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Agree with this and posted about it a lot when Drew was soliciting "partners" a while back.The low price and SW&D forum focus were a great way to build rep and get free PR and overall worked magnificently - to this day there are plenty loyal early customers that continue to defend TOJ and Drew's integrity notwithstanding the current fiasco. And regardless of anything that's happened in the past year, we all know that if Drew posted tomorrow that MTM was back with an 8-week...
Think this is unrealistically charitable. Don't think it's plausible that anyone would be this unresponsive if there wasn't serious bad news that he's reluctant to deliver.Not to say it must be cash flow related. Could also be some major supply disruption - black lamb is unavailable or triple the price, jacket makers have retired or moved, etc.
I think Drew's response would be that this wasn't meant to be a real business, and in any event TOJ was in shutdown mode during all of these events.What's the solution if he's run out of cash and is only making enough money from the restaurant to produce jackets at a very slow pace? Some type of bailout loan?
Oh I agree - my post was just a tangent since you mentioned fake PAMs. Agree with you both on buying the real thing*, and on working with reputable 2nd hand dealers, which is especially important given how sophisticated fakes are getting.* the one caveat is that having read up on fakes does probably bias me slightly toward watches with features that can't be cheaply reproduced. E.g., unique materials, thin movements, certain complications, etc. In a way it helps inform the...
A while back I researched fake watches out of curiosity. Overall it's a fascinating and deep world. Three findings stood out:- generally, the replica manufacturers don't have a problem getting the right shapes for the cases/bracelets. They might use software to get the machining exact. What distinguishes the "better" fakes is the smaller details on the dial, hands, etc.- the most accurate fakes available are Panerais. They've developed 99.999% replicas of the base...
This is important advice.Weston shoes have 3 different sizes listed - EU, UK (EU +1), and US (EU +1.5).I'm generally a 44.5 EU / 10D UK / 11D US, and my Weston 180 size is 10D EU / 11D UK / 11.5D US.
FYI, Mr. Porter has started to carry the Weston 180 loafer. Only online retailer I'm aware of. They're not the most popular shoes on this site, but I personally adore them.
Not sure about that. Expect a lengthy waffling ramble, and expect 50+ thumbs.
That's a fair point - ultimately with a little care the watch will be fine. I've just been scarred from internet photos of ROs with a scratch like yours but on the bezel, or a general dull effect caused by accumulation of hairlines on the thin polished surfaces, and in either of those scenarios I think the watch's appeal would be significantly diminished.One can certainly go mad by looking at too many internet photos. For example I've had almost every generation of iphone...
I think the RO is prettier than the 1815 but certainly less versatile in practice. The sharp edges and complex finishing make it prone to dings, and IMO it's a watch that looks far better in a shiny and pristine condition, whereas I wouldn't mind some "character" on an 1815 or similar classic dress watch.
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