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RJ strikes another mighty blow in its effort to look even more clueless than Hublot.

1 day, 7 hours ago on Romain Jerome Batman-DNA Watch Debut

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Well I'll be damned.... a skeleton watch that actually looks great! First I have ever seen.

Somebody asked earlier for us to say what price we would think fair for a given watch.

I would pay US9k for the steel one, 9K + the cost of the gold + 10% for the gold one. 

So yes, the prices are ridiculous.

To be fair though, I would far rather have one of these than a Patek P or an ALS.  

1 week ago on Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Water & Fire Watches Hands-On

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Patek Philippe should get into this. They could make a wearable drone that works no better than any other, that looks boring, and that costs 50K even in base metals.

1 week, 1 day ago on Nixie Wrist Wearable Flying Drone

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@MarkCarson @Zeitblom  Correct, you wouldn't be able to stamp out parts for the case of a tungsten watch. You would have to carve them from an ingot, as Herr Spinner does for his UTS watches. I wonder if he'd do it.... of course the result would weigh somewhere north of 800 grams.... details, details.

1 week, 2 days ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review

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@MarkCarson @PaulMiller1997 Correct, it is not as scratch resistant. And there are plenty of very light steel watches out there. So it seems pointless to me. 


But I can certainly understand the desire for materials that *are* harder. I'd  go for a watch made of tungsten.....

1 week, 2 days ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review

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I don't get the appeal of titanium. Can anyone explain? Why not just make watches out of aluminium? Or tinfoil?


1 week, 2 days ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review

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@spiceballs @Zeitblom Have you seen the movie "Her"? In the future you will say, "What's the time?" and S. Johanssen will reply, "Your watch or mine?" etc etc etc

1 week, 3 days ago on 3 Concept Smartwatches That Could Be From Popular Swiss Luxury Brands

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@MarkCarson @Zeitblom I sympathise wilh all of that.... but sadly *we* are not the ones who steer the market. The question is: how should the watchmakers respond if these gadgets really take off among their clientele? One possible future dystopia looks like this: watches become exclusively something to be worn on special occasions, like suits and ties [remember those?]. Worse: peacockification sets in and everyone starts wearing Hublots. You get the picture....

1 week, 3 days ago on 3 Concept Smartwatches That Could Be From Popular Swiss Luxury Brands

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Jokes aside, I'm afraid that people are missing one basic point. Smart watches may not be able to compete with the real thing in terms of quality, style, etc etc etc. But they can and will compete for *space on your wrist*. Unless people start going bi-wristal, which won't happen much, the success of smart watches would simply mean that the real watch gets left at home. And that would be unfortunate. And that's why it is an issue for blogs like ABTW.


I think the way forward is the revival of the [of course mechanical] pocket watch. You can keep one in your pants pocket with a chain attached to a belt loop. You take it out and admire it at your leisure, while the smart watch does all the boring practical stuff on your arm.

1 week, 3 days ago on 3 Concept Smartwatches That Could Be From Popular Swiss Luxury Brands

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Today, JC Biver deplores horrible design. In tomorrow's episode, Sylvester Stallone explains General Relativity.

1 week, 4 days ago on 3 Concept Smartwatches That Could Be From Popular Swiss Luxury Brands

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Just in time for Halloween.

GO has really gone off the rails. They cancelled all of their very nice dive, sporting, and pilot watches. And started producing this sort of horror. If they imagine that this takes them upmarket, they need to think again.

1 week, 5 days ago on Glashütte Original Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition Watch Hands-On

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@marbstiu @Zeitblom  I hope that's not the case. Nomos has a really good reputation as a company

that exploded the old "Oh, it's in-house, of course  I am happy to pay 5 times as much!" myth. One would have liked to see them follow that up by exploding the idea that gold costs $10000 an ounce.

1 week, 6 days ago on Nomos Lux & Nomos Lambda Gold Watch Lines Enhanced With Beautiful Colors And Smaller Cases

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More gold-digging, particularly disappointing coming from Nomos.

1 week, 6 days ago on Nomos Lux & Nomos Lambda Gold Watch Lines Enhanced With Beautiful Colors And Smaller Cases

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Pretty nice, but too small.


"environmentally friendly luminous substance,"


That sounds like a useful phrase. "That cat over there appears to have some environmentally friendly luminous substance in

its eyes."

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Bauhaus Style: New Junghans Max Bill Watches

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At least it isn't a Richard Mille.

There! I said something nice about Hublot!

