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Blancpain: It says so on it! :)

But yes, not an obvious detail.
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By: als1678
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Independents: Congratulations!

A masterpiece of watchmaking, nostalgic and technical at the same time. One I am seriously considering myself ...
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By: als1678
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Horological Meandering: GS bracelets always felt flimsy to me, removing links is a pain, most problematically they look cheap.

Maybe you are right and it is more about the aesthetics. On the quality of the dials it is hard to argue, indeed exceptional. But why do you think that GS movements are superior? Watching the Speake Martin deconstructions that's far from the obvious to me ...
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By: als1678
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Horological Meandering: Grand Seiko vs Rolex

Hard to argue that both offer watches of high quality. Seiko probably has an edge in terms of case finishing and offers a great variety of dials. Bracelets are a big weakness and are not even close to Rolex's offerings. But how about movements? I only trust a watchmaker when it comes to such things
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By: als1678
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Independents: I can try to say a few things but it is a huge topic ...

www.hautehorlogerie.org Franck Muller, the watchmaker, was one of the most tallented ones of modern times. A master of complications, non lesser than giants like Dufour or Journe. His early watches are masterpieces. Then money and profit margins and unreliable partners changed everything ...
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By: als1678
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Independents: It is easy to make fun of this one because of all the crap that FM makes.

But it is a super impressive complication. From watchmaking perspective there are 2-3 watches that can stand against it.
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By: als1678
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Blancpain: No offense taken!

I understand your point about "green washing". Let me not start on Chopard's fair mined gold ...
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By: als1678
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Blancpain: Well, there is a lot of hypocrisy of course.

I bought the watch because of the way it looks. I don't care if it says ocean commitment or not. Now the following also happens to be true : For every watch sold, Blancpain donates €1,000 to the Ocean Commitment program, totaling an impressive €250,000 for the full run. I am fine with that. Would it
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By: als1678
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