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post #21721 of 48312
I would kill for a ceramic IWC 3705.
post #21722 of 48312
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P.S. What would offend me about the $10k watch, is that I cannot say how it is substantially different from this $1k watch.  Never mind the materials; I think there's a point when you buy from a large company that they have to be special enough, and different enough, to justify their marketing-budget-driven premium.  And that ain't it.  The base PAM might be...

 

There are a couple of threads in another watch-related forum discussing the merits (or lack of it) of Patek Philippe cufflinks.  Now, I am a big Patek Philippe fan - for their watches.  I cannot see myself spending $4,000 to $5,000 on a pair of PP-crafted cufflinks.  Just can't.  Can I distinguish much better craftsmanship in PP cufflinks versus others made in similar precious metals?  No, really hard for me to say.  Same reasoning above re: paying a premium for a timepiece that does not seem to be substantially different from cheaper ones.

 

Now, I may just be ignorant about the true merits of Patek Philippe cufflinks.  If so, I am always open to learning new things.

 

I mean, I really have no say in the matter if you want to spend your hard-earned money for a pair of diamond-encrusted Nautilus cufflinks that compliment your 5712, like in the picture below (from PuristSPro).......

 

 

But, it's just not for me.

 

These $125 cufflinks actually fascinate me a bit more, especially since the movement actually works (I believe), if you wind the "crown":

 

 

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post #21723 of 48312
That sort of cross branding is a sure sign of loss of focus.
post #21724 of 48312
i quite like the PP, AP and breguet cufflinks, i have seen.

id have to be balling pretty hard to get them, but if i was, i would.
post #21725 of 48312
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That sort of cross branding is a sure sign of loss of focus.

 

Were you referring to my post about Patek Philippe cufflinks?  I don't necessarily see it as loss of focus: Patek has been making jewelry to complement their timepieces for more than a hundred years.  I can't imagine it constitutes (or that they expect it to become) a significant chunk of their revenue base.


It's just not for me.

post #21726 of 48312
People saying Panerai are overpriced baffle me. Expensive? Sure. Hard to call something overpriced when they continue to sell extremely well even at those "higher" prices. In fact they still continue to be one of the few watch brands that hold their value extremely well in the secondary market.

They would be overpriced if people weren't buying them. But since they sell well I would say they're priced exactly where OP intended.
post #21727 of 48312
Lots of people can afford foolishness. Nothing necessarily wrong or unethical about foolishness, up to the point where it claims to be something else.

It makes absolutely no sense to make a watch case from ceramics. Bezels and crystals are likely to encounter abrasion before impact, so that's where you use the harder, more potentially brittle materials. The complete opposite is true of a watch case, particularly one meant for extraordinary environments. You would think that a company that specializes in making such watches would know this.

Of course that may all go out the window if we're talking some sort of ceramic composite, like in the Zenith EP Flyback Stratos or JLC Deep Sea Chron. Then it becomes understandable because it represents an effort to get the best of both worlds, even if it's an unproven one. But all the same they don't appeal to me, and it takes away from the luxury angle as well.

So are Paneristi grateful that the company finally deigned to make a base model that actually includes a sweep hand?

They just look silly. Perhaps not as silly as the Bell & Ross instrument watches, but silly nonetheless.
post #21728 of 48312
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Call me boring, but this impresses me. It's the sort of watch I'd take over others if forced to own only one. I'd prefer a Thunderbird but this is close enough. An understated purposeful look that fits with any occasion and highly useful. A countdown bezel would be even more useful.
post #21729 of 48312
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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

Were you referring to my post about Patek Philippe cufflinks?  I don't necessarily see it as loss of focus: Patek has been making jewelry to complement their timepieces for more than a hundred years.  I can't imagine it constitutes (or that they expect it to become) a significant chunk of their revenue base.

It's just not for me.

If its the sort of thing that they've done customarily due to regular requests from customers, I can see it. To extend the analogy, take for instance the Aston Cygnet:



As a separate product it's ridiculous. But since its only sold to those who've already purchased an Aston GT car it kind of makes sense. Take the DBS back to the manor on the weekends, putt around the city from your pied a terre in the Cygnet. And since Newport Pagnell is already focused on GT car production badge engineering with Aston interior features continues to make sense.

But otherwise, not really.
post #21730 of 48312
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Originally Posted by Hayward View Post

They just look silly. Perhaps not as silly as the Bell & Ross instrument watches, but silly nonetheless.

if you mean panerai in general, then they may look silly to you, but a great many think they look fantastic.
post #21731 of 48312

I think I digressed in my earlier post so how about some watch appreciation?

 

This is a watch that I wished I didn't let pass through my hands. It's not fancy, it's not new, it's not expensive but I really like it and hard to find. I think a nice Horween leather or a Hodinkee strap would look good with it.

 

 

Hodinkee strap:

post #21732 of 48312
Devoti, you got some real cool watches in your collection.
post #21733 of 48312
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Originally Posted by Hayward View Post

 

Perhaps they deserve it for buying a wristwatch made from such a fragile material. I don't get the who ceramic thing at all. It's not a precious metal or gemstone, and it's not a material that add technically to the watch design, so it's basically pointless. Somebody said to somebody else that ceramic would be cool to use, and damn the consequences.

 

I've held my peace up until now on Panerai. But the fact is they are overpriced for what they are, they started the whole idiotic giant watch trend, they look silly when being worn by anyone under 200 pounds. Nor am I particularly enamored by their history. Don't get me wrong, some of my best friends either own or covet Panerais. But every time I see one it impresses me as a product of sheer idiocy. 

I have thought this, but couldn't put it as nice, thank you! 

post #21734 of 48312
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This is interesting!
post #21735 of 48312
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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post

Devoti, you got some real cool watches in your collection.

Thanks, sadly I don't own the watch but came across one in a shop in my travels about two years ago. I grew up sailing and always loved this type of watch, it's the only kind of chronograph that I like aside from old mil. Lemania's. 

I had the watch in my hands for a long time at the shop and it was mine to buy, it wasn't expensive but for some reason I passed on it which I now really regret, I called the shop later on but it soon sold after I had the chance. I think it needed servicing or something which scared me away but in hind site that's not a big deal.

 

Here's a thread/pics of similar regatta watches (google translated), now this is a very impressive private collection if your into these type of vintage watches:

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://forumamontres.forumactif.com/t129384-it-s-yachting-time-again&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dhttp://forumamontres.forumactif.com/t129384-it-s-yachting-time-again%26client%3Dsafari%26rls%3Den

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