Why? The study suggests that the mere fact that a commenter whose tone is polite and respectful comments on the less desirable elements of product increases the reputation and trustworthiness of that product. In other words, a commenter who is perceived as honest and fair will have a beneficial effect when commenting on a product, regardless of whether that comment is positive or negative.
Rolex is a universe of its own: respected; admired; valued; and known across the globe. Sometimes I sit back and think about all that Rolex is and does and find it hard to believe that at the end of the day, they just make watches. Rolex does just make watches and their timepieces have taken on a role beyond that of mere timekeeper. Having said that, the reason a "Rolex is a Rolex" is because they are good watches and tell pretty good time. It's taken me over a decade to fully appreciate the brand, and it will probably take longer before I learn everything I'd like to know about them.
Let me explain what you just saw above. The results you see labeled above every column range from around 6.7 up to 14. This figure indicates the amount of Submariners which the "average yearly income per capita" could purchase in any given year. Since we are talking about a time scale of over 50 years here, for easier understanding and actual comparability, we have transferred all US Dollar prices and wages into 2012 US Dollars. In other words, in 1957 when the average yearly income was ,591 (Source: US Bureau of Economic Analysis) and the price of the watch was ,225 (originally it cost 0 which, when calculated into 2012 US Dollars, is ,225).
The F.P. Journe Octa Sport is among the least apologetic timepieces I have ever worn. What I mean is that you have a situation where the watch creator - Francois-Paul Journe - produces something arguably very strange, and feels no obligation to really explain its purpose to anyone. Only when you handle and wear the Octa Sport watch does it make sense to you. In a brand with so much focus on horological heritage and complication, the Octa Sport is the company's very first sport watch.
Zenith really seems to have mastered the ability to surprise with their new models while still respecting their proven formula for distinctive and lust-worthy sport chronographs. While it is a bit of a stretch to call any El Primero "garden variety", the new Zenith El Primero Lightweight LE is certainly not your Dad's El Primero (better?). This new high-tech model offers a number of cutting edge enhancements all made in the name of saving weight. With a movement crafted from silicon and titanium and a case in carbon and aluminum, this is essentially the El Primero Superleggera.
In promotion of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, Samsung has produced a pretty cool video that chronicles some of the major smartwatches seen in television and movie history. What is so cool about the video is that they have actual props (or really cool graphics thereof) of the pieces they mention. The list of course ends with the Samsung Galaxy Gear, which is touted as the accumulation of decades of unfulfilled demand.
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Why it deserves a re-release: These designs are extremely iconic of the era and offer legibility, class, and a lot of elegance in a design that feels very wearable today. The basic shape of the Carrera case is more or less unchanged and these "panda dial" models are simply great looking. From elegant lines to a very readable dial, this is among the best looking, non-pretentious classic chronograph sport watches around.
When we first went hands-on with the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon watch we were instantly thrilled by it. Usually it takes me a few seconds to really take in something I am going to like, but when I saw the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon for the first time I think I spontaneously uttered "cool." Omega knew it was going to be appreciated, but they didn't know how much. Omega's CEO even confided in me that they were sitting on the concept for a few years because he wasn't sure when the right time to release it was. One of the issues he said was production. Getting the case just right was the real issue, and that is one of the major challenges of ceramic. Further, if you are new to all this and wonder why watches should be made out of ceramic in the first place, then it is because of ceramic's very high scratch and wear resistance.
Encapsulating their distinctive designs along with literal pieces of history, Bremont's limited editions represent not only their flagship offerings, but also a peek into the soul of the two brothers responsible for a manufacturer still very much on the rise. Having previously relied on third-party movements (mostly ETA), the Bremont Wright Flyer is a big step for Bremont as they continue to expand both their product line and technology. One thing is certain: they've definitely got their work cut out for them for next year. Prices for the Bremont Wright Flyer will be ,950 for the model in steel, ,995 for the one in rose gold and ,995 for the yellow gold version. Bremont.com
Quite frankly, we get a lot of Press Releases from start-up watch brands attempting to stir media enthusiasm about their new wares. While we do our due diligence to investigate and report on them to you, our dear readers, very few of them often generate much real excitement from the aBlogtoWatch team. The Challenger Black Luna, on the other hand, did just that – because it is something innovative that we have never seen before. And for that matter, neither has anyone else.
As a jewelry watch there is a lot to appreciate. For instance the dials are hand-set with diamonds before the hour markers are applied. If you look closely at the bezels you'll notice that Rolex selects slightly darker stones at each hour marker point. Of course all the stones are of excellent quality and hand-set by Rolex in-house. Each of these Pearlmaster watches comes with an option diamond-set bracelet as well.
With the larger King Power watch that followed the Big Bang becoming very popular, the original 44mm wide size of the Big Bang was starting to seem small a few years ago. Hublot wearers wanted something larger, and oftentimes women were found wearing 41mm and 44mm wide Big Bang watches. Hublot had been planning a follow-up to the Big Bang for sometime, but it took them a few years. The first major hurdle was the complexity of in-house production. For a while Biver wanted to outfit the Big Bang with an in-house made Hublot movement. Big Bang watches used modified versions of the Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750. Decent movements of course, they were nevertheless rather ordinary and were often attacked as not being exclusive enough for a watch priced like a Big Bang.
As I mentioned in the introduction, these sort of "vintage reissues" give you some great reliability in an older-styled package. Here, reliability and accuracy comes in the form of their 8147 automatic movement, based on the beloved ETA 7750, which makes for a very well-known quantity your local watch shop should be able to maintain for you. Inside a modern case that's sealed up with the sapphire crystal on top, this isn't a watch that you should have much concern with it standing up to daily wear.
In 2012, the steel case of the Royal Oak Offshore got supplemented with an Audemars Piguet forged carbon case. This was the "bumblebee" look that went with a similar Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph. In 2013, Audemars Piguet added ceramic to the list of case materials for the Royal Oak Offshore Diver with a black ceramic and orange model. For 2014, we get the Royal Oak Offshore Diver in white ceramic with blue.