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Watch Freek
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Now here is another question

What is important to you, is functionality or aesthetics, for me, it is a hard question to answer. When I was working as a software analyst, I would have chosen function, as I used my chronograph to measure computer transactions as part of my job. I had to do performance monitoring and one of those tasks was measuring the time it took to enter a command on a console to the time the application processed the command and sent a return notification back to the console that the command was processed. I am retired now and those days are long gone so I really do not have practical use for a chronograph any longer other than to time an egg, but I still think they look neatto.

Now that I have set the backdrop I have two watches fort comparison shoppers

One is Hanhart, a brand with over a hundred years heritage in making precision timepieces and has done so for not only the German airforce but the French military as well. The company started in Switzerland in the late 1800s but moved to Germany in the early 1900s. The watch below is a hand wind with a fly back culumn wheel one of the most impressive features in a chronograph watch. It comes in a Panda and reverse panda dial
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The next watch is from an independent watchmaker whop has made a huge impact on the watch community over the last few years creating affordable much sought after watches. Hajimi Asioka made watches in the three digits but as of 2019 started his Kurono Tokyo company contracting Precision watch company in Japan to build his watches, he decided to do this to make his designs more accerssable to those collectors without the huge pocketbooks. The watches he designs are aesthetically pleasing with beautiful color designs taken from the natural beauty of the Japanese landscape. The newest watch is a column wheel Seiko automatic chronograph that is noted to be dependable and reliability.
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In summation

Both the Hanhart and Kurono are quality chronographs in their own right, the Hanhart as mechnical marvel with a flyback feature, The Kurono is more aesthetically pleasing to the eye. The question is would you ever have need for the flyback complication or is it just s great feature as a conversation piece. Would you pick the Kurono for its pleasing looks over the technical prowness of the Hanhart. Now major issues I have not mentioned the cost of the Hanhart is about 2.5k where the Kurono is 3.4k both are priced without tax. The Hanhart gives you more options coming on a 39mm and 42mm case, the Kurono comes in a pleasing 38mm case both the Hanhart and Kurono are 14mm thick. The Kurono comes with a date but the date is lacking on the Hanhart.

So now the question is which would you chose
 

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Hmm....I was going to tell you I would order the Kurono but the size kills it for me, I have a touch over 8" wrist. I will only buy new watches that are 40mm or bigger. As long as the size of 38mm is 'pleasing to you' then I would but that one. It's all about looks I guess, since the price difference didn't seem to put you off.

I like the unique colors, the softer lines of the case, the non-coin edge bezel, plus I like the story it comes with. You said you were not really using the chronograph, so extra features here don't matter. Either one is nice, pick what you love.
 

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I love hanhart's size and complication, but I can't bear the coin edge style, to my eye something cirounding the size and style of the numerals with the geomety of the dial / bezel and sub dials just throws me off. They have a particular field watch I'm fond of (i'm a hanhart fan), and I like a panda (with a flipping fly back feature --that rocks) but there's something that doesn't fit for me in the cemetry of the look.
This Kurono is really something beautiful. The date window (not a fan of dates) is very well done, the fit and finish are supurb. The handsets, dial and signiture are great. This is a wonderful looking piece; the size makes it a pass for me, especially with such small sub dials. I would love to see this one and handle it, even given the flyback of the hanhart I would much rather play with this one.

The more i think the more i would choose the Kumoro. The size is off putting, but the cemetry and coin bezel just wont sit.


What would your third choice be???
 

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It’s amazing how similar types of watches can be so different when
you think about it. :cool:o_O At very first glance, and especially to a non
watch fan, these have to look identical almost. However, once you
really start looking you realize the watches really are two different
animals. And being completely truthful, I genuinely like both !! 🥇🥇
In actuality both would be just fine for me. Or even better than fine.
Looks wise and functionality wise, they both work for me guys.

This was awesome Bob, thanks a lot for coming up with the topic !!!
 

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I would go with the Hanhart because it is a true pilot watch with a long history. The Kurono is a beauty but really has no need to come with a chronograph complication. It really is more of a dress watch that happens to have a chronograph complication as an added-on feature.
 

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I would go with the Hanhart because it is a true pilot watch with a long history. The Kurono is a beauty but really has no need to come with a chronograph complication. It really is more of a dress watch that happens to have a chronograph complication as an added-on feature.

You actually make a really convincing argument here Bob. 😉(y)
The Hanhart has history on it’s side, and honestly I like both
it’s function, and aesthetics. 😀 ..It’s the whole package !!

I think you swayed me to the Hanhart side as well. 😎

Thanks once again !!!
 

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You actually make a really convincing argument here Bob. 😉(y)
The Hanhart has history on it’s side, and honestly I like both
it’s function, and aesthetics. 😀 ..It’s the whole package !!

I think you swayed me to the Hanhart side as well. 😎

Thanks once again !!!
It was also one of Steve McQueen's favorite watches,
 

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I’m with Cameron here Bob, dittos !! 😎😎

And I actually didn’t either know that this was one of Steve McQueen’s
favorite watches, or had forgotten, so thank you !!!
Hi Tom
You learn a lot watching youtube videos :) McQueen was famous for wearing the Huer Monaco Gulf and of course Rolex Daytona but those watches were sponsored by "product placement" and given to him. The Hanhart company did not sponsor McQueen he chose to wear it because it was part of his own collection and its durability when he was doing his own stunts and riding his motorcycles, in other words, I figured it was his beater watch.
 

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Hi Tom
You learn a lot watching youtube videos :) McQueen was famous for wearing the Huer Monaco Gulf and of course Rolex Daytona but those watches were sponsored by "product placement" and given to him. The Hanhart company did not sponsor McQueen he chose to wear it because it was part of his own collection and its durability when he was doing his own stunts and riding his motorcycles, in other words, I figured it was his beater watch.
That is true about YouTube Bob. 😉

It’s amazing what you can find out, and once you watch a video
like that you probably get all similar recommendations right?! (y)
Which lead you to learn even more things. And on this Hanhart,
that is really saying something if Mr. McQueen chose that watch
as one to have in his collection like that ! 😎😎

The watch must be even more impressive than we all thought.
And we already thought it was, wow, just wow Bob.

THX a bunch for the extra info, along with insight !!!
 

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That is true about YouTube Bob. 😉

It’s amazing what you can find out, and once you watch a video
like that you probably get all similar recommendations right?! (y)
Which lead you to learn even more things. And on this Hanhart,
that is really saying something if Mr. McQueen chose that watch
as one to have in his collection like that ! 😎😎

The watch must be even more impressive than we all thought.
And we already thought it was, wow, just wow Bob.

THX a bunch for the extra info, along with insight !!!
Thinking of creating a gofundme page so I could afford one. :)
 
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