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I aspire to one day be able to write articles that are half as good as your forum posts. Excellent and thought-provoking.
Many thanks.

My day job doesn't involve many opportunities for this type of writing, so it seems wristwatches have become an outlet for my highly opinionated take on design and manufacturing. It's heartening to know that they're not entirely futile. I probably sound cranky most of the time but I actually do like watches, even though they're a near-complete waste of time!

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+1. That's what I'm talking about, Belli


Here's a NOMOS that I find VERY interesting..



Oh that's very nice! Clean design.
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+1. That's what I'm talking about, Belli





Here's a NOMOS that I find VERY interesting..





 



I used to own the no-date hand-wind version of this watch and it was a little gem. Heck of a value, too.

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RogerP - the watches you've let go from your collection - I would be proud to own. (Sorry to hear about the passing of your 9300 btw - but I'm sure it found a good home)
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Nomos is a brand that I vacillate on quite a bit. One minute, I'm really appreciating the technical aspects and digging their minimalist feel, then the next minute I'm thinking it looks like a dressed up Skagen.

 

That said, I am really liking the Club right now, as I think it is a very handsome watch. Just wish they would expand their line to a few more design styles. A few simple design choices could really elevate their look.

 

And I'd love to see a full size sweep second hand, with a classy power reserve display where their normal second is.

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Subdial seconds are sexi

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I don't disagree with that. But when every watch has that look, it loses something. And I recognize that it is not trivial to redesign a movement to change the placement.

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I hope to see a sweep seconds hand from Nomos, too.
In a chronograph.
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^in-house column-wheel chronograph, of course.

 

I think I might have to buy a watch quite soon.

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Top 3, huh? Okay, here goes.

Nomos gets the same level of esteem from me. I highly appreciate what they do and what they're about; they're the only watch company towards whom I feel anything like genuine affection....

 

Nomos is quality. 

 



Well, that was fun. Feel free to tell me if you think I'm a stupid idiot or whatever.
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That was really enjoyable to read thank you for sharing your top three.  I agree with most of what you said particularly your assessment of most modern Pateks, VCs, Cartiers, Omegas, and tourbillons.

 

I know this is subjective, but I just don't feel any love for Nomos.  I know its a favorite here, and the quality vs. price ratio is completely justified.  However, where they fall flat for me is their design.  I find them so stoic and cold that no matter how high it is in terms of quality, I just don't see a model that I like enough to ever purchase.  Some of their dial designs might work better for me as a desk clock or wall clock, as they remind me a bit of the Mondaine Swiss Railway clocks.  The cases and lugs are another area that again, don't inspire me.  I find them so utilitarian that I feel bored just looking at them.  The Zurich might be the only model I could consider and even then I feel it's a bit generic looking.  Again, I recognize the quality and the price are some factors that what make it a great brand, however there aren't any that I'd truly love to own.  

 

Again great writing and thank you for sharing your thoughts about your favorite brands.  :cheers:

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Belli, that post was magnificent.

As to the quasi AP "hate" when it comes to their other models, I just dont get it. They have not shortage of great looking watches. Their ultra slim is probably my favorite gold ultra slim model on the market, and the equation of time perp cal is one of my fave high complication watches, not to mention a bevy of other great models, both technically and visually, and the finishing is sublime.

I understand that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but when I hear people say or imply that "all" they have going for them is the RO, it leaves me wondering how many AP watches they have actually looked at.

/fanboi rant
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Vacheron holds pride of place for me for having made the best looking dress watch ever (and it is nicer version of what Nomos does than Nomos does).
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There are a lot of nice APs - the Jules Audemars are really attractive. But when you head to big three prices, I think the question is where to get the maximum "wow".  Dress watches by definition tend to be simple, and the differences in character very narrow and subjective.  I don't think anyone loves Patek Philippe best because of their most traditional Calatrava.

 

Making a luxury watch that leaps out from the rest while retaining some dignity is quite a trick.  I think that's why AP is differentiated mostly by its iconic dressy-sporty-everything watch.  It's also why Lange stands out for me as my "Big Five" favourite: of course, it's subjective whether one likes them, but their design personality is strong and distinctive, even if, or because, it strays from classic luxury dress watch definitions.

 

Anyway, there is a lot of love to go around...

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Absolutely; they're virtuoso watchmakers.

Here's an example of those impeccable chops to which I was referring:


from kronosclub

No meedly-mee-guitar-solo-esque complications on this one, just a time-only movement done in ultra-high-quality. Not that they don't know how to make some mean complications, too.
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

Belli, that post was magnificent.

As to the quasi AP "hate" when it comes to their other models, I just dont get it. They have not shortage of great looking watches. Their ultra slim is probably my favorite gold ultra slim model on the market, and the equation of time perp cal is one of my fave high complication watches, not to mention a bevy of other great models, both technically and visually, and the finishing is sublime.

I understand that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but when I hear people say or imply that "all" they have going for them is the RO, it leaves me wondering how many AP watches they have actually looked at.

/fanboi rant

For me it's not AP hate it's that I prefer a similar Lange, Vacheron, FPJ, etc. At that price level there are a lot of great pieces and it's so dependent on personal tastes.
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