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I had the same reaction as you. It's a tasteless, poorly executed retro pastiche. Even if I could get behind the idea of faking a vintage, military-spec Sub, there's no excuse for not aging the lume on the hands to match the dial markers and not narrowing down and beveling the lugs to achieve a vintage-correct profile. The circled B is just stupid. The "Swiss T Jack Forster's articles are gems though. And the video interviews are awesome--wish they did more of them.
Swiss watch sales sharply down, -16% in 1H 2016 versus prior year: https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/mid-year-swiss-watch-sales-results-show-industry-beset-by-perfect-storm http://www.fhs.ch/file/59/comm_160606_a.pdf Market is oversaturated--too many brands, too many models, too much volume. Meanwhile price increases in recent years have too aggressively chased Chinese demand, which has fallen off a cliff. Industry is in for a shake-up. I expect the handful of blue chips...
Customs on watches coming into the U.S. is minimal (2 or 4% I believe), and that's when they charge it at all. The last few times I've had watches shipped to me from authorized dealers in Europe, I've paid no customs duty even though the full values were always declared.Have you tried connecting with an authorized dealer in Europe? On a Glashuette Original, you should be able to get an easy 20 percent off retail price just for asking, then another 16-20% off for VAT,...
There are all the brand boutiques and the big ADs (Wempe, Cellini, etc.), but I assume you don't need to be told about those. In my opinion, much more interesting are the vintage / independent shops.Michael Ashton and Madison Time offer two extremely well-renowned Patek collections--perhaps two of the best in the country if not the world. Prices can be steep compared to less well-known dealers, but they have a lot a rare and hard-to-get pieces in original, unpolished...
Can highly recommend that Tank. It was a joy.
Other simple gold dress watches for ~$15K retail: Reverso Grand Taille ($15,800) Geophysic True Second ($17,500) Cartier Tank Louis Cartier Extra Flat (~$18,000) Vacheron Patrimony Traditionelle Small Seconds ($19,500) IWC Portuguese Handwound 8-Days ($20,000)
100%.Whether $15k or $25k, that is a lot of money to spend on a watch that is a compromised design. It only really makes sense if you must have a new Lange for some reason.
You already have the Patrimony? Why even bat an eyelash at the Saxonia, then? I'd take your existing watch any day.
All true, but the CB is 39mm, so the 8.6mm difference will look meaningfully smaller compared to the 9mm difference in the 37mm Saxonia.
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