Susan asks…

Why was the 1960s Ultra-Quartz movement by Longines such a great innovation?

rmahadevan answers:

Because of their employment of electronics and quartz, and their utilization in and innovations regarding using chronometry in sports.

In 1954, the chronometry department, in collaboration with the engineers from the factory’s technical department, had developed a portable quartz clock which was connected to a camera. This device, known as the Chronocinégines, was frequently used by Longines in spite of the subsequent development of other systems for measuring intervals of time. For example, the Chronocinégines was used for measuring the time for the world land speed record set in 1964 by Donald Campbell from the UK. In the Bluebird, a racing car weighing four tonnes and measuring over 9 metres, Campbell attained a speed of 648.728 km/hour on the bottom of Lake Eyre, a dried up lake in Australia. Thanks to an engine capable of 4100 horse power, the British driver did indeed break the world land speed record. To time the course of Campbell’s Bluebird, Longines used four Chronocinégines devices. Thanks to the cameras, which were filming at a hundred frames per second, the system used made it possible to determine the exact position of the car at any given hundredth of a second. Longines also measured the time for the speed record on water as set by Campbell at the end of 1964. In Australia, the UK pilot attained a speed of 445 km/hour.

Hot on the heels of the first portable quartz clock designed in Saint-Imier, major research into electronics and quartz technologies was undertaken and showed the first signs of success towards the mid 1960s. Having succeeded in miniaturising the technical principles of the clock controlling the Chronocinégines devices, Longines developed a quartz electronic movement, Calibre 800, which was used for on-board chronometers.

Strengthened by its status as a “manufacture” (a watch industry French term referring to companies capable of making their own calibres), Longines continued to develop watch movements, following the broad outlines of the advances made since the 1950s. However, in 1967, Longines developed a 11 ½-line self-winding calibre which took the development ideas which had been pursued over the previous twenty years to their technical conclusion. The 430 movement, of which several variations were produced, had a regulating organ vibrating at a frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour, resulting in a very precise rate. While the frequency of oscillation of the balance and spring assembly increased from the 1950s onwards, it was generally limited to 19,800 or in some cases 21,600 vibrations per hour. At this level, Calibre 430 had the same characteristics as the movements designed specially by the company for the precision competitions at the observatories. Unlike these calibres, however, the 430 and its variants were developed for use in wristwatches that were generally available on the market. One special collection was in addition designed simultaneously with the development of this calibre; it was named “Ultra-Chron” in reference to the technical performance of the 430. This movement stemmed from a desire to create a mechanical countermeasure to the gradual (though at that time clearly perceptible) emergence of competition using electronic and quartz technologies.

The creation of the 430 movement did not constitute the “last stand” of the mechanical calibre, the centre of Longines’ industrial activity since the company was founded in 1867, but rather the conclusion of a technical trajectory that had been pursued for a good quarter century. Longines also continued to develop mechanical calibres up until the 1980s. At the end of the 60s, therefore, traditional watchmaking was the subject of intense and costly research. In addition, mechanical chronometers were also modified in accordance with the advances made in certain fields, such as 1966 Calibre 262, which provided sports counters with a sliding hand so that the time could be measured to 1/10 of a second. At the end of the 1960s, the sustainability of the directions in which Longines was moving was also demonstrated by the company’s activities in sports timing. The winged-hourglass brand continued to provide timekeeping equipment for various sports competitions all over the world, including the Tour de France, a cycling competition for which Longines has provided chronometers on 33 occasions.

Betty asks…

Is Longines or Tissot a better watch brand?

rmahadevan answers:

Longines makes a better watch.

Mark asks…

im looking for a book about all longines watches?

rmahadevan answers:

I don’t know if you have the time to wait, but in September of this year John Goldberger and Giampiero Negretti and publishing a book dedicated to Longines Watches. Presumably you will find everything you want to know…I hope so, it will cost $62.37 from Amazon. There are other books on Amazon, but they are not specifically dedicated to Longines.

For a brief history of the Longines

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Lizzie asks…

Tag Heuer vs Tissot: Which one?

I’m planning to buy a men’s Swiss watch. My budget is about $800 give or take. I have both Tissot T Touch & Tag Heuer Formula 1 (orange dial) in mind. Any comments on their quality & service? I’m reading a lot of bad reviews on Tissot on the internet. Are they true? Which one is better?

rmahadevan answers:

Tissot is better. The serrvice is better along with their watches.

