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The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breitling, JLC etc...) - Page 2494post #37396 of 4831210/29/14 at 11:35ampost #37397 of 4831210/29/14 at 12:15pmQuote:Originally Posted by dopey
What someone considers pretty is up to them. I like micro-rotors from a design point because they are integrated INTO the movement's layout rather than floating on top of it. And, especially in an ultra-thin, the engineer has to deal with this bulky heavy thing spinning around in the middle of all these thin delicate things. Plus, you can see much more of the machinery at once. Whether you think a particular micro-rotor execution is successful or not is another matter, but I find the class more interesting to look it. Same with bumper movements, just for the neat factor, although they are completely outdated and no one makes them.
Not to say there is anything wrong with full rotors sitting on top, either (I believe they are more efficient, although I would love for someone who knows one way or the other to comment). I just find that the quirkiness of micro rotors is more likely to make me smile.
Dopey: Fully agree with you on this one. I love micro-rotors and wish they were more common. Here's the Parmigiani Tonda 1950 movement (calibre PF700):
And the venerable Patek 240:
Pure sex!post #37398 of 4831210/29/14 at 12:28pmpost #37399 of 4831210/29/14 at 2:48pmQuote:Originally Posted by RogerP
One thing I like about vintage pieces is the better than decent level of finishing that many everyday movements displayed. Take my recased Hamilton 917 pocket watch movement for example. I've owned a few prettied-up Unitas movements over the years but I don't think any of them can match this:
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Very nice.. I'd like to see the face as well. It's not too common to have re-cased pocket watch movements is it?
As far as car/watch branding nightmares, Breitling/Bentley might be the worst… but I really dislike Breitling anyway so not sure if that's saying much.post #37400 of 4831210/29/14 at 4:04pmQuote:
Thanks. Recased pocket watch movements are quite common, actually, as exemplified by the prolific use of the Unitas 6497 / 6498 pocket watch movements, primarily among lover to mid-range watches.
Here is the dial - it's a one-off piece by Al Jenski of Archer watches. He did a superb job bringing this old movement to as-good-as-new spec. It keeps time very well indeed.post #37401 of 4831210/29/14 at 5:26pmI've always felt the failed Ferrari experiment by Panerai would've worked better if instead of the Ferrari logo, Panerai just had a separate 'sport line'. Still with the Panerai logo, without the Ferrari cases/designs/logo, might've appealed to some who wanted a 'sportier' PAM. If that makes any sense..post #37402 of 4831210/29/14 at 7:18pmpost #37403 of 4831210/29/14 at 7:39pmJust discovered this new Nomos watch and I'm tempted to pull the trigger on it. Completely in-house Glashutte made movement. It's also 37mm which is a great midsize, perfectly contrasting some of the larger watches we all have. It seems that Nomos has really blossomed these couple of years.
http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/introducing-nomos-metro-in-house-swing-system-escapementpost #37404 of 4831210/29/14 at 9:28pmpost #37405 of 4831210/29/14 at 9:42pm
Bill! Welcome back, buddy, I've missed you. But although I agree with Mr Stitch, there are a lot of things around for $20k....
Funny thing though, isn't it? TWAT years have a direct correlation with "grail inflation". A year ago you were after a Hamilton. Five years from now it will be a PP minute repeater or nothing! Two years ago, I didn't want anything at all, really, at least not watches. Now...it's got a be a set of at least three platinum Langes. What a delicious madness this all is.post #37406 of 4831210/29/14 at 9:45pm
I saw it in person tonight in a Toronto Jeweler's window and thought it looked elegant as hell.
'Mims'! Hey Boss, yeah, I've been on a bit of an SF kick the past week and a half as I know that with the year end sales there will be some good prices on jackets and trousers (not jeans!!! ) that I hope to take advantage as I stock pile the arsenal. I'd meant to drop you a PM to hope all is well and probably would have this weekend.
As far as the watch, 'technically' I'd actually have the cash to pick one up at some point in the next year but I'm probably better off leaving those funds in the ol' retirement fund, rolling with that Seiko and sparing myself the divorce. I'm just glad to at least have finally found the watch I would buy if it made any sense. That in itself is progress, no?
And yes, you're right about TWAT Grail inflation. Suddenly Portofinos seem completely pedestrian at a mere $6k... PP Minute Repeater you say... hmmmm....
Edited by Bill Dlwgosh - 10/29/14 at 10:03pmpost #37407 of 4831210/29/14 at 10:22pmpost #37408 of 4831210/29/14 at 10:25pmpost #37409 of 4831210/29/14 at 10:28pmpost #37410 of 4831210/29/14 at 10:30pm
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