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@MikeRitz "USD" refers to some exotic currency, like the Macedonian Denar or something, right? Right?!

1 day, 11 hours ago on Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition Watch

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@Ulysses31 @Feller87 "What will be their next piece?  A watch that integrates shards of glass from a mirror that Jerome's grandfather coughed on a couple of times?"


Not tacky enough for them. A piece of burnt clothing from the Hindenburg would be more like it.

1 day, 16 hours ago on Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition Watch

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I must confess that I really like this. That is high praise indeed coming from someone who normally hates gimmickry. But if you are going for gimmicks, this is the way to do it [in contrast to the intensely horrible RJ things.]


Happily for me, it's likely that the price will be so ludicrous as to stop me from considering one. [Not that I don't necessarily have the cash, just that I don't like being treated like a fool, cf Patek].

1 day, 18 hours ago on Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition Watch

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@minip Nonsense. Go away please.

1 week, 1 day ago on Buccellati Watches Hands-On In Milan

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Proof that sober is not the same thing as boring. 

And that you can still get a good watch for reasonable money.

1 week, 1 day ago on Sinn EZM 13 Watch Hands-On

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Hublot know their market, this is way above that.

1 week, 2 days ago on Memorigin Transformers Tourbillon Watches With Optimus Prime Or Bumblebee

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At a single blow, they make two groups of people look foolish: [1] the people who wear these things, [2] The people who pay $100K for a tourbillon. Well done! 

1 week, 2 days ago on Memorigin Transformers Tourbillon Watches With Optimus Prime Or Bumblebee

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@MarkCarson @Zeitblom Let's see, a sport where you have to wait 90 minutes for nothing to happen. Been done already.

1 week, 2 days ago on Parmigiani Pershing CBF Chronograph Watches At The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

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Free clue to all watch brands: sponsoring events, paying celebrities to wear your stuff, in fact anything that isn't directly connected your watch-making activities, actually does you more harm than good in the long run. For example, Zenith's recent activities in that line have put me off them, and this does the same for Parmigiani. One of the great attractions of the micro-brands is that they either don't have the money for this nonsense, or are too sensible to bother.


It's no coincidence that these particular watches are exceedingly repulsive [sparkly bezel, ugh].

1 week, 2 days ago on Parmigiani Pershing CBF Chronograph Watches At The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

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@MarkCarson ``Ah, if it were only in a 48mm case.''


If it had been, then all the ``heritage'' people would be talking about ``classic, dignified enormousness is what people with real style go for....''

1 week, 3 days ago on Celebrating The 100th Anniversary Of The First Chronometer Certified Wristwatch By Rolex

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@kevingrr ``Conversely, wearing a more reasonably sized watch is rarely going to draw criticism of those around you. "


Oh, heaven forbid that those around us should criticize us! I mean, that would just make us cry. 

1 week, 4 days ago on What’s The Deal With Big Watch Sizes? The Large Timepiece Explained

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One should also take hand size into consideration. Even if you have small wrists, a big watch can still look good if you have big hands. Not an uncommon combination.

1 week, 5 days ago on What’s The Deal With Big Watch Sizes? The Large Timepiece Explained

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Excellent replacement for the bracelet. Now you just have to find a replacement for the watch itself and you are good to go......

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Introducing The Rubber B Rolex Deepsea Glidelock Watch Strap

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@Ulysses31 @Zeitblom Yes! Tantalum it is! Nice and dense. Now just to find someone to make a watch case out of it....I wonder if Herr Spinner of UTS would be interested....

2 weeks, 2 days ago on JeanRichard Terrascope Aluminum Watch In Primary Colors Hands-On

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I want to commend them for doing something different.....but.....aluminium feels like junk, no matter how nicely you anodize it. 


Question for the metal heads out there: is there another metal that anodizes up nicely, but which doesn't have the density of cardboard? I'd really like to see a watch made of lutetium or something. Tungsten would be ideal, but I'll settle for hafnium.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on JeanRichard Terrascope Aluminum Watch In Primary Colors Hands-On

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@Dezianjo @Zeitblom Thanks! I did check their site but somehow missed this.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on The MeisterSinger Salthora Changes Up A Singular Design

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Very nice, but hard to see why it is twice as expensive as the previous one you reviewed. 

And why no pictures of the back?

2 weeks, 2 days ago on The MeisterSinger Salthora Changes Up A Singular Design

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It's interesting, very cool, price is laughable.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Visconti Abyssus Scuba 3000m Dive Watches Hands-On

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In a few years you will have voice customization for these things. "Watch, look like a patek........

No ,on second thoughts make that a urwerk...."

1 month ago on Motorola Moto360 Smartwatch Design Contest Reveals 10 Superb User Interfaces Created By The Public

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@SuperStrapper @Zeitblom So what's he wearing?

Looks a bit like a Bremont.

1 month, 1 week ago on Montegrappa My Guardian Angel Watch Hands-On

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Gee, "Someone Else" must be really rich. Because he buys nearly all the watches we see here nowadays.

1 month, 1 week ago on Montegrappa My Guardian Angel Watch Hands-On

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@SuperStrapper @Zeitblom As if that would stop him.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Montegrappa My Guardian Angel Watch Hands-On

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"To call it polarizing is an understatement,"

What!? You mean that there might be people who actually *dislike* this superb work of art, this acme of the watchmaker's skill, this heartbreakingly exquisite comment on the human condition, this metallic paean to all that separates us from the apes? Some people are just so unreasonable.....


Well anyway HR Giger might like it.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Montegrappa My Guardian Angel Watch Hands-On

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Just out of curiosity: is this the most over-priced piece of platinum on the planet?