Ken asks…

tag heuer watch question?

someone is selling a tag heuer formula 1 on craigslist. how do i check for it’s authenticity? thanks.

rmahadevan answers:

Ask for the serial numbers, where it was bought, when it was bought, service history, that kind of thing. The seller should have the papers and certificate of authenticity, maybe even a receipt. Get a good photo from the seller and post it on www.watchnet.com, and see what they say–some of them can spot a fake very easily.

Good luck!

Maria asks…

How water resistant is the TAG Heuer Men’s CAH1012.BT0717 Formula 1 Chrono Watch?

rmahadevan answers:

The TAG Heuer Men’s CAH1012.BT0717 Formula 1 Chrono Watch is water resistant at 200 meters / 660 feet

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Chris asks…

can I get paid from my employer without my social security number?

I am an international student in US, just obtained my employment permit (aka OPT) in last month.Before I graduated from school, my boss orally promised to pay me full time after i graduated as a handbag designer. And it’s been 2 month already, and he continues to pay me part time rate which is unjustify to comparing to my job load. I have sent in my application for SSN, but no answer yet. He said he can’t pay me full time as I don’t have SSN, but he already paid me over 10 times while I am still a student and worked for him as part timer. I felt he is taking advantage of this and making excuse to delay the full time paid to me. What can I do? Your advise is urgently needed and much appreciated. Thank you very much.

rmahadevan answers:

He can only pay you under the table as he is doing now, get your SSN, or talk to a lawyer

Charles asks…

Ok Moms! If you could design your ideal diaper bag, what would it include?

I am a high end, high fashion diaper bag and handbag designer and am looking for the opinion of all moms! If you could have your ideal diaper bag what features would you want it to have? List them in order of importance!

rmahadevan answers:

Pockets that fit bottles and baby food jars and baby-snack plastic containers and are NOT made from plastic, preferably something cleanable or mesh.
An area for diapers. I could care less about a changing mat, I’ve never used them and if I was wanting to use one then I’d bring one from home that is washable in the washing machine.
An area for toys, books, distractions, hooks on the outside of the bag for keys, baby-toys, pacifiers, etc.

I’m not very fashionable to be quite honest, for me function is everything. If I can carry a purse-sized bag around that is functionable, easy to clean, and easy to get to what I need as soon as I need it, then I’m good.

George asks…

Are the upscale stores in Cancun more expensive than in the USA? How much is the sales tax in shopping malls?

I’m going to Cancun in the middle of August and I want to buy brand names like a louis vuitton handbag or designer sunglasses, but not sure if the price was the same or more expensive than in the USA.

rmahadevan answers:

Yes, Cancun is certainly more expensive that regular outlet malls in the USA. I suggest checking out online prices in the USA and visiting a few outlet malls near your city and noting down the prices before you go to Cancun. This way, you will get a chance to check out the prices in Cancun and decide to buy from there or save money by buying them closer to home.

More likely than not, you will return to the US and buy them here. Online or local, we can compare prices, colors, sizes, brands, etc.

And best of all, we can return it if we are not happy with it!

Hope this helps.

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George asks…

What is my bulova international worth?

It was my great grandfathers. He served in world war two. I think its from the 1960′s. The back says

Bulova swiss self-winding Waterproof

then it has number like this: 1 69578
the front part though says:
Bulova
international
and on the bottom it says self-winding
Please give me a guess. Thank you for whatever effort you made to help me.

rmahadevan answers:

The best thing would be to go to a jewellers. A Swiss auction site offers Bulova watches priced from CHF 9-2650.00

http://www.ricardo.ch/search/search.asp?txtSearch=bulova&Catg=1&InTitleAndDesc=1&IsNavBarSearch=1

Lizzie asks…

How do you spot a fake Bulova?

…I got a Christmas gift, but how do I spot a fake Bulova watch?

rmahadevan answers:

Look at the date of manufacture on the back of the watch and call 1-800-BULOVA to confirm. If there is no number it’s fake.

William asks…

I have a golden (gold?) Bulova hand watch with serial C366191. How can I find what period is it from?

I have a golden (gold?) Bulova hand watch with serial C366191. How can I find what period is it from?

rmahadevan answers:

Google

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Steven asks…

What is a high quality makeup set that is perfect for warm skin tone?

