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@Ulysses31 thanks, I'm fixing the typos :-)
1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Most Common Fake Watches & Other Stories From The FakeWatchBuster
I like the purple pop tart. Don't judge me.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Hublot Big Bang Pop Art Ladies Watches Hands-On
@W_G2 "Sponsored Post" is the author we designate to any article that we've been paid something to post. This is done to allow the reader to make the clear distinction between something we have posted that we've received any monies for, and the rest of our articles - which we take no money from anyone to write. We only allow a post to be sponsored if it holds value for our readers and is something we find interesting ourselves.
2 months ago on Answering The Question Of Who aBlogtoWatch Works For
@LapYoda waiting for the Hublot Big Bang Dora the Explorer Limited Edition With Backpack - What's inside the backpack? Trial-size Proctor & Gamble products, an iPhone, the latest Disney DVD and a small packet of the newly legalized "Mile High" brand recreational marijuana strain (Colorado residents only, please).
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Hublot Big Bang Aero Johnnie Walker Whisky Limited Edition Watch
that is a luscious looking strap
@cybermans @SN0WKRASH@Jonah76hahaha I'm actually a little shocked that we got a spelling call out before we got the "Please make the screws line up!" comments, so I guess it shows the educated whisky lovers in our audience stayed up later than our treasured OCD audience segment this time :-) It's all good.
@Jonah76 okay okay fixed, thanks :-)
@arieldoucher Ariel doesn't use gloves in his videos. He's against that practice. And name calling is not allowed here, white trash troll.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Tempest Viking Diver’s Watch Review
Yay, I was hoping we would see Easter Eggs here today!
3 months ago on This Fendi Luxury Ladies Watch Is Colorful & Furry
@DangerussArt still happening for you? I cannot seem to reproduce the behavior of links to page two not working. Was it just this morning?
3 months, 1 week ago on Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement L.M. Watch In Pink Gold Hands-On
@trj66 @Panagiotis@DeanAshPET STRAPS! If anyone wants to see all of our April Fools articles, just click the April Fools tag on the right of the related posts and you can re-live the glory of the Pet Straps again and again
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Hublot Big Bang Atomic D-38 Watch Proves Your Manliness With Radioactive Uranium
@notofthisearth I think the box is my favorite part
a la folie I want one - I LOVE the little stamen tips of gold and the game is such a unique complication - oh, that I were monied I would get this for myself I love everything about it!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Christophe Claret Margot: His First Watch For Women That They Will Love/Love Not
Just watching it move makes me happy
4 months ago on Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon Watch
I'm just crazy about it - love the ruby crown
5 months, 1 week ago on De Bethune Dream Watch 5 Inspired By Disney Hands-On
@Panagiotis @Spaceguitar The man pilots the jet planes that take the band from show to show for God's sake, Breitling is PERFECT for him, that is genius.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on First Look At Rocker Dan Spitz’s Jeanrichard Aeroscope Limited Edition Watch
@Spaceguitar Loved "Persistence of Time" and saw Anthrax a few times back in the day. Still a devoted fan of the "big four," I wrote about them in my youth for the occasional metal mag, etc. I think one of the things that attracted me as a fifteen-year-old to thrash metal in the first place, was the level of intelligence it really required of the people who made that music and wrote those lyrics (it wasn't about girls and cars) and performed with that level of precision - Bruce Dickenson (not exactly thrash, I know, but close) was a role model for me at the time because he was into all kinds of other pursuits - I knew for a lot of these guys that they weren't all going to end up OD-ing in a pile of their own sick, that there was more ahead they would do with their lives and when I see Dan Spitz the watchmaker, that just makes my day. Thanks for beating me to commenting on this - well said.
@SkiBumGolfer Hey there, just a heads-up we finally got all remaining comments restored on all the giveaway articles and a few others we had trouble with - no need to resubmit, and thanks for hanging in there!
5 months, 3 weeks ago on New aBlogtoWatch Website For 2014
@marbstiuInteresting, we've been thinking about doing a fixed header at the top, but haven't done that yet.
Are you still getting that? Maybe it's some old code ghosting about in your cache and clearing it, or holding shift down while you refresh the page will knock it out. Otherwise, it's a bug, and I'd appreciate it if you could tell me the browser you are using and your screen resolution. That would help to fix it.
