boost Sales Of Watches
Jesus jet skiing Christ! Yo, MTV pimp my watch. I adore the original, so this just looks tacky and overdone to me.
2 months, 1 week ago on Grieb & Benzinger Blue Merit Customized A. Lange & Sohne Tourbillon Pour le Merite Watch
What a mess. I've stated before that I respect makers who accept the challenge of making it work within the confines of a round case. The odd shape of the case was obviously a product of cramming it in versus creativity. It's as appealing as a chubby girl's "muffin top".
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Greubel Forsey GMT Watch In Platinum Hands-On
I just wish I could unsee the smiley face. It spoils it for me.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Power Reserve Charles Vermot Limited Edition Watch
It's quite nice. The thing is, it's so generic in content and design, that I'm positive I could build a sterile version from eBay and well known parts sources for just under $300 - with a lumed dial. That's paying retail for parts too.
This looks like (with the exception of branded dial and movement) an amalgam of stock commodity parts. It may not be, but when the visual and functional, and parts content equivalent is available from others like Hamilton, VSA or even a DYI effort, why would you pay so much more for a fabric strap and no lume?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch Review
mumetal? really?Are you certain it's not Mμ Metal μ being the 12th letter in the Greek alphabet and signifying "micro" in academic terms?
In electromagnetism, permeability is the measure of the ability of a material to support the formation of a magnetic field within itself. In other words, it is the degree of magnetization that a material obtains in response to an applied magnetic field. Magnetic permeability is typically represented by the Greek letter μ. The term was coined in September, 1885 by Oliver Heaviside. The reciprocal of magnetic permeability is magnetic reluctivity.
Still a silly name, but I'm trying to make some sense of it.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Ball Engineer II Magneto S Watch With Iris Anti-Magnetic Caseback
There must be something "wrong" with me. WIS fawn over these. Every review seems to fall all over themselves with lauded praise. It's almost like the "Emperor's clothes" where it's forbidden to say anything negative. The Nautilus is a sacred cow of sorts.
I don't see anything here that appeals to me. The case shape, is silly looking to me. It's another nice watch with a respected name, but the actual watch content leaves me cold. It is not on my list at all, much less my grail list.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Patek Philippe 5990/1A (5990) Nautilus Steel Watch Hands-On
That has "Buy Me!" written all over it. My wallet on the other hand...
3 months ago on Ball Fireman Storm Chaser Pro Watch Hands-On
Hmm. I don't know about the speedometer chapter rings being so prominent as they are virtually useless. "What time is it? - 125 MPH!" I liked their other stopwatch inspired pieces better. Just as novel, but actually time related. I would also enjoy trying on one sometime.
I hope this doesn't be come a "thing", having unrelated dial markings to appeal to niche markets. I can see pressure gauges for steam locomotive engineers, blood pressure for doctors, scales for grocers, thermometers for weather buffs...
3 months ago on CT Scuderia Dashboard Collection Watches For 2014
Hey James. The Glow Worm reference was very endearing. My son (who is roughly your age) loved his too.
The watch is nothing "special" I prefer Marathon's offerings really. The Silver crown and strap hardware is like brown shoes with a black suit.
3 months ago on Traser H3 Officer Pro Watch Review
Holy crap! Of all the things to base a collection on, why this? Cannot imagine incredulous chain of events that would green light this, fund it, design approve it, market it and sell it at the price offered to the market targeted.
3 months, 1 week ago on Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Revolución Watches For South America
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.
3 months, 1 week ago on Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Watch Hands-On: Thinnest In The World
@SN0WKRASH @DangerussArt working now - was a problem until about noon (the last I had checked)
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement L.M. Watch In Pink Gold Hands-On
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.
The all black one on NATO ! Yeah, baby!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Watch Hands-On
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.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon White Ceramic Hands-On
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.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 36 Racing Watch Review
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.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Hamilton Reveals The Khaki Pilot Pioneer Aluminum, A Hands-On With Their First Watch In Aluminum
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.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Charles Darwin Watch In Bronze Hands-On
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.
4 months ago on Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronometer Lunar Dust Ceramic Watch Hands-On
Why so costly? There's not *that* much precious metal here, nor much of anything worth $16,3K
4 months ago on Rolex Cellini Time: Return Of The Crown’s Dress Watch
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.
4 months ago on Bremont Boeing Model 247 Watch Hands-On
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.
4 months ago on Breitling Chronomat Airborne Watch
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.
4 months ago on Tudor Heritage Ranger 79910 Watch For 2014 Hands-On
@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.
4 months, 1 week ago on Luminox Steel Colormark 3150 Watch Hands-On
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.
So does one's wrist turn green with wear?
4 months, 1 week ago on Armida A8 Brass Watch Review
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.
5 months ago on MB&F Legacy Machine LM1 Xia Hang Performance Art Watch Hands-On
But, Porsche Design, has little if anything to do with Porsche motorcars. They don't offer any tie-in products. Porsche cars licence the brand to lifestyle accessory makers that include some fashion brands adorned with the Porsche Crest. These should not be confused with PD creations.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Porsche Design Group Ends Watch Production Relationship With Eterna
So yeah, I'm gonna be "that" guy...
The luminor debuted in 1950, so 6.3 decades ago to be precise, but certainly not some 5 decades...
I enjoy the brand, and actually own a few, but I'm not a fan of the brand's fandom and the absurd pricing. A manually wound two-hand watch in steel with a plastic crystal for more than $11,000 (with tax) is clearly unrelated to the intrinsic value of the components. Now, THAT's the deal-breaker.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Panerai Luminor 1950 PAM557 Destro 3 Days Watch Hands-On: A Lefty PAM372
What a chubby watch. I never guessed 44mm from the opening photos.. I think the disc is super easy to read, but $8K for a glorified GMT hand is pushing too far. Their far more complex Capeland Flyback Chrono is less. The face seems crowded and isn't getting any relief from the giant branding and movement billboards, The Tourneau exclusivity is the final nail in the coffin
5 months, 1 week ago on Baume & Mercier Capeland Worldtimer Watch Review
Blue for the win! I don't like many crazy concept watches, but this one just makes me happy.
5 months, 1 week ago on HYT H2 White Gold Blue & Platinum Red Watches
Patrick, This is the best of these so far!
5 months, 1 week ago on My First Grail Watch: Peter Speake-Marin