The maximum I am willing to spend is 40 dollars. Also, I prefer to not buy this online, so please name any store locations. :)

And what I mean by makeup set, I mean it should include lipsticks, blush, eyeshadow, and applicators. Also the colors should all go well for warm skin. I just hate it when a set has a mix of warm and cool colors, usually half of the items go untouched. <_< Anyway, I want the high quality stuff! Thanks in advance!

rmahadevan answers:

I’m a hispanic female with a warm skin tone. I used to always look for sets also. I have the smokey eye kits from bare essentials. It’s under 30. It has your dark brown, medium brown, and highlight color to make your eyes pop. If you go into the bare Essential store I’m sure you will like what you see. Alot of colors to compliment the warmer skin tones. But try to stear away from full kits because they tend to come with one thing that is good like the eye shadows and everything else isn’t really the color you wanted. Just go get a mini make-over like at sephora or Bare essentials. They will hook you up.

Ruth asks…

Where do i buy bare minerals and how can I find the right shade for me?

Do they have it at sephora? i heard it works really well. whenever i buy foundation and stuff i always get the wrong color any tips?
by the way i am 16 years old would this be too much makeup for me to wear?

rmahadevan answers:

Bare Escentuals is a great product when used in moderation. If you have fairly good skin then it works great and gives a very flawless finish. If you have alot of redness or blemishes then it takes a good bit to cover and you might end up looking a little over made-up. Please be sure to get the right color. I have seen so many girls walking around wearing the wrong shade and they look foolish. I would recommed going to a Bare Escentuals Boutique if they have one near you (you can look up locations at their website) and if not try Sephora. They also sell it at Ulta, but I would NEVER recommend going there to have them help you find a shade, their staff their isn’t trained well. It is a good idea to get the starter kit, it comes with two shades of foundation so you can mix to get it just right, plus it comes with the brushes you need, mineral veil to set it and warmth which gives you a health glow (also in moderation).

An additional note- if you are allergic to bismuth this product can irritate your skin. If you know you are sensitive to bismuth you can find mineral powder online without that ingredient.

Betty asks…

Where i can find good quality make up brushes in NYC?

Hello,
I am from Brazil but going soon to New York City, and i would like to know if anyone knows where to find great quality make-up brushes (Pony, Capra, Sable, Squirrel or Natural fiber) , which brand or which store i could find it (give me the address also, please).
Sephora is just too expensive to my pocket =/ So i would really love some suggestions and tips!
Thank you very much and sorry about the english misspellings.

rmahadevan answers:

I think MAC has the best makeup brushes. They are made of natural hair/fibers and they are really great quality.

Here is a great MAC store in NYC-712 5th Avenue, New York
For specific type of brushes these are some good ones to start off with. You can always order more on the internet even if you do live in Brazil.
Face
———–
-MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush(highly recommend,when you use it to apply your foundation/tinted moisturizer it gives you such a nice airbrushed look. It’s also amazing for MAC’s finishing powders,blush,and cream blush)
-MAC 116 Blush Brush
-MAC 194 Concealer brush
-MAC 190 Foundation Brush(not neccesary but some people prefer using a flat brush to apply foundation, I personally like the Duo Fibre brush better for foundation/tinted moisturizer application)
-MAC 182 Buffer Brush(great for powder and bronzer)
-MAC 168 Large Angled Contour brush (perfect for contouring with bronzer as well as using it for blush)
Eyes
———
-MAC 239 Eye Shadow brush (a definite must have, great for application)
-MAC 217 Crease/Blending Brush (great for blending eyeshadow and application if you want a softer touch)
-MAC 272 Angled Shader brush
-MAC 242 Shader brush (good for paint pots and cream eyeshadow)

Lips
——
-316 Lip Brush

Also definetely check out the makeup brushes at http://www.rickysnyc.com/ (here are the store locations http://www.rickysnyc.com/ustorelocator/location/map/) . They have makeup brushes as well that are pretty nice.

Hope I helped;)

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John asks…

How much money will it cost for decent tix for the 2011 winter classic and when r they released to the public?

When would be the best time to buy?

rmahadevan answers:

If you are an NHL Fan and go to NHL Games, then you know that there will be a Lottery and there will be at least 500,000 Ticket Requests and Citizen‘s Bank Park in Philadelphia is only going to hold about 50,000 Fans at most. This is true every year for the Winter Classic. If you are one of the lucky people who wins, then you will have the opportunity to buy tickets. I forget what the prices are, I went to the 2011 Winter Classic The Washington Capitals vs. The Pittsburgh Penguins. The Tickets are at least as much as you pay to sit Lower Level in the Arenas for any Regular Season Game.

Helen asks…

Do you think the Inland Empire deserves an NBA team, instead of Anaheim?