@DG CayseI lessened that greatly - just for you ;-)
@baldgeeksee those images coming again?
6 months ago on New aBlogtoWatch Website For 2014
@jkizzlecheck it out now, I think it's fixed for tablets
@TAGDUDEtry it out now, I think I fixed it for tablets.
@Jonah76hey there, check it out now, I think I tackled the tablet issues
@TimelyOneyes, we launched the new site this morning. We are working on fixing the tablet display, so hang tight, you should be up and running in no time
6 months ago on Casio GW9400 Rangeman Watch Review: Best G-Shock Today?
@jkizzleI'm working on the tablet fix in the next couple of days, sorry about that, should be fine soon
@TAGDUDEHave no fear, I'm working on the tablet fixes this week!
@baldgeekthat was a temporary thing that happened during resolve of databases and you should have your giant watch pics back tomorrow morning :-) We love them too.
@LapYodayes, after I wrote this I thought of my choices I made public in the Ask Us Anything post here a little while back and Frederique Constant is one of them... I am a fan of what they do with some of their women's watches, absolutely. I feel the same way your wife does. Yeah, about the shrinking of men's watches, quartzifying it then loading it with diamonds thing - I always feel like they took a queue from Genesis and took a "rib" from the man's watch and tossed it our way to make a "knock-off." Pretty degrading! Sounds like I'm not the only one :-)
7 months ago on Van Cleef & Arpels “Cerfs-Volants” Kites Watches Hands-On
@Ulysses31Don't get me started...
This past weekend I was shopping in Union Square in San Francisco and asked to see a women's Patek with a see-through caseback. The woman who was waiting on me scrunched her face and rolled her eyes and said - we only have those in men's, I know they exist but we just don't have one right now, and not because we sold it. We have this... and she showed me more than one covered in diamonds.
We then proceeded to have the whole "Why don't brands and retailers see this market more accurately" conversation I've had with so many women lately. Are the numbers of us who feel this way substantial enough to warrant change and deliver more varied offerings? If so, how does that message get to brands? By seeking out the few alternatives and purchasing them, which, I would think we already do. By having more female watch journalists of the caliber of the writers here? They could attract more women to the non-fashion-watch watch world, as Ariel and others have with men. But that's a chicken-and-egg thing, too. Not really enough of these non-diamond-encrusted, non-mother-of-pearl high-end mechanical watches for women exist to sustain steady, prolific content - hell, even Bulova as of this moment has ZERO mechanical watches for women on their site, they are all for men. It was explained to me some weeks ago at a Glashutte Original event that "women don't like the thickness of mechanical watches, so using quartz movements make them thinner and more appealing to women." Hmmm.
Yes, women and men are different markets. No, women do not want watches that are purely masculine. And the meanings of "feminine" and "masculine" along with "what's attractive" are ever fluid. (I love to sometimes wear intensely masculine watches, as that contrast to my own femininity is appealing to myself and some men I know). So. How do we solve this problem, or do we just keep bitching about it? How do we demonstrate that our tastes, our personalities, our sense of what we want is as complex and varied as men?
I find these designs very lovely, and the quality goes without saying. I find a lot of fun in these watches. And I enjoy the artistry of the brand. I just have this feeling, always have this feeling like "What if." What IF this brand or that brand once or twice or three times inside a few years focused talent, energy, skill and effort into their full interpretation of that kick-ass women's watch that does not rely upon the idea that "because it's jewelry for women it requires visible jewels" that I know is in there but won't be let out. I look forward to the day when that watch or those watches exist as part of each brand's offering - not in lieu of - but alongside the pretty gem/mother-of-pearl stuff. And, there will be some brands that can't pull it off. But I want to see them try.
The red-gold is for me. I'm thinking I found a new grail watch
7 months, 1 week ago on Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Watch Hands-On
@modsupremo when you search, the "Users" tab is selected by default. Look directly under the search field, select "Hashtags" then do your search. You do not need to include the "#" in the search.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY: Three Ancon Watches Thanks To Matt Baily
@modsupremo using your smartphone and the Instagram app upload a photo to your account - it's in the upload process where you can add a tag or tags in your description of the photo. Just type the hashtag symbol and the rest of the tag then upload your photo
Also, the key here is that you must upload a photo - if your photo was uploaded before the start of the contest it is disqualified. Those older photos have had time to get likes that these new photos have not had. Only photos uploaded during the contest period will be considered.
