BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends May 19, 2017

BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends May 19, 2017

BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends May 19, 2017 ABTW Round-Ups

I believe that smartwatches, or some form of smart wearables, are the future. It is only a matter of time. They won’t replace our good old mechanical watches, but I think they will become more relevant and useful as technology improves. So in this round-up, you will find an overview of the smartwatch market today and also highlights of some of the most popular smartwatches on sale.

Next, we have a smattering of watches from the Land of the Rising Sun, beginning with the humble G-Shock GWX5600C-7. This watch is special because it is said to be similar to only one of two G-Shock watches that G-Shock inventor, Kikuo Ibe, owns. Next, we have the return of the Seiko Samurai, specifically the Prospex Blue Lagoon Samurai limited edition watch. And finally, we have the absolutely sublime Grand Seiko SBGA011, a watch with one of the most remarkable dials in all of watchmaking.

1. Casio G-Shock GWX5600C-7 ‘Kikuo Ibe’ Watch Review

BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends May 19, 2017 ABTW Round-Ups

There are an unfathomable number of G-Shock watches, but the humble GWX5600C-7 is one of the more special ones simply because it is a model similar to one of only two watches that Kikuo Ibe owns. Who’s Kikuo Ibe? He is the inventor of the G-Shock. Actually, it is not hard to see why. The GWX5600C-7 is simple, quite understated (apart from its rather bright white case), and embodies all of the qualities and traits that we have come to love from a G-Shock watch. It is hardy, tough, and comes packed with all the features and functions that just about anyone could want - chronograph, world-timer, alarm, it is all there. G-Shock fans should definitely consider adding the GWX5600C-7 to their collection.

Source: aBlogtoWatch

2. Seiko Prospex Blue Lagoon Samurai SRPB09 Limited Edition Watch Review

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If you are a big Seiko fan, then you probably know that one of the hottest and most sought-after watches of the past couple of months is the limited edition Propsex SRPB009 watch, or more affectionately and simply known as the Blue Lagoon Samurai. Why is this watch so popular? One of the reasons is because the new Blue Lagoon Samurai is based on the original Samurai (SBDA003), which was produced from 2004 and then suddenly discontinued in 2008. It was a good-looking watch and had always been popular among Seiko fans, so its discontinuation left fans puzzled. The other reason is quite simply because it’s a good-looking watch that offers lots of bang for the buck.

Source: aBlogtoWatch

3. A Look At Smartwatches In 2017 So Far

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Lovers of mechanical watches, I come with bad news - smartwatches are here to stay. But more importantly, I think it is only a matter of when, and not if, it becomes truly mainstream. This year, TAG Heuer reaffirmed its commitment to smartwatches when it announced its second-generation smartwatch - the Connected Modular 45 - while Montblanc also signaled its smartwatch ambitions with its new Summit watch. Here is an overview of the smartwatch scene this year so far and what you can expect in the world of smartwatches.

Source: aBlogtoWatch

4. How The High-End Watch Industry Is Robbing Itself Of Relevancy & What To Do About It

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If you live in a watch-crazy city like I do, chances are that you will see a couple of watch advertisements every day. But of all the watch advertisements that you see each day, how many actually make sense? That’s a big problem that the watch industry is facing today. Business is bad, but generally speaking, a lot of watch brands do a bad job when it comes to marketing and selling themselves. Of course, there are a couple of brands who do well, but that’s mostly because they have the luxury of a strong heritage and high desirability, but even they will soon find themselves in trouble if they do not appeal to a wider and younger audience. In this article, we discuss some of the problems that watch brands are facing, the mistakes they are making, and also offer some insights and possible solutions.

Source: aBlogtoWatch

5. Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days PAM 700 Watch Hands-On

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For me, the most innovative watch to come out of SIHH 2017 was the Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days, or more simply known as the PAM 700. Why? Because it is an amalgamation of high-tech materials that actually has real-world, practical benefits. The case, for example, is made out of Carbotech, which is extremely light and yet strong. This makes it comfortable to wear and also ultra-resistant to scratches. But most of all, the movement is made of tantalum-based ceramic and the silicon escapement is DLC-coated, which means the watch does not need any kind of lubrication. As a result, Panerai was able to provide a 50-year-long warranty on this watch. 50 years! If that doesn’t impress you, I don’t know what will.

Source: aBlogtoWatch

6. Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu Watch Hands-On

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Hublot has a lot of limited edition watches, but most of them are simply tweaks and variations of existing references - new dial colors, new case materials, new straps, that kind of stuff. But as you can see from the photo above, the Big Bang Sang Bleu is an entirely new take on the Big Bang. The case has been dramatically reworked, and the dial is completely unrecognizable from your typical Big Bang watch. Find out what the inspiration is behind this radical Big Bang watch in this article.

Source: aBlogtoWatch

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  • Simon_Hell

    Re ‘Carbotech’

    I don’t care for “light”. I want substance on my wrist. Light flies around, wobbles, feels cheap. Especially with Panerai, which is by default a meaty looking watch. What’s the point? I hate this new age plastic hype.

    • Word Merchant

      I would generally agree, but for some reason, I really like that Panerai.

