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.. Well, not quite.

But this was a slow afternoon so I took the time to record myself pronouncing the names of 27 of the most difficult names in all horology. Or, at least the ones that I hear people mess up all the time! The video can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv6r_B_C8LE&feature=channel_page.

I pronounce the French names in French and the German names in German (and Vostok Amphibia in Russian, of course!). Most are Swiss watches. As the vast majority of you know, in Switzerland they speak three languages- French, German and Italian. I speak only French and German so I didn't attempt any Italian ones.

If there's a name someone's stuck on let me know and I'll make a video about it!

Cheers and enjoy,
Chris
 

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This is great, thanks. I recall a while back someone posted a link to a web site where you could click on the names of watches and you could hear how the names are pronounced - this is much nicer since it has pictures as well. Thanks.
 

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I really would like to learn French.

At 31, it seems like a distant dream. :think:

I did study Russian for a good number of years though, so it's nice to hear "Vah-stoke" pronounced correctly! :-!

Thanks for the video, a few I will have to practice out loud. :thanks
 

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Cool stuff! I live in a community where the neighboring town is Versailles, but the locals cal it "vur-sales." :roll: You can imagine what I'm up against in trying to pronounce these names properly!

I do find it odd that in the US, even representatives of Longines pronounce the "s." :think:
 

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do you know the name of the GP in your video? very informative btw
It's the GP "Jackpot" Tourbillon.


There's a video of it on YouTube- It actually has a working slot-machine lever and slots as its primary complication, complete with a sonnerie that ding-ding-ding's when all three slots line up! It's amazing.

Oh, yeah, and it's also got one of the nicest tourbillons I have ever seen.:-!
 

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I do find it odd that in the US, even representatives of Longines pronounce the "s." :think:
I used to work for Weyerhaeuser Company. It was started in 1900 by German immigrant Friedrich Weyerhäuser. Now I've met some Germans who still call the company "Wire-hauser" but everyone in the US from the maitenance guys on the mill floor on up to the CEO call it "Warehouse-er."

And wasn't the guy who founded Toyota named Toyoda?

Anyhoo, sorry to get off topic. Great video Chris. You should keep expanding on that. See how many names you can fit into a three minute time limit. :-!
 

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It's the GP "Jackpot" Tourbillon.


There's a video of it on YouTube- It actually has a working slot-machine lever and slots as its primary complication, complete with a sonnerie that ding-ding-ding's when all three slots line up! It's amazing.

Oh, yeah, and it's also got one of the nicest tourbillons I have ever seen.:-!

i love playing poker and i kinda have a thing for casino themed watches so this one seemed pretty cool but i'm gonna have to win some pretty big poker tournies before i could afford one haha.
 

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That helps alot. Ive been collecting now for about two years and there have been several times when Ive gone into a high end timepiece store and pronounced something wrong and then usually the people that work in those stores love to point out the error. Thanks for sharing.:-!
 

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In German I is like "ee" not "eye. "W" Is a V, not a W. C Is like a "tsay" instead of "see". If you had read the topic post you'd know that I pronnounced these names in their native language.:roll:

eee wee cee ?

if i asked for a eee wee cee at the ad i might get a slap from the sales lady.
 

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Informative, thanks.
 

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Pretty good, especially the German pronunciation.
In some parts, your French accent sounds Canadian. It says you are from Canada so I guess that makes sense :)
 

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There is a lovely German lady working at one of the jewelers for whom I string pearls. She calls my watch a "rah-lex" and rolls the "r" a bit. It's quite charming.

Jeannie
 
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