@Mykamus yeah, it's ok - all of those photos are disqualified - so if you just upload one, you're golden
I want this so much it hurts
7 months, 3 weeks ago on MB&F MusicMachine By Reuge Hands-On: The $13,000 Music Box
@Henry F Krizanovic take a look at their site
8 months ago on Made In Detroit, A Visit To Shinola Watches
@Henry F Krizanovic This site does not sell watches, so we do not have a catalog. Your question was not deleted, the system sent it to spam. Sorry for the confusion.
8 months ago on Top Things To Look For In A Luxury Watch Part 1: Entry Level Luxury
love the gold, love the case - fun watch!
8 months ago on William Shatner Passage Watch By Egard
@JoshuaOgle here's what I found out and posted on the FB page with this photo: Hewlett-Packard
HP-01 original calculator watch from 1977. Very cool with LED display.
HP's first algebraic calculator, this one was meant to be used with a
stylus. This gold one went for about $850 back then - not cheap!
It has a datatype for time, date, and time interval, and the ability to
perform mathematics on these datatypes, plus a stopwatch that allows
the stopwatch time to be multiplied or divided by a constant, and
continuously display the results. Pretty smart watch.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Top Ten Technically Important Electronic Watches
@JoshuaOglehow's this: http://instagram.com/p/fiHt9PrP4o/ - Ariel got a great shot of this one on his trip to Russia several days ago - I love it - I wanted one when I was a kid, too
The rose gold is a grail watch for me. I don't care that it's super masculine and heavy for my small feminine wrist I will find a way to make it work
9 months, 1 week ago on Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 Annual Calendar Watch Hands-On
I love this watch. I'll take the full 18k gold case, please :-)
10 months, 1 week ago on Spero Lucem La Clemence “Crazy Hands” Tourbillon Minute Repeater Watch Hands-On
I LOVE IT
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Kid Gets Grieb & Benzinger Area 51 Luxury Watch, With Aliens
Fantastic photos, thank you, James!
11 months, 1 week ago on Schofield Signalman DLC + Strap Kit + Watch Wallet Review
Love it! I would have picked this up for my grandfather who struggled with braille watches and beater watches with the crystals removed or hinged. When you're blind, you care just as much about your appearance as any sighted person, and I think he would have loved this.
12 months ago on Eone Bradley Watch Surprises Kickstarter With A Visually Appealing Watch For The Blind
1 year ago on HourTime Show Podcast Episode 140: Summer Watch Loving Is Back
@Hacker4748 @JonnyD For future reference, you can always click on the tags at the end of an article to see more about that topic. We tag all articles with people's names, the watch brands, and various other topics. Tags are like an index you would look something up in at the end of a book to see what pages it appears on in the book so you can discover more. JCB is tagged here and you just have to click to discover who he is by what we've written about him. Hope that helps you in the future.
1 year ago on My First Grail Watch: Jean-Claude Biver
Do you mean when we ask you to be a pal and like us and the brand on Facebook? If that's what you mean, it is not a requirement to win that you like us on Facebook.
Absolutely, if you like Pinterest or Twitter or Flipboard or YouTube or Instagram - we are there and we'd love it if you pinned, tweeted, flipped, subscribed to or followed us. We've got a lot of watch love to go around, wherever you want to find it, no strings attached.
1 year ago on GIVEAWAY: Azimuth Bombardier VI Vintage-Style Mechanical Aviator Watch
@lonr Hello, I'm a little confused about what you said about Facebook, maybe you can clear this up for me. This page on our Web site is the only place you can enter. Our giveaways can only be entered on their respective pages on the site. There is no where else you can enter. We use Facebook and Twitter only to tell people about the giveaway and point them to the page on the site where you can enter. Did you see something to the contrary?
@SethGrenald I fixed up that error, thank you for pointing that out. And I would love to visit them; I've heard story upon story of what a great experience it is to do that!
