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This lunar dust edition of the Speedmaster is pretty sweet. I'm not sure I'd buy that particular watch if I was looking to spend $12k but that doesn't take away from how good it looks.

 

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Speedmaster Mark II: intriguing to me. Digging the barrel shape.

Tried to view at the local Omega boutique, but they still didn't have one as of a couple weeks ago.

I'll be checking it out when it arrives for sure.



And not to change the subject, but that Dark Side of the Moon was a real looker, IMO.

I did not make the salesperson get it out of the glass case for a wrist check, but just as a first browse in real life, I thought it was "black-on-black" done very well.

Retail seems a bit high, (was it also $12K?) but for ceramic / Co-Axial / sapphire / etc....probably not insane.
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Please keep me posted on your progress with all this.  I am very interested in the platinum version.  Any chance for minor customizations, like engraving?

Hey Frilly, apologies for the delay. Wanted to firm up a few details before sharing further info. Thanks and will definitely keep you posted!

Yep there're definitely lots of chances for not minor, but major customisations biggrin.gif I'm a total bespoke addict so it kinda carries over into the watch world, where customization normally is impossible/impractical with mainstream brands or costs an atomic bomb with the independents. I'm trying to make my bespoke options more accessible in price while being even more special and unique.

So a couple options which I've assembled -

- bespoke cloisonne or champleve enamel dials by one of the top enamelists in the world
- bespoke hand-painted dials by a friend of mine, also world-class
- bespoke diamond gem (or other precious stones) setting by my friend who's the top bespoke jeweller in Singapore - he can get some really nice diamonds (prob more for the ladies but we can do a tasteful understated style for gents)
- bespoke straps in exotic skins and with a single hole, by my in-house strap maker (included with watch)
- bespoke watch winders

and yes, bespoke engraving by hand on anywhere practical on the case, dial or movement. (I'll do this for you with compliments biggrin.gif)

I'm also looking to see if I can include a Russian Reindeer bespoke strap made by Cleverley (the shoemakers) like the ones sold on Hodinkee a few months ago, but this is a little tricky as the supply fluctuates a lot. If it's available when the watches are ready I'll definitely include it, otherwise it'll be a strap of similar coolness.

I believe that these options are not offered by any of the big or medium sized brands, and certainly not at the quality I've managed to source. So I'm really excited to see clients push these options to the limits! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Another cool development is that I'll be producing a tourbillon too, and a very special one at that. This tourbillon will be the thinnest full-rotor automatic tourby in the world with a movement thickness of 3.95mm (the Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon was the thinnest prior to this - and it was a micro rotor automatic, and was 5.5mm thick).

Not just that, this elegant flying tourbillon movement will -

- have a variable inertia balance (commonly known as Gyromax) which is used for high-grade watches

- have a tourbillon carriage made entirely of titanium, very difficult to make (just ask Richard Mille)

- have twin barrels for a high power reserve

- have the finest haute horlogerie finishing available - e.g. circular graining everywhere, beveled bridges and decouvertes (the screw holes) that are chamfered by hand with a piercer just like how Dufour does it, instead of being diamond polished.

and of course it'll be housed in an elegant, vintage-inspired dial and case, in common with the Seraphim perpetual calendar

On the subject of the perpetual calendar, I'm only doing 25 pieces and so far no 1, 2, 4 and 25 have been spoken for. So do let me know which serial number you'd like and I'll reserve it for you, no commitment needed at this point.smile.gif
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Oh hell...now that I went down this rabbit hole...the JLC Deep Sea Chronograph.  Simply a stunner and fits the bill.  It is SS and doesn't have a date but who cares. http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/hands-on-with-the-jaeger-lecoultre-deep-sea-chronograph

 

 

This is an AWESOME watch. I had forgotten all about it so thanks for the reminder. I was looking at it a while back but ended up getting my E2 instead as at the time the JLC wasn't quite available yet and projected to be a bit over budget. It is now next on the list. Do we think the ceramic version is worth the extra few £££?

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someone id this watch for me please? a female colleague asked but i wasn't sure, some type of omega i think?

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^^Although I don't know what that is, yet, I don't believe it is any type of Omega.
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An oldie but goodie a few days ago.

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Edited by suaviter - 7/11/14 at 6:51am
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Boom! Happy Friday Gents!

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Suav, Steel: nice pics.
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I was browsing through the Epaulet site and noticed one of the models wearing what I thought was a GMT of some sort.

With a closer look, I saw that the bezel had been removed.

Thought it was interesting.

Not that I would want to do that to a watch of mine, but visually interesting nonetheless.

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Originally Posted by bkotsko View Post

I was browsing through the Epaulet site and noticed one of the models wearing what I thought was a GMT of some sort.
With a closer look, I saw that the bezel had been removed.
Thought it was interesting.
Not that I would want to do that to a watch of mine, but visually interesting nonetheless. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

He's most likely imitating the de-bezeled 1675 model of GMT that Marlon Brando wore in Apocalypse Now. Though I'm not a huge fan of the look, this is certainly its most famous example:



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Any love for the Seiko 6139 "Pogue"? I should have picked up the golden dial a couple years back when they were cheaper. I am on the fence about picking one up. Some say the movement design is superior, but I have also heard that because the friction clutch holds the chrono stopped and wears over time, it is better to leave the chrono running. Seems like a contradiction to me:

 

 

 

not the original internal bezel, but still a good look:

 

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i think my ToG is running a lil bit fast, but id rather reset it every couple weeks than sent it in. : (
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i think my ToG is running a lil bit fast, but id rather reset it every couple weeks than sent it in. : (
A watchmaker with the correct skills and tools (caseback opener, Microstella tool and timing machine) should be able to adjust it on the spot; it's too new to require a full service if I recall the watch correctly. Get the watchmaker's opinion on the amplitude and beat error while you're at it just in case.

My thirty-five-ish-year-old GMT was still within chronometer specs even when it was starting to get a bit dry. A full service and it's spot-on, and this is a movement that was designed over fifty years ago. You can expect dirty-good accuracy from any modern Rolex movement.

How much time does it gain every few weeks, anyway?
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oh, i have plenty of people that could easily correct it. just no one local and i dont want to send it away.

a few minutes every 3 weeks or so. nothing horrible, and its been this way for a while, does not get any worse, but my previous rolex and panerai, and my present JLC did/do not have this issue.
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