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The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breitling, JLC etc...) - Page 1857post #27841 of 483121/11/14 at 4:25pmpost #27842 of 483121/11/14 at 4:32pm
Thanks for the comments gents.
Dino, the watch itself is all original (1969), but the bracelet is an aftermarket find. I wore the watch on an assortment of straps, until I saw a similar piece on mesh and loved it. Started hunting for an aftermarket option right then.post #27843 of 483121/11/14 at 4:44pmpost #27844 of 483121/11/14 at 5:13pmpost #27845 of 483121/11/14 at 5:37pmpost #27846 of 483121/11/14 at 5:52pmpost #27847 of 483121/11/14 at 6:03pmQuote:
Not really, I'm sort of in the school of "if you love it, wear it." But I still reserve the right to critique a watch based on my own tastes ;)
For example, I'm not a big fan of watches that claim a very loose association with a plane/space mission/etc, marketing gimmicks like that irk me. That's not to say you should let that ruin your personal experience, just my preference. That case colour is beautiful though :)post #27848 of 483121/11/14 at 6:05pmpost #27849 of 483121/11/14 at 6:19pmpost #27850 of 483121/11/14 at 7:50pm
The duo is the watch that made JLC my grail watch. I understand the attraction of self winding, but would love to see an auto version. Stunning watch.post #27851 of 483121/11/14 at 8:19pmQuote:
Thanks for the info. That's a great looking watch. I normally prefer that watch on a strap, but that mesh bracelet works really nicely with it! Thanks for sharing some photos of a great watch.post #27852 of 483121/11/14 at 9:39pm
@everyone: Thanks so much for the suggestions! They're all very nice, greatly appreciated.
RP & Mimo - I think I like the design of RP's more; but would feel more comfortable wearing Mimo's one.
As of right now, I can see myself taking either one of two routes -
1. Go for a standard, "boring" dress watch - I like the look of the Omegas, but I can't see myself wearing them - too much recognition, and a bit "modern". I'm looking at the Nomos Zurich, but the lack of indicator at 6 o'clock seems a bit unbalancing - not sure if that's because I'm not used to it, though. Don't really like what's happening on the dial of the Spitfire, but what about a Portofino? Has enough stuff on the dial to make it not seem empty, and isn't crowded either - one of the more balanced and good looking "boring" watches I've seen; also seems to be in my price range...
2. Go for something which is more characterful and interesting - the Chronoswiss is amazing! Would definitely own one at some point in my life. Just not sure if an "interesting" watch which appeals a lot to me, rather than an all-round "neutral" dress watch is the correct decision to make at the moment. Look around a bit, saw a Grand Regulateur as well - even better! Just a pity it's 44 mm; if that were an appropriate size, I think my quest would have ended there, appropriateness be damned -
The budget, of course, is also negotiable - nothing ridiculous though, but I'm open to good watches.
Edited by mezentius - 1/11/14 at 10:03pmpost #27853 of 483121/11/14 at 11:09pm
Well now you are in trouble.
Inspired by the wondrous piece above, why don't we talk Jaeger LeCoultre? Not a mass market name like Rolex or Omega, so not at all flashy to your average observer, yet a step up from either of the aforementioned makers in the eye of the connoisseur. The "Master" series is a range of really classic dress watches. To be honest, I find some of them a little bland - the Grand Ultra Thin for instance. But there are four that are, in my humble opinion, very lovable indeed. Starting price is about $7000, But worth it, I think, if you want to have a seriously special dress watch.
- The Master Ultra Thin Moon (Nuke's live pics at various points in this thread)
- The Master Home Time
- The Master Geographic (HRoi's live pics a couple of pages back)
- The Master Reserve de Marche
These are my favourites. I've tried the first and the last of them on the wrist and they are simply delicious. Get down to your JLC boutique and play with some. I think you might find them hard to get out of your head.post #27854 of 483121/12/14 at 12:10am
Oh boy...and so it begins.
I only saw the Master Control JLC before - wasn't too fond of the bezel/dial ratio, the arabic numerals and the date circle. The ultra thin, however, just happen to not include any of these pet peeves. Will seriously take into consideration the grand ultra thin - IMO the cool hour markings suffice to make it interesting, and I'm already stretching my budget (but quite fond of the geographic as well). We'll see, though, and I'll definitely take a stroll around the JLC ADs.
Edit: As an aside, I've yet to find anything on watch sizing, other than 40 mm+ = not dress. I'm quite tall, around 6'3", but wrists are around 6.75". Is there a rough guideline, or should I just eyeball it?
Edited by mezentius - 1/12/14 at 12:21ampost #27855 of 483121/12/14 at 12:40am
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