1 year, 1 month ago on Hands-On With Some RGM Caliber 801 American Made Watches
@IvanGopey Glad that's working for you, now. I'll take a look at that other issue on the iPad. Thank you!
1 year, 1 month ago on Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Extreme Watch In Cool Colors
@IvanGopey @aBlogtoWatch Hi, Looks like we added some functionality a couple of days ago designed to improve loading times of images, but after testing it on tablets and phones, it made that experience worse. I'm disabling that functionality now. Please tell me if that fixed image loading for you on your iPad. Thanks for reporting it!
I want the entire set - it should come with a white cat to pet in your lap while intimidating/entertaining underlings you summon to your office - and maybe a whip to just set out on your desk with a handle like the pen
1 year, 1 month ago on Montegrappa Chaos Watch For Stallone Hands-On
I'm crazy about it, but cannot comment with any realistic slant, as I fell hard for Bovet long ago in a blinding, crippling kind of crazy love way, so.. sigh. Carry on.
1 year, 1 month ago on Bovet Pininfarina OttantaTre Tourbillon Watch Hands-On
@MarkCarson my emails have that effect on people :-P
1 year, 1 month ago on Watch Winner Follow-Up: Wryst Airborne FW3
When Ariel was at JCK recently, he got a photo of the Klock Skull Table watch I posted on the ABTW FB page: http://on.fb.me/13VeTE8 - now I see this cool skull-table-watch-thing is something us humans have been doing for awhile. What's up with that? I'd love to research an article for it now and see if one of our team would write it up.
We're publishing an article about the Montegrappa Chaos Skull and Snake watch in a couple of days - it's like Skull Watch Week and it's not even Halloween :-) What makes the unlikely pairing of skulls and watches so natural? I love it and I don't understand exactly why! Is it the message that "It is later than you think?"
I'm going to go look at some more skull watches now that I added a Skulls and Watches tag to the post to see if it helps me understand why I find this so freaking cool and why it makes me happy to look at them!
1 year, 1 month ago on 18th Century Unique Vintage Skull Pocket Watch On eBay
@nolasenseihead on over to our Ask Us Anything page and give it a whirl: http://www.ablogtowatch.com/ask-watch-experts-anything/
1 year, 1 month ago on Now You Can Ask A Watch Expert Anything*
@DG Cayse If you saw the video, you know what I mean. If you don't know what I mean, then who am I to stand in the way of your joy, wherever you can get it. When it does that other stuff, I'll watch that video too :-)
1 year, 2 months ago on iPhone App Smart Enough To Read Watch Names
[Watch Radar] is cool! High five. YEAH! - that video was delightful joy on my Day of Sun. :-)
I love this shit. Don't judge me.
1 year, 2 months ago on Cartier Secret Panda Watch
@LapYoda Without knowing what is yet to come, I think the Type 3 is a contender for Watch of the Year. That HYT H2 was my other show favorite.
1 year, 2 months ago on Top 10 Watches Of Baselworld 2013
@frankwhiteI know for a *fact* that no one pays us to write anything in their favor, or include them on any list we put together. That can't be said about all watch blogs. If that were true, I'd be on vacation right now, or I would choose to not even work here. So, one of those other things you said might be true. I'm shocked PP made this list when it seems there were others there that blew it away.
However, I just found a pic I posted on the ABTW FB page that does help the case for PP and what he says about the case back (still think a more innovative piece should have made this list): https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=463820470363234&set=a.462644473814167.1073741827.385506631527952&type=3&theater
No love for Ressence? Or did it lose out on a technicality?
I'm crazy happy to see this in action, thanks Ariel
1 year, 2 months ago on Jaquet Droz The Charming Bird Automaton Watch Sings And Dances
we just posted a live shot of this on Yvan's wrist on the FB page if you are interested - looks really good in person: https://www.facebook.com/aBlogtoWatch - I'll see if I can add it to the article here soon
1 year, 2 months ago on ArtyA Son Of Sound: The High-End Guitar Watch
@korbindallis I knew there was something about it- thanks, I can sleep now, that was bothering me!
