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The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breitling, JLC etc...) - Page 848post #12706 of 483127/18/12 at 7:22ampost #12707 of 483127/18/12 at 7:31amThread StarterWell there are small watchmakers like Dirk Dornblueth that are not more expensive than the big watch maisons, but offer a more personal experience, customization of the watch, special engraving, direct communication with the guys who make your watch, etc... So that's one thing to also look into. I love my Dornblueth. Some of the simpler, steel AHCI watches are also within the same price range, particularly in the secondary market, e.g. a Speake-Marin Piccadillypost #12708 of 483127/18/12 at 7:46amQuote:Originally Posted by culverwood
I will first say I am no watch expert but I am concerned that Patek Philippe, though I am sure a very fine watch maker, spends so much on marketing. They seem to be on the back cover of nearly every magazine in the house.
If I want to spend an equivalent amount of money on a watch which are the brands where the money goes on the manufacturing rather than the marketing?
Most people buy stuff from their ID, so what ever they remember they will buy which is way advertising is such big business and companies are willing to give ballplayers etc. a 5-6 figure watch or a 8 figure endorsement deal.
Patek has to keep reminding people that they exist or the younger generation will slip out the grip to heavily advertised / branded companies like Hublot / AP.
Richemont also owns A. Lange and Roger Dubuis and you rarely see advertising from those two, which maybe do to Dubuis allegedly only makes 3k watches a year.
You have to give it to Richemont it's an impressive roster of watchmakers/jewelers they have VC, JLC, A. Lange, B&M, PAM, IWC, Piaget, Cartier, Van Cleef and they also own Mr. Porterpost #12709 of 483127/18/12 at 7:48amQuote:Originally Posted by gdl203
Well there are small watchmakers like Dirk Dornblueth that are not more expensive than the big watch maisons, but offer a more personal experience, customization of the watch, special engraving, direct communication with the guys who make your watch, etc... So that's one thing to also look into. I love my Dornblueth. Some of the simpler, steel AHCI watches are also within the same price range, particularly in the secondary market, e.g. a Speake-Marin Piccadilly
This is very true, you can get a really nice watch from an independent from around 10k$ if not less.post #12710 of 483127/18/12 at 7:51ampost #12711 of 483127/20/12 at 8:03ampost #12712 of 483127/20/12 at 8:53ampost #12713 of 483127/20/12 at 11:12amQuote:Originally Posted by Louis XIV
Is there a watch that is similiar to this PP but with a more simplistic housing?
Do you mean made by Patek or by another company? Patek does make other Calatravas that do not have the Clou de Paris (hobnail) pattern on the case.post #12714 of 483127/20/12 at 2:11pmHi Dino944 and thanks a lot for your answer.
I am a student, so by no means am I able to afford a Patek.
That watch is just the closest that I have seen to what an ideal simplistic watch should look to myself, so I thought I'd ask some guys who are way more into watches than what I am.
Edited by Louis XIV - 7/20/12 at 2:28pmpost #12715 of 483127/20/12 at 3:27pmpost #12716 of 483127/20/12 at 6:36pmThe Nomos is slimmer, with an inhouse movement, and is close to that Patek size (35-36mm?). I think almost 2k for a new one.
The Stowa have a Unitas movement (reliable and cheap/easy to service down the road). It is 41mm in diameter and 12mm thick. Close to 1k new.post #12717 of 483127/20/12 at 7:02pmWhere's the links to the real cool straps that are made in 16mm for my baby omega and vintage military timex??? I'm talking beautiful...something like hodinkee but they haven't gotten back to me on whether or not they can produce 16mm. No NATO....bonus ++++ on suedepost #12718 of 483127/20/12 at 7:51pmpost #12719 of 483127/20/12 at 9:50pmQuote:
I meant to ask what is Louis price range.post #12720 of 483127/20/12 at 11:10pmI'm German, so I know both the Nomos and the Stowa, but to be honest, whilst they are good looking watches, they are not my cup of tea.
The face of both is nothing near as clean as the one of the Patek, I don't like the handles of the Nomos, their housing isn't gold, also, as Waren already noticed, the Stowa is just too big, I am after a watch of very small diameter if you compare to what kind of watches are offered today, a maximum of 38mm.
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