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(Economist)   Forget smart watches; the real innovation in horology is going on in mechanical watchmaking. Well, if you can afford a watch that costs as much as a nice car, anyway   (economist.com ) divider line
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2014-06-10 03:03:26 PM  
that GP constant-force escapement is very cool. but not $123,000 cool.
 
2014-06-10 03:06:01 PM  
I cannot.  I can afford a baseball bat, though.

/Not that I'd do such a thing.
 
2014-06-10 03:21:43 PM  
wait, Whorology is actually a thing?  Can you get a degree in it?
 
2014-06-10 03:31:25 PM  

Magorn: wait, Whorology is actually a thing?  Can you get a degree in it?


Yes, but it's just a liberal arts or "cultural studies" degree. You've heard of whorticulture, yes?
 
2014-06-10 03:38:45 PM  

Theaetetus: Magorn: wait, Whorology is actually a thing?  Can you get a degree in it?

Yes, but it's just a liberal arts or "cultural studies" degree. You've heard of whorticulture, yes?


you can lead a whore to culture, but you can't make her think.

-- Dorothy Parker Shia LaBeouf Rand Paul
 
2014-06-10 03:42:35 PM  

FlashHarry: Theaetetus: Magorn: wait, Whorology is actually a thing?  Can you get a degree in it?

Yes, but it's just a liberal arts or "cultural studies" degree. You've heard of whorticulture, yes?

you can lead a whore to culture, but you can't make her think.

-- Dorothy Parker Shia LaBeouf Rand Paul Spider farking Robinson

 
2014-06-10 03:57:26 PM  

Magorn: Spider farking Robinson


lolwut
 
2014-06-10 04:44:31 PM  

Theaetetus: Magorn: wait, Whorology is actually a thing?  Can you get a degree in it?

Yes, but it's just a liberal arts or "cultural studies" degree. You've heard of whorticulture, yes?


i2.cdn.turner.com

What leading whorticulturalists might look like
 
2014-06-10 04:49:31 PM  
Sistem51 seeks to do for old-style watches what Swatch did for digital timepieces three decades ago. Then, Swatch used innovative design and automation to cut the number of parts in a quartz watch from about 90 to 51. Sistem51 takes the 200 or more parts in a mechanical watch and cuts that to 51, too.


Me no likey.
 
2014-06-10 05:01:48 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

The device that launched the age of discovery and colonisation.
 
2014-06-10 05:11:23 PM  

Magorn: wait, Whorology is actually a thing?  Can you get a degree in it?


When I was single I received a double honorary PhD's in Manwhorology and Beergoggle Studies

/no regrets
//not even that one
 
2014-06-10 05:11:33 PM  

iron de havilland: [upload.wikimedia.org image 800x532]

The device that launched the age of discovery and colonisation.


that's not the harrison clock, is it? i saw it at greenwich (along with its predecessors) years ago. fascinating story.
 
2014-06-10 05:17:19 PM  
I have a watch on my phone, thx.
 
2014-06-10 05:30:06 PM  

FlashHarry: iron de havilland: [upload.wikimedia.org image 800x532]

The device that launched the age of discovery and colonisation.

that's not the harrison clock, is it? i saw it at greenwich (along with its predecessors) years ago. fascinating story.


Yeah, it's the H5.

It's kind of mad to think that our modern world essentially descends from a good timepiece.
 
2014-06-10 05:32:09 PM  
I single source my wristwatches: Casio G-Shock.  When they break, I buy the same model again.  Repeat as necessary.
 
2014-06-10 05:35:30 PM  

iron de havilland: It's kind of mad to think that our modern world essentially descends from a good timepiece.


well it beats the powder of sympathy.
 
2014-06-10 05:47:21 PM  

FlashHarry: iron de havilland: It's kind of mad to think that our modern world essentially descends from a good timepiece.

well it beats the powder of sympathy.


The powder was also applied to solve the longitude problem in the suggestion of an anonymous pamphlet of 1687 entitled "Curious Enquiries." The pamphlet theorised that a wounded dog could be put aboard a ship, with the animal's discarded bandage left in the trust of a timekeeper on shore, who would then dip the bandage into the powder at a predetermined time and cause the creature to yelp, thus giving the captain of the ship an accurate knowledge of the time. There are no records of the effectiveness of this procedure. It is also uncertain if it had ever been tried, and it is possible that the pamphlet was a form of satire.


Poe's law has been around long before the trope namer.
 
2014-06-10 06:05:40 PM  
I'm happy with the timepiece I have.

teehanlax.com.s3.amazonaws.com

/don't actually own an iPhone, but you get the idea
/people still wear watches? is that a hipster thing?
 