1 year, 3 months ago on Temption CM01 Watch
I think it's amazing and beautiful. I look at it and think it's something I want to add to my Julie Andrews list of a few of my favorite things. Next to the owl watch with Boucheron. The purple one. It's who I am. Don't judge me.
1 year, 3 months ago on MB&F HM3 MegaWind Watch Hands-On
I'm completely in love. Nice he announced it on Eadweard Muybridge's birthday. Not the shape, but the look reminds me of the old 16MM Arriflex cameras I used in film school way back in the day. I want to get this on my wrist and get some shots of it soon :-)
1 year, 3 months ago on Konstantin Chaykin Cinema Watch
1 year, 3 months ago on ArtyA Son Of Sound: The High-End Guitar Watch
@Ulysses31 sigh. lol
1 year, 3 months ago on Richard Mille Thrustograph Tourbillon Watch
@mattsh I'm with you on the lume there
@MarkCarson @SN0WKRASH I'm gonna go with vibration, Mark
I still think it should come with a G-Spot sensor, then I feel it would be worth the $620,000 pricetag
Hands-on anytime soon?
1 year, 3 months ago on Chopard L.U.C Engine One H Watch
Thrilling! Just crazy about these. I agree they are most ccol.
1 year, 4 months ago on Molnar Fabry Bespoke Skeletonized Watches
@MarkCarson I suppose it wouldn't be on my own wrist, but I'm a huge fan of that 10060
1 year, 4 months ago on Baume & Mercier Clifton Watches Hands-On
@aleximd2000 @SN0WKRASH @MarkCarson I'm pretty sure Hitler would have his own brand.
1 year, 4 months ago on At The Intersection Of Watch Lover And Asshole
@MarkCarson the whole face is a giant swastika on black with the German eagle at 12:00 is exactly what I was thinking and bonus points for going to Himmler next, Mark
@MarkCarson @GogogoStopSTOP just the mental image of a shirtless Putin on his horse wearing a nice watch gave me the shivers
@MarkCarson that totally inspired me to want to Photoshop together what that Hitler watch would look like!
@utopian it's a derogatory action on women that some men use their money to "buy" them, and it's a derogatory action that women take who allow it and seek it out. Reporting it is not derogatory.
I think these straps look hot with these watches. I like the rustic/refined look a lot, and I think it's a sexy look for a guy. There, I said it, and I'm glad.
1 year, 4 months ago on Teenage Grandpa Watch Straps Review & Interview
@AtotheG it's the photo - we had some technical issues with the camera which made the shots come out super dark with crazy colors, and the watch had already been sent back, so when we lightened it with Photoshop so you could see it at all, we must have gone too light
1 year, 4 months ago on Nomos Glashütte Zürich Weltzeit Watch: A Complicated Meditation
@Ulysses31 it bothers me deeply that the crowns look like they are from a hardware store - it's the first thing that struck me, then I thought I was being naiive, like it is *supposed* to look like that to pay homage to something I don't know about, then I thought well, I don't care I don't like it.
1 year, 5 months ago on Glashutte Original Grande Cosmopolite Watch Hands-On
Just added a new video from RJ to the article
1 year, 5 months ago on Romain Jerome Space Craft Watch Hands-On
@Ryan B while it also scans for life forms :-)
Looks to me like the pictures don't do the quality of the materials justice, nor what it's actually like to wear it and read it in real life. I get a better sense of what it feels like from the video. I do like driver's style watches, and those are something you really need to try on to be surprised at the ease with which you can read them. I love the spirit of this watch, and I agree with Max, those 99 pieces will go fast.
Pieces like this one are polarizing. I am solidly in the camp of awe. I would LOVE to try it on to see how it feels, but I'll have to rely on Ariel to report back on this one - I would bet it would look great on me. This one doesn't seem like it has to be a guy thing, it's not for everyone, but I think it would look hot on a cool girl.
1 year, 5 months ago on Devon Tread 1 Exoskeleton Watch
@Ryan B @Kris C be proud of your man hair!
