Originally Posted by no frills
You've got higher end restaurants like Robuchon and Tao (which runs advertisements like the one below, which caught my attention this time around since I stayed at the Venetian this time around, where it's located):
FWIW, the tattoos on the back of the girl actually say "happy endings".
Originally Posted by CHRK33
If that is yours, that is amazing. Is it from the guy in Washington state? I am planning a commission for my Reverso soon.
Yes it is mine, and yes it was just engraved by JC Randell, who was an absolute pleasure to work with. See below for more details regarding this.
Originally Posted by in stitches hate
to say this, but, that is freaking amazing.
Why the hate
Originally Posted by Dino944
Congrats! Looks great! I'm, sure its a great feeling to truly make the watch "Yours."
Originally Posted by no frills
I. Love. This. Congrats!
Originally Posted by Newcomer
That engraving is unbelievable. Just an outstanding job. That is what a Reverso is made for!
Originally Posted by rnguy001
Thanks guys, your kind words are really much appreciated.
To put things in perspective, the entire engraving is barely the size of a quarter. And FWIW every one
of the 70-80 leaves on the tree has a unique leaf "vein" pattern engraved in. These veins are so fine that my crappy point & shoot camera actually cannot resolve them successfully. The entire engraving feels like a freshly minted bill when you run your finger across the surface. Amazing.
I personally find this all very amazing, and I wish I could share this with you all in person.
Originally Posted by in stitches
a - who did the engraving, and do you mind to say what the charge was? PM me if you want to keep it private. i want to do mine on the back plate.
Engraver - JC Randell. I was going to PM you this, but think it might be better if this were made public.
The process is not dissimilar to getting a bespoke pair of shoes or a bespoke suit made - you approach him with an idea, he tells you if it is feasible or not, you discuss prices, he goes ahead with it if everything is agreed on. 50% deposit, remainder on completion. You have to allow him a bit of a free rein in the design process, which is possibly a bit unnerving given the permanence of what he is doing. But he is a consummate professional and clearly a skilled artist with an eye for good proportions. I believe he is self taught.
To improve your chances of getting what you want, go to him after you've thought everything out - rough style of fonts preferred, size, shape, positions, actual main decorative design. He is not
like an interior designer in the sense that he does not
work with you to crystallise vague opinions you may have into reality, beyond making general suggestions and outlining practical boundaries.
Unlike how like Le Sentier does for more complicated/expensive engraving requests, JC does not
do paper drafts for your review/approval prior. He accepts digital sketches/mockups - I went down this route. The JLC website has images of the empty casebacks for most of the current lineup models - you can superimpose an image onto it to get a rough idea how the end product might look, like I did.
He is not
cheap - and I guarantee some of you will baulk at the price - but in the grand scheme of things IMO opportunities are few and far between where you can get something which is (once again IMO) truly "world best"
for that sort of price. At least that's how I justify all this madness.
Originally Posted by mimo
Don't do that. We ALL want to know!
I think for instances like this its best to contact him for exact quotes as it varies from engraving to engraving with the complexity. I am wary of creating a situation where people ask for X expecting Y price, and then saying "but you only charged apropos Y price for this, why the price difference now"
Also, it's not as if he's inaccessible or difficult to get a hold of - my original email was responded to within 24 hours. I hope you guys understand.
One or 2 more photos of Red for good luck...
And with her new shoes from ABP in charcoal peccary(!)...Edited by apropos - 5/24/13 at 6:04pm