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She's nice but no Breitling babe
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@mimo - certainly not every SA will love watches the way we do, and some will be more evangelical than others and some more knowledgeable. i will say that when i was in NYC the SAs i spoke with in the piaget and breguet boutiques were superb and the peeps in bretling sucked.
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Oh snap! She doesn't want to Let It Go!

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Icy blue and cold steel looks good on her though.

This image is not disturbing in any way...
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This image is not disturbing in any way...

 

:D

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^^ Getting choked by a Nautilus wouldn't be a bad way to go.....
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Quick question for you guys:

Is it relatively easy slash inexpensive to have the crystal of a watch buffed? My orange monster has a few scratches from being in my pocket with keys (stupid stupid stupid) and I was wondering if it's easy to do that without replacing.

 

Also since I'm looking at a few older used omega's and such and wondering if it's feasible to have it done for them as well.

 

Thanks!

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Quick question for you guys:


Is it relatively easy slash inexpensive to have the crystal of a watch buffed? My orange monster has a few scratches from being in my pocket with keys (stupid stupid stupid) and I was wondering if it's easy to do that without replacing.

Also since I'm looking at a few older used omega's and such and wondering if it's feasible to have it done for them as well.

Thanks!
If the crystals are acrylic/plastic (maybe the older Omegas) it is quite easy and inexpensive. You can do it yourself with some Polywatch. I'm not sure what the Monster crystal is made of.
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I'm pretty excited. I like the desk clock style mechanism and the use of the frederic piguet caliber 6.10 was the selling point. Sculptural object wrapping a grade A movement? I'll take it.
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Congrats great watch!  I meant to submit a guess ...when you mentioned a reversing watch that wasn't a revers I had a feeling it would be a Tank Basculante.  Its a very high quality, undervalued piece.  A friend of mine had one some time ago and its really nicely executed.  Enjoy it and congrats! 

 

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I had to think about it carefully, but I've ended up buying the vast majority of my timepieces from an AD. I'm comfortable and have used a gray or two, but the AD's have usually been able to come up with the incentives, selection and instant gratification for me to justify going with them. Not to mention a certain stunner of an SA that I might have written about before...

In my past experiences, some ADs with motivation can often match the pricing of grey dealers.  In fact years ago, my father bought a brand new Lange 1 Moonphase through an AD for less then a well known gray was willing to let it go for.  

 

If one is considering a pre-owned watch, well then it matters less as some AD's don't even deal in pre-owned pieces.  Still its key to buy from a place with a good reputation and that you trust. In the end I've never bought from a gray but I've sold watches to some grays. 

 

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i was in an omega boutique not too long ago and it sucked. the people working there clearly did not know jack about watches and were just spewing out whatever they were taught in training like omeeeega parrots. not to mention it was in some back corner of a mall and there was no feeling of exclusivity/fancy-pants-ness or anything special at all really about the space or ambiance.

kind of the exact opposite of what they claimed they were trying to do with these boutiques. if they are mostly like this, the idea will fail imo.

It really depends on the boutique, and the sales staff.  I've been into the Rolex boutiques and I wasn't impressed.  The sales staff is a bit underwhelming, and they only know whatever the basics found in the catalogs or whatever the online site told them.  The first time I went into the VC boutique in NYC, I was completely disappointed with the sales associate who helped me.  She knew nothing.  The few questions I had she kept pulling up the website on her iPad...which is something I could do myself.  She was showing me an Historiques 1968 ultrathin and she didn't know that it used their famous cal. 1120 (its their licensed version of AP's 2120).  How she could not know what made this very costly time only model so expensive was beyond me.  When I saw the price I guessed correctly it used cal 1120.  I visited the Breguet Boutique and thought that overall they were very friendly and quite knowledgeable.  I visited the so called Patek Boutique at Tiffany, and although knowledgeable I thought they were snotty and not very nice.  On the other hand the people at the AP boutique, were incredibly friendly, and very knowledgeable (I visited them when I was deciding which steel luxury sports watch to choose).   I also wasn't wearing anything particularly fancy, just my Rolex Oysterquartz.  Overall, the AP reps didn't affect my decision as to which watch to choose, but I thought it was a significant contrast to the type of people at the VC,  PP & Rolex boutiques.   I will say on a subsequent visit to the VC boutique, one of the 2 people that were assisting us (Frills was there too) did seem quite nice and more knowledgeable than what I experienced on my first visit there.   I also have a friend who visited the IWC boutique in NYC, and he was very unimpressed with them. 

 

I do think there should be consistency among their sales people.  Sadly, if they aren't getting the right applicants, maybe they take any warm body just to fill in for scheduling and hope the person will gain an interest, educate themselves about the product and eventually do well (at least until they can get someone else)?  

