NIXOID NEXT NIXED – OR NOT

“Dear sponsor, as you know, the bank has blocked the funds received for the production of watches,” the [aspiring] makers of the NIXOID NEXT watch write. “The reason for blocking is absolutely absurd.” Who’d have guessed that a Kickstarter micro-brand could fail to deliver a watch to their backers? How many people got sucked in? According to NIXOID’s KS web page . . .

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Lu Han And AP Cave to Commies

Last Thursday, we gave you a horological heads-up on the potential impact of China’s crackdown on “effeminate” celebrities. Chinese Luxury Watch Ban Update highlighted Audemars Piguet ambassador Lu Han, suggesting that the relationship with the fresh-faced singer was headed south. Well that didn’t take long . . .

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P. Diddy Slams Richard Mille

A big shout out to Kanye West for enacting the formerly tongue-in-cheek show biz adage “For my next act, I will set myself on fire.” Meanwhile, P. Diddy is not impressed with Mr. West’s $2m Richard Mille ACJ RM 50-02 Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph X 2 (above). In fact, Sean John Combs (a.k.a., Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy and Diddy) has nothing nice to say about Richard Mille’s ham sandwich-thick timepieces. The rapper positively slams the watchmaker. . .

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Swatch Bioceramic: Shallow Wade

You got ceramic on my bio! You got bio on my ceramic! Serendipity at the Swatch Group’s Swatch brand laboratories comes a new material and line called BioCeramic. The CamelCase term may evoke animated tableware or surgical implant materials. It’s even more exciting than that. Join TheTruthAboutWatches.com in a shallow wade into Swatch’s stupendous new BioCeramic stuff . . .

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Panerai Movement Scandal?

“The new P.9200 caliber used in Panerai’s recently introduced chronograph family is a basic ETA 2892-A2 with Dubois Dépraz chronograph module,” pereszcope.com reports, kicking off the Panerai movement scandal. The problem? By giving the movement an “in house” Panerai designation, the Swiss-not-Italian watchmaker stands accused of misrepresenting a garden variety movement – and charging through the nose for it. For example . . .

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