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SRSLY THO:

We found a turtle living in our back yard this week.

He's been camping out under a bush and swimming in the pool.

Mrs. Keith T is all concerned that he's lost his family or something.
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lolololololololololol @ keiths avatar. just opened up a larger view to see it. full of win.

Ha! Screen shot courtesy of TC biggrin.gif
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lolololololololololol @ keiths avatar. just opened up a larger view to see it. full of win.

also, good guys:

JLC
Rolex
Panerai
AP

 

JLC, Panerai:  also Richemont, same same

 

Rolex: evil empire, same old stuff made bigger and more expensive

 

AP: Jay Z special editions, probably enough said

 

 

Really, there aren't any good guys among major brands.  They're all big business and they're all bending us over with the leverage of this sick watch addiction.  Business is business.

 

But good guys or not, there are some awesome watches and I don't care, I still want them.  ALL.

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Yea...I'm not sure what would make a watch co. a good guy or bad guy.
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This is not meant to be snarky, but who would you consider the "good guys" and the "bad guys" in the industry?
Oh boy, not a contentious subject at all. wink.gif

Let's just say that I haven't been very impressed with Swatch Group or Richemont's designs or service in a long time (generally speaking, at least), and Swatch Group's love of Chinese component sourcing is particularly irksome at some of the price levels they see themselves as belonging in. LVMH pulls some nickel-and-dime BS with service policies/pricing too, but they don't seem as bad as the other two, and I've seen some good design from them from time to time.

Any company with good manufacturing and design integrity has my full support, especially independents and quasi-independents.

It's Friday night here, so I'll leave it at that for now.

Peace!

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Edit: Before I head off, I should mention that the big luxury conglomerates don't seem to have inflicted too much of their grabastic bullshit on the German manufactures. GO and especially Lange remain resolutely old-school in the way they do things. In fact, I can't think of a single German watchmaker, from Stowa on up, that doesn't offer a solid watch for the money. And they tend not to be design biters, either (though it's pretty obvious where GO got its inspiration for the Pano-series). wink.gif
Edited by Belligero - 6/20/14 at 9:01am
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For example, I am not a huge fan of LVMH, but as a watch brand, Zenith has come out of some years of bad design into a reasonably good place as of late.

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JLC, Panerai:  also Richemont, same same

Rolex: evil empire, same old stuff made bigger and more expensive

AP: Jay Z special editions, probably enough said


Really, there aren't any good guys among major brands.  They're all big business and they're all bending us over with the leverage of this sick watch addiction.  Business is business.

But good guys or not, there are some awesome watches and I don't care, I still want them.  ALL.
That's a rather morally relativistic stance. There's no doubt that some companies are honest, while others are rather obfuscatory when it comes to their manufacturing disclosure. The ones that are straight-up are the ones that get my watch buxx.

That reminds me, I really need to get myself a Nomos.

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Nomos is definitely a good guy.
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

JLC, Panerai:  also Richemont, same same

Rolex: evil empire, same old stuff made bigger and more expensive

AP: Jay Z special editions, probably enough said


Really, there aren't any good guys among major brands.  They're all big business and they're all bending us over with the leverage of this sick watch addiction.  Business is business.

But good guys or not, there are some awesome watches and I don't care, I still want them.  ALL.
Haha. I may have all of Jay-Z's albums, but I draw the line at his special edition AP!
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

JLC, Panerai:  also Richemont, same same
Rolex: evil empire, same old stuff made bigger and more expensive
AP: Jay Z special editions, probably enough said
Really, there aren't any good guys among major brands.  They're all big business and they're all bending us over with the leverage of this sick watch addiction.  Business is business.

But good guys or not, there are some awesome watches and I don't care, I still want them.  ALL.

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Yea...I'm not sure what would make a watch co. a good guy or bad guy.


let me explain. makes lots of watches i like = good guy in my book.

also, rolex ruelz.
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You got 99 problems, but a Royal Oak ain't one?
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You got 99 problems, but a Royal Oak ain't one?
Basically.
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

 

But good guys or not, there are some awesome watches and I don't care, I still want them.  ALL.

 

Agreed.  To quote Lil' Wayne, "I want it all but I know I don't need it"

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You got 99 problems, but a Royal Oak ain't one?

among many other models or theirs that i adore. in a way, its kind of a shame imo that the popularity of the RO overshadows pretty much everything else they make. it also is probably do to the fact that most of their models are priced well beyond what most folks can afford.
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I just, today, received this beast after selling it off a couple of years ago. I knew I would correct that mistake at some point.
The Japanese Domestic Market only Seiko Marinemaster300 SBDX001



I've been a Seiko man for as long as I can remember. I really liked this watch when I had it, but I sold it off to pursue other Swiss interests. It's one hell of a watch for ~$2k US with it's unadjusted Grand Seiko movement. I'm obsessed with dive watches and this is one of the best in my opinion.
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