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@Panagiotis Mmm, may be I SHOULD get a chronograph after all. You make it sound like a lot of fun!
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Top Five Useless Watch Complications
@Kris C Well said.
2 months, 1 week ago on Ochs Und Junior New Colors And Names For Watches
@Zeitblom Well, now, easy does it... I think there are true gems among vintage watches, including old Panerais, Breitlings, Tudors and Rolexes, some of which still trump contemporary models. For me the issue is with the size of these watches, and, obviously, the design. But give me a vintage Breitling over a new one, any time. The new ones are just ghastly, from a design point of view. And so it goes on... I just don't see myself ever wearing anything smaller than 40mm, and I have tiny wrists. I just don't think it looks as good. The other problem, but a smaller one, lies in the movements: too many old wristwatches are based on the same old handwound model with just about 48 to 56 hr reserve.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Can You Be A ‘Serious’ Watch Collector On A Budget?
Very cool! Please, please, Devon, sell a lot of them so you can develop a mechanical one...
3 months, 1 week ago on Devon Tread 2 Watch: Round 2
Great review! Thanks for your critical take on things (the world of watch blogs/journalism needs that badly).
3 months, 2 weeks ago on SIHH 2013 Watch Show Recap: Don’t Rock The Boat
@MarkCarson @P Oktori
I have tried on the 43 a few times, but it lacked the elegance of the small seconds model. The dial of the automatic is lovely, but the seconds' small inlay dial is a little busy, unlike that of the small seconds one. I adore mine (small seconds); it is the perfect dress watch, but I might have gone for one in 42mm (not 43) if they'd made it. Size does matter a little. Then again, it is white gold. It is not as easy to polish, and having a big watch means you're more likely to scuff it. I wish platinum was cheap... :-)
4 months ago on Piaget Altiplano Date 40mm Ultra-Thin Watch Hands-On
Thanks for a great review. I don't like the date that much, and would prefer the automatic without it in 43. I am wondering how popular the date version will prove to be. Something tells me they are hoping it will appeal more to women as in my experience women can be just a little bit more practical in their choice of watches and obviously many would find the 43 a little large. I agree also on the length of the hands. And why put "automatic" on the dial? It's something I've not understood much. Surely the owner would know what kind of watch they're wearing? I just hope they leave the perfect small seconds model as it is... No date, and no "handwound" on the dial... :-)
Watches are the best non-human, non-pet companions. I love the technique behind watches, and I love timeless designs. I really like Ressence and Hautlence for the design, Piaget for its classic simplicity, and Panerai for its simple beauty. Each brand has its strengths, but ultimately it is the movement that gives a watch its true heart.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on GIVEAWAY: Travel To Geneva, Build An In-House Frederique Constant, Keep The Watch
ps: what we need is a greater reserve on handwound watches. Most watches still give you little more than a day to rewind your watch. You'd expect more than that in 2012...
6 months ago on Top Five Useless Watch Complications
The sheer number of chronographs sold is a mystery to me too, and especially chronograph dive watches. I don't see myself doing laps at the bottom of some sea, and then still think my super slo-mo time will be worth recording. But they look good, and I suppose that's why people like these complications. I wouldn't mind a tourbillon to look at; it's the barely visible ones I don't get.
@Kris C @P Oktori
Me too, I guess! :o)
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Blancpain L-Evolution Split Seconds Flyback Chronograph Watch Hands-On
True, I agree. But you'd have to give it for me for free to wear this freak, and that's a shame considering the design blueprint Blancpain have in their portfolio. I wear watches for the cover too, not just for what's inside. There has to be synergy.
Good points. But I dare you to say "a lot of good" about this. :o) In my opinion, this is an absolutely awful watch.
GEEZ! My eyes hurt... Marc Hayek needs to go to design school first, and learn how to draw.