Circular Apple Watch! Or Not . . .

Circular Apple Watch

The video below shows a render of the circular Apple Watch. It’s gorgeous. And it will never happen. For one thing, Apple’s smartwatch competitors are circular. Apple smartwatch owners want that at-a-glance I’ve-got-an-Apple-Watch street cred. For another, money. Although Apple filed patents on a circular display in 2018, changing the case shape would cost more than the [legal] gross national product of Bolivia. But I do have a question . . .

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IWC Pilot Watch Mark XVIII: Review


My father was a holocaust survivor. He drove a Mercedes Benz, manufactured by the same company that built the Nazi’s favorite automobile (the MB 770). The same company that used slave labor. So there was no reason for me – a minimalist watch guy – not to buy an IWC Pilot Watch based on the Luftwaffe’s Beobachtungsuhren (observation watch). But something stopped me . . .

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Oris Big Crown ProPilot X

Oris Big Crown ProPilot X on wrist

Oris was once one of the world’s 10 largest watch companies. The quartz crisis just about killed them. Oris recovered from its near-death experience by selling high-quality vintage-style timepieces in the $2k to $5k range. The titanium 44mm Oris Big Crown ProPilot X Calibre 115 is a clear break from the Swiss watchmaker’s conservative not-to-say stodgy past. But what is it?

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