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wannit, wannit! cuz will wearit!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Torgoen T32 Automatic
@DangerussArt @antjay Mmm, possibly, and I do think they did a great job on designing the wheel, but if my Bangladesh-made shirt was actually launched as a British achievement, and sold for a good amount of money that would allow you to choose from a range of truly British-made ones, then wouldn't you be even a little peeved? (although I would probably prefer the Bangladeshi one myself; spent way too many days on Bond street not to be utterly disappointed with British tailoring...) Would you expect car lovers to simply accept that the Mini Cooper was running on a Fiat engine (if it were)? A watch is partly mechanical, so it's not just about design, but about the manufacture too. At least for some people.
I wasn't shocked when I heard the news at all, but I do find these announcements irritating, seeing as there is so little creativity in the watch world as a whole. Maybe I should make another plain hour/minute dress watch, put an ebauche ETA inside, stick some ugly name across the dial and call it a "new watch" too... ;)
2 months, 4 weeks ago on The Real Story Behind The Bremont Wright Flyer In-House Made BWC/01 “London” Watch Movement
Very interesting story, and thumbs up to Mr Bredan here for being sensitive to the main issues. I think we'll see another such issue appear some time soon. Movements and designs are still copied left and right in the watch industry.
Just a small note from a fellow editor: there is a lot of unnecessary repetition in the write-up.
3 months ago on The Real Story Behind The Bremont Wright Flyer In-House Made BWC/01 “London” Watch Movement
So from Swatch to Jaeger-LeCoultre's Master Grand Tradition Gyrotourbillon...? I'd say, that's not a jump at all. :D
6 months, 2 weeks ago on My First Grail Watch: Serge Michel Of Armin Strom
Great little story. Wish it was longer. Manuel is still one of the most interesting designers out there; some one who cares about the actual look of a watch. Jaquet Droz have not improved since he left; they're adding all kinds of complications that risk taking away from the deceitful simplicity of his brand-defining designs.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on My First Grail Watch: Manuel Emch
Would love to see one of the pioneering American watch companies, and hear about their mission, i.e. how they see themselves vis-a-vis North American and (boutique) European brands. I love hand-made, boutique watches (they make up 50% of my collection) and am keen to learn about how the watches are made and designed. Fingers crossed for myself... ;) Thanks Ariel!
10 months, 4 weeks ago on GIVEAWAY: Trip To American-Made RGM Watch Manufacture In Pennsylvania
Love the case design, something that deserves more attention in the watch world... Hope I win! :-)
1 year ago on GIVEAWAY: March LA.B AM3 Marron Watch
+1 on the size renaming. Great idea (and while you're reading this, please get me a skinny latte, with an oversized macadamia cookie...). Whatever Ariel says, an oversized cookie always fits my mouth perfectly. ;-)
1 year, 3 months ago on The Evolution Of Wristwatch Sizes
Very good advice to the question posed, which in my opinion is a rather ludicrous one. You should buy a watch because you love it, not to immediately start a collection. People who think of a collection before they buy their first watch are probably in need of counselling. I think a much better and more interesting question to ask is: what should be the second watch I buy?
just my two cents worth...
1 year, 3 months ago on What Watches Should A Collection Begin With?
Great photos! Thanks for the "essay"!
1 year, 3 months ago on NOMOS Photo Essay – Big Bang For The Buck
@Panagiotis Mmm, may be I SHOULD get a chronograph after all. You make it sound like a lot of fun!
1 year, 5 months ago on Top Five Useless Watch Complications
@Kris C Well said.
1 year, 7 months 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.
1 year, 7 months 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...
1 year, 8 months 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).
1 year, 8 months 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... :-)
1 year, 9 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.
1 year, 10 months 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...
1 year, 11 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)
1 year, 11 months 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.