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    Say what ! Brand name pronunciation.

    Hi,

    After reading about a pronunciation enquiry in Crazyfish's epic Enicar thread I thought I'd check and see if I am mangling some of these brand names.

    Sure enough I have made a real mess of Favre Leuba. I have been saying Fav ray lee uber. Should be FAHV LUBE uh.

    And Hub Lot instead of U Blow. Think I prefer my mutilated efforts on this one. ( apologies for the school boy humour)

    Anyway here is a list showing best practise for pronunciation.

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    Re: Say what ! Brand name pronunciation.

    Good stuff, however Omega should be pronounced "OH-MEE-GA" so he doesn't get them all right.

    Just goes to show it's a regional thing , I suppose.

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    'Zeeenith' was a 1960/70s TV set producer in the States - 'Zenith' is a fab Swiss E2E watch manufacturer that I didn't pronounce correctly until I purchased one last year in London-Town ! Scott


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    Re: Say what ! Brand name pronunciation.

    I think all the German watch brands pronunciations are wrong spelled there.

    A. Lange & Söhne: ah LAHN guh und ZO nuh I would say Lange und Zööne ( z in english,otherwise german 'z' is very strong,,kind of 'tz')
    Glashütte Original: glass HOO tuh or ig in AHL this would be as written straightforward with 'T' strong spelling and quick read 'glashüte','t' after short 'ü' and the end should be pronounced with 'e'.

    I would value German members input though,but my Bayrish:) doesn't read as mentioned in that site.

    I find the JLC very hard to pronounce that's why saying also only JLC :)

    The confusion might be from English,they should be pronounced as in their founding language, in French and German...unless it's a British or American watchmaking company.I've heard Americans pronouncing 'Glycine ' as 'glaysiin' however Swiss say 'Glisiin' f.e

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    Re: Say what ! Brand name pronunciation.

    For American collectors, "Elgin" is the tricky one; I've always pronounced it with a hard G, but a lot of people use a "J" sound.
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    Re: Say what ! Brand name pronunciation.

    Speaking French definitely helps the pronunciation ;)
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    Well, Lange is "lung" as in the organ and "uh!" as in the guttural sound. All quickly in succession, of course. Glashütte is "glass" (of course!), and something like "hit-uh!" except the "hit" is with more of a closed mouth to make an "ü" sound.

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    Re: Say what ! Brand name pronunciation.

    Well he might not bother,those watches are inaccessible to many of us

    Wilsdorf was one clever guy eh,he named it Rolex and it's not in that list,nobody has a problem with its pronunciation,to my knowledge that was also his initial idea.

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    Re: Say what ! Brand name pronunciation.

    It's why I only buy Timex.

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    Say what ! Brand name pronunciation.

    Quote Originally Posted by bobbee View Post
    It's why I only buy Timex.
    I agree with Bob - easy to pronounce (Rolex) - but, unless it's vintage - 'hard to buy' - assuming I correctly interpreted Bob's comment ! S


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    Various vintage watches - Trench-style, Art Deco & 20s-50s chronographs - especially Eberhard & Longines

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