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post #39106 of 48312
Apologies for the triple post earlier.

It's gotten to the point for me where I no longer champion brands. I've found myself fascinated by too many individual models,

If I were to pare myself down to three watches, I'd try to limit it to one Japanese, one German, and one Swiss. One would be a dress watch, one a diver, and one a chron, with one of the three having a GMT function. Ideally, I'd want all three to have in-house movements. And this is the sticking point - I can't find a combo that meets this criteria together with my preferences.

For instance:

1: Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT, white face
2. Rolex SD4000
3. Sinn 103 DIAPAL (BUZZZZZ - not in-house movement)

1. Nomos Orion Datum (unsure since I haven't seen on in the metal yet)
2. My current GS Spring Drive GMT (not a diver strictly speaking, but close enough) or my current SD Marinemaster if number 3 ends up being an X-33
3. My current Speedy, or the new X-33 (again, not seen it in person yet, but it would also provide an assortment of basic movement technology; but it seems odd to have the representative Quartz be Swiss...and it duplicates the GMT function )

I've thought up several more combos, but they all lack something. Another option would be an all-GMT flight:

1. The GS Hi-Beat GMT
2. Rolex BLNR, after getting the bracelet refinished
3. A German GMT chrono with an in-house movement (apparently, a unicorn)

And so on.

Yeah I know, I think too much.

Hopefully this post won't dupe...
post #39107 of 48312

My 3777 got a new friend yesterday :)

post #39108 of 48312
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Originally Posted by velomatt View Post

For me, it is frustrating to like what they're doing on the technical side and value side, but not find the design that inspires you to pull the trigger. Yes, a watch is a machine, but it is a cosmetic item as well, and it feels like a missed opportunity for the company to lose out on sales simply because of the choice of the dial and hands. What is the incremental cost of a world class dial design?

Maybe I'm just not open minded enough with regards to design.

This seems silly to me. It's an aesthetic they chose. It wasn't chosen from a value proposition stand point. It's not a missed opportunity, it's a design choice that carries through all their lines. Not everyone is going to like everything and that's fine, in fact it's a plus. There are plenty of watches posted here that are wonderfully made and finished which I find hideous. That's not a missed opportunity for that watch, one mans monstrosity is another mans Mona Lisa. As Dino said, it's all about what speaks to you when it's on your wrist. I've always viewed Nomos designs as love it or hate it for people, so perhaps there is less comprised style throughout their entire collection (meaning there is not something for everyone like maybe a JLC would offer) and they miss out in that sense, but it's hardly a missed opportunity in my eyes. Maybe they expand their range moving forward and open it up to new designs, but I hope they don't. It's part of why I like them, enjoy them or not, there is a theme in the design in all of their ranges.
post #39109 of 48312
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There are plenty of watches posted here that are wonderfully made and finished which I find hideous.

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post #39110 of 48312
Probably sounds harsher than intended to make a point. But I wear watches posters here would never wear, and same for the reverse. It certainly doesn't mean I don't appreciate certain details of the piece, just means it wouldn't go on my wrist.
post #39111 of 48312
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Probably sounds harsher than intended to make a point.
It has a chilling effect, nonetheless.
post #39112 of 48312
Noted, but it's quoted now so there is no point going back to reword it. I stand behind the point I was making. FWIW I enjoying seeing all the watches posted whether I like them or not.
post #39113 of 48312
+1 - I don't have to want something personally in order to admire what it is, or even just to enjoy looking at it. There is plenty of stuff here that I think is inherently marvellous, but that I would never think I could wear myself. Fair point, I say.
post #39114 of 48312

Gift to myself for a successful 2014.  I did get others holiday gifts.

 

 

 

 

 

post #39115 of 48312
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Utterly classic!
post #39116 of 48312
Yo, academe, now that was an awesome post.

Minus the Lange part, thats pretty much exactly how I feel. Not that I dont like Lange, I love a lot of what they do, I just dont love them as much as you.
post #39117 of 48312
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Yo, academe, now that was an awesome post.

Minus the Lange part, thats pretty much exactly how I feel. Not that I dont like Lange, I love a lot of what they do, I just dont love them as much as you.

Thanks Stitchy. Lange just taps into my romantic streak. They are in many ways a very post-modern brand; revisiting pocket watch designs and reinterpreting them for the 21st century. I remember reading Walt Odets and other watchmakers reviews, discussing how many Lange movements were traditional and sometimes anachronistic, unlike for example JLC where you might get a classically styled watch with a very contemporary movement under the hood. While beautiful, I could see how their design doesn't inspire the same feelings in others (but that's almost all watches I suppose).
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Gift to myself for a successful 2014.  I did get others holiday gifts. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)












Very nice; deets please?
post #39119 of 48312
Talking to a Rolex AD in Europe about buying a new Rolex Daytona and having it shipped to me. Due to current exchange rates, this would be a bit cheaper than in the US. Watch dudes - other thank being scammed (eg money for nothing), what should I be looking for and what questions should I ask? As I understand it, the warranty is international and it would come with box and papers and hang tags etc. Want to make sure I'm not doing something stupid to save a few bucks.

I'm getting a white dial 116520. Like others, I'm torn between the two but don't want to own both. I think white makes sense because if i buy other Rolexes they would be black dial (GMTII or sub). Thoughts on dial choice?
post #39120 of 48312
Aren't you worried about damage during shipping and import duties?
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