Okay......apologies in advance for a longish tangent here.
I've been meaning to post these photos (and a few thoughts) since this past weekend, when I did a little more tyre-kicking (#mimo) around town.
Mostly I was reviewing some dressier pieces ... AGAIN ... since I have several sportier watches, and am not necessarily looking to add another one of those in the near future. (Though I've learned to never say never.)
For starters, one AD that I frequent, which already has a lot of nice brands-- has recently added Audemars Piguet. And I couldn't resist trying on the Jules Audemars Extra-Thin. (Inserting another apology here, for all the crappy phone pic™ wrist shots):
Basically, this is the kind of simple, elegant piece that one might argue is "missing in my collection".
Some of you may recall I have also strongly considered an Altiplano, and I've also worked through my own personal "quartz crisis" (#70s!), being smitten by the Tank Solo.
But this JA is really something. I love the size, which is modern, but still understated, IMO.
And she's got a wonderful tail feather to shake.
It's really beautiful. Just a nice, solid dress watch.
In fact, I'd say the biggest (er, only) problem that I have with this particular watch-- is that my boss owns one!
That's not cool, right? I just can't see myself purchasing this watch....and being "that guy". Everybody in the office would hate that guy.
So somebody else...please buy it and enjoy!
Moving on....next, I tried on the Jaeger-LeCoultre GRUT.
LOL, that's not a fair acronym...makes it sounds like a Marvel character.
So please excuse me: the Grande Reverso Ultra Thin.
I really should have re-shot this, the pic is sooo bad.....but again, what a great piece.
All the heritage/romance of the Reverso, in a precious metal, with updated size and movement.
Plenty to love here:
I think I could get a pretty good discount as well.
This AD probably has a little more room to play with JLC.
And shouldn't every watch nerd like me own a Reverso at some point?
I'd say it's a contender.
Next up, a couple of Vacherons.
God *damn* they are nice watches.
These people know what they are doing
I guess most everybody here is familiar with the Patrimony Traditionelle Small Seconds by now.
Clymer's already given it the full video treatment, and his stamp of approval. It's closer to a classic size (38 mm) and has a lovely sapphire case back (sorry, no movement pic, but there's plenty of those on teh webz):
And I think it looks pretty damn good on my wrist....comfortable, classy, luxurious.
It's modest, too. Somehow.
If a $15 - 20K watch can be modest?
But for whatever reason, it doesn't quite sing to me.
Feels like one of the watches that I should like more....and yet....well, I just can't put my finger on it.
So that one needs more thought. Still a contender though.
And moving on, I also tried the 40mm Patrimony Contemporaine.
This one, you may have seen featured in some of VC's print ads, the Wall Street Journal, etc. It has a solid case back.
And I know this one has a smallish movement compared to its size, but man, I REALLY like it.
Particularly for my size/shape of wrist. It sits perfect. It just has that balanced feeling that personally *clicks*.
I know this one has received the ..."saucer".... criticism for it's diameter : thinness ratio, and I do get that.
But IMHO, if it is in fact a so-called dinner plate, then it sure is an exquisite one.
Simply from the the tactile aspect of watchdom, I found it quite appealing.
I mean, it just feels good sitting there... and when I wind it up, it's like an angel gets its wings!
So yeah, just another tremendous, refined two-hander. And you already know how I feel about the VC buckles. Such a great detail.
If it matters, I have never owned a timepiece from the big three....
....but I have owned, and still own.... a Cartier.
To be more specific, I formerly had a Tank Francaise, which I traded a few years ago, and my current rotation includes a stainless Roadster that gets lots of wrist time.
So I also had to try the Tank Solo XL. (We are at a different AD now).
I was concerned about the size here, since the rectangular pieces can be tricky, and it carries that "XL" designation.
But I think it works.
Honestly, I could do without the date function (and the sweep seconds for that matter), but it's still a pretty darn clean timepiece.
It's actually the most reasonable option, essentially half what the above watches typically go for... I assume mainly due to the stainless case back, but also the (non-manufacture) movement.
For these reasons, I personally put it in a lower category-- but still under very sincere consideration.
And really, I still find it gorgeous in all of its Tankiness. Such an icon.
In my head, I actually visualize this one to be slightly more attractive on a black croc strap, rather than brown. Rather uncharacteristic of me, but of course, easily fixable.
So in summary, I'm not sure there's really an over-arching question here. Just posting some "pron" and maybe inspiring any TWAT comments or feedback on these pieces.
I'm not one to let a message board pick a watch for me, but do you have a favorite amongst this little group? Any strong likes/dislikes?
Maybe another watch you would recommend in this sub-genre/price range?
Aside from that, please resume your discussions....thanks for reading.