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I really loved the Zenith, would have been my favorite except for the size.

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^Would have like 40 or 41mm better myself but willing to see how it sits on the wrist.  More importantly it seems a tad thick over 10mm if I'm remembering correctly.

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Of that bunch, I really like the UN and the Breguet, neither of which brands seem to get a lot of love on TWAT. Any particular reason for that?

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Originally Posted by Dachshund View Post
 

Of that bunch, I really like the UN and the Breguet, neither of which brands seem to get a lot of love on TWAT. Any particular reason for that?

 

 

I thought every post not rolex, omega or patek was automatically deleted.  :hide:
 

But seriously, I think UN gets flack for some of their 'less traditional' designs.  I think some people tune them out even when they have something nice.  I try to fight this urge but think it creeps in.

 

Breguet gets the swatch bump down.  All swatch brands are seemingly knocked down 1/2 a peg for whatever reason. 

 

As for the watches, I think that UN is beautiful, the Breguet is too busy for me but I do like a lot of their stuff.

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I thought every post not rolex, omega or patek was automatically deleted.  :hide:
 

But seriously, I think UN gets flack for some of their 'less traditional' designs.  I think some people tune them out even when they have something nice.  I try to fight this urge but think it creeps in.

 

Breguet gets the swatch bump down.  All swatch brands are seemingly knocked down 1/2 a peg for whatever reason. 

 

As for the watches, I think that UN is beautiful, the Breguet is too busy for me but I do like a lot of their stuff.

 

Hahahah @tigerpac - to be fair, AP gets a lot of love on TWAT too. 

 

And Omega is owned by Swatch too, so that might contradict your first statement/assessment...

 

Breguet is an interesting case.  I think they make a lot of beautiful stuff, but word on the street from friends in the industry is that they are REALLY having a hard time moving inventory in the US right now.  Much of this might be armchair hype, but at least a couple of friends who cover the industry via media channels say they won't be surprised if Breguet closes a few of its boutiques and AD contracts this year.

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Hahahah @tigerpac - to be fair, AP gets a lot of love on TWAT too. 

 

And Omega is owned by Swatch too, so that might contradict your first statement/assessment...

 

Breguet is an interesting case.  I think they make a lot of beautiful stuff, but word on the street from friends in the industry is that they are REALLY having a hard time moving inventory in the US right now.  Much of this might be armchair hype, but at least a couple of friends who cover the industry via media channels say they won't be surprised if Breguet closes a few of its boutiques and AD contracts this year.

 

You are correct sir, forgot AP :)

 

Think Omega still gets a bit of a prestige handicap being owned by Swatch, even if we like to talk about them a lot on here.  I like a lot of their designs myself, so that works for me lol.

 

Interesting about Breguet, thanks for the info.  They often make the short list for me but I've never pulled the trigger on them.  Always a bride maid I guess.  It is a interesting dynamic with them and Blancpain for swatch.  They share some of the same price ranges and styles.  Then yes they have some vastly different stuff as well.  But the difference is much less than, VC and ALS for Richemont imo.

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3 years on SF and I am just now discovering this thread. My old speedy with tweed. 

 

Best,

 

DL-

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Of that bunch, I really like the UN and the Breguet, neither of which brands seem to get a lot of love on TWAT. Any particular reason for that?

I don't really love UN's designs, but a friend of mine wanted something different and bought a brand new one several years ago from an AD.  In the first 2 years of ownership the watch went back for warranty work 3 times.  My friend seriously regretted not purchasing something more mainstream.  

 

It could simply have been a lemon, but after that experience, I really had not interest in owning one.  I suppose for the cost of many of their watches their are just other watches I'd rather own.  

 

Breguet makes a very nice watch but as others said, they do tend to get knocked for being a Swatch owned company.  A friend in the industry thinks they offer a very good value compared to some of the usual big name brands.  A few issues I have with some of their models are the lugs look too thin relative to the case particularly once the case is 38mm or larger, their dials are often hit or miss, in addition, they do beautiful guilloche work but sometimes when they sign the dial with their name and the watch number, they do it in a way that detracts from the watch (they have one model where they put the name and number in an oval that for me ruins the dial), then I still find for the cost there are other watches that speak to me more than Breguet.  I would be happy own a Breguet someday, but it would probably be after a few other watches are already in my collection. 

 

 
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Breguet is an interesting case.  I think they make a lot of beautiful stuff, but word on the street from friends in the industry is that they are REALLY having a hard time moving inventory in the US right now.  Much of this might be armchair hype, but at least a couple of friends who cover the industry via media channels say they won't be surprised if Breguet closes a few of its boutiques and AD contracts this year.

 

I've also heard things in the US are slow in terms of sales of high end watches, and not just for Breguet.  That comes from an AD that carries BP, Cartier, UN, IWC, Breguet, VC, Panerai and a bunch of other brands. He said part of it has to do with the really harsh winter that the East Coast has seen this year, but he he has heard similar things from dealers of other luxury goods outside the east coast.

 

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 It is a interesting dynamic with them and Blancpain for swatch.  They share some of the same price ranges and styles. 

Blanpain makes a high quality watch, but I always find myself bored with their designs.  Unlike Breguet, they just don't make anything I've ever really wanted to own.  One former BP AD near us was always giving smoking hot deals on them because they couldn't move them.   

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What type of tweezers should one get to change the bracelet on Speedy?
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I am officially intrigued




Edited by BostonHedonist - 3/23/15 at 1:26pm
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^ I'm not.
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I got chance to see the Speake-Marin Velsheda in person. While I'd be interested in the gold model, they had the steel model on blue alligator. I like it, but I'm not sure you can justify the 2-2.5x price difference between steel and gold in this model. The steel model felt pretty light weight.

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Gold version stock photo is below:

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I really loved the Zenith, would have been my favorite except for the size.

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@Superfluous interesting aesthetics, but it just looks clunky… the lugs, the crown… the bezel on the SS model (same? but looks different?) is just atrocious to my eye. Not feeling this one.
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@Superfluous interesting aesthetics, but it just looks clunky… the lugs, the crown… the bezel on the SS model (same? but looks different?) is just atrocious to my eye. Not feeling this one.

Speake-Marin aesthetics are just not for me in general (outside of the hands). Interesting, just not my cup of tea at all. I'm not a fan of how it sits on the OP's wrist either, but I assume that just falls under the general aesthetic more than anything else.

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^ I'm not.

 

Ugly or not, it sets a precedent I've been waiting for: a thin digital overlay powered by the automatic mechanical movement it sits atop. Scoff as you will, an automatic mechanical smart watch hybrid will be a fascinating and important achievement. I won't be told otherwise.

:tinfoil:

 

Now if they could make it beautiful, it might be worth buying.

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