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    Quote Originally Posted by Price Plunge View Post
    Picture's definitely softer on Freeview, though I recently bought a new television that does a better job of 'cleaning up' the picture (it shouldn't make much difference to Ideal World though). The Ideal World website claims it's also a "step into HD", which is a funny sort of HD unless they're referring to their ITV overnight slot of course.

    New softer picture, new logo, sometimes new products as well but still with frequently uninformative sales pitches. Tonight they introduced a 'new' (old) watch brand "Lucien Piccard" and during the short time I was watching they never mentioned on-air whether the watches were mechanical or battery-driven quartz (they weren't automatic because they would have surely mentioned that). Also Lucien Piccard was originally a Swiss watch maker bought by an American family years ago but again from what I saw they never mentioned who owns the brand nowadays or where the watches are made.
    They never do mention who owns these re-invented or newer brands, that claim all sorts of history, heritage, expertise and craftsmanship (apart from the actual real watch making companies, ie Swiss Military, Roamer, Mathey Tissot, Vostok Europe). Lucien Picard are definitely not Swiss anymore, haven't been for a while, although they were still using Swiss movements even up to the early 2000s, but they filed bankruptcy in 2010 and were bought by Swiss watch International another Florida based watch supplier, but again they were in trouble in 2017, not 100% sure who owns them now, but the watches being sold on Ideal are made in China/Hong Kong with Japanese movements. It's like a lot of the watches being sold on Ideal world at the moment, ie the presenters insinuating (lying) that the watches are something they are not, like Earnshaw, Swan & Edgar, Ballast, C Weisz, Delorean etc etc, most are made in China/Hong Kong with Japanese/Chinese Movements with the odd one or two specials being made in Switzerland or Germany, Which is usually reflected in the price. Now having said that, there is nothing wrong with the watches, they work and some are nice looking, as long as you realise you are not getting some high end timepiece, with history and heritage behind it, that should be insured as Peter Simon keeps telling folks to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Price Plunge View Post
    Picture's definitely softer on Freeview, though I recently bought a new television that does a better job of 'cleaning up' the picture (it shouldn't make much difference to Ideal World though). The Ideal World website claims it's also a "step into HD", which is a funny sort of HD unless they're referring to their ITV overnight slot of course.

    New softer picture, new logo, sometimes new products as well but still with frequently uninformative sales pitches. Tonight they introduced a 'new' (old) watch brand "Lucien Piccard" and during the short time I was watching they never mentioned on-air whether the watches were mechanical or battery-driven quartz (they weren't automatic because they would have surely mentioned that). Also Lucien Piccard was originally a Swiss watch maker bought by an American family years ago but again from what I saw they never mentioned who owns the brand nowadays or where the watches are made.
    All the Watches I saw on there last night wee definitely quartz, you tell by the movement of the seconds hand. Looking on Jomashop, Lucien Piccard quartz watches are really cheap, and much cheaper than IW prices. Mechanical offering cost a bit more. I would say they are all made in China, they are too cheap to be Swiss.

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    Simon was at it old tricks again last night saying, "Ballast of Switzerland".

    Buffoon or liar?

    I think both.
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    Definitely both, but on this occasion think liar is the primary reason, and not just him it's a team effort. I emailed them again last night at 8.10pm, like i did with their last Ballast show, to point out that Peter Simon was still making false claims regarding Ballast, and as he is still doing it, despite my previous email, can only assume that the rest of Ideal world is perfectly happy for him to do so, and are fully complicit with trying to mislead potential watch buyers into believing they are buying watches made by Ballast, a long established Swiss watchmaker, non of which they are. Obviously ignored me again as he spouted the same rubbish 20 minutes later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammy60 View Post
    Definitely both, but on this occasion think liar is the primary reason, and not just him it's a team effort. I emailed them again last night at 8.10pm, like i did with their last Ballast show, to point out that Peter Simon was still making false claims regarding Ballast, and as he is still doing it, despite my previous email, can only assume that the rest of Ideal world is perfectly happy for him to do so, and are fully complicit with trying to mislead potential watch buyers into believing they are buying watches made by Ballast, a long established Swiss watchmaker, non of which they are. Obviously ignored me again as he spouted the same rubbish 20 minutes later.
    No good emailing Ideal World -they are co-conspirators.
    You should report to the ASA , here's the link ;

    https://www.asa.org.uk/make-a-complaint.html
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    Thanks, but I have that link already. Looked it up last night, I've sent an inquiry to Ballast themselves first, to find out what their opinion is of Ideal world's falsehoods, awaiting their reply first before I go further.

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    Fairly certain I've also heard Peter associate Ballast with Switzerland but we need at least two or three instances (ideally more) with dates and times as well as making sure the product(s) being sold aren't always Swiss made since that's another excuse Ideal World could make. If anyone needs help with dates and times of broadcast there's always Ideal World's online show archive at https://www.idealworld.tv/gb/tvschedule covering the previous week. IW might try to blame mistakes on an 'inexperienced producer' (holiday cover might also be mentioned for this time of year) but they have form for pushing the limits of what's acceptable so it may still count against them, fingers crossed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Price Plunge View Post
    Fairly certain I've also heard Peter associate Ballast with Switzerland but we need at least two or three instances (ideally more) with dates and times as well as making sure the product(s) being sold aren't always Swiss made since that's another excuse Ideal World could make. If anyone needs help with dates and times of broadcast there's always Ideal World's online show archive at https://www.idealworld.tv/gb/tvschedule covering the previous week. IW might try to blame mistakes on an 'inexperienced producer' (holiday cover might also be mentioned for this time of year) but they have form for pushing the limits of what's acceptable so it may still count against them, fingers crossed.

    I have the two Ballast programmes recorded, so if needed can provide ASA with video files. There is a show tonight so we shall see what is said tonight.

    As for blaming an 'inexperienced producer' as an excuse, they had a "GUEST EXPERT" with approx 50 years in the watch trade as well as a presenter who has decades of experience selling watches on the show, so that's one excuse that won't wash.

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    Well Peter Simon was even worse last night, had a good laugh while he's describing the construction of the Ballast Valiant, he says it's all down to the "Heritage of Ballast, they've been in Switzerland since 1903", wonder how they managed that since they were only founded in 2012.
    Anyway, have sent of complaint, with details of programmes, times etc of the false claims of Peter Simon and Ideal world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammy60 View Post
    Well Peter Simon was even worse last night, had a good laugh while he's describing the construction of the Ballast Valiant, he says it's all down to the "Heritage of Ballast, they've been in Switzerland since 1903", wonder how they managed that since they were only founded in 2012.
    Anyway, have sent of complaint, with details of programmes, times etc of the false claims of Peter Simon and Ideal world.
    Well done !
    I only ever did one ASA complaint -it was back in the days of Bid TV and it was also watches and nowhere near as bad as the shenanigans that are happening on Ideal World.
    The complaint was upheld , so will be interested to hear how yours progresses.

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