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    I’m starting to wonder about that meteorite. Must’ve been about the size of Mars, there’s so much of it. Or Uranus?
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    Look how the central dials are squashed together into the centre of that manhole cover of a watch face, along with the date. To me, it’s an indication of a tiny mechanism, dropped into an oversized case- no doubt space filled with a cheap plastic positioning ring. Then look at the sub-dials...
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    Absolutely spot-on. a couple of years back, ResultCo (who were the suppliers of many of the IW brands) used to have a section on their corporate website (NOT the websites for each watch brand- they were separate) that perfectly explained their philosophy. The essence of it was that they quote...
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    That’s an image that will take a long time to fade from my mind….
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    It’s been for sale as new with tags on eBay as well. I had it on my watchlist (it was £670) to see if it reduced. Someone (eBay seller) called ‘watch girl’. It didn't sell in the month I had it on the list. Either it’s deeply unpopular, or that 50 seems to have gone a LONG way…
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    I always thought Ideal World were hinting at the watchmaker who put together such a timepiece. Not Abraham Breguet and his tourbillon. Oh no. It’s Yorkshire’s finest T’ Our Billy for them. I think I’ve been watching their rubbish too long! :)
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    I always thought they’d eventually sell tourbillons, ever since I read that it was French for a whirlwind. After all, who but Ideal World presenters could be better suited to offering us a load of hot air, endlessly going round and round without ever going anywhere…? But seriously, it shows how...
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    I know this isn’t properly a fit to IW, but did anyone watch ‘The Apprentice’ selly telly edition last week? It was hosted on TJC and there was a guy offering the contestants advice on how to cope. I thought all the way through that I recognised his voice but I couldn’t recognise him. Having...
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    As Hammy said, with IW it’s so often ‘Swiss Parts’ rather than ‘Swiss Made’. Basically, ‘Swiss Parts’ means the Chinese assembler was eating a Toblerone when putting it together.
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    Until about a year ago, IW had a dreadful TrustPilot rating. Literally, they classified IW as ‘bad’. Almost every rating was a 1*. Suddenly the site was flooded with very short 5 star reviews. It’s clear that someone at IW was given the task of improving the scores, but the question is how those...
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    And then going out for a walk, pulling my radiator behind me…
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    Peter Simon (as always) has his own weird version of that. He constantly says ‘good luck if you get it’. Now I wonder if there’s a bit of the old subconscious at play, there. If the watch/ treadmill/ drone/ worry angel (oops - not sure how THAT got there) was any good, why exactly would you...
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    Peter Simon has a Rolex as well. I’ve never been quite able to see if it’s a real one, or one of those I used to get pushed at me every time we went into Lucky Plaza when we lived in Singapore. They were some fakes- the gold used to wear off on your wrist, leaving a green band that looked like...
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    IW seem to think that this, indefinable, Swiss ‘heritage’ will ensure a good watch. On that basis, we should soon be seeing the Toblerone watch company. Or Gouda Timepieces inc. No experience of watchmaking at tall, but all that Swiss heritage. I can imagine Peter Simon’s unrestrained excitement...
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    I think they really mean they should've been with Basil. The only debate is whether Basil Brush or Basil Fawlty. Fawlty, I guess, given how many of the watches they show are exactly that - faulty!!

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