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Its somewhere futher back in the thread. He has some really nice shots of him inside the car too I believe.

159 sportswagon.. like most alfa's a poem in motion..
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Id also appreciate som GS porn...here you go...
The SBGW001 is nice! Im kind of partial to the 05 with the blud second hand.
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Everyone should be familiar with the first brand...



The Patek 5124 Gondolo in WG.



A very understated dress watch.



With the awesome shaped movement from Patek.

The next one is a little obscure, unless you are really into independent haute horlogerie.



Romain Gauthier Collection Prestige in 18K rose gold



The movement is to die for!!! In-house designed, manufactured, hand finished AND hand assembled by a huge team of TWO, Romain and his watchmaker, Sebastien Berney. Only about 20 pieces have been delivered worldwide. Romain flew halfway around the world to deliver my piece personally.



Again, another very understated dress watch.

The third is another obsure independent brand, Sarpaneva. Designed, assembled and hand finished by Finnish watchmaker, Stepan Sarpaneva. This is a watch that is nothing short of otherworldly - Steampunk meets Bladerunner!!!



The Korona K2 with a custom rose gold finished movement and skeletonised dial. Stepan comes from a long heritage of designers. Google "Sarpaneva" and you will find that he is the nephew of the late Timo Sarpaneva, a celebrated Finnish contemporary artist and designer, whose pieces are exhibited in modern art museums around the world.



The depth of the dial is just stunning and is constructed from three seperate steel layers, each hand finished by Stepan. The hands are also hand finished by Stepan. Note how the tip looks black. This is achieved by a technique called specular polishing (or black polishing) where the surface is so highly polish, depending on the angle light reflects, the surface will be either black, white or grey. This piece was the first pair to leave his workbench (he assembles his watches himself and does it in pairs).



The date window and date wheel are just so cool. Stepan has just recently hired another watchmaker to help him out. He has the capacity to produce no more than 50 pieces a year and is already fully committed for the rest of the year.



A very futuristic piece and a very fitting companion to visit Japan with (Osaka to be precise).

And finally, another obscure watch from the brains of Ludwig Oechslin (ex-head of R&D of Ulysses Nardin and father of UN's FREAK watch) and the hands of independent watchmaker Paul Gerber.



The MIH watch is a special project by the Musee International d'Horlogerie (The International Horology Museum) to raise funds for the restoration of a gigantic clock. Ludwig is the Director of the museum.



Believe it or not but this simple looking watch is a monopusher chronograph annual calender. For the uninitiated, it is a single button stop watch (the single button starts, stops and resets the second hand) with a 30 minute counter at the back of the watch AND will automatically adjust for months with 30 and 31 days. February is the only month that requires manual adjustment.

The entire annual calendar mechanism is achieved with just NINE parts!!! Nothing short of a huge technical achievement. And the packaging is pretty cool. It comes wrapped in a newspaper!

Hope this was an interesting post. Curious to know which one grabs your attention the most and why?

Cheers

Gaz
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Gaz,

Your Patek is beautiful
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They are all gorgeous in their own ways. The Patek is an understated classic. The Gauthier has elegant and original lines, and a truly stunning movement. The Sarpaneva is just amazing, but not something I'd wear, I'm all about classic lines. The MIH is beatiful in a vintage Danish Modern sort of way.

I think the Gauthier may be my favorite, but ask me again in 5 minutes.
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The patek would be my favorite in this post...

For the afficionado's out there, a good friend of mine is a vintage watch dealer. Just check out the site for some amazing vintage and limited edition watches.. www.manbodhwatches.com
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Romain Gauthier Collection Prestige in 18K rose gold



The movement is to die for!!! In-house designed, manufactured, hand finished AND hand assembled by a huge team of TWO, Romain and his watchmaker, Sebastien Berney. Only about 20 pieces have been delivered worldwide. Romain flew halfway around the world to deliver my piece personally.

Wow, Gaz. It is stunning! So is your Patek.
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I like Romain's watch but I am curious how much the MIH watch sells for. I like the modern design.
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I like Romain's watch but I am curious how much the MIH watch sells for. I like the modern design.
Would you like him to send it to you?
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5.000 swiss francs, according to their website.

http://www.mih-watch.ch/

http://www.gerber-uhren.ch/htm_d/pre...s_05_09_11.pdf
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I like Romain's watch but I am curious how much the MIH watch sells for. I like the modern design.

CHF 5,000 (can be bought at Embassy mih@embassy.ch)
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I love the Sarapaneva
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A sublime collection, Gaz. Thanks for the introduction to Gauthier & Sarpaneva. MIH is a grail. How do you like it? I’m also curious to know which watch gets the most wrist time.
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I like Romain's watch but I am curious how much the MIH watch sells for. I like the modern design.

Artisan Fan, as a few have mentioned its 5,000 Swiss Francs available only from Embassy. It is a limited production (not limited edition) watch of 500 a year. They are delivered in two batches of 250 pieces in Spring and Autumn. As far as I know, they are all sold for 2008 and Embassy is taking orders for Spring 2009 delivery. Worth contacting Embassy, ask for Andrea. She is very helpful.

It is indeed a stunning watch but the recent batch have had some issues, including the second hand not resetting to 12 and the annual calendar mechanism misaligning the date wheel. Unfortunately, mine was one of them but it was under warranty and its back at Paul Gerber's workshop getting fixed. Having said that, while I am dissapointed, I am not upset about it and am looking forward to getting it back.

Gaz
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A sublime collection, Gaz. Thanks for the introduction to Gauthier & Sarpaneva. MIH is a grail. How do you like it? I'm also curious to know which watch gets the most wrist time.

As I mentioned, in my post to Artisan, the MIH is an awesome watch, eventhough I had a problem with mine. Of the four, the Sarpaneva gets the most time

I love the complexity of the dial. The Korona actually comes in three flavours, the K1 has a solid dial, the K2 has the skeletonised dial and the K3 has a skeletonised dial with an awesome moonphase design.



While I think this is awesome, I went with the K2 because I just love the cleaner look of the K2 dial and didn't want to clutter it with the moonphase. I also didn't see the point of having a moonphase without the date function.

Gaz
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