If Mayor Kevin Johnson can’t get meet the Maloof’s expectation, the Kings will re-locate after next season, probably to Anaheim. I was thinking, though, that the Inland Empire might be a better place to have a franchise.

The Kings could play at Citizens Bank Arena, located in Ontario, CA.

rmahadevan answers:

San Diego, I think the the OC and Inland Empire are way to close to LA and it won’t work out, to many Laker fans. But San Diego is a huge city 1 million strong. Have the team play in Escondido and just have the SD name. It would be perfect. With all of SD county, along with those in the OC and Inland Empire who aren’t Laker fans, it could be a good 3 to 4 million population of new San Diego Kings (or whatever name they choose).

Mark asks…

What would you say is the best AHL experience there is?

Take everything into consideration: city, team, arena, the whole fan experience in general.

rmahadevan answers:

Phantoms- Spectrum- Philly- Cheesesteaks (yum).

I love the whole Philly set-up. Wachovia Center, Citizen‘s Bank Ballpark, Lincoln Financial, Spectrum all one big chunk of land.
I am a Philly fan BUT I am not just saying it because of that, it is the best set-up that I have encountered with all of my travels. That said, I haven’t been to every arena so maybe there are better experiences out there but none that I have yet come accross. I mean, come on……..it’s classic, it’s the SPECTRUM.

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Richard asks…

Where can i buy a good Replica Watch?

I have an Original Rolex Submariner, but i live in a very unsecure country, so im not feeling comfortable going around with it in my hand. I would like to buy a Good replica Submariner, and leave the original at home. There’s alot of webpages that say ( BEST REPLICAS HERE), but maybe someone of you guys knows one in particular that have true good replicas.

Thank you.

rmahadevan answers:

Replicas are illegal scams. Once you hold the replica near you real watch the differences will be so obvious.

A replica will not keep good time and will fail in a month!

Steven asks…

What is the Worlds best mans wristwatch ?

My shout is the Rolex Submariner. Any better ?

rmahadevan answers:

My choice is same as yours

Maria asks…

Which of these watches should I get for Christmas?

My Grandfather is getting me a watch, and I don’t know which one I want.
Rolex Air-King Automatic with Red Dial S/S
or
Rolex Submariner Automatic Two Tone with Black Bezel and Dial
or
Rolex GMT-Master II Automatic with Green GMT Hand /Green GMT Markers-Ceramic Bezel
Thanks in advance. :)
or the
Rolex Datejust Automatic Number Markers with Light Blue Waved Dial S/S
Also, I’ve never had a Rolex, can someone who has one tell me what I can expect?

rmahadevan answers:

Get the Rolex GMT-Master II Automatic with Green GMT Hand /Green GMT Markers-Ceramic Bezel it looks cool!

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Thomas asks…

How much would it cost to buy a new Tissot prc 200 with a blue dial in USA California nowadays ?

I was planning to visit america and I had this idea of having a new watch :)

rmahadevan answers:

That watch comes in many styles ranging from $300-700 USD. The blue dial face that you mention is normally on the sport model which lists for about $300 USD. You may be able to find it in a duty free airport shop at a better price.

Lisa asks…

What is the difference between Tissot and Swiss Army watches?

cuz they both have the same symbot, a silver cross in a red square..

rmahadevan answers:

Swiss Army watches are manufactured by Victorinox whilst Tissot is a brand in the Swatch group. Tissot is generally considered the more prestigious brand. The similarity of the branding is because they both emphasise their Swiss heritage by borrowing elements of the design of the Swiss flag, a white cross on a square, red background.

Charles asks…

How much is a Tissot PRX, silver wrist band, gold plated, water resistant?

I have found this around the house and I am interested how much it is worth, I found some watches that are of a lower quality than this one and it sells for 304$/213euros. So I could start an auction at 500$/356euros, or less.

rmahadevan answers:

K

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Ruth asks…

Have you ever purchased Fendi belt from http://www.nicolesreplica.com.How’s the quality?

Have you ever purchased Fendi belt from http://www.nicolesreplica.com.How’s the quality?

rmahadevan answers:

They are a knockoff site, so the quality will not be as good as the real thing, just remember you get what you pay for/

John asks…

Have you ever purchased Fendi belt from http://www.nicolesreplica.com.How’s the quality?

Have you ever purchased Fendi belt from http://www.nicolesreplica.com.How’s the quality?

rmahadevan answers:

My uncle said good quality

Laura asks…

Have you ever purchased Fendi belt from http://www.nicolesreplica.com.How’s the quality?

