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  • Paul Hurst 4:38 pm on June 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: alpha, buying, collecting, collection, cost, homage, jewelry, luxury, omega, panerai, parnis, rolex, submariner, value, watch, watches, wristwatches   

    Luxury Watch Styles : Affordable Prices 

    Who doesn’t love a bit of bling?  With luxury watch buying on the rise, it seems that many of us are keen to be seen wearing not just the Omega’s and Rolex’s but many other luxury brands too.  A rich person’s game this definitely is but it’s possible to wear some pretty impressive (and familiar looking) timepieces without breaking the bank.

    Let’s pay homage

    The first trick to watch collecting on a budget is to spend some time learning about ‘Homage Watches’.  These are watches that are nearly identical to very famous watch models but at a fraction of the price (and I really do mean a fraction).  Many local jewelers and stores don’t tend to stock these cheaper models as they’d harm luxury sales so online is best and eBay is always worth a look too.

    As someone who owns both Homage styled watches and some luxury models too I can’r really recommend these highly enough, especially for anyone new to watch collecting.

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    (Parnis Marina Militare alongside Panerai Luminor)

    I’ll bet you had to look twice.  These watches are both absolutely beautiful and Panerai style divers watches can be seen on many celeb wrists and at least one ex-president’s wrist too.  The Panerai on the left is a 1950’s style Luminor and you’d expect to pay upwards of £5,000 for one second hand, new they are more like £8,000.

    The Marina Militare on the left comes from Parnis.  Manufactured in Asia you can expect to pay around £100 for one, the model pictured above is also a GMT version to boot.

    A fraction of the price : A fraction of the Quality?

    Let’s not fool ourselves, the luxury brands are better and watches are especially well known for retaining their value (well some are…) Homage watches won’t compete compared to the luxury counterpart but you can wear them with confidence and buy another 79 watches if you wish.  It may only be an 80th of the cost but it isn’t an 80th of the quality.


    (Rolex Submariner with Alpha Homage)

    Buy now pay later

    In some circles the homage style watches are loathed.  Usually by the people who’ve paid considerably more than you have or by others who thing you’re wearing some kind of fake (you’re not!  Homage watches aren’t fake or illegal to buy).  No instead homage watches give you change to buy in to a certain look and then possibly save up for the big purchases.

    Is that the time…

    I’ve been collecting homage styled watches for a few years now, in some cases I have gone on to buy the expensive versions too but I can’t honestly think of a better way of getting the luxury look for an affordable price.  Remember these aren’t dodgy fakes from Knock-Off Nigels summer holiday abroad, these are timepieces in their own right,  each inspired by some of the most luxurious (and consequently, expensive) watches that money can buy.  Get your collection of to a great start and get the luxury look while you’re at it!


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  • Paul Hurst 5:51 pm on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: alpha, conservative, god, griffin, homosexuality, jan, liberal, moir, , question, racism, , time,   

    Bullied by the anti-bullies 

    Strange things have been happening recently in liberal circles, have you noticed?

    Yesterday, we had the Anti-Fascist’s ‘protecting democracy’ by demonstrating as an individual chose to use their right of free speech on BBC Television and a few days before that, over 22,000 complaints to the Press Complaints Commission regarding Jan Moir’s admittedly untimely comments surrounding the death of Stephen Gately.  Yes, it seems that anyone who dares to say anything that doesn’t sound like anything else being said (at the time), better watch their back…

    I’m sure the liberals won’t like this post either.  After all, it sounds like I’m anti-gay or racist (or both) just by talking about this, so what should I expect?

    Will I be heckled and hounded on social networking websites?  ‘How dare he say what he said!  What kind of uneducated ignoramus is he?’ #getridofhim.

    Will they express their insult and disgust, maybe demand an apology or arrange a protest, after all regardless of my intent, they have taken offence.

    Will any protest be violent and vandalistic on both sides of the police line?

    Strange things have been happening recently in liberal circles, have you noticed?

    Since when did we live in a country that only allows freedom of speech to those who say only what we want them to?  Since when did we live in a country that announces everybody’s equality although some are more equal than others based upon what they believe in?  And since when did we live in a country where it’s acceptable do what’s wrong to protest for what public opinion thinks may be right?

    I’m not Homophobic, I’m not racist but surely democracy is only democracy when it protects the rights of everybody, not just the ‘liberal elite’.  Some don’t agree with a homosexual lifestyle, some believe that multiculturalism has its dangers.  Does that mean they shouldn’t be afforded the same rights as those who believe otherwise?

    What’s so ‘tolerant and fair’ about a society that demands apologies from people who’s opinions differ?  Come to think about it, what’s so liberal about that either?  Aren’t we in danger of just polarising to the other extremes?

    Surely our society works best when people can say what they think and then those who listen can have their chance too.  Are we not sometimes too quick to take offence?  Aren’t we quick to start inquisitions and character assassinations for anyone who isn’t ‘liberal enough’ for our liking?

    Someone recently linked to the alpha homepage on twitter with this comment:  Don’t forget to vote ‘no’ on this poll.  The question was, ‘is there a God?’.

    I’m sick of being told what I have to think, not just to be popular but to be accepted.  And why should anyone be branded a fool or homophobic racist if they talk about sexuality and race whilst holding an opinion that differs from the left-wing, ‘do-gooders’?  Shouldn’t democracy afford everybody (regardless of sexuality, religion or race) the right to speak and be heard?

    I don’t have to believe what anybody tells me,  I can listen to liberals and conservatives alike.  I can make my own mind up without anybody protesting or complaining whether I want them to or not.  I can reason and speak for myself.

    I clicked ‘Yes’

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