aBlogtoWatch: What was your first Omega purchase?
You can buy almost anything on Amazon and one of the reasons why it is so successful is that it has built a website that is easy to use and also allows for a high degree of user interaction. An example of this is the user review function, which allows users to leave comments for products that they have purchased. Although this feature certainly has good intentions, not everyone has taken the review section seriously, and here are some of the funniest watch reviews that we have seen on Amazon.
I am just a regular guy, the sort that is closer to ownership of a Veyron poster than the actual car. I've been in fast cars, and I've certainly driven fast in slow cars, but this was my first experience in a top tier supercar. It goes without saying (especially if you've read this far) that if you can wrangle your way into a truly special car, Veyron or otherwise, it's worth whatever hoops you have to jump through. I will never forget my 30 minutes in that car and I will undoubtedly carry my Veyron-smile with me for the rest of my days. My most enthusiastic thanks to Bugatti and the kind folks at Parmigiani Fleurier for getting me in the driver's seat - the 6-year-old inside me owes you all a great big hug. bugatti.com
The IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer” will be limited to 1,000 pieces and is priced at €12,500, or about ,800. iwc.com
What we see here are two "new" versions of the Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater watch. One, in an all 18k red gold case (ref. J031033202) with a fully engraved dial, as well as case; and another, in 18k white gold with a semi-skeletonized dial (ref. J031034203). Each is remarkably mesmerizing in its own way. These are products that even lowly Jaquet Droz company employees are proud of, because "their company was able to produce it." Luxury watches like the Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater are as marvelous to behold as they are deficient in practicality. The world may go on as people struggle and nations war, but somewhere in a peaceful place in Switzerland, a comfortable team in clean white watchmaker's gowns are focused on making a small machines with hand-engraved (and in most instances painted) small automaton birds that bob around as the mechanical movement chimes out the current time with a ballet of hammers and gongs.
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Although not closely linked to this particular model, we will mention here that along with this new limited edition, Seiko has also announced six new, non-limited versions of the Astron Solar GPS Chronograph, as seen on the picture above. Two feature titanium cases with crocodile leather straps, three are in stainless steel with bracelets that feature ceramic inserts, and the last addition is in full stainless steel. This clearly indicates Seiko's commitment to the Astron technology, as they try to create as many different versions as possible to meet diverse tastes and expectations around the world.
Case and strap:
– 18k red gold case (also available in 18k white gold)
– Sapphire crystal traversed by embedded gold bezel bridge framing tourbillon cage
– Lateral sapphire window in case band for power reserve indicator
– Dimensions: 42mm x 14.6mm
– Water resistance: 30m/100’/3ATM
– Dial: Translucent glass and sapphire crystal with enameled minutes and seconds
– Strap and clasp: hand stitched alligator strap with gold pin buckle matching case. Brown leather with red gold case or black leather with white gold case
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>Price: 339 Euros (about 2 USD).
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Sometimes.
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Dive watch lover on a budget with larger wrists who enjoys Arabic numeral dials.
>Best characteristic of watch: Lots of value for the money and highly legible dial.
>Worst characteristic of watch: Doesn't fit as well on small wrists as it does on larger wrists. Dial is useful but lacks a degree of elegance. Bracelet has some sharp edges.
Panerai doesn't sell a ton of its watches on bracelets which makes timepieces like the Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic PAM328 decidedly niche among their larger assortment of timepieces. In a sense, that makes them extra cool, but there is a reason for them being less common than Panerai watches on straps. In addition to bracelet not being a "historic" part of the Panerai brand, the bracelet make for a more difficult "perfect fit," which means not everyone will love them. Though, for those people whose wrists match up with the bracelets, they make for a good looking and unique Panerai style. Price for the Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic PAM00328 watch is ,100. panerai.com
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