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph Watch In Platinum Hands-On

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"With both of these lines, Moda Operandi ensures that there’s a Rolex out there for every discerning taste. "


Snicker.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Vintage Rolex & Bamford Watch Department Online Trunkshow Sale

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First thought: is it April 1 already?


So it seems that that morally and aesthetically repulsive Guevara thing was not an aberration after all. 


This is actually one of the most beautiful watches currently being made. To stick on that ridiculous symbol of all that was most stupid and tacky about the 60s is just beyond belief. I have been a strong supporter of Zenith, but no longer. It's disgusting that they are going the way of Hublot and the rest. 


Executive summary: I feel like throwing up. Thank Christ that they are only making 250 of these. If I just more carefully avoid the fat, thinning-hair oldsters in jeans who imagine that they are still "rockin'", I can hope never to see any of these POS. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Limited Edition Zenith El Primero Rolling Stones Watch

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@MisterDeal @Zeitblom [1] It's very unlikely that an ordinary PP will increase in value, almost certainly not if it is actually used. [2] Yes, it's true: the best thing about Rolexes and PPs is that it is so easy to get rid of them. [3] "Collectibles", like rare coins for example, are things of which there is a limited supply. PP knocks out 50000 watches a year. No coin collector would pay above bullion value for anything as common as that. [4] Once the [really rather modest] development costs for a movement are amortized, which happened years or decades ago for companies like Rolex and PP which do minimal development work anyway, the cost of a movement, in house or otherwise, is trivial. As you so rightly point out, NOMOS has in house movements [which are excellent] but doesn't charge $35K for a steel watch. How is that possible? Because NOMOS, unlike PP, is not engaged in a high-level scam.


Please note: I am *not* saying that IWC watches aren't a ripoff. They are. But "in house" has nothing to do with it. Take a look at their Top Gun stuff. I'd rather waste 9K than 16K.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on IWC Ingenieur Dual Time Watch Models In Steel

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Man, I can totally understand why AP and Hublot love this guy. I mean, wearing a tacky blingy overpriced POS is just so jive turkey right? If it's fake I mean. If it's real then that is totally da shizzlits

1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Most Common Fake Watches & Other Stories From The FakeWatchBuster

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I know this has been beaten to death... But I can't resist. If they put an in house movement into this ugly thing, they would charge double. Would that be ok? If people feel that expensive watches with eta or Sellita movements are a often a ripoff, I certainly agree... But I think you will find that the great majority of even more expensive watches with in house movements are even more of a ripoff. I know someone who paid well over 35K for a steel Patek P. I think that that is vastly more foolish than buying one of these.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on IWC Ingenieur Dual Time Watch Models In Steel

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Rule # 1: If you are going to eat numbers, make sure you eat the whole thing.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Christopher Ward C1000 Typhoon FGR4 Watch Review

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By the way, they *do* know what happens to 24 karat gold when it gets knocked against anything harder than rubber, I suppose? Forging won't change that more than minimally. Look forward to having a *very*... umm... uniquely remodelled timepiece in short order....

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Bulova Accu-Swiss Percheron Watch Available In Solid 24k Gold For $42,000

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@Jimxxx It's not bad --- the existence of GO allows you to get a watch that is as good as an ALS for a third of the price or less.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer Regulator Watch Hands-On

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There *is* one thing sillier than paying 40K+ for  gold on a Bulova: it's paying 40K+ for "heritage" on a Patek P....... gold can always be melted and sold, bullshit less easily.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Bulova Accu-Swiss Percheron Watch Available In Solid 24k Gold For $42,000

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Mr spinner is a senior German engineer. Try hiring one of those to design, fabricate, personally assemble, test, and apply the finish on a watch. The bill will not be small. This is one of those watches that you have to hold in your hand to appreciate properly. Hand crafted things are expensive. Compare it with a Rolex, stamped out in a factory by the hundred thousand. Is *that* worth the money?

2 months ago on UTS 4000M Pacific Horizon Blue Dive Watch

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Just about the only hyper-watches that wouldn't make me feel like I was being ripped off. Even though I would be.

2 months ago on URWERK UR-210Y Black Hawk Watch Hands-On

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I'm shocked to see a reputable brand like rotary lowering itself to the level of r. Mille and hublot

2 months, 1 week ago on Watches Of The 2014 Brazil World Cup

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"Likely to be the final model..."

Promise?

"Completely abandon..."

Promise?

2 months, 1 week ago on Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 5 Watch

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No doubt technically excellent, but it's tragic that they copied Rolex in one crucial particular ... That is, in firing their entire design department circa 1959.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36,000 GMT Watch Hands-On

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At last, a product tie-in that makes sense! I mean, how would Hublot sell anything if people never got drunk?

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Hublot Big Bang Aero Johnnie Walker Whisky Limited Edition Watch

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One of the best things about the Zenith I own is that it has no date. And this one would likewise be better off without that superfluous and annoying "complication". Today, for example, I have to fool around with my other watches because of the absurd fact that Aprli has no 31st.....

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Zenith Captain Central Second Boutique Edition Hands-On: A Great Simple Watch

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How heavy? Grams, gimme more grams.

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Tempest Viking Diver’s Watch Review

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I want to like JLC. But these things are not helping.

3 months ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Watches For 2014 Hands-On

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I'd rather have this than a Patek or a Lange, for sure. Something interesting for a change.

3 months ago on URWERK UR-105M Iron & Dark Knight Watches Hands-On

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

3 months 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....

3 months 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.

3 months, 1 week 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.

3 months, 1 week 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

3 months, 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.

3 months, 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.

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

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