Have you ever purchased Fendi belt from http://www.nicolesreplica.com.How’s the quality?

rmahadevan answers:

They are a knockoff site, so just remember you get what you pay for/

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Linda asks…

how do I choose and install a radon fan?

I want to put a fan on our passive radon system (already put under house and vented through roof). I’d like to hook up the fan in our basement myself but could use some help finding a good resource to choose the fan from. Is there somewhere online I can go to research/buy? Or would a Lowes/HD be my best bet? thanks! – P

rmahadevan answers:

A fan for a passive system needs to be sized for the square footage of your basement and for the method used beneath the floor of your basement to allow the air to flow to the pipe. If you don’t know how this was done it is good to question the builder. Typically either drain tile is used or gravel is laid to allow air movement under the floor to the vent pipe. In some cases, as has been my experience, neither of these are done and the pipe is shoved into the dirt and the vent doesn’t work at all.

As far as installing the fan in the basement, this not advisable. A radon fan must be installed outside the living space of the home, in your case in the attic. The reason for this is because if a leak were ever to developed above the fan it would force high concentrations of radon into your house. This is clearly stated in all radon mitigation protocols.

A radon fan is a specialized piece of equipment, that’s designed to run in wet conditions and at lower amperages. Also a manometer should be added assure that the fan is working and moving the air from the ground that is required to reduce your radon level. Don’t try to buy something at the local Big Box store.

If you would like to contact me I could help you out.

George asks…

How much does it cost, and how is a house treated for radon?

rmahadevan answers:

The average cost of a radon mitigation or the reduction of radon from a building as stated by the EPA and most health departments is around $1200.00. With a little effort in most market areas you can find qualified mitigators that will get a simple house fixed for this amount or less.

The most common method and in my opinion the best way to reduce radon is by depressurizing the soil below the the home. This is done by sealing the interior of the foundation and cement slab from the soil below and applying suction to the ground below with a special fan that vents the radon gas harmlessly above the roof of the home. This creates a negative pressure below the slab which disallows the radon from rising into the home. These fans usually draw way less that 100 watts and will give nearly a decade of worry free service. These systems also have the added effect of reducing moisture and typical basement odors.

Daniel asks…

Would you buy a house that sits on an area that emits Radon gas?

Don’t know what the levels are but if the house is retrofitted to vent it out is it still dangerous? Especially if you want to start a family there?

rmahadevan answers:

If the house is good value and if the current owner is willing to at least share the costs of a mitigation system I would buy it. You can buy it conditionally if the level is reduced under 1 pCi/l

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Helen asks…

Is an omega beijing seamaster aqua terra a good watch?

Hey guys I am planning on buying a omega beijing seamaster aqua terra watch. and i want to know if its a good watch to buy. Plus I want to know where I can purchase one.

rmahadevan answers:

Its a great watch but be careful China makes real good counterfeit watches. I bought Rolex watches that only an expert could tell were counterfeit. I wish I could tell you of a safe place to buy one but I cant. Even Wal-Mart has with out their knowledge sold counterfeit watches. Near the bus station in Guangzhou, the one near T-Mall, you can go to the Rolex head office they might help you to find a safe place to buy your watch

Lizzie asks…

How much room is there for negotiation on fine watches at a Jewelry store?

Example: is an Omega Seamaster‘s retail price of $2000 a good deal or can I get it for 50% of that if I negotiate?

rmahadevan answers:

I’ve gotten Seamasters at about 15-20% off the price and most jewelry stores will do that if you negotiate a bit. 50% won’t usually happen. The deepest discounts are usually from online “gray market dealers” or slightly used.

The best prices on the net on Omegas that I’ve found are at:
www.jomashop.com
www.bernardwatch.com

The only drawback is no Omega warranty. If you buy from a dealer, you get the warranty but you pay a bit more. Still, always ask for at least 15% off. Never pay full retail on a nice watch.

Nice watch doesn’t apply to Seikos or Fossils or crap that you’d buy at Target. Those are just like any other item at Target and likely non-negotiable.

Robert asks…

What is the difference between quartz and coaxial watches?

I am thinking about buying an Omega Seamaster but don’t know if it is worthy to pay extra for the coaxial version

rmahadevan answers:

A quartz is electronic and battery powered. It uses a quartz crystal as a time base. The watch is as accurate as the crystal and a quality crystal can be very accurate.
A coaxial watch is mechanical, with gears and springs. The term ‘coaxial’ refers to a gear configuration. A mechanical watch can be very accurate as well if it is built with high standards.
The links below have more information.

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