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Watching the Aussie open, and thought I spotted Ivanovic wearing a white Daytona. Sure enough, looks she's had it for a while!

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Just as an FYI - when you get that picky, the only point of being unreasonable is thinking that $4K will get you there. That just doesn't get you into the game in watches to justify that level of fussiness. And holding up a Patek as an example doesn't help.
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Just as an FYI - when you get that picky, the only point of being unreasonable is thinking that $4K will get you there. That just doesn't get you into the game in watches to justify that level of fussiness. And holding up a Patek as an example doesn't help.


Is that really true though? He's looking for a really reductionist design and I'm sure there are some watches that will satisfy all but one of his 'wants'.


There is also going used if he thinks to consider that.

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Is that really true though? He's looking for a really reductionist design and I'm sure there are some watches that will satisfy all but one of his 'wants'.


There is also going used if he thinks to consider that.

I think so when you are complaining about font choices, that is probably too picky (albeit the OP prefers batons).

Used/vintage is clearly the winner when someone wants a 36-38.
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Mine was a vintage, Kap. You might have to go vintage or make some sort of (slight) compromise.
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Thanks for your thoughts guys, I'm aware that this won't be easy to locate within the budget and as a current production model.

I just remembered another watch with the kind of looks I'm going for, from IWC's 'Vintage' series from a couple of years back:



It even came with a white dial, but in their infinte wisdom IWC only offered that in platinum facepalm.gif - good thing it was too large at 42.5mm I guess...
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Mimo does good friends biggrin.gif

 

That sounds so wrong.  I try not to do that any more. :)

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Thought I'd take some pics of the half hunter my late Father in Law gave me, along with the fave PS.

 

Another "lovely pair" my friend. :)

 

 

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Mimo - omfg what is that

 

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Mimo! Hit him back with your Monster. That'll teach him.

 

Ha...I think even the Monster might be a bit intimidated.  HRo, it's an IWC Scafusia in a fat 44mm of rose gold.  He'd "borrowed it" from his father.  Really, my thoughts were rather the same as yours: I mean, in a way it's beautiful and impressive. But it's so huge it looks silly.  I actually wondered if it was some cheaper costume-y fake gold fashion watch.  Which, as this is a rather wealthy family and I've never seen any of them wear anything more disposable than a Rolex, would have been a surprise to say the least.  But it just looks quite comical on the wrist.  That's why I had to share, really.

 

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No love for this?

 

 

 

 

I like that a lot.  A simple dress watch with no date, small seconds and about 38mm is pretty much perfect in my book.  Shame about that squashed "6", or is it just the picture?

 
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Just as an FYI - when you get that picky, the only point of being unreasonable is thinking that $4K will get you there. That just doesn't get you into the game in watches to justify that level of fussiness. And holding up a Patek as an example doesn't help.

 

I think as RTC shows, that's not necessarily the case.  Modern or vintage, it seems to me that the only factor in finding something you like at $4k is the time to look.  Unless you're a real brand snob, in which case forget it.  But whether it's a Hamilton or Longines, or something more watch-forum-beloved like a Nomos Orion, there are plenty around if you look.  Especially if you're prepared to be unfashionable.  Personally the first thought to me was the Orion - a teeny 35mm in its classic form, despite its modernity.  That whole Bauhaus thing seems like a good place to start for a minimalist dress watch: Junghans Max Bill even cheaper.  

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Thanks for your thoughts guys, I'm aware that this won't be easy to locate within the budget and as a current production model.

I just remembered another watch with the kind of looks I'm going for, from IWC's 'Vintage' series from a couple of years back:
  Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


It even came with a white dial, but in their infinte wisdom IWC only offered that in platinum facepalm.gif - good thing it was too large at 42.5mm I guess...

The vintage Ingenieur is definitely a lovely watch. Actually the only good shot from their more recent palette I'd say. The only thing that makes it less dress-y are the lume markers, and probably the digital looking font of the date. But that's maybe not a problem in real life, I haven't seen one in person yet.

 

Talking about the Zenith mentioned above: I have never seen that one before, but it seems to be a great model. As far as I can judge from the pictures the small second placement isn't any more "off" than the PP model posted shortly afterwards. And the size - the second wrist looks like a boy's wrist, at least in the picture. I have by no means a big wrist, but 40 mm is a universal and lovely size. Personally that's my max at the moment, so/but it wouldn't stop me from buying a dress watch in that size.

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I love this, but I would wouldn't I.





Like you say, going vintage is an option. I'm just disappointed that no one (that I've seen) currently seem to be able to get this kind of simple watch just right (for me). And when they get close, they're too large.


I agree.


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Mine was a vintage, Kap. You might have to go vintage or make some sort of (slight) compromise.

Good call ^

All these are for sale not too far away from me. Most expensive is the Omega Tonneau at GB£2350, least expensive is the GP at GB£690. LMK if you want the link to look around. They tend to over polish their stock for obvious reasons (Thanks for he heads up Dino) but they are beauties of a long gone age…




Vintage (Click to show)








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Another "lovely pair" my friend. smile.gif


Thank you

Another lovely pair, can't unsee (Click to show)



 
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It occurs to me that $4000 would find a very clean no-date Oyster, at a modest 36mm, with stick markers and perhaps a clean and neutral silver dial.  Barely vintage at all.  

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Cleav, thanks a lot for your suggestions, I'll definitely consider them even though I'm not really looking for a vintage piece just yet. I'm primarily just venting about the dearth of this kind of pure watch design in current production lines (short of going PP), hoping that maybe I'd missed something (and naively crossing my fingers that putting it into words could make someone somewhere sit up and take notice and bring these types of watches back, unlikely as it is).

mimo, something like a no-date Oyster or a Datejust 1600 may very well just be the best solution in the end.
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So, I have to say, not too impressed with SIHH today. Other than JLC, most everything I saw was just really, really, really expensive, and often times really large.

Out of what JLC put out, a couple things caught my eye (I like the white and blue Reverso), but all in all everything seemed a little bit duplicative. Lots of new case variations and such.

Lange definitely put out some interesting novelties. I think that the Terraluna is gorgeous, but at 46mm x 16mm, just way, way, way too large. Also, the price FIRMLY places it in unattainable category. It is good to see an 1815 small seconds at 38.5mm in the Lange lineup though. However, at that price I would rather just go for the 1815 aub/auf.

To echo a previous post, the AP ROO 42mm are... intriguing, and they are a hell of a guilty pleasure watch. BUT, at that price, you could pick up the above mentioned ALS aub/auf, a Nautilus, a RO 15202, and ANY NUMBER of other watches that (in my opinion) are more beautiful and horologically interesting. But then again, I am nothing if not a stodgy old man.

All in all, a little bit disappointed. But at least there are no new temptations!

I think that Basel will likely be more interesting, especially with Patek's anniversary.

So that is my preliminary feedback satisfied.gif

Those are my sentiments exactly - rather disappointing and although I appreciate wholeheartedly the varied tourbillions and open worked pieces as well as scrimshaw dials, none of these new pieces have me running to my AD even if they weren't much beyond my budget.

Gladly, it makes my decision to budget for the Lange Aub/Auf that much easier. That may very well be my one watch addition of 2014.
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condolences, cleav. sorry to hear about your F-I-L. thanks for sharing the pocket watch and pocket square pic.
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a friend of mine has been looking into getting a watch, and is pretty much settled on baume and mercier.

although i own one myself, i have not been a huge fran for a while. but then i saw this and i though its quite pretty. agree?

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What's the red tip dial for?


Date?

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