The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breitling, JLC etc...) - Page 1023
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Curious as to the breakdown of the fees.
I seem to recall the time I got charged for customs on a watch, the seller declared that the movement was some very large percentage of the total cost. Movements are taxed at some very small flat rate. Like a couple bucks.
I think the total charge was around $80 for a lady's steel Reverso.
This was via USPS so no brokerage fee either.
i have not checked the bill, but he only listed the movement value at $800, iirc.
ill post the breakdown of fees when i summon the courage to actually read the bill.
Y U NO BUY ONE
you no like jacob&co? :barf:
It doesn't have to be the diamond version:
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FWIW, it doesn't move me at all.
The Double Jeu is an interesting concept, but I'd rather have a single timezone Altiplano.
FPJ makes some beautiful watches. However, the few people I have met that owned FPJ's found them to be very unreliable and requiring frequent repairs. Still beautiful designs.
Interesting that several people on the forum really like the 5110. I guess, no pun intended, timing is everything. When it was introduced about 10 years ago they became the bane of many AD's existence. Maybe ADs ordered too many, thinking it woud be a run away success looking a bit like their vintage world timer, although sans the enamel cloisonne. I can remember the two ADs my Dad and I regularly did business with making unsolicited offers to sell them at huge discounts to us, even when we were in specifically to look at other brands (and they were sitting on them in every case metal). Even on Timezone, it seemed the few people that would buy them, would then put them on the market within just a few months and its resale was very week. I think some people felt JLC's Geographique was a much easier to use mechanism if you really traveled, and it gave you additional useful information, date, power reserve, a seconds hand etc. Perhaps people really traveling needed more function than the 5110 offered, while the Patek was simple and pretty. Anyway, fast forward a few years, Patek revised the watch and now it seems like a more popular model and interest has arisen in the 5110. Always interesting to see how opinions and interest in some items becomes much stronger several years after they were originally produced.
I was surprised, too, and don't have any reason to agree. Egos in the watch discussion world are pretty strange, from what little I've seen. I think whoever it was might have been talking about the really complicated stuff, or maybe lifting his nose at the more jewelled models.
Even if the peson was speaking of Piaget's complicated pieces or jeweled pieces the person really didn't know what he or she is talking about. Piaget's complicated pieces are very innovative, very complex, and of incredibly high quality...and I'd put them up against anything from "PP,AP, and VC." Whether or not one likes the jeweled stuff is just personal taste, and even Patek, Lange, AP, and VC have offerd jeweled versions of many of their complicated watches. In addition, Piaget's jeweled pieces and the workmanship they demonstrate in working with gems is probably of a much higher level of quality, and complexity than what we usually see from Lange, PP, AP. They are probably more famous for working with various gems than Lange, PP, and AP. Maybe only VC is almost as famous for working with gems in their Lord and Lady Kalla collections, but those are usually time only pieces, not complicated watches. The jeweled stuff isn't my taste, but I appreciate the workmanship that goes into making jeweled pieces.
Again, I don't own a Piaget, so no axe to grind here other than setting the record straight about a watch company that makes incredibly high quality products.