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@nateb123 @Billy Beer Actually IWC for their lower end lines do not make any modifications to their movements now. All the modifications are done by ETA, who even stamp the rotor.
As far as UN, ETA makes a chronometer grade movement for the 2824 (used in the maxi marine series), 2892 (dual time), and 7750 (maxi chronographs). What substantial changes does UN make to a movement used in watches made by Ball, Bremont, Sinn, and others for a fraction of the price? It does not look like they do any additional regulation to the movement such as testing it at different temperatures or positions. Nor does it look like they make any substantial changes to the movement unlike Bremont who make their own shock-absorber or Sinn with their Diapal and temperature resistant technology. Also I am not sure why a power reserve is such an impressive add-on when it is commonly found on watches as cheap as Orients. While they are unique watches I can't see their paying as much for one of their watches as a GO, JLC, or In-house IWC in stainless steel or PP, ALS, Breguet, or FP Journe in precious metals.
2 years, 3 months ago on How Ulysse Nardin Beautifully Makes Watches Part 5
This is a nice looking watch with some actual significant modifications made to the base movement. Maybe Bell and Ross, Graham, IWC for their less expensive watches, or UN could learn a thing or two about what real ETA modifications look.
2 years, 3 months ago on Sinn EZM 10 Watch Hands-On
When do we get to see the video where the master UN watchmakers/marketers relabel standard 2824 or 2892 movement as a UN-24 or UN-26, which are then plopped into their maxi marine collection? Also I would love to see how they inflate the prices on these watches 2-3 times their value?
I assumed the common reactions to wearing this would be shame and embarrassment. The only thing that surprised me here is Devon's ability to make this abomination of design and style even more hideous and overpriced simultaneously. I think if someone could afford this and were into less traditional timepieces, they would probably be able to afford companies that do it tastefully such as MB&F, Urwerk, or Christophe Claret. It is a quartz movement and calling it electo-mechanical is just pretentious BS. I think my favorite line from the review is "That power savings move is how most people will leave the watch anyways - mostly because the constant sound of the motors running can get a bit tedious to the ears." Because nothing says class like having a watch on your wrist that sounds like Rosie the Robot from the Jetsons.
2 years, 3 months ago on Devon Tread 1 Steampunk Watch Review
Wow I was shocked by the last few paragraphs and an honest assessment of the practices of Bell and Ross. I am sure they relabeled this as a BR something to make it sound as if they are actual watch makers. Basically all their watches consist of slapping off-the-shelf pre-made movements in cases that are built to barely meet the "swiss made" standard. At $5500 this is way overpriced compared with Brietling's new chrono movement, Omega's Aqua Terra line, Grand Seiko, or Nomos. Even companies like Bremont or Sinn, who also use ETA bases, make major modifications to their movements and do significant in-house work on their cases. The IWC lower end lines are not in the same league due to ETA doing all the movement work.
2 years, 3 months ago on Bell & Ross WW1-90-S Review
I would say the design aesthetic is more like "Born-Again Ed Hardy." I agree that having the same movement as basic Hamilton or Christopher Ward watches is not a significant issue is watches costing this much. The real issue are an utterly tasteless and tacky designs with appeal limited to cast members of the real housewives series, wealthy goths, or Reverend Harry Powell from Night of the Hunter. Looks like a niche market.
2 years, 3 months ago on Daniel Strom Angelus Watch
I never thought I would say this but this watch is an embarrassment even for a company as tasteless and tacky as Romain Jerome.
2 years, 4 months ago on Romain Jerome Día de los Muertos Watch
These watches are horrible in every way. Do they actually expect to sell 200 of these monstrosities?
2 years, 4 months ago on Memorigin Batman Tourbillon Watch For The Dark Knight Rises
I must have missed the part when they remove the ETA 2824 and 2892 movements from their packaging to plop in the majority of their maxi marine or dual time watches, which are the bulk of their production. I'll have to watch a second time to see how they build those wonderful UN-24 and UN-26 movements.
2 years, 4 months ago on How Ulysse Nardin Beautifully Makes Watches Part 2
The reason I think the vast number of watch lovers dislike Bell and Ross is they are nothing more than an overpriced fashion watch masquerading as a luxury brand. Basically they take a $200 pre-made ETA movement, who even stamp the rotor, and slap in a pre-manufactured case. What makes matters worse is that they relabel the movement to make it sound as if they are actual watch makers. I can't see paying for a Christopher Ward watch at 5-10 times the price. At lest companies vastly superior companies like Sinn and Bremont add significant features to their ETA movement in house so as to improve durability/reliability or over engineer their cases to ensure top quality. All we get here is an overprices Speedmaster homage though at least the new Omega model has the superior 9300 movement. I can't wait until ETA cuts off their supply to companies like Bell and Ross as they represent the very worst of horology.
2 years, 4 months ago on Bell & Ross 126 Sport Watch Review