      • SuperStrapper

        Probably because it’s amazing.

        • I believe the correct usage is “friggin’ amazing”

    • SuperStrapper

      Carbon and plastic are 2 very different materials.
      As a Panera owner, I can confirm in certainty that without the right strap in But, weight, and fit, that they will do nothing but fly around and wobble on to your wrist. That much top weight without anything to counteract it is exactly the problem you describe. Light watches do not do that, unless you wear them like bangle bracelets.

      • Saul Sloota

        You own a Panera? Cool :). I really like that broccoli soup that you have.

    • Ariel Adams

      There is room for both heavy and light watches. It took me a while, but high-tech light watches that look as though they should weigh more as really cool in my opinion.

  • Saul Sloota

    Oh God. Here’s your second chance at some relevancy. Moving on,………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

  • Word Merchant

    That Montblanc smart watch is still completely hideous, and really devalues the brand. Awful.

    • Ariel Adams

      It could be better, I agree.

      • Sheez Gagoo

        I hope, that it is a first try and they’ll improve with the second and third generation. And I hope they’ll bring technology to Switzerland like Heuer with tech partners, so that the Vallee-de-Joux will become Switzerlands Silicon Valley what it was centuries ago.

  • TrevorXM

    WOW! Complete irrelevance to watches and the watch community on display here. ABTW is doomed if this keeps up. Look at that Top 6 on the first page that Kenny has listed: G-Shock, Seiko junk, smartwatch, pretentious completely wrong opinion piece on Swiss watches trashing the industry, Panerai crap, Hublot.

    WHAT FREAKING PLANET ARE YOU PEOPLE AT ABTW LIVING ON? No connection whatsoever to your readership. Is it any wonder that you are being overtaken by all these other watch blogs? Why do you hate real/good/tasteful watches so much? Time to shut this place down. If it weren’t for the lively comment section, this blog would be dead. You need to start cherishing your commenters here. Really, that and your established industry connections are all you seem to have.

    • Ariel Adams

      This is rather typical misdirected anger – what’s actually bothering you today buddy? While we are very happy to be where you decide to place your internet browsing time, I’m not going to engage with you on the merits of your claim as being a self-proclaimed arbiter of taste or as a voice of the watch community. Neither of which you are, as judged by the hostility of your statements.

      If we as a publication haven’t connected to YOU as a member of the community these last two weeks, should I apologize to you? Is aBlogtoWatch here to serve your specific expectations and needs as an individual? We report the news that we find interesting, and cover the products that appeal to us. Our mission is to cover the broad spectrum of watches and what is going on in the watch industry – which is exactly what we aim to do. I personally have zero interest in simply covering what “purists” feel should represent a “watch.” What an utterly boring existence that would be for myself and the aBlogtoWatch team. We keep things interesting for us, and varied for you as the audience. This best-of guide represents stories and products which are extremely salient to today’s watch market – and I standby what we cover entirely. We cover a large assortment of watches all the time, some of which I’d personally buy, others I am merely happy to know exist. If you wanted to buy all the watches here, that would be pretty bad for your bank account, don’t you think?

      For me the beauty of variety and being timely is being able to better identify what I actually want to buy or own. Watches you want to immediately include in your collection are in my opinion better off as being less common and more rare. Otherwise you simply can’t connect emotionally to those watches you decide to choose and add to your collection. The gist of your complaint is that we aren’t regularly covering watches you personally like – is that really something I should apologize for, or make changes to our editorial policies?

      The funny thing about a community is that it includes some people, while at the same time not including others by definition. I don’t think you and I are part of the same community. Your statements about other sites “overtaking” us are without merit entirely. And you know what, our aims isn’t to beat records anyways. Our aim is to do work we like, cover watches we find interesting, and discuss topics we find important. As long as we keep doing that I’m going to be very happy with what aBlogtoWatch is. I’m not the one making hostile remarks to other people who should be considered colleagues and compatriots. I really don’t want to be part of a community that includes people who behave like you have above.

      • Bozzor

        The sad thing is that as soon as any site gets more popular, you start attracting more and more people who are vocal and disagreeable…and they tend to become more prominent. On the other hand, it’s rarely a bad thing when people get so passionate about watches and concepts of taste, what is right and proper etc. Shows that people actually care.

      • Saul Sloota

        Don’t insult us nonpaying customers!! 🙂

      • Joo Kim

        And Hate filled Fans will be the end to any Community. Trevor is too filled with hate to see other sides of the industry.

      • WINKS

        I am Ariel Adams and hear me roar!

      • Phil leavell

        Your writing style is usually elegant and to the point. If you like something you state your opinion and if you don’t preferred …downplay it An soft-spoken manner I truly like your writing style and as a member I shouldn’t be so harsh on some of the products you put forth. And as a suggestion maybe on the comment boxes you should have a yuck box check so that the members make a simple statement instead of a long-winded one keep up the good work

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    • Simon_Hell

      “Watch community”? Wtf.

    • SuperStrapper

      Get over yourself.

  • Ross Diljohn

    Every day we stray further from gods light. Much like this blog.

  • Mischa

    Meh, what’s with the trolling. I actually found this to be an interesting post.