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Originally Posted by dddrees View Post

It's more of a novelty, and telling time is even more difficult.

And yet they did he "novelty" movement with SO MUCH more wearability than an Urwerk, IMO. I am as fascinated by the Urwerk movements as I am with disgusted by how ugly they are.
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Originally Posted by Axelman 17 View Post

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 have found the SA as Wempe to be very solid.
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Originally Posted by snowmanxl View Post

Ok guys, I need some help identifying my uncles watch! He's visiting from Italy and I don't know how to ask without sounding like a plebe lmao!
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 redface.gif

defo gonna need pics. look forward to seeing it.
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Sounds like the best day ever.

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Stupid question but is there actually a JLC store in NYC? The other crappy thing about Tourneau was the selection sucked.

according to their site there are no boutiques in NY. frown.gif
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Originally Posted by Axelman 17 View Post

Stupid question but is there actually a JLC store in NYC? The other crappy thing about Tourneau was the selection sucked.

Axel,

 

Check out this cool map by Hodinkee with notes of watch stores in nyc: http://goo.gl/maps/pQwPy

 

Hopefully it's useful.

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Originally Posted by dddrees View Post

It's more of a novelty, and telling time is even more difficult.

If I had to choose I much more prefer to have the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon Three.

HD vid at factory: http://vimeo.com/67075316

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Originally Posted by Devoti View Post

This is not mine and it's not too expensive, only about $170,000. New model by Vianney Halter. I can appreciate the complexity but not sure I like it.

Wish I had 1000,00 to throw away! Unique, probably not much sense in wearing it though, more for a museumsmile.gif

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And yet they did he "novelty" movement with SO MUCH more wearability than an Urwerk, IMO. I am as fascinated by the Urwerk movements as I am with disgusted by how ugly they are.

I'd much rather own a Patek repeater personally.

 

The Urwerks and such might be interesting to look at, but once I've seen them I have no desire to actually own one.

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This is not mine and it's not too expensive, only about $170,000. New model by Vianney Halter. I can appreciate the complexity but not sure I like it.

I can appreciate that ingenuity that went into designing such a watch.  As DDDrees said its more of a novelty than anything else.  There are lots of other watches that cost far less than that, which I would prefer to own.

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And yet they did he "novelty" movement with SO MUCH more wearability than an Urwerk, IMO. I am as fascinated by the Urwerk movements as I am with disgusted by how ugly they are.

A friend of mine with a pretty good size watch collection 25-30 watches, has an Urwerk as he is big into Jumping Hour watches and watches that have a novel way of telling time.  So I can understand why its in his collection, but I find them lumpy and weird looking.  

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Originally Posted by Devoti View Post

If I had to choose I much more prefer to have the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon Three.

HD vid at factory: http://vimeo.com/67075316

From a distance the tourbillon in it looks like a cat coughed up a hairball, a very expensive hairball, but still that's one JLC that doesn't do anything for me.  I'd rather have a different JLC, or something from a different brand.  

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Nice

I need to get a Radiomir one of these days


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Radiomir today.

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***stuff***

Thanks - great posts! :)

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http://panerai.watchprosite.com/show-forumpost/fi-717/pi-5889558/ti-865153/s-0/

Just saw this on TPP. That is some serious watch damage! The owner was quoted a repair bill of $8,700! It really is kind of sad the type of end user service we are provided with these luxury gifts. Maybe I live in fantasy land, but service related woes seem all too common for what people spend on this hobby! This comment is of course not related to this incident entirely, but the industry as a whole.
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Originally Posted by Devoti View Post

If I had to choose I much more prefer to have the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon Three.
HD vid at factory: http://vimeo.com/67075316 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


The Gyrotourbillon II is my fave of the series. It is one of my many JLC grail watches.


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Awesome.  Never mind grumpy old Dino's "hairball".  I think it looks like the teleport machine Jodie Foster went in in "Contact".  I like Jodie Foster, I like teleporting machines, and I like this.  I could stare at that little thing for hours, whichever watch it happened to be in.  I dig this one a lot though. ^^^

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That Gruebel Forsey GMT sold for $354k yesterday... unbelievable. Amazing watch, but totally unwearable.

http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/auction-report-important-watches-at-christies-hong-kong-nears-20-million

Not sure why they didn't mention in Hodinkee - the Patek pocket watch I photographed went for close to 1.6
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@ mimo

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i looked at that pic for about 5 minutes before and after posting it.
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Originally Posted by ChicagoRon View Post

That Gruebel Forsey GMT sold for $354k yesterday... unbelievable. Amazing watch, but totally unwearable.

http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/auction-report-important-watches-at-christies-hong-kong-nears-20-million

Not sure why they didn't mention in Hodinkee - the Patek pocket watch I photographed went for close to 1.6

 

That's why my $1.2 million bid in absentia was ignored!  Kidding.

 

Rereading this book by Stacy Perman about the creation of the Graves Supercomplication:

 

AppleMark

 

Also provides a decent history behind watchmaking, the impact of the Great Depression and the rise of quartz and its effect on the mechanical watchmaking industry, etc.  One claim is that by running a business based largely on individually commissioned super pieces (like the Patek pocket watch ChicagoRon photographed and shared with us), Patek was basically left vulnerable to the downturn from the Great Depression as they just weren't profitable enough through volume.  That's when the Stern family snapped them up.  By inference - at least the way the book is written - the era of "mass manufacture" (and today's stratospheric pricing decisions undertaken by PP and most other Swiss watchmakers) sustains profitability for companies like PP, allowing the Sterns to keep the company "in the family."  For good or for ill for the end user.  

 

Review from the NY Times for the book:

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/books/review/a-grand-complication-by-stacy-perman.html

 

Personally I think the author uses a bit too many superlatives to describe how "awesome" specific pieces are, but it's a quick and fun read nonetheless.

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