2014-06-10 06:06:01 PM  

SmackLT: Theaetetus: Magorn: wait, Whorology is actually a thing?  Can you get a degree in it?

Yes, but it's just a liberal arts or "cultural studies" degree. You've heard of whorticulture, yes?

[i2.cdn.turner.com image 475x384]

What leading whorticulturalists might look like


OK, that's worth an LOL
 
2014-06-10 06:13:25 PM  
Only $123,500? Try this one for $245,000.
 
2014-06-10 06:16:14 PM  
The mens wrist watch is an artifact of WWI. Before the trenches men had pocket watches, or none at all. When you needed all your men to be ready to rush across no mans land at the same time as the last shells were fired the wristwatch was handy.

But now they're only for people who think that being on time is a constant thing. Ditch the bracelets. You have a smartphone that's always right. All that's left for these $100k wristwatches is their use as money laundering totems.
 
2014-06-10 06:27:45 PM  
Swatch-which in 1983 transformed dull digital watches into must-have fashion accessories

WTF? Those were not digital watches.
 
2014-06-10 06:43:23 PM  

Hot_Sauce: Only $123,500? Try this one for $245,000.


drool. That is amazing.
 
2014-06-10 06:51:11 PM  
sophrosyne.radical.r30.net
 
2014-06-10 07:12:09 PM  
I love automatic mechanical watches, I own 4 of them. One of these days I will also get a nice watch winder so I don't have to reset them everytime I change watches.
 
2014-06-10 07:23:20 PM  
If your watch can't kill moon Nazis, it's garbage.
 
2014-06-10 07:40:41 PM  

wildcardjack: The mens wrist watch is an artifact of WWI. Before the trenches men had pocket watches, or none at all. When you needed all your men to be ready to rush across no mans land at the same time as the last shells were fired the wristwatch was handy.

But now they're only for people who think that being on time is a constant thing. Ditch the bracelets. You have a smartphone that's always right. All that's left for these $100k wristwatches is their use as money laundering totems.


Yep there's iPhones and there's $100k watches. Nothing in between.

Look, some people enjoy mechanical watches for the craftsmanship or history, or maybe just the looks. It's not wrong. People need hobbies, even if that hobby is shiatting on everything that's not an iPhone.
 
2014-06-10 07:43:33 PM  
I was hoping for a watch porn thread but I get a "watches are dumb" thread. Damn.
 
2014-06-10 07:56:41 PM  

crotchgrabber: I was hoping for a watch porn thread but I get a "watches are dumb" thread. Damn.


Here you go:  upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-06-10 08:10:11 PM  

crotchgrabber: I was hoping for a watch porn thread but I get a "watches are dumb" thread. Damn.


You sound old.  Or possibly in sales.
 
2014-06-10 08:13:34 PM  

Angela Lansbury's Merkin: crotchgrabber: I was hoping for a watch porn thread but I get a "watches are dumb" thread. Damn.

You sound old.  Or possibly in sales.


No twice. Just like watches. Some farkers have nice ones and I'm jealous.
 
2014-06-10 08:16:50 PM  

crotchgrabber: I was hoping for a watch porn thread but I get a "watches are dumb" thread. Damn.


I recently got a raise and picked this one up:


i74.photobucket.com
It is the first high end watch I have ever bought new. I have 2 older Rolexes(both gifts from my dad).
 
2014-06-10 08:38:41 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: /people still wear watches? is that a hipster thing?


It might be, but I don't care.  I like watches and I need to know what time it is for work a LOT.  So, it works out for me.
 
2014-06-10 10:19:52 PM  
ArcadianRefugee:
/people still wear watches?


Yes.  They're called grownups.
 
2014-06-10 10:20:10 PM  
this is what my company gives you after 5 years


img.fark.net

the watch, not the winder
 
2014-06-10 10:27:38 PM  

loonatic112358: this is what my company gives you after 5 years


[img.fark.net image 846x1500]

the watch, not the winder


Nice, I have a 2 tone Submariner, great watch. They last forever, mine is 17 years old and looks brand new.
 
2014-06-10 10:46:29 PM  

NASAM: ArcadianRefugee:
/people still wear watches?


Yes.  They're called grownups.


I don't know anyone with a real job who wears a watch. It's only office drones and old people.

Surgeons, zoo keepers, chefs, astronauts: pretty much anyone who does something requiring years of training that no one else can do is watchless on the job.
 
2014-06-10 10:48:54 PM  

doglover: NASAM: ArcadianRefugee:
/people still wear watches?


Yes.  They're called grownups.

I don't know anyone with a real job who wears a watch. It's only office drones and old people.

Surgeons, zoo keepers, chefs, astronauts: pretty much anyone who does something requiring years of training that no one else can do is watchless on the job.


