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  1. It's great! I haven't watched the vid - I am watching Chelsea - but they also have a newer range of, ahem, 'less' costly pieces, I have had one or two on the wrist and haven't wanted to remove them. UN is a brand I really enjoy.
  2. I really enjoyed this post, I was really expecting Alan who has a 'bumper' and other classic enthusiasts here to contribute further. Maybe they just haven't picked it up yet. There's a fair amount on here about Harwood now.
  3. That's a really great looking Mille Miglia, I like it a lot and it's good to see another on here (I have the 2015 LE). But this is a new model to me and I'm wondering when it dates from?
  4. Exactly, of the three logos, the 2nd is my favourite and adorns my CW. But when I first had an interest in the brand, that was the logo in use and it was clear that original forum members preferred the first logo! I think they're in a bit of a catch 22 with the logo. To a degree, logo 2 and 3 are the proverbial marmite examples. The question for CW's self admitted move for a younger purchasing audience, of which the move to a more 'on trend' logo was a part of, is that it is of a time and place and what happens if the younger buyers move on to the next big thing? Mike France has said in interview that at some stage he would like to hand over to new hands to run the company, to take more of a back seat role, to people they have groomed, but they only have a small workforce and it's hard to see who in-house there is to step up and this was before the 2 new directors came on board as a result of the funding they secured. And I have no idea how that effects things. Personally, I wouldn't be surprised if they (Mike France and Peter Ellis) at some stage (not yet), sell the business on as they did with the Early Learning Centre.
  5. Was it for a sale on a black PVD bracelet - hardly likely I would have thought?
  6. Ah, you went then? What did they say? The info I have mentioned is from the CW forum. Also reporting on what was said at a GTG. I don't know which one. To me, good luck to them if they have. They were clearly trying to attract younger buyers and if that has worked, then good. But it's self evident that in the process they have lost many repeat customers - such are the business decisions companies have to make.
  7. Welcome Don, I hope the forum gives you lots of ideas!
  8. Yes, but have they? For about the last 3 or so years the consensus was that they were selling circa 18000 watches annually, then 20,000 cropped up (corrected by Kip) and I have even heard talk of 30,000. Until CW himself, at one of the recent GTG's, mentioned they were now selling 18,000 watches pa (including sales), which raised a few eye brows in view of previous data that was believed to have come from the company. Still a great figure though (if true!). Obviously, it's the companies right to withhold such data.
  9. I'm not sure I agree with the pretty watches thing about CW. Their most popular seller is the Trident, by a big way. I have one of those. Or it was the biggest seller until the C65 came along, which I really like, especially the green / khaki C65 as mentioned above, which works great with the tan strap, I think it's a winner, bar the now not so new bloody logo! They change that logo and I'm sure the sales will go up. I love the WT that Alan has as well, I think it's their best ever watch and a Johannes Janke special.
  10. Fantastic skill. Done any watch cases?
  11. The design leaves me a bit cold to be honest (I'll get my coat).
  12. It's scary how near it can appear on zoom. I recall taking some pics of the 'super moon' a couple of years back, when from Hua Hin, it appeared creamy, rather than white.
  13. I'm not sure I get the criticism of the various LE's as there's usually a market for them and they get sold. Meanwhile, the more 'traditional' speedy variants remain on sale for those not after an LE. It seems to me they are appealing to all sides of the market and making loads of money in the process!
  14. Why don't you put it under the hammer to find out???
  15. Sorry to quote you twice, but I just had a look at the accounts and wondered whether your were looking at CW London Ltd or CW (London) holdings Ltd, which is the parent company, post the merger with Synergies Horologies(?) and where the recent investment has gone. Much has changed with two new directors and CW and Johannes Jahnke no longer appearing as even minor shareholders. You can see the new funding and the fact they now have, albeit it in name only, subsidiaries in both the States and Switzerland.
  16. They have just secured funding from some scheme or other set up to help newer, or smaller companies. But the other year, the directors had to dig in to their pockets to loan the company money. As for using bricks and mortar shops, there was some mention of this in the recent past, but in a teasing way, but I suspect it will be in the form of pop-up shops, in the way that Bremont do, but they are usually at events they sponsor - Henley Regatta, IOM TT races and the like.
  17. I wouldn't expect too much to change. CW was always a minor player compared to the other two partners and Mike France took 0ver as head honcho and has driven it forward. CW only had a 5% share of the new anglo-swiss company,
  18. Whoa! I'm familiar with Rogers yellow offerings, which are all pretty special, but I love this as well, goes great with the bracelet! Love it!
  19. Strange day today, up early to China Town here in Bangkok, as the other half wanted to buy gifts for her staff for Chinese New Year, which is a big thing here. Pam herself is Thai Chinese. So what did she buy? Fold up shopping bags - lol - 20 of them! So were loads of others buying the same. Big thing here, as Thailand, identified to it's shame, as one of the worst polluters of the Worlds Oceans, has effectively banned the issue of single use plastic bags from 1st January. So everyone needs bags!!! Anyway, I got a bit bored in the traffic, so took a few 'real life' shots of my Bremont MB3. Madam also tried a new car park today and had the shock of her life when she realised the way out was through part of the market. She was flapping somewhat as the hordes were reluctant to move out the way. Oh well, back to the usual car park next time! The day got better later though, as I bought a new strap for one of my Seikos and that will be on my wrist tomorrow.
  20. I've been wearing Roy's RLT36 for a few days now - one of my favourites that now has permanent residence at the other half's condo in Bangkok.
  21. It's a great looking time piece - the dial is stunning. Look forward to seeing it on the bracelet in a wrist shot!
  22. I just wish people would use the correct term. They are not homages, they are copy watches. I have no problem with that. But nicking someone else's design to make money, does not a 'homage' make.
  23. I was quite smitten by the Captain Cook bluey greyish model at 42mm, which I saw and tried on the other day. Really liked it a lot, Up until now the only model I had seen at this size was the green model, which is too bright for me. I also liked the new anniversary Mido divers range, especially, again, the model with the blue dial, although it had a more generic look than the Captain Cook. It seems evident that both Rado and Mido are upgrading their ranges for the better, whilst still offering great value for money. But I also like Oris, just waiting for model that is for me!
  24. Not really sure what's happening here. Not sure I should be intervening. But as possibly the only person here who has met IS in the flesh and on a few occasions now, Including Boxing Day, when we got together to look at a limited watch fair in a sprawling NE Thai city, I can say that he is a really nice guy who has an enthusiastic genuine passion for watches (and cars) and has zero airs and graces about him whatsoever. My missus secretly took a photo of the two of us at the Longines stand and asked the staff how long we had been there for and laughed when she was told well over half an hour! That was just considering the merits of 2 watches. His watch collection, as he has explained to me and which I have seen in it's totality (say's he drooling), bar his massive Gshock collection and incidentally, which he brought to an arranged meet in Bangkok in a casual bag simply worn over his shoulder, is borne out of a passion for tradition, brand history, quality and modernity when appropriate (Hublot,) with possibly a common factor of his liking for busy dials. I tried to talk him out of his most recent purchase on the 26th, but we have all been there with that itch, but I will accept some responsibility for the Perrelet he bought a year earlier! I like the guy a lot and feel a bit guilty that I couldn't meet up again today, now that for separate reasons, we are both back in the same city again - neighbouring hotels this time though.. Like I say, I don't know what has been happening here, but your comments bear no relation to the guy I know.
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