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post #35416 of 48312
Am I the only one put off by the green sapphire with the orange second hand and indices combination on the Milgauss? But that I guess that is what makes the Milgauss a Milsgauss. I'd like it more if the second hand and the oranges indices weren't there and they kept the green sapphire.

How do you guys feel about the blue Milgauss?
post #35417 of 48312
No, you're not alone in that. But then I've never been attracted to any of the modern Milgauss'es. Too gimicky for me.


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This one, from 1970, looks great though:

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post #35418 of 48312
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This would be my choice as well. Love the face.

Same here. The black is very nice, but the white faced RN dial is one of mt fave DJ dials.
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not a watch but copped this cashmere Officine Panerai sweater the other day... probably going to put it away until i pick up a panerai smile.gif
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100% cashemere
made in italy
shawl collar
NWT
never sold in stores, only available as a special gift to buyers at certain special events i guess.
i wonder who made it

This is awesome. I want one so bad now.
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Am I the only one put off by the green sapphire with the orange second hand and indices combination on the Milgauss? But that I guess that is what makes the Milgauss a Milsgauss. I'd like it more if the second hand and the oranges indices weren't there and they kept the green sapphire.

How do you guys feel about the blue Milgauss?

I love it to death that green crystal. Seen a few in person and they are some of my favorite models.
post #35419 of 48312
I just think the Milgauss would be better without the orange indices and second hand, the blue dial and green sapphire works well together in the newest iteration then those oranges just kills it for me.
post #35420 of 48312
Have you seen em in person?
post #35421 of 48312
The blue ones? Yes, the blue is really nice and the green sapphire just looks good with it.

My AD was trying to do a sales pitch on me saying it's the first one she's got and if I don't get it on the spot it'll likely be gone that day. I return a week later and it's still there. lol8[1].gif She was doing the same with the BLNR so I'd buy at retail but it's been sitting on display for a few months now.
post #35422 of 48312
The blue green/combo is awesome. I guess as far as the orange markers and hands, I like the color together with the blue and green and since I do lean towards the kitch/gauche at times, it appeals to me, but I can see why to others they may be less desirable.

NIce job playing the SA. laugh.gif
post #35423 of 48312

Initially, I wasn't a fan of the blue Milgauss, but its grown on me considerably.  I like the Milguass, but I have several time only watches so I'd probably rather have a BLNR for the few times when I travel to different timezones.  Just my 2 cents.

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When I bought my BLNR, my SA lied to my face but I still wanted the watch.  Even though I was on the call list when the first one came in, he never called.  I just so happened to wander in to check and they had just got their first one in.  I am looking for a new AD when I purchase again but we have some time.

 

The Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue has caught my eye lately but not going to pull the trigger anytime soon.

post #35425 of 48312
BLNRs are nice in pics and even nicer in person. I'm considering one but I am not in a hurry because that cyclops isn't a favorite of mine.


What do you guys think of Cartier these days? More of a jewelry? I know their in-house movements supposedly really good but they tend to put them in their gigantic watches. Was considering a Tank Solo Large a few years back, even almost pulled the trigger on the quartz version because they looked nice on my tiny wrist, is this a watch you guys would consider these days if you were looking for a tank style watch and the Reversos just doesn't suit you?

The Rose Gold Tank Louis looks great but for $15k seems a bit high for it.
post #35426 of 48312
I am a big fran of many Tank models, and Dino will be here shortly to praise them at length.

I tried on the BLNR too and I love it. Would love to have one some day. I also love that Rolex uses a cyclops. I like how it looks and I like the practicality.
post #35427 of 48312
What's you opinion on Cartier as a brand/watchmaker? Not sure many consider them as a high-end watchmaker anymore, not even lower tier high-end.

