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Anyone ever ordered a custom strap from Camille Fournet? I have no doubt in the quality but I am curious about their service? Delivery time? Their website estimates 2 weeks, can they really deliver that quick?

Foo has some experience....
post #37277 of 48312
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Originally Posted by RFX45 View Post

Anyone ever ordered a custom strap from Camille Fournet? I have no doubt in the quality but I am curious about their service? Delivery time? Their website estimates 2 weeks, can they really deliver that quick?

@Newcomer?
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Foo has some experience....

Indeed!
post #37278 of 48312
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Originally Posted by RFX45 View Post

Anyone ever ordered a custom strap from Camille Fournet? I have no doubt in the quality but I am curious about their service? Delivery time? Their website estimates 2 weeks, can they really deliver that quick?

One of mine took at least a month to arrive but I've heard others receive theirs within a week. I recommend taking rubber lining and waxed edges. They're worth the extra cost making the strap much more lasting - especially if you have a deployment clasp.
post #37279 of 48312
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Foo has some experience....

I've been using Camille Fournet for years. The material quality and workmanship are far superior to ABP, though the online configurator does not provide as many leather or color options. Usually orders take two to three weeks.

We just got a new strap for my wife's Reverso and one for my Portuguese. I'll post pics tomorrow when there's better light.
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Thanks for the input arska & foo. Looking forward to the pics too foo.

In their configurator, you can put which watch you are buying for, do they try and offer suggestions or just configure the strap for the watch itself? They also take email orders?

Because I want either a black cordovan or a navy croc for my Cartier Tank but the lug size is supposedly 20.5mm. I was just going to get a 21mm and squeeze it in there but if they can actually make it 20.5mm then why not? Or if they would just automatically adjust the lug size to 20.5mm?

I think I read somewhere that they adjust the leather thickness by the lug if you order it for a Reverso so that the leather sits more flush? I can't find where I read that from but I vaguely remember it.
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Regarding Camille Fournet straps, in my experience they came even quicker than Foo stated. I have ordered two so far, and they came shockingly fast--under two weeks perhaps?

They are really, really great quality. From me, they could not come higher recommended.

They may not have as many customization options as ABP. But in my most humble opinion, sometimes more customization options is not really a good thing... Just because you can, doesn't mean you should smile.gif
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Thanks for sharing Newcomer, are you in the US by any chance and the straps still arrived that quick? Thinking about it, kind of curious how customs deals with the exotic skin used? Any experience or problems with customs?



Oh and wore this today.
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JLC ultra thin moon

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This question probably been answered before, was thinking about getting a service done on a Vacheron Constantin which I got 2nd hand some time ago. Got verified by 2 different watch makers before.

but upon send the info to VC

"Following your request, our experts from Vacheron Constantin Product department carefully analyzed the information received about your timepiece. They regretfully informed us that the case and movement numbers combination (xxxxx ) does not exist in our record."

So watches that got sold in the grey market doesn't go into manufacturer's data base?

Update on this. We opened up the watch case to find out the movement number, to our surprise, the movement number is different to the ones on the service papers, the case number is of course the same. The case number and the movement now matches up, confirming my watch maker's original assessment about the authenticity of VC.

"Following your request, we would like to advise, according to our record, the Vacheron Constantin timepiece with case no. 819976 and movement no. 988154 is our model 49150/B01A-9095. Model 49150/B01A-9095 has the following features:
- Movement: Automatic
- Material of the case: Stainless steel
- Dial: silvered guilloche
- Material of bracelet: Stainless steel"

The original seller is a grey market seller. I am not sure if they stamped the wrong codes on the service papers or it is made up.

"Following your request, our experts from Vacheron Constantin Customer Service department in Europe carefully analyzed the information received about your timepiece. They regretfully informed us that “Feni Gioielli s.r.l. - Via D.Acclavio, 38-38b - 74100 – Taranto” is not our official customer service center."



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Originally Posted by RFX45 View Post

Thanks for the input arska & foo. Looking forward to the pics too foo.

In their configurator, you can put which watch you are buying for, do they try and offer suggestions or just configure the strap for the watch itself? They also take email orders?

Because I want either a black cordovan or a navy croc for my Cartier Tank but the lug size is supposedly 20.5mm. I was just going to get a 21mm and squeeze it in there but if they can actually make it 20.5mm then why not? Or if they would just automatically adjust the lug size to 20.5mm?

I think I read somewhere that they adjust the leather thickness by the lug if you order it for a Reverso so that the leather sits more flush? I can't find where I read that from but I vaguely remember it.

I think it's best to send them e-mail and ask. However, you can order it in 21 mm and when placing your order you can send them a comment and ask them to make it 20.5 mm wide.
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Wore this to work today
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Update on this. We opened up the watch case to find out the movement number, to our surprise, the movement number is different to the ones on the service papers, the case number is of course the same. The case number and the movement now matches up, confirming my watch maker's original assessment about the authenticity of VC.

"Following your request, we would like to advise, according to our record, the Vacheron Constantin timepiece with case no. 819976 and movement no. 988154 is our model 49150/B01A-9095. Model 49150/B01A-9095 has the following features:
- Movement: Automatic
- Material of the case: Stainless steel
- Dial: silvered guilloche
- Material of bracelet: Stainless steel"

The original seller is a grey market seller. I am not sure if they stamped the wrong codes on the service papers or it is made up.

"Following your request, our experts from Vacheron Constantin Customer Service department in Europe carefully analyzed the information received about your timepiece. They regretfully informed us that “Feni Gioielli s.r.l. - Via D.Acclavio, 38-38b - 74100 – Taranto” is not our official customer service center."




Ouch, sorry to hear this.

And this people - is why sometimes you should go retail.
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Ouch, sorry to hear this.

And this people - is why sometimes you should go retail.

What are the consequences of this?
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Well he has a watch with no papers, or good as no papers, which means that whatever premium he paid for papers is down the drain. It also means that whatever grey market warranty the watch comes with is void as the case/movement numbers no longer match. That "full service" by an unauthorised service centre - hmmm for me reflux inducing.

And finally, I cannot fathom how stressing about the possibility that your 4/5 figure watch is franken can be a pleasant experience!

While 2nd hand and grey may save you money, retail = peace of mind. Well, most of the time anyway.
post #37290 of 48312
So it will (obviously) influence resale value and authorised service centers won't touch it (?) and had there been any time left on the warranty AP wouldn't honour that?
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