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@iamcalledryan "depreciation is rapid compared to the PP - which is a true investment piece"
Yep, that's undeniably one good thing about PPs --- it is so easy to get rid of them.
You're right about maintaining the Piaget. But I hear the same thing about PPs.
"You never really own a PP --- it's your kids who get socked with the really astronomical bills."
23 hours, 11 minutes ago on Patek Philippe 5270 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Watches Hands-On
@iamcalledryan A dull dial is never excusable.
I'm not saying that these aren't technically excellent watches. I'm just saying that the main reason people buy them is that they are expensive. And that they are boring.
As for better watches: I'd much rather have a Piaget Altiplano 900P. A lot more intriguing, and certainly vastly better to look at. Sure, not so much heritage, but not so much feeling like a sucker when you buy one either.
1 day, 11 hours ago on Patek Philippe 5270 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Watches Hands-On
@MarkCarson @Zeitblom I'm an Australian, wanna see my melanoma scar?
Actually, that's what I say when I am laughed at for my ''eccentric'' habit of wearing
a hat in the tropics.
1 day, 16 hours ago on Buying Watches In Miami, Florida: Kirk Jewelers
"Our clients love two-tone watches with Gold and Steel - don't they just look great on a tanned wrist? "
1 day, 18 hours ago on Buying Watches In Miami, Florida: Kirk Jewelers
I recently spoke with someone who works with ''problem gamblers'' at one of the local casinos. She said that they mostly fall into two groups: the stupid ones who really think they can get rich, and the strange ones who secretly derive a perverse pleasure from losing their money. I thought of this when I consider PP: dull designs, good finishing but nowhere near justifying the price, not rare or exclusive in any sense [they knock out something like 40 or 50 *thousand* watches per year!].... So what *does* justify the price? Answer: the price itself, the mad fun of throwing money away, knowing perfectly well that you can get far better watches for far less.......
1 day, 19 hours ago on Patek Philippe 5270 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Watches Hands-On
I think I'm starting to understand the perpetual calendar thing...... they're just catering to the rapidly growing Alzheimer's demographic.
4 days, 19 hours ago on A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual Watch In White Gold
Superb article. More of this, and less of celebrity endorsement bullshit please.
1 week, 3 days ago on Movement Hands-On Series Episode 1: MB&F HM6 Space Pirate
When the density of matter becomes too large, an event horizon forms and shields the object from external view. Alas that the Universe seems to have made an exception in the case of bullshit.
1 week, 4 days ago on Aloe Blacc Interview: Pop Star, Process Nerd, Watch Guy, Friend Of IWC
Excellent solution of the one-hand problem. Finally a complication that isn't laughable. Pity about the pseudo-antique design.
1 week, 6 days ago on Konstantin Chaykin Genius Temporis Single Hand Watch With A Twist
@MarkCarson @Zeitblom I hear that he is to be honoured by a limited edition extra-large skeleton Hublot watch, the Wide Open Biver.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on INVITE: The World’s Most Expensive Watches Book Launch Party In Los Angeles
What I wouldn't give not to have something signed by Mr Beaver!
Sublime, restrained, classy. Of course all Hublots can be described in that way, but this piece represents the apex of horological art, the Beethoven's Ninth of timekeeping, the
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Hublot King Power Los Angeles Lakers Watch
What a ghastly mess, looks like it was run over by a Ferrari. Only one is to be made.... Can we have that in writing?
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Calibre 2253 L’Empreinte Du Dragon Watch With Engraved Scales
To my surprise I find that I actually like this. What a pity that it is made of titanium and not a real metal.
"It really does feel as though it should be heavier, but the light weight is certainly welcome."
No it isn't actually. If I dropped 200 large on a watch I damn well want to know it's there.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on MB&F HM6 Space Pirate Watch Hands-On Debut
24kt ! I love impractical things.
In Asia, 24kt gold jewellery is not uncommon. Usually however it is bought with the understanding that you can take it back and have it melted and re-made for a small fee. Something tells me that Bulova doesn't have a similar plan in mind....
3 weeks ago on Join aBlogtoWatch With Bulova & Feldmar Watch Co. In Los Angeles On November 20th, 2014
@MarkCarson @Zeitblom I think I recognise another alt.tasteless alumnus, right? :-)
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Christophe Claret Margot Watch For Ladies Hands-On
@MarkCarson @spiceballs I think Rolex have already patented "Spooge". Along with the Rolex Felch.
RJ strikes another mighty blow in its effort to look even more clueless than Hublot.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Romain Jerome Batman-DNA Watch Debut
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 month ago on Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Watches Hands-On
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 month ago on Nixie Wrist Wearable Flying Drone
@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 month ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review
@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.....
I don't get the appeal of titanium. Can anyone explain? Why not just make watches out of aluminium? Or tinfoil?
@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 month ago on 3 Concept Smartwatches That Could Be From Popular Swiss Luxury Brands
@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....
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.
Today, JC Biver deplores horrible design. In tomorrow's episode, Sylvester Stallone explains General Relativity.
1 month, 1 week ago on 3 Concept Smartwatches That Could Be From Popular Swiss Luxury Brands
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 month, 1 week ago on Glashütte Original Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition Watch Hands-On
@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 month, 1 week ago on Nomos Lux & Nomos Lambda Gold Watch Lines Enhanced With Beautiful Colors And Smaller Cases
More gold-digging, particularly disappointing coming from Nomos.
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
1 month, 1 week ago on Bauhaus Style: New Junghans Max Bill Watches
At least it isn't a Richard Mille.
There! I said something nice about Hublot!
1 month, 1 week ago on Hublot Big Bang Ferrari USA 60th Anniversary Watch Hands-On
It's strange that when these brands go for the ultimate, the result is ultimately ugly, ugly, ugly.
1 month, 1 week ago on Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 Watch For 175th Brand Anniversary
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.
1 month, 1 week ago on Buying Watches In Paris, France: Chronopassion
@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.
1 month, 1 week ago on Montblanc Homage To Nicolas Rieussec Watch Hands-On
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.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer”
@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.....]
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Hamilton Khaki Takeoff Limited Edition Watch Hands-On
@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.
"....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
Anyway, thanks, the watch looks great. Price is a bit silly, but everything else is in order [provided that the weight is
Anyway, it's clear that this thing is rapidly going to fizzle out.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Luxury Watch Industry’s Dilemma In Hong Kong
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.
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.
2 months, 1 week ago on Nomos Ahoi Sport Watches Compared
" 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.
2 months, 1 week ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre à Chronographe Watch Review
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.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Apple Watch Smartwatch Launches
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?
2 months, 2 weeks ago on 10 Interesting Facts About Marc Newson’s Watch Design Work At Ikepod
@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.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Porsche Design P’6780 Diver Watch Review
Thick and chunky as a dive watch should be. Delightful watch, laughable price.
@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.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Apple Hires Marc Newson, iWatch Smartwatch Watches Likely To Be Designed With His Help
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.
But then Patek et al will just develop in-house electronics and start charging $10k for a silicon chip.....