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Hublot Big Bang Ferrari USA 60th Anniversary Watch Hands-On

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It's strange that when these brands go for the ultimate, the result is ultimately ugly, ugly, ugly.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 Watch For 175th Brand Anniversary

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Like many non- Europeans, I sometimes suffer from feelings of inferiority when contemplating the greatness of European culture. Then I hear about the Eurovision Song Contest and I feel a lot better. The thought of a Hublot boutique in the middle of Paris is similarly therapeutic.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Buying Watches In Paris, France: Chronopassion

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@MarkCarson @5803822 Do you know of any company today that makes gold watches *without* engaging in ripoffery? This is a genuine question, I'd like to know.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Montblanc Homage To Nicolas Rieussec Watch Hands-On

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Sometimes I cringe when, for example, Meistersinger or nomos charge 4 or 5 k for watches with in-house movements.... And then iwc ask three times as much for this boring thing. Thank you, iwc, for reminding me that there are far sillier ways to waste money.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer”

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@Ulysses31 Good heavens, I thought the display case was just for shop windows. But you're right, one of those toys goes with each watch. Embarrassing. Still, you can always throw it away or give it, as you say, to a toddler. However, there is something attractive about being able to detach the watch and play with it [and probably drop it.....]

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Hamilton Khaki Takeoff Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

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@David Bredan @Zeitblom OK, thanks, I get it. Still, I think it would be best not to emphasize weight or thickness, as this hands-on does, if one doesn't have numbers. 

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Hamilton Khaki Takeoff Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

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"....thickness, which we would wager exceeds 18 mm (sorry, had left my caliper at home)."

Is that how you think a review ought to be written? 

"Weight is considerable"

What? 10 kg? What does "considerable" mean? Just to help you out, I would "consider" this if the weight is around 250 grams

or better.


Anyway, thanks, the watch looks great. Price is a bit silly, but everything else is in order [provided that the weight is 

really "considerable"].

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Hamilton Khaki Takeoff Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

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Anyway, it's clear that this thing is rapidly going to fizzle out.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Luxury Watch Industry’s Dilemma In Hong Kong

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I read Jason Fung's piece. It's a joke.


"In his opinion, the show was wrong to make no mention of the protests that were "literally outside the Exhibition Center's front door.""


Right, so how should they have mentioned it without taking sides? By reminding the audience that there were people hanging about outside doing nothing in particular? Presumably everyone was well aware of that. What he really means is that they should have taken his side in the dispute. Assuming that he's aware that there *are* two sides --- "Occupy" people there [as elsewhere] aren't real good at noticing that sort of thing.


" Fung's main complaint is the feeling that when the luxury watch industry needed Hong Kong it was there for them, but now that many locals are seeking support for their political cause, at least Watches & Wonders isn't taking a stand."


Oh, I see, HongKongers buy watches as a charitable deed, so that Rolex etc won't feel all alone in the world. "Let's go downtown and buy a Patek, so as to show the Swiss that we are there for them in their travails!" What a load of crap!


One of the most important virtues for Chinese people is that of minding one's own business, a virtue that a great many Westerners would benefit from learning. It seems that the watchmakers are more Chinese than a lot of HongKongers, and good for them.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Luxury Watch Industry’s Dilemma In Hong Kong

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Very, very nice, with a sensible price for once. And that band might be just the thing for the tropics, where, as I have finally been forced to admit, leather just doesn't work for watches that get worn all day.


And by the way, this is a good example of why sponsored posts can be a good thing: lots of detailed photography and other information.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Nomos Ahoi Sport Watches Compared

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How much more accurate the watch might be is difficult to define, and frankly, I am not even sure how one would measure that. "


I can never understand this sort of thing. I can accept that some technical innovation might bring only a *small* advantage, because technical innovations are interesting in themselves. But if they bring *no* advantage, which might very easily be the case in this instance, then that's just stupid. It's like paying double for an in-house movement and then finding that it keeps worse time than an ETA --- something that actually happens all the time, and which is just laughable. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre à Chronographe Watch Review

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One thing is for sure: this thing is not going to work for fitness purposes. If you are serious, you will sweat. Now maybe not everyone is like me [a serious cyclist whose perspiration is, as my dear wife very justly observes, exactly like the blood of those Sigourney Weaver-type aliens] but I still think that any decent amount of sweat will quickly destroy these things. So forget about competing with Garmin [not that they can resist alien blood either, but although my Garmin looks ugly it still works].. 