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I bought my discontinued Grand Complication Pateks from grey dealers (no choice from ADs), but maintain a good working relationship with ADs like Wempe and Govberg.

 

Plus my SA at Wempe is very knowledgeable.  And attractive.

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i was in an omega boutique not too long ago and it sucked. the people working there clearly did not know jack about watches and were just spewing out whatever they were taught in training like omeeeega parrots. not to mention it was in some back corner of a mall and there was no feeling of exclusivity/fancy-pants-ness or anything special at all really about the space or ambiance.

kind of the exact opposite of what they claimed they were trying to do with these boutiques. if they are mostly like this, the idea will fail imo.

I went into the Omega boutique near me and asked if they had a Dark Side of the Moon. The girl working about my age had no idea what I was talking about. none. The other associate there chimed in.
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One pet peeve is if you are selling watches, why not try to remember the names of people you are currently helping?  That little care can go a long way.  If I was shopping around and not specifically looking for a BLNR, I would have went to a different boutique to buy a watch.  But this guy didn't remember my name or my wife's name....really?  My name is three letters, hers is four.  Chances are a lot of people have our names....remember them!

 

Also at the same time we bought our watches we spent more money on wedding bands...it is easy to mix names into conversation and not just say "your fiance"

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Huh? I don't know twat you are talking about?

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Congrats great watch!  I meant to submit a guess ...when you mentioned a reversing watch that wasn't a revers I had a feeling it would be a Tank Basculante.  Its a very high quality, undervalued piece.  A friend of mine had one some time ago and its really nicely executed.  Enjoy it and congrats!
 

i think chronoswiss does a reverso type case too, and i was thinking maaaaaaybe that was what it was gonna be, but probably not.
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It really depends on the boutique, and the sales staff.  I've been into the Rolex boutiques and I wasn't impressed.  The sales staff is a bit underwhelming, and they only know whatever the basics found in the catalogs or whatever the online site told them.  The first time I went into the VC boutique in NYC, I was completely disappointed with the sales associate who helped me.  She knew nothing.  The few questions I had she kept pulling up the website on her iPad...which is something I could do myself.  She was showing me an Historiques 1968 ultrathin and she didn't know that it used their famous cal. 1120 (its their licensed version of AP's 2120).  How she could not know what made this very costly time only model so expensive was beyond me.  When I saw the price I guessed correctly it used cal 1120.  I visited the Breguet Boutique and thought that overall they were very friendly and quite knowledgeable.  I visited the so called Patek Boutique at Tiffany, and although knowledgeable I thought they were snotty and not very nice.  On the other hand the people at the AP boutique, were incredibly friendly, and very knowledgeable (I visited them when I was deciding which steel luxury sports watch to choose).   I also wasn't wearing anything particularly fancy, just my Rolex Oysterquartz.  Overall, the AP reps didn't affect my decision as to which watch to choose, but I thought it was a significant contrast to the type of people at the VC,  PP & Rolex boutiques.   I will say on a subsequent visit to the VC boutique, one of the 2 people that were assisting us (Frills was there too) did seem quite nice and more knowledgeable than what I experienced on my first visit there.   I also have a friend who visited the IWC boutique in NYC, and he was very unimpressed with them. 

I do think there should be consistency among their sales people.  Sadly, if they aren't getting the right applicants, maybe they take any warm body just to fill in for scheduling and hope the person will gain an interest, educate themselves about the product and eventually do well (at least until they can get someone else)?  

well said. i know it requires an investment in salary for quality SAs, but if they are trying to accomplish something special with these boutiques, i think they would benefit from spending the extra dollars.
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I'm pretty excited. I like the desk clock style mechanism and the use of the frederic piguet caliber 6.10 was the selling point. Sculptural object wrapping a grade A movement? I'll take it.
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Wow that's really nice looking, I've never seen one of those before. Would love to see some wrist shots when you have some time.
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I'm pretty excited. I like the desk clock style mechanism and the use of the frederic piguet caliber 6.10 was the selling point. Sculptural object wrapping a grade A movement? I'll take it.

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I am a huge fan of this style watch and the Basculante is a wholly underrated piece. Congrats again! I'll second the request for pictures upon arrival. 

 

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By me, the only option for Omega is Torneau. I feel like I need to wash my hands when I walk out of there. I bought mine online.

 

I miss the days of Alpha Omega. I purchased my 112 there in 2004 and was actually able to receive a discount at a time when the Panerai craze was just beginning. 

 

...I'm still kind of in shock at the way they went out. 

 

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Oh snap! She doesn't want to Let It Go!

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Icy blue and cold steel looks good on her though.

 

This one cracked me up enough to try and emulate despite my comparatively substandard subject. Lovely Nautilus!

 

 

 

Great thread, guys.

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