1 year, 5 months ago on Hublot Classic Fusion Skeleton Tourbillon 45mm Watches Hands-On
@Ulysses31@SN0WKRASHyeah - I look at it on my mac monitor (always as nice as it's ever going to look) and the two monitors I have on PCs - one is a high-end HP ZR2440w standalone monitor hooked up to a desktop box and one is an LG- I guess I can only do so much :-( But, I think Ariel is getting to be a lot better as a photographer and his camera equipment is much better now, so we're getting there :-)
@Ulysses31 about the photos - when I saw them in the post before it published, there was a thick yellow film on most of them, so I reposted the photos after trying to pull the yellow out - it was a smashing success for many of them, and I think the finish is reflective in these photos, so it is pulling some colors from its surroundings (especially the top photo). One photo I couldn't get the yellow (-greenish) hue out of was the one second from the bottom, so if that's the one that's throwing you off, I don't think that is what it's supposed to look like - there's a filter or the surroundings are at work
@Ulysses31re blued hands - I noticed on their FB this morning, they posted a photo with the blued hands - "The first watch created this week here in our Reykjavik workshop is this 44mm Islandus with Flame Blued Hands and Silver dial. Photo taken at 11:09 this morning."
1 year, 5 months ago on JS Watch Islandus 44MM Review
@Ulysses31 Wow, I completely agree with you (that doesn't always happen), apart from the fact that I do like the VC&A but not enough to purchase if I had the $, as I would get a Bovet instead & I'm not a fan of the design of the Cartier at all to wear myself. And I don't understand why nice watch guys who want to get their ladies watches really seem to gravitate toward the white ceramics as a go-to. I have one and appreciate the spirit in which it was given, and it looks nice and I wear it, it's just not the style of gift at the top of my list, to be honest. And, wow, yeah the Tag Heuer looks like a man's watch. Again, just not at the top of my list for excited gift-receiving material especially for V-Day. Like the Happy Diamonds. Not because they are diamonds, but because they are happy.
1 year, 5 months ago on “Sorry My Valentine’s Day Gift Sucked, Here’s A Watch:” Gift Guide
My favorite is the Happy Diamonds. A knockoff of this was given to me as a gift years ago, and while I was struck by the clear debacle of shame that was the quality of the knockoff, I was hooked by the design. It makes me happy just looking at it and seeing the semi-free-range diamonds, smiling in the transparent coop they share. So, yes, I'll take the real one, please :-)
@Ulysses31 I'm crazy about the gold, just preference I guess
1 year, 5 months ago on Bovet Recital 9 Tourbillon Miss Alexandra Watch For The Ladies
@MarkCarson I would say "Too expensive. We're keeping it, thank you."
@MarkCarson I think they are Star Trek obsessed - they have a watch that looks like the Enterprise, after all :-) I'm okay with that. It makes me love them more. I also believe the moon phases they do are consistently stunning.
1 year, 5 months ago on De Bethune DB16 Tourbillon Regulator Watch Hands-On
@Bigbenz I'm with you! As it is, I watch all the corporate videos I find and that helps, but it would be fun to have something where a lot of brands were showcased in one video and it happened that every one of them were pronounced correctly for us :-)
1 year, 5 months ago on SIHH 2013 Watch Show Recap: Don’t Rock The Boat
@korbindallis thanks, it's what makes it great :-) Get ready for BaselWorld in April!
1 year, 5 months ago on Covering #SIHH: A Social Media Overview On Sharing A Major Watch Show
@GStuck We like that idea, and we've had similar requests for specific things we do, like doing a mini-doc about the shows and so on. It all boils down to resources, and goal chart goes something like this - write about watches, don't completely piss off the brands that give you access, get traffic to the site, write about watches, get advertising revenue, write about watches, make a better site, get more traffic to the site, attract more advertising revenue, buy better equipment, attract good writers, write about watches, don't completely piss off the brands, maintain access, write about watches, attract a higher ad revenue stream, pay the web developer, buy equipment and make a documentary. :-)
1 year, 5 months ago on Behind The Curtain At aBlogtoWatch: What A Watch Blogger Really Does
@Watch981We know how you feel, as it took a few years before Ariel was invited. It is very exclusive to those invited, but
the next-best thing is to have it brought to you (shameless plug coming
on). This year, we brought it to our social media followers in almost
real-time, and you can read about it a couple articles back: http://www.ablogtowatch.com/covering-sihh-a-social-media-overview-on-sharing-a-major-watch-show/
@Hacker4748 @SN0WKRASH I only meant that, he could write and review watches all day and just post them on an-out-ofthe-box WordPress theme and be done with it.