Second, square may be more practical than round, but what's practicality got to do with it? Anything square = geek central. Roundness will triumph.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Apple Watch Smartwatch Launches

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I have actually held one of his watches. It was a perfectly smooth pebble. Utterly tactile, beautiful, amazingly overpriced. Surely one of the micros could produce something like that at 10% of the price?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on 10 Interesting Facts About Marc Newson’s Watch Design Work At Ikepod

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@MarkCarson @Zeitblom I have two kinds of watches: the ones I know I really ought to love, and the ones I do. I know the Fifty Fathoms is a great watch.... but the truth is I would rather have my beloved brick-like UTS. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Porsche Design P’6780 Diver Watch Review

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Thick and chunky as a dive watch should be. Delightful watch, laughable price.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Porsche Design P’6780 Diver Watch Review

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@aBlogtoWatch @Zeitblom Sure they will go up, deservedly in some cases. If Mr Newson can get Apple to produce something that looks as good as that grey hemipode you showed a few years back, then that would be great. I'm betting it won't happen, though.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Apple Hires Marc Newson, iWatch Smartwatch Watches Likely To Be Designed With His Help

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I can see hipsters bringing back the vest and pulling an i-Kepod pocket watch out of their fob pockets....I would totally buy one of those if it were heavy enough.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Apple Hires Marc Newson, iWatch Smartwatch Watches Likely To Be Designed With His Help

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But then Patek et al will just develop in-house electronics and start charging $10k for a silicon chip.....

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Apple Hires Marc Newson, iWatch Smartwatch Watches Likely To Be Designed With His Help

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"even though I rather ironically also like the idea of very thick dive watches"


Excellent! So can we start seeing some reviews of those please, instead of this effete stuff? 

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Cartier Calibre Diver Watch Review

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So I'm not the only one who read it as G Fart....

2 months ago on Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1 Watch Hands-On

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@Fraser Petrick In my heart of hearts I want a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader...real bad. And not this watch.

2 months ago on Hublot Now In The NFL With Dallas Cowboys Football Team Sponsorship

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A relatively restrained offering by their standards. I guess they are getting as tired of their own stuff as the rest of the world.

2 months ago on Hublot Now In The NFL With Dallas Cowboys Football Team Sponsorship

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@MarkCarson @Zeitblom @Chaz_Hen Wanna be a baller, shot caller, twenty inch blades on the impala, caller getting laid tonight...man, ain't got no tahm for tahm, don't wear nothin' on *mah* ahm.....

2 months ago on Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph Watch

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@Chaz_Hen It's what they call synergy. Hublot, by aping AP, has opened our eyes to how awful AP really is.

2 months ago on Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph Watch

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Clever concept, stupid watch.

2 months, 1 week ago on Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph Watch

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Love the 30 on its side!! Horological innovation at its spine-tingling worst!

2 months, 1 week ago on ITAnano Phantom Carbon Automatic 49 Watch Review

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Would you *really* rather have a Patek than two of these?

Long ago I was a believer in "heritage". The more I learn, the less I believe.

2 months, 1 week ago on Ressence Type 1 Watches Hands-On

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Truly beautiful and interesting, and I would buy one at half that price [this is high praise coming from me]. 

Though I would live in fear of hearing that the company went broke and that my watch was unfixable.....

2 months, 1 week ago on Ressence Type 1 Watches Hands-On

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Somehow I wasn't surprised --- some of his performances representing people who had suffered [for example, in Good Will Hunting] were just too good to be pure acting, no matter how talented the actor.


Nevertheless I too was hit by this, as I would not be by the passing of almost any other celebrity. RIP. 


"Taking that drug to help you sleep is like going on chemotherapy because you're tired of shaving your head." --- RW

2 months, 2 weeks ago on RIP Robin Williams, Watch Guy

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I know I'm a barbarian, but I have to say that I'd prefer that barometric Oris you reviewed recently. Better in every way, and slightly cheaper.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Breva Genie 01 Watch Hands-On: The Luxury Barometer Weather Station

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at it's core, cliff diving is Beyonce - spectacle, exceptional talent, aesthetic execution, and a world tour"

...... and a fat ass?

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Cliff Diving With Red Bull And Maurice Lacroix

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I know I should give up asking the forbidden question, but I will anyway:

What does it weigh?


This is the only Rolex that I would consider, but it's nowhere near as interesting as an Omega Ploprof.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller D-Blue Dial Watch Is Tribute To James Cameron Deepsea Challenge 3D Movie

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@DG Cayse Oh no, the secret is out! Let's all hope that he never realises that we all secretly envy the Hublot owners too! 

3 months ago on Finally! Colorful Coatings For Most Metals: Rau-Tech Custom Rolex And Other Watches

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@Richskarma "Can anyone comfortably wear a watch that needs to be 17+ mm thick?"


Answer: yes. I, and a lot of other people, do it daily. In fact, it's thoroughly enjoyable. Try before you cry.

3 months ago on IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 Watch Hands-On

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@Feller87 @Zeitblom Always ready to oblige.

3 months ago on IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 Watch Hands-On

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