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3 months ago on Shinola Launches “Great Americans Series” With Wright Brothers Limited Edition Watch & Bicycle
Uh-huh. Well said. Truth is often stranger than fiction. Never say never, right?BTW...if anyone else was also curious as to what the word "Kwashiokor" meant, it's a medical term regarding malnutrition. To the other commentator that used it, earlier today, thanks. It never hurts to add to ones word knowledge.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Omega Seamaster Bullhead Chronograph Watch Hands-On
A financial "kwashiokor." Goodie, a new word I shall try to find out what means. I too, am probably one as cannot afford this watch.Y'now those car rescue thingies that you get as a gift, or buy for yourself? A good idea at the time. One end is a seat belt cutter, and the other end a glass smasher. I'm sure Thelma and Louise could have used it in the T-bird. This watch made me think of it. If you needed a emergency hammer, or a weapon against a throng of gun waving junkies, this watch would come in handy. Seriously, though I do like it in it's own way. Refreshing to veer off the beaten path.
None of us would go for medical attention to a barber to have our bad blood drained. Knowledge and modern technology has vastly improved our world. SORTA. Wearing a miniature high performance fine tuned machine on one's wrist is still the last word in watches. A quartz does the job of telling time better, but it has no soul. Mechanical movements are preferred over quartz simply because of the inherent degree of craftmanship involved. I enjoy watching the heart beat (balance wheel oscillate) under the see through back of mine.
4 months, 1 week ago on A New Respect For Quartz Movement Watches: From Spring To Battery
As a rookie watch student, ( I woudn't dare use the word repairer), M. Journe gives gravitas to the art and science of horology. He is as diametrically opposite from a hack, that I can imagine. Of which I desperately do not want to ever be. He is a craftsman to respect. Perhaps next time I open a watch, I will try to remember his passion and dedication to perfection.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on My First Grail Watch: Francois-Paul Journe
It's a paradox that not even the village idiot would dispute, that modern technology is truly amazing. Yet old world craftmanship in so many areas has become a lost art. Here's another interesting fact. Gold plating on modern timepeices around 3 or 4 mil thick. Sixty years ago and earlier, it was at least 20 mil. Why some old watch cases still can look good. That ticker of yours will do a doggone good job of accuracy.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Rpaige Wrocket Watch By Richard Paige Uses Vintage American Movements, Review
48 hours is pretty good. I'm sure Mr. Paige has done a wonderful job of getting peak performance from your watch. Perhaps of interest to you, Railroad grade pocket watches had Watch Inspectors who would initial cards that conductors and engineers carried. Their watches needed to meet a standard of accuracy of +/- 2 seconds per two weeks. If not, they had to get them serviced. . Yours is a beauty that I'm sure you will want to keep in your family. Yes, I too have wondered what where they thinking when men's watches where the size of a small postage stamp. Maybe the pace of life was easier then, so one could take extra time to read the time.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Rpaige Wrocket Watch By Richard Paige Uses Vintage American Movements, Review
Well done, Mr. Paige, It hits a lot of home runs. First, it has built in provenance. One can only imagine the history that this watch movement must have seen. From the introduction of electricity, the automobile, radio and a ton of other inventions that made those years so remarkable.A restored working grand example of American horology. As a railroad grade pocket watch admirer, I could go on and share lots of other stuff about why this watch rocks, (well oscillates). For the right buyer who can understand and appreciate this watch, what a wonderful concept and execution. Let's see; buy watch cope with divorce lawyer...buy watch cope with divorce lawyer...
Checking my e-mail this morning, I opened one from a huge internet seller, "Ama...".com. "Best selling watches." Naturally intrigued, to get a grab sample of what folks have on their wrists. Aiyee! Nasty junky stuff, I'd be embarrassed to wear especially around the sharpshooters that read ABTW. Had to refresh the palate by going to Ariel's site. Whew, that was scary.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Behind The Curtain At aBlogtoWatch: What A Watch Blogger Really Does
Great article. Yes, there is no substitute for the thrill of the chase, stumbling across a treasure. Pleasure is tripled if no one else either interested or knows what the item actually is. Rare, but on occasion one can luck in. Walking into a garage sale or a blink-and-you-will-miss-it store front and spotting a gem feels so good. Same at an auction. Even if the collectible is not a screaming bargain, still something to be said for a little back and forth haggling. Ebay has the variety, but the audience is world wide huge. I have made many great buys on Ebay, but generally folks that are into that particular collectible know what they too are bidding for.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on The Streets Of London: Watch Hunting With A Watchmaker
You're on your game Ariel. Was hoping to call you to task for not mentioning movement is a manual but you covered that off. I like a watch that is easy to read at a glance. Contrasting hands against the dial and contrasting markings. This one looks as if it be dandy for sneaking side glances at during one of those yada-yada-yada meetings. Really accomplished sadist managers book rooms for 1pm slots.Watch is a beauty, but might be hard to read in bright sunlight or in dim conditions.
