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So much choice with pens. I write with a Cartier Dandy fountain pen made from ebony, which my wife bought me for my 30th birthday, so i've just celebrated its first decade of service. I also have a fountain pen from Parker which my father received for his 21st birthday, so that one is fifty years old, and still writing beautifully. I use one or the other of them every working day.

Edit: I forgot my GvF rollerball, which is my daily crossword-doing pen.
Edited by Dachshund - 1/13/15 at 7:25am
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I knew I had an old pen shot around here somewhere!  The MB collection.  

 

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DON'T MAKE ME GO PARKER JOTTER ON YOUR ASSES.

LOL
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My pen of choice for work is the Fisher AG-7. It has a pressurized cartridge so it writes anywhere on anything. I am constantly marking up engineering drawings on the shop floor which are typically filthy dirty or hanging on equipment. I have one in red and black.

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My 111 won't wind. Sigh. Not sure if the kids got to it dropped it or it just needs to be serviced. Hoping it doesn't cost too much to fix but we'll see. Will see if I can find someone good locally. Anyone know someone in TO that they would recommend? In Mississauga or Financial District would be ideal.
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I have seen so many Explorers in the past few pages that all of a sudden I want one of my own too.
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Ok ok no more pen pics by me.. for now

 

buuuuut how about the watch of a day?

 

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Old pic... obviously 

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Ok ok no more pen pics by me.. for now

 

buuuuut how about the watch of a day?

 

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Old pic... obviously 

Nice! Ref?

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My pen of choice for work is the Fisher AG-7. It has a pressurized cartridge so it writes anywhere on anything. I am constantly marking up engineering drawings on the shop floor which are typically filthy dirty or hanging on equipment. I have one in red and black.

:inlove:Nice Explorer, sometimes I miss my old Ex1.  The only non-disposable pen I've ever purchased myself was a Sensa (with soft grip for comfort) to use on the essay day of the Bar exam (back in the days before computers were used for the essay day).   Its also uses the Fisher pressurized cartridges, which write nicely and on anything.  My dad gave me a Porsche Design ball point pen a few years ago, which I promptly misplaced in our house about 48 hours after he gave it to me.  That was the end of my considering buying nice pens.    

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Nice! Ref?

 

Why thank you!

 

40mm Complete Calendar Moonphase ref: 6654-1127-55B

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Here's what I'm wearing/carrying today:

AP, circa 1960
S.T. Dupont Montparnasse; circa 1988






(sorry for the huge pictures; never have figured out how to make them smaller)
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AP RO 15300 review, part 2 of 2. I'll start with a pic.








After a good amount of wear, here are my thoughts so far.

My feelings towards this watch had three stages.

1. I cannot believe I finally have this watch. Wowowowowowowowow

2. This cost me soooo much money, and for a watch. Its not even a high complication. Did I make a huge mistake?

3. THIS WATCH IS PERFECT TO THE MAXIMUM!!!!!


Without question, the most amazing aspect of the watch is the design and finishing. You cant even fully appreciate it without seeing it in the flesh and experiencing it over a few weeks.

The AP brushed finish is unreal. I dont even know how to describe it. Its intense and soft at the same time. Like no brushed finish I have ever seen before. The back and forth between brushed and polished surfaces is nothing shirt of genius. Overall you would say the watch has a brushed finish, but the polished screw heads, the middle of the bezel, the edges of the bracelet and its links, all small surfaces, but they create such a beautiful play of light and contrast between each other.

Then there is the dial bracelet of course. The dial motif is as beautiful as it is purported to be. The creamy white color shifts from white, to off white, to almost silver, and in so many hues and shades, depending on the angle. The tapered bracelet, the aforementioned polished edges, and the relatively narrow links, create a veritable light show with every flick of the wrist.

One thing that I cant stop looking at is how the bezel is round around the dial, but octagonal around its edge. Its almost an optical illusion.

There are two almost unnoticed details, that also just add to the overall commitment to the finishing of this watch. The first is the knife edge to the rehaut. It reflects light on the dial in a much more effective way than a simple flat polished ring. The second is the cream background to the date-wheel, which blends perfectly into the dial. Oh, the serifed numeral on the date-wheel too are another little touch that show the thoughtfulness of design throughout.

As far as comfort, I find the watch to be supremely comfortable and perfectly balanced. Its hefty enough that you know you have something significant on your wrist, but not too heavy. I do wish that there was a micro adjustment to the bracelet, but I cant really see how that would be integrated into the way the bracelet is made. Maybe a horological engineer could figure it out?

The movement is as impressive as the rest of the watch. I louped it and thats where you really see the fineness of the finishing on what is one of the best automatic movements ever made.

I have but two small gripes, if you can even call them that. I do wish that the date changed at 12 midnight exactly, its more like 12:07. And I think they could have done a better job on the box. The wood is fantastic, but the leather interior is rather plain, I think for the price and level of finishing on the watch it should be a bigger more impressive box. Also, the pillow is really weak. Its a very tight squeeze to put the pillow in the hole, and it should have been a plush leather pillow, not a cardboard one wrapped in leather.

But hey, if your only real issue with your watch is the box, I guess you done good.
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@518aata : The Turler branded AP ^ is beautiful. It reminds me of the VC ultrathin I love so much. Do you have a model name for that one?
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Here's what I'm wearing/carrying today:

AP, circa 1960
S.T. Dupont Montparnasse; circa 1988

:inlove:  Love that AP, and it looks great with your St. Dupont!

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@518aata : The Turler branded AP ^ is beautiful. It reminds me of the VC ultrathin I love so much. Do you have a model name for that one?

Thanks very much. I'm not sure of the model name, but I've generally seen it referred to as the "ultra thin", and I believe the movement is ref. 2003. Supposedly, at the time it was introduced (late 50s?), it was the thinnest manual-wind movement ever made. Shortly after I bought it, I posted some pictures taken from the side that show just how thin it is. I'll try to find them and re-post them.
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