May 23, 2014
by Kenny Yeo
There are new watches galore as we check out new timepieces from a wide range of price points, including a modified Seiko inspired by Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms, Nomos’ new Metro watch, A. Lange & Söhne’s exquisite Zeitwerk Striking and Greubel Forsey’s mad GMT watch. We also explain why Audemars Piguet have chosen to collaborate with the Atlanta Hawks and how negative comments can actually make watches more desirable and boost sales. Finally, we catch up with an Instagram vigilante who has been calling out people wearing fake watches.
1. Answering The Question Of Who aBlogtoWatch Works For
As a journalist in my day job, I totally understand where Ariel is coming from and I find it troubling when readers are misguided by our intentions and believe us to be working for the brands. Editorial integrity is of the utmost importance and is the key ingredient for any publication to succeed. This is no different for aBlogtoWatch, and editorial integrity and honesty are principles that we hold dear to us.
2. Nomos Metro Watch Hands-On
If you are looking for a bang-for-your-buck watch with an in-house movement that is not Japanese, it is hard to do better than Nomos. Based in Glashütte, the small company is steadily making a reputation for producing aesthetically pleasing and mechanically interesting timepieces. For 2014, Nomos is taking things one step further with its new Metro watch. Not only does it feature a slightly different design language, it is also the first to use Nomos’ own in-house balance assortment that they call the Nomos Swing System.
3. Frederique Constant Manufacture Slimline Moonphase Watch Review
Still on the subject of best-bang-for-the-buck watches, if you absolutely must have one that is Swiss Made, Frederique Constant is a brand not to be overlooked. Here we have the very classically designed Manufacture Slimline Moonphase watch, which, as its name suggests, features an in-house movement and a moonphase complication. The watch was introduced last year and new for year is a special edition rose-plated version with a blue dial (not unlike the one you see here that was actually built by Ariel himself) that will be limited to just 400 pieces.
4. Greubel Forsey GMT Watch In Platinum Hands-On
One name is arguably at the front of ultra high-end independent watchmaking, and that name is Greubel Forsey. Famed for its watches with multiple tourbillons, their GMT watch takes things one step further with a rotating globe that acts as both a 24-hour timezone and day-night indicator. The asymmetric case and dial layout may not be everyone’s liking, but one cannot deny the theatrical quality of that globe indicator and the high-level of finishing that is evident in every Greubel Forsey watch.
5. How Negative Comments Can Help Boost Sales Of Watches
If you do any amount of shopping online, you would probably refer to the review or comment section to see what others think of the product that are you considering to purchase. That is to be expected, after all, word-of-mouth recommendations are often deemed as the most effective and persuasive, especially if it was by someone who is perceived to be respectful and knowledgeable. However, I bet that you would never expect that even negative comments can have a positive and beneficial effect, and can actually help boost sales and make the product more desirable.
6. A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Striking Pink Gold Watch Hands-On
The A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Striking is not new, but it is often overlooked, maybe because it is the oddball in the A. Lange family. The most distinctive feature about the watch is that it tells the time digitally, which is somewhat rare for a mechanical watch but also makes it extremely legible. Secondly, it is also features a sonnerie complication, which has been integrated very nicely–the two hammers responsible for chiming the time are clearly visible on the dial. But despite the slightly unusual styling, turn the watch around and you will be greeted by a marvelously finished movement like all other A. Lange & Söhne timepieces.