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This, or six Zenith Chronomaster 1969 El Primeros? Not that hard, is it?

1 day, 6 hours ago on Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph 5960 Steel Watch For 2014 Hands-On

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Away from the blog a few days... and look at what I missed.

The great thing about Che was how incredibly, hilariously incompetent he was. I mean, Bolivia and the other places where he "worked" were ideal showcases for his ideas.... and he made virtually no converts even there; in fact, he ended up getting killed because the oppressed peasants didn't like him. Che, in my mind, is sort of the ultimate loser.


Or rather he was.... now maybe the Zenith people are contenders. Which just shows that there really *is* a deep spiritual link between Che and Zenith....

1 day, 6 hours ago on Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Revolución Watches For South America

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@David Bredan @Zeitblom  OK, thanks for the clarification. We'd all be grateful if ABTW could report from the competitions when they *are* held. Without such results, technical innovations are meaningless to me, and, one hopes, to people interested in buying these things.

6 days, 16 hours ago on Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement L.M. Watch In Pink Gold Hands-On

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@timekeeper703  I meant that they should price the non-tourbillon one at one third of what they are asking. But maybe I am missing something --- is the non-tourbillon one also in platinum? If so, that would still not justify 28K, but it would just be the usual ridiculous premium for platinum.

6 days, 16 hours ago on Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Watch Hands-On: Thinnest In The World

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The one without the tourbillon is far more attractive. .

If they had any sense they would price that one reasonably [ie at about a third] and cash in big time

1 week ago on Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Watch Hands-On: Thinnest In The World

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"Highly complicated and pioneering products like the Constant Escapement represent more of a marketing vehicle than a product that has to perform well right from the moment it debuted."

ie it probably keeps worse time than an ETA 2824-2.

1 week ago on Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement L.M. Watch In Pink Gold Hands-On

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My wife periodically [!] argues that the only difference between my beloved mechanical timepieces and quartz watches

is that in one case a piece of metal does the moving, while in the other it is quartz. She demands to have explained to her the moral superiority of metals [or indeed metalloids] to quartz. I could argue that at least my watches do not rely on electrical currents, but I fear that she might point out that they would not work if I did not move my arm, something that happens as a result of an electrical apparatus called my nervous system. Women.

2 weeks ago on Ulysse Nardin Announces New Proprietary Silicon Anchor Escapement

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Ideal wedding gift for Elton John.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon White Ceramic Hands-On

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It's nice, but why get this when you can get a real Zenith for similar money?

2 weeks, 1 day ago on TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 36 Racing Watch Review

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"Charles Darwin's ocean voyages to the Galapagos Islands and that bronze was a ship building material. The Galapagos Islands relate to a conservancy that IWC supports, and now you can see how the pieces come together"


Albert Einstein studied the Universe. IWC is in this Universe [I guess...]. Thus we have a link, and I look forward to the IWC Albert Einstein range.


Actually, that is quite a bit closer than Darwin -> Galapagos -> ship -> bronze... I guess IWC has more practice in finding non-existent links  than I do. OK, let's try again.... Bozo the Clown -> remote past -> time -> watches. The Bozo the Clown Collection? Damn, still too close......come on guys, help me out here:  Mr Ed the talking horse ->...........

2 weeks, 6 days ago on IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Charles Darwin Watch In Bronze Hands-On

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Well, it has one thing going for it --- it doesn't look like a Rolex. Of course you can get far better watches for less money, but if you *must* have a Rolex, this is the one.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Rolex Cellini Time: Return Of The Crown’s Dress Watch

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Ah yes, the 45th anniversary, also known as the golden-less-ten-percent anniversary... Well, 45 is an important number because it is ummm... 5 times 9.....

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Moonwatch Anniversary Watch Hands-On

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Very convenient for slitting your own wrists after buying *anything* from this clown.

4 weeks ago on Artya Makes Another Airport-Unfriendly Item: Watch Buckle With Hidden Knife

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@marbstiu @Zeitblom  Exactly! Thanks, I just knew I had seen it somewhere before. 

The sad thing is that the idea of putting this excellent movement in a watch is not intrinsically stupid.

Putting it in something that looks like it should have a buffalo skull engraved on it, on the other hand,

is.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Zenith Pilot Type 20 Grand Feu Watch: Engraved White Gold + Sapphire Crystal Case

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Oh no, don't tell me Zenith is going down the drain again! After producing some beautiful watches with sensational quality/price ratios recently, they have to start making this sort of hideous junk again. Sad.

Grand Feu.... or Grand Fou?

http://www.wordhippo.com/what-is/the-meaning-of/french-word-grand_fou.html

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Zenith Pilot Type 20 Grand Feu Watch: Engraved White Gold + Sapphire Crystal Case

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@MarkCarson @Ulysses31  Why do you think the Swiss have 5-franc coins?

1 month ago on Swatch Scuba Libre Chlorofish Watch Review

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One of these days Rolex will display something that looks like a Ressence. And then go broke paying all the people who will sue for causing their heart attacks.

1 month ago on Rolex Watches At Baselworld 2014 Teaser Video

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@David Bredan @Hacker4748  Yes, it does help.... it helps me to want this watch a lot less. And a guilloche' dial would look utterly out of place on a watch like this.

1 month ago on Ressence Type 1 Watch In New Colors

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There are people out there buying glorified Rolexes like Patek, when they could have this for less cash. Groan!

1 month ago on Ressence Type 1 Watch In New Colors

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Looks amazingly good.. Simple cylinder can't be beat.


But will it really work with *any* android device?


And will watch aficionados have to wear it on their right wrist?

1 month ago on Motorola Moto 360 Watch Debuts Google ‘Android Wear’ OS: The Smartwatch For Everyone Is Here

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" It really hurts when you realize you have been conned or overpaid at best." Luckily that never happens to people who buy *new* Rolexes.

Guffaw!

1 month ago on Watch Lover Celebrity John Mayer Sues Bob Maron For $656,000 After Buying Several ‘Counterfeit’ ROLEX Timepieces

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@Ulysses31 @Zeitblom No need to apologise, it was educational to imagine the precise form that a campaign to promote male impotence might take...... and all highly appropriate in the Hublot context.

1 month ago on Hublot Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono Is Official Watch Of 2014 Brazil FIFA World Cup

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@Ulysses31  He used to promote male impotence! What, as a birth control measure? But looking at this thing does promote male impotence, agreed.

1 month ago on Hublot Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono Is Official Watch Of 2014 Brazil FIFA World Cup

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This is perfect for visiting Brazil! After all, you wouldn't want to take a watch that you would miss when it gets stolen.

1 month ago on Hublot Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono Is Official Watch Of 2014 Brazil FIFA World Cup

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@MarkCarson @Zeitblom So maybe there is a market out there for a microbrand whose owner only charges for the gold what it cost him, plus incidentals. Someone in Hawaii.

1 month, 1 week ago on Bell & Ross WW1 Regulateur Pink Gold Watch Hands-On

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How do you arrive at $4500 for the gold? Less than that I think, but I'm just guessing. Btw is there any company out there that *doesnt* charge a ludicrous premium for gold?

1 month, 1 week ago on Bell & Ross WW1 Regulateur Pink Gold Watch Hands-On

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