But, that is far from what we do online. It's much much bigger and more complicated than that and while that is my chosen life, it is not something that Ariel went to school for or knew that he would be dealing with every day as such a large part of what he does. So, I'm merely commenting that a day in the life of the blogger that is Ariel is involved in technical issues, design issues, social media issues, advertising issues every single day and you can't discount that time, energy and effort from the hard work that goes into what it takes to run the Goodship ABTW
and thanks about the article :-)
Nice piece, Adi. Thanks also for the sweet photos of SIHH. I Look forward to more of your articles!
@adisoon @Hacker4748 In Ariel's case, you can add "spend 1-5 hours per night after everyone else has gone to sleep on the phone and chat/text with your Web developer while you're too tired to speak while you write more reviews" - the Web and online piece for us is a big chunk, not something people think of usually. Ariel does live/sleep/breathe watches. When I introduce him to a friend, I take bets with myself how many minutes it will be before the topic of watches comes up. I owe myself a vacation to Bora Bora now :-)
@MarkCarson I am at once omnipresent and mysterious, Mark, it's not your fault ;-)
@lrwiggins Thank you, Laura, I saw you liking a few of those watches throughout the week, I'm so glad you had a good time! Something I had hoped would happen, was that people who never really thought about watches before would come to the party and have a good time. I don't know if I'll write another article for ABTW, as I'm not one of the writers, but we'll see, maybe there's another report or two down the road for me, thanks for the encouragement!
@LapYoda Thanks, we're completely floored and pleased that an idea we had was a success. The most thrilling part for me was in the middle of day one when the conversation started happening, and more and more people started showing up and participating, it was absolutely exciting to see it, but I knew it was a success when *I* started having a great time. Looking forward to Baselworld 2013!
@Maximilien The old Facebook page had accumulated around 5,000 fans when we were forced to make a new page to go with the new name a couple of months ago. While we now have half of that number, it's pretty amazing that we did it in 2 months, with most of those people finding us during Watch Week :-) I guess the most important thing that happened to us during this time is that these are not "just numbers" to us. Each number is a real person with whom we can share the love and who can contribute to the conversation.
@Krobilad Thanks for the comment about the improved quality of the photos - people complain about the number of ads on the site, but, it's how he can get a better camera and give good watch porn :-)
1 year, 6 months ago on Romain Jerome Steampunk Chrono Watch Review
Good art speaks to people whether they've learned to appreciate it or not. You get more satisfaction from art if you are educated in its appreciation, but ultimately, it is the artist's responsibility to communicate through the work and touch people.
I have a deep appreciation for the film "Citizen Kane." I know all the ins-and outs of how it got made, the ground-breaking camera work, the historical and political issues surrounding it and I have a deep appreciation for the script, direction, actors and performances. I only learned those things about the film because I loved it the instant I saw it and wanted to know more. Learning all of that never changed my love for it, it just made me want to share my appreciation for something I love. My mother (not educated) loved it and didn't care that Orson Wells cut a hole in the floor to get a shot. My friend at film school found it overrated but likes to cut holes in the floor to get a shot.
Romain Jerome watches "catch you." They may rub you the wrong way or one may hit you just right, but I happen to like this watch and I want to go on liking this watch in my innocent, uneducated way because it brings me joy, and I may want to learn more. Is that a "wrong reason?" What is art for? Do you want to share your appreciation with me, or just tell me I can't appreciate it because I haven't learned how?
@Helal It's obvious to me that the ZOMBIES are wearing the RJ and it's up to me to figure out which, if not all, of these 10 I will wear to battle them at the Zombie throw-down watch-wrestle.
1 year, 6 months ago on Top 10 Watches To Help You Survive The Zombie Apocalypse
@Ulysses31 Ariel thought it was great that you spotted that (Eagle Eye!) - he thought he had left a comment to thank you and let you know he switched it out, but I see that comment never showed up here, so I'll thank you for him - we wonder why they even send us those mistake pics!
