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Philippe Starck PH1100

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Brand: Philippe Starck / Type: Men's Watch

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      12.05.2012 13:55

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      Design OK, quality very bad

      I own this watch for about 1 year and 8 months now. During the garanty period the watch was out of order for 4 times. One time a peace was falling off. Result: new watch.
      Also another time I got a new watch, because the problems could not be solved. The numbers where displayed only half. This happanend 2 times, the last time I got a new watch again.
      Now, when my watch is outside the garanty period, this watch has the same problem, the numbers are appearing for half. It is impossible to read the time.
      New Duracell battery placed, but the problem still stays.
      Because this is my thirth watch with the same problems now, the problem seems to be a structural problem of this watch.
      I think it is useless to bring the watch back again for repairing, because now I will have to pay for it and the problems will start in a few months again.
      Also the glass get easily scratches.

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      06.02.2009 00:37
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      I've owned a fair few watches over the years - many of which were cheap and unspectacular timepieces that only cost only a few quid. I've rarely paid more than £50 for a watch, as I don't wear them much - instead relying on finding out the time from my mobile. However, when I saw the Starck PH1100 (Made in collaboration with Fossil), I just had to have it. The perspex front is completely see through, except for the LCD numbers which seem to float magically in the centre of the square face. The product uses technology from the Starck (That's Phillipe Starck, not Tony Stark aka 'Iron Man'!) 'Crystal Clear' series, which apparently makes it the "the first ever see through LCD in a watch".

      The fairly chunky silicone strap looks stylish - in fact, it's probably difficult to get an impression of what this watch looks like, so if you type PH1100 into Amazon, you can view it for yourself - although the picture doesn't really do it justice.

      Measuring approximately 34mm x 30mm x 7.5mm, the watch isn't too bulky, although it's probably a bit large for a lady to wear. The reason the PH1100 appeals to me is its simplicity and clean lines - it doesn't have any buttons or dials sticking out from its sides - the strap merges seamlessly into the face.

      As well as it's simple looks, the watch has very simple features. The display shows the time, date, and seconds - and that's it. There's no alarm, stopwatch, or even backlight - just the basics.

      Now, with most of the stuff I buy, there is generally a problem - and with this watch, it lies with the way you adjust the strap. Unfortunately, the strap doesn't have an buckle type system like most watches do - No, that would be too simple for the good people at Fossil...! with the PH1100, you basically need a degree in engineering to get it to the correct size. The process involves prizing open two chrome tabs on the back (IMPOSSIBLE), and then sliding out two pins (IMPOSSIBLE) - and then CUTTING the silicone to the size of your wrist before putting it all back together. To help me illustrate how hard this process is, I took the watch to a watch shop to get it done, and they said it was too difficult!... Doh!

      Basically, in the end (and this is no joke), I had to use a hammer and chisel to open the clasps. Anyway, it took me a while, but now I've got a perfectly functioning and beautiful watch. I would give it 5/5, but the ridiculous strap mechanism takes at least one star off the final score.

      The Philippe Stark PH1100 has a recommended retail price of £120, but can currently be purchased for £90 from Amazon.

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