The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breitling, JLC etc...) - Page 1445
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I can make out three names in an arc under the 12. its got a moon phase at the 6 and a date indicator under the 12
White dial. Gold case. Blue hands.
Ill try and snap some shots when I see him tomorrow
Stopped by Tourneau because it was on the way and I wanted to try on a few JLC Reversos. The sales reps have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. One guy called the JLC 1931 a "JLC 1950s." I know Tourneau is universally derided in this thread so I guess this shouldnt come as a surprise but where should I go to actually get good service in NYC?
I've had far better, more knowledgeable service at Wempe - very close to Tourneau in NYC. Wempe is on 55th street and 5th avenue.
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Just to change it up a little . . . .
This is a (probably fake) Hublot I discovered while searching an apartment. I was searching the apartment to try and find recoverable assets for a friend / client, who was scammed out of $$$$ by the now-jailed former tenant.
While I believe this is a replica, there is a real Hublot Big Bang line called the "Tutti-fruiti" that looks pretty similar. I work with casino owners, slot machine dealers, new-money hoteliers, Russian something-archs, middle-eastern rich kids, professional athletes, and other individuals you would expect to have questionable taste. I see them in their natural environments in Vegas, Biloxi, the caribbean, and South America. I have seen some tacky rich people wearing tacky shit, and I have met their very tacky girlfriends wearing even tackier shit.
And yet, I don't know a single person other than this particular scam artist who would wear this watch. So tell me, outside of a select group of Miami scam artists, who would wear this horological abortion?**
** I have it on because I wore it to the scam artist's bond hearing just to be a dick.
Definitely the must have accessory of the year for Flashy Losers.
I think you are spot on regarding the incorporation of one movement into the various ranges. What I don't get is why they have not modified that movement... at all. Heck, I think the watch would have looked better if they just covered the date function. I am not too familiar with the technicalities, but I doubt it would be very difficult to convert the subsidiary seconds to centrally mounted seconds.
Now, with all of this said... the new in-house caliber is very reasonably priced, which I really appreciate. $6,000 for a SS watch with a manufacture movement from Cartier, one of the most prestigious companies in the world? Not too shabby. I cannot help but feel that they could charge more, considering their placement in the market. Sure, the watch is not the best, but they are going in the right direction.
I don't understand why they have not modified that movement either. It happens all the time with most companies. Just a few examples are AP has the 2120, 2121 one is the ultra thin with date the other is without. Rolex used to take the El Primero movement change the number of BPH and eliminate the date function in addition to several other modifications. Cartier surely could modify cal 1904 to make it more versatile and appropriate for use in other cases.
As for the price, I agree. $6,000 is quite reasonable for a watch with an in house movement from a very established and respected watch company. Its nice to see a company release something new that isn't intended to financially rape potential buyers. I think with a few mods they could really make that watch into something great. If I were ever considering that watch, I think the large sub dial and date windows are less distracting on the steel with black dial (just my 2 cents). I would really like to see them either come out with some modified versions of cal 1904 for other models, or another in house movement (with either no second hand or a centrally mounted one). I would love to eventually see a Santos Galbee XL with an in house movement.
+1 on the reasonable price and nice Stowa Rooster!
Here's a cute idea for a piece for the wife. The discontinued 5800/1A, "midsized" at around 38mm (including the ears) X 34mm (case/diagonal). Pictured right beside the 5711/1A "jumbo" Nautilus currently in production (pic c/o the internet/PuristSPro).
Her wrist is about as large as mine (6") and I think it would look fabulous on her.
I like the his & her Nautilus idea! I've only seen the 5800/A1 once, but its a great luxury sport watch for the Mrs.