@nectarnet It usually takes a few days to contact the winners and verify them. Here's the announcement post: http://www.ablogtowatch.com/frederique-constant-trip-watches-giveaway-winners/
1 year, 6 months ago on GIVEAWAY: Travel To Geneva, Build An In-House Frederique Constant, Keep The Watch
@DougCarnahan the link to those comments is in this post where it says "You can read the many comments on the giveaways page here." - just scroll down on the giveaway page and you can see all the comments. http://www.ablogtowatch.com/giveaway-travel-to-geneva-build-an-in-house-frederique-constant-keep-the-watch/
1 year, 6 months ago on Frederique Constant Trip & Watches Giveaway Winners
Hey, it's got emeralds!
1 year, 7 months ago on 219 Kukulkan Watch
I would definitely give a man a second look if I saw him wearing this. It's sophisticated, imaginative, sexy AND masculine!
1 year, 7 months ago on Piaget Emperador Coussin XL Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater Watch
@MarkCarson hahaha I noticed that, sigh.
1 year, 7 months ago on Bianci Ladies Watches Make For Decent Gifts
@DG Cayse Hahahaha I can't believe you remember that! :-)
1 year, 7 months ago on What It’s Like To Be A Watch Blogger After 2,500 Posts
When I agreed to take you on as a client back in 2009, I had no idea I was actually tumbling down a crazy rabbit hole after a man with a gigantic watch professing to be late, only to emerge in this Watch Industry Wonderland complete with evil queens, monied Caterpillars and grinning cats.
The site has matured (I have the screenshots from mid-2009 if you need to see them), and you have matured as a journalist and as a man (I have pictures and video from mid-2009 if you need to see them). When I first saw the site back then, I think the first words out of my mouth were “OH MY GOD THE ADS! I’M BLIND!” and the next words out of my mouth were, “Why isn’t it called A Blog to Watch?” You then proceeded to explain all and that there was this grand diabolical master plan to do what you love and eat at the same time. Easy enough, I thought, let’s do this thing.
I had no idea what you were up against.
The art-form-level ability of the watch industry to shun that cat which does not incessantly grin is right up there with 14-year-old-girl cliques, the Amish, and my dysfunctional family. Powerful. I have witnessed your daily personal Horology Jihads and have hoped that one day you could write this article.
I don’t know if there’s a “Private Parts” movie down the road for you, but you’re doing something here and with this blog that drew me to work with you in the first place - you give us the show then pull back the curtain - and for those who look closely, you bravely reveal an honest story with blood on the page. It’s why I take your calls at 3 in the morning, it’s why I plant Easter Eggs on your site about your omnipresent sexy arm hair shots you insist upon displaying under the guise of “watch reviews” and it’s why I am proud to call you my valued client and friend. Keep calm and carry on :-)
I just watched the video to see the moving parts. It's a stunning work of art. Gorgeous!
1 year, 8 months ago on Van Barnett Time Machine Knife
They're gorgeous - I think the pocket watch should be revived as a fashion accessory
1 year, 8 months ago on Girard-Perregaux Vintage Pocket Watches Hands-On
I'm THRILLED!!!!! Congratulations, Ariel! Russ did a nice design job :-)
1 year, 8 months ago on Welcome aBlogtoWatch, The New aBlogtoRead
It's so beautiful, I <3 this watch!!!!
1 year, 9 months ago on Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Automaton Watch
Thank you for providing such an outrageous collection in one well-written and insightful blog post. I love just looking at all of them next to each other - it is the bright-and-shiny-sparkly appeal that gets me, but if someone gave me one of these, I'd have to say I would be petrified to wear it without having it insured to the hilt!
1 year, 9 months ago on Full Pave: A Collection Of Diamond-Studded Swiss Watches
I think this rocks - I would buy one. I'm not having a problem with the video and was really impressed with it. Plus, while I was warned, I was still shocked, but I thought the animated vaginas in the promo video were gorgeous.
1 year, 10 months ago on Citizen Eco-Drive Nova Concept Watch
Once you go black, you never go back.
1 year, 10 months ago on GIVEAWAY: Marvin Malton Cushion M119 Watch