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    Why are there not more critical reviews on watch blogs?

    I just read this interesting article on the deficiencies of the watch industry:

    Explaining What's Wrong With The Watch Industry In 2014 | aBlogtoWatch

    My question is, if design innovation is currently so lacking within the watch industry, why are there so few critical or negative reviews of particular watch models in the blogosphere (WUS excepted)? It seems like some articles will point out small negative aspects of watches, but inevitably and on balance (at least IMO) they are overwhelmingly positive about just about every watch out there. I for one would like to read a review every now and then that concludes "no, this watch is a dog, don't buy it". Have I overstated the position? What do you think?
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    Re: Why are there not more critical reviews on watch blogs?

    Quote Originally Posted by DWMC View Post
    I just read this interesting article on the deficiencies of the watch industry:

    Explaining What's Wrong With The Watch Industry In 2014 | aBlogtoWatch

    My question is, if design innovation is currently so lacking within the watch industry, why are there so few critical or negative reviews of particular watch models in the blogosphere (WUS excepted)? It seems like some articles will point out small negative aspects of watches, but inevitably and on balance (at least IMO) they are overwhelmingly positive about just about every watch out there. I for one would like to read a review every now and then that concludes "no, this watch is a dog, don't buy it". Have I overstated the position? What do you think?
    You don't buy watches you hate. People don't go negative...just how it is.
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    Re: Why are there not more critical reviews on watch blogs?

    I'm under the impression that most blogs do not own the pieces they review and loan them either from an AD or the manufacturer themselves.
    A full blown negative review would probably jeopardise this relationship.
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    Re: Why are there not more critical reviews on watch blogs?

    Coming to think of it, I don't think that I've ever read a negative watch review done by a serious website, blog or magazine. My guess would be that's because the writers are paid by the company that produced the particular watch to be reviewed.

    Not too long ago a famous watch journalist posted a picture to Instagram were he was rewarded a Nautilus by Thierry Stern.

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    Re: Why are there not more critical reviews on watch blogs?

    Quote Originally Posted by DustinS View Post
    You don't buy watches you hate. People don't go negative...just how it is.
    Just to be clear, I wasn't referring to forums like WUS, just the sites that purport to provide independent reviews.
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    Re: Why are there not more critical reviews on watch blogs?

    Because taste is subjective.

    If we looked at things objectively any watch over a $20 quartz would get a negative review.
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    Re: Why are there not more critical reviews on watch blogs?

    Because a watch exists to tell time.

    So far, none of the reviewed watches have failed in that function, I think.
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    Re: Why are there not more critical reviews on watch blogs?

    Quote Originally Posted by mew88 View Post
    I'm under the impression that most blogs do not own the pieces they review and loan them either from an AD or the manufacturer themselves.
    A full blown negative review would probably jeopardise this relationship.
    This.

    Quote Originally Posted by Professor S View Post
    Coming to think of it, I don't think that I've ever read a negative watch review done by a serious website, blog or magazine. My guess would be that's because the writers are paid by the company that produced the particular watch to be reviewed.

    Not too long ago a famous watch journalist posted a picture to Instagram were he was rewarded a Nautilus by Thierry Stern.
    I don't know about paid, but as per the quote above you it's a symbiotic relationship.

    Ablogtowatch did recently blog about why the reviews are in fact for the people and not the manufacturers, but I can't find it now. Anyone got a link?

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    Re: Why are there not more critical reviews on watch blogs?

    Plus it's rare that a watch is actually bad. As long as it functions as intended the rest is mostly subjective. It's a luxury item - an emotional, not logical purchase.

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    Re: Why are there not more critical reviews on watch blogs?

    Quote Originally Posted by geoffbot View Post

    Ablogtowatch did recently blog about why the reviews are in fact for the people and not the manufacturers, but I can't find it now. Anyone got a link?
    I think this is the article you're referring to geoffbot:
    http://www.ablogtowatch.com/answerin...towatch-works/


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