What is this about astronauts not wearing watches?
i74.photobucket.com
 
2014-06-10 10:50:01 PM  
There are people who get watches and those who don't.  Me, my tastes top out about the cost of a Sub, although I don't own one myself.  I wish my budget would reach though.  Actually I lust after a Grand Seiko.  I won't ever have the money to blow watches in the class of that article.  Well, the Sistem51 excepted...
 
2014-06-10 10:50:49 PM  
 
2014-06-10 10:57:03 PM  

BadReligion: doglover: NASAM: ArcadianRefugee:
/people still wear watches?


Yes.  They're called grownups.

I don't know anyone with a real job who wears a watch. It's only office drones and old people.

Surgeons, zoo keepers, chefs, astronauts: pretty much anyone who does something requiring years of training that no one else can do is watchless on the job.

What is this about astronauts not wearing watches?
[i74.photobucket.com image 300x300]


The ISS is like a youth hostel in orbit. Show me that same guy on the job in his space suit and I'll show you an astronaut who can't see his own wrist.

/besides, that's clearly a chronometer.
 
2014-06-10 11:04:31 PM  

doglover: BadReligion: doglover: NASAM: ArcadianRefugee:
/people still wear watches?


Yes.  They're called grownups.

I don't know anyone with a real job who wears a watch. It's only office drones and old people.

Surgeons, zoo keepers, chefs, astronauts: pretty much anyone who does something requiring years of training that no one else can do is watchless on the job.

What is this about astronauts not wearing watches?
[i74.photobucket.com image 300x300]

The ISS is like a youth hostel in orbit. Show me that same guy on the job in his space suit and I'll show you an astronaut who can't see his own wrist.

/besides, that's clearly a chronometer.


What does the ISS have to do with Buzz Aldrin? That watch went to the moon.
 
2014-06-10 11:04:58 PM  

Magorn: wait, Whorology is actually a thing?  Can you get a degree in it?


It's better than terrific... it's whoreific!

Wait a sec...
 
2014-06-10 11:35:30 PM  

doglover: BadReligion: doglover: NASAM: ArcadianRefugee:
/people still wear watches?


Yes.  They're called grownups.

I don't know anyone with a real job who wears a watch. It's only office drones and old people.

Surgeons, zoo keepers, chefs, astronauts: pretty much anyone who does something requiring years of training that no one else can do is watchless on the job.

What is this about astronauts not wearing watches?
[i74.photobucket.com image 300x300]

The ISS is like a youth hostel in orbit. Show me that same guy on the job in his space suit and I'll show you an astronaut who can't see his own wrist.

/besides, that's clearly a chronometer.


Chronograph. Time + stopwatch.
 
2014-06-11 12:15:23 AM  
If I wear a watch it had better damn well tell time. Exactly. Mechanical watches are obsolete as timepieces. Get the ones with jewels and gold because they're only for bling and NOT for telling time. Remember to set it using a watch that works, such as one from the bargain bin at Walmart for $4.
 
2014-06-11 05:45:43 AM  
Oh look it's the silicon watch parts thread again.

This is not a repeat from 1992
 
2014-06-11 07:39:36 AM  
I hear great advances are being made in typewriters, praxinoscopes and chatelaines...

This is the new model of pocket watch with a camera

mentalfloss.com
 
2014-06-11 07:40:32 AM  

Russ1642: If I wear a watch it had better damn well tell time. Exactly. Mechanical watches are obsolete as timepieces. Get the ones with jewels and gold because they're only for bling and NOT for telling time. Remember to set it using a watch that works, such as one from the bargain bin at Walmart for $4.


They say these are good because they only drift off the correct time by up to three seconds a day...
 
2014-06-11 07:51:34 AM  

BadReligion: doglover: BadReligion: doglover: NASAM: ArcadianRefugee:
/people still wear watches?


Yes.  They're called grownups.

I don't know anyone with a real job who wears a watch. It's only office drones and old people.

Surgeons, zoo keepers, chefs, astronauts: pretty much anyone who does something requiring years of training that no one else can do is watchless on the job.

What is this about astronauts not wearing watches?
[i74.photobucket.com image 300x300]

The ISS is like a youth hostel in orbit. Show me that same guy on the job in his space suit and I'll show you an astronaut who can't see his own wrist.

/besides, that's clearly a chronometer.

What does the ISS have to do with Buzz Aldrin? That watch went to the moon.


And could it kill a Moon Nazi? I reckon it could. Which if you look up thread is what I said makes a good watch. Buzz Aldrin, James Bond, Austin Powers.
 
2014-06-11 08:03:34 AM  
Is this the thread where ignorant whippersnappers brag about their pocket watches?
 
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