Just from talking to boutique and AD SAs it seems they are trying to be more prestigious and really limit the discount like Rolex has. I think they even pulled all their jewelry from other ADs and are just trying to sell them at their boutiques where discount is impossible to get.
post #35428 of 48312
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BLNRs are nice in pics and even nicer in person. I'm considering one but I am not in a hurry because that cyclops isn't a favorite of mine.


What do you guys think of Cartier these days? More of a jewelry? I know their in-house movements supposedly really good but they tend to put them in their gigantic watches. Was considering a Tank Solo Large a few years back, even almost pulled the trigger on the quartz version because they looked nice on my tiny wrist, is this a watch you guys would consider these days if you were looking for a tank style watch and the Reversos just doesn't suit you?

The Rose Gold Tank Louis looks great but for $15k seems a bit high for it.

Cartier is very good watch maker, and has a strong history in the world of watches.  People that say its just a jewelry company, are generally people that aren't familiar with the company and their history.  They do make several watches with in house movements, and they have made/make some watches that have great movements from outside sources such as Piaget, F.Piguet. JLC, THA etc.

 

The Tank is one of the most classic and elegant dress watches.  Its been around for nearly 100 years in some form or other.  I own the previous Tank XL in rose gold, when it was part of their Privee collection and IMHO, its a hell of a watch, particularly for its price.  If these watches were from Patek, AP, VC, or even Piaget they would easily cost between $5,000-10,000 more depending on the brand (especially since the previous movement had an unusual rectangular movement).  The current rose gold Tank XL is slightly larger than mine, has a different dial, and different movement, because its an ultra thin case (so now the case back is solid). If you went to an AD, I'm sure they could do much better than $15K (especially since its not a limited production piece any more).  IMHO the Tank is quintessential rectangular watch.   Lots of great companies have made Tank style watches, but Cartier's is the original.  I also love the Reverso, and I'll probably get one at some point as its another classic watch, but for me the Tank was a no brainer.

 

I've posted quite  a bit about Cartier and Tanks, but I don't want to repeat the same stuff over and over.  Do a search and you'll see more info about Tanks.

 

The Tank Solo with automatic movement is tough to beat for its cost.  Granted, it uses a basic ETA movement, but its a good solid movement and allows the Solo to be so affordable and easy to service.

 

There is a new Tank MC some people find it too bulky, but if you want a steel tank with an inhouse movement for under $10K many people like it.  I find the subdial a bit large for my taste.

 

While they have canceled some contracts with ADs, there are still plenty of Cartier ADs, and they discount. 

 

Anyway, here are a few quick pix of my 2008 CPCP Tank XL.

 

 

 

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post #35429 of 48312
I know in my mind that they have been watchmakers for a long time, but I still consider them primarily a jeweler, not that that is necessarily a reason not to buy their watches. I do consider them to be a fashion brand, but I do not consider their watches poorly made and highly overprived like many other fashion brand watches, they have a long and venerable watch history and I respect that.

Im not sure I would ever own one, but I have nothing against them, they dont make any models that make me want to kop kop kop, but that is purely personal preference.

As to what place they occupy in the market, they really seem to be all over the place, price wise. They have certainly been pushing up market the last 5 years or so, but they did not stop making their bread and butter watches in the low to mid 4 digit range either, which I think is great.

All things considered, assuming I thought the model was reasonably priced and nice, I would not advise against one if that was what appealed to someone.

Pics of the models you are leaning towards would be helpful. smile.gif
post #35430 of 48312
I traded my Speedmaster 9300 + cash in for a BLNR a week ago, and I'm very happy with my decision.

The 44.25mm Speedmasters wear incredibly well and smaller than the case size suggest, since the lugs are pretty short. My only complaint about the case is that the bombe lugs don't work as well on a thicker watch. I also felt like for the price, the dial should've had applied indices and nicer hands like in the DSOTM.

The 8500 and 9300 movements are spectacular and a great value at market prices. My 9300 ran within half a second fast/slow per day over my 6 months of ownership, and the chrono was a joy to use.
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