6 months ago on Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Small Seconds Grey Watch Hands-On
Please ignore earlier comment. Didn't know mike was on. Perhaps the difference between the watch and the Caddies is American design focused on styling changes for the sake of change rather than technical enhancements. It cost a huge amount of money for annual changing machinery to repackage pretty much the same contents. As well, one or two rather nasty but fortunately short-lived embellishments as landau trim and vinyl roofs along the way. On the other hand, the Swiss gremlins put a lot of effort into the ticky-tocky bits rather than the bling factor.Really enjoyed the time travel, except for the air pocket turbulence with the 1986 car.I don't think the 1959 Caddie could fit in my garage, but if it did, I could always could use the trunk as a extra bedroom.Thanks.
6 months ago on Cars Change, Watches Don’t: Looking At Cadillacs & Rolex Over The Years
Great article. Particularly liked the parts about the oil not being exactly right on the two jewels. Wow. This is incredibly precise. Obviously a Q-tip is not the tool called for. The tiny part that made like a Challenger launch into outer space sounds as a click spring. Is your watch a manual wind? Any part that may take a notion to fling itself away ala a fighter jet off the deck of a giant ship will avail itself of first opportunity to do so. As well, the laws of normal physics are suspended as magically somehow mass turns into thin air never to be seen again.You have a nice way with words. May this fine timepiece give you, (and hopefully your son or daughter) many years of service.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on What I Learned Building A Watch With aBlogtoWatch At Frederique Constant
Thanks for the article. I have neither the time, expertise or contacts of Mr. Adams. Appreciate having a scout to survey the terrain and share his findings with us who otherwise would never be able to do this on our own. Please continue to offer this great service.
1 year, 1 month ago on Behind The Curtain At aBlogtoWatch: What A Watch Blogger Really Does
It is a beauty. A RW was my first real watch, although being a babe in the woods then, it was a quartz. At first look of the dial, knowing it is a Sunday in April is all fine and well. Knowing the whereabouts of the moon is ok too, but from experience, having a watch show me the date has prevented me from appearing as a total fool by being off by a number or two. Then i started thinking outside the box and realized if one was to sync the watches moon cycle to his significant other, it could serve as a dandy early warning system.
1 year, 1 month ago on Raymond Weil Maestro Automatic Moon Phase Watch Review
Congratulations. You do have a flair with words. Sounds as this prize was well deserved.
1 year, 1 month ago on Watch Winner Report: Frederique Constant Classics 315
Well said, JonnyD. A precision mechanical machine on one's wrist will always trump a electronic gismo.As with fountain pens, vacuum tube audio equipment, and analog vinyl records. Sometimes older technology still king.
1 year, 1 month ago on What Will The Apple iWatch Be Like?
Thanks Ariel, To boot up the watch it will first require standing on a sidewalk for 26 hours in cold, wet, windy, and/or sweltering weather. Apple new product launches are a marketing mans version of heaven.
It's beautiful. Much of our civilian technology eg internet, gps and so on trickled down from military roots. This homage watch was the result of WWI soldiers neither having the time nor luxury of retrieving a pocket watch in battlefield conditions. Converting timepieces, to be worn on the wrist, (wristwatch) a valuable improvement. Just a bit of whimsy by accenting the nine on the dial. Love the spin-off feature, (maybe deliberate?) of having a mirror on the case back. Never know when you may have to start a fire in the bush or send morse code. If nothing else its just plain cool. 2892 movement not shabby either.
1 year, 3 months ago on Bell & Ross WW1-90-S Review