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Anyone here have any experience of the Audi R8? Poor man's Gallardo, I know, but anyone got one or driven one?

 

I wouldn't call the R8 the poor man's anything... Anyhow, the closest I've been to driving an R8 was sitting in Tom Brady's once. So as to maximize the impressiveness of that statement, I'm not going to explain the context.

 

It felt like the cockpit of a rocket ship.

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What engine do you have?

I'm thinking about getting a 3.0tdi or the big bi-tdi.

If you're asking me, its the 2.4 non-turbo.
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I've heard some pretty scary horror stories about Omega (Swatch) service, can anyone chime in and comment? 

 

I once sent my vintage one for service.  Three months later it came back with a note saying they could not restore the dial.  I did not ask them to restore the dial.  But I largely blame the regional agents for this.  I then got it serviced locally by the former local agent in two days, for about $200, including replacing a non-original hand, the acrylic glass, and the crown.

 

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Anyone here have any experience of the Audi R8? Poor man's Gallardo, I know, but anyone got one or driven one?

 

Clarkson declared it "better than my Lambo".  So perhaps it's the smart man's Gallardo?  To me the styling is just too out there for a car to drive around in - very showy, if less than its bull-bearing cousin.  But that's a personal thing.  In terms of driving, I've never had the pleasure, but I know a couple of people who've had them, and have never heard anything less than gushing enthusiasm for the experience.

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Actually, looking at the prices it's not far off Gallardo territory. As I understand it they share a lot of the same superstructure (again, I stress, I am not a mechanic). Speaking of rocketships I once sat in a Mercedes SLS - felt like a cross between a fighter jet cockpit and a coffin. Not for the broad of shoulder.

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Ah, German cars. After I get the "have to have the convertible out of my system", I'll probably get from BMW's back to Audi. As long as it doesn't have that double-clutch thingy, they seem to be relatively sound even today. Loved my A6, been looking for the A8 for a while. R8 certainly gives 911 a real fright when competing for the leader of GT/sports car class, so not exactly a poor man's version. If we're talking manuals, R8 V8 seems to be the sweet spot. New version came out this month, so lots of things to change there, hope it's good.

Getting back to watches, as I'm a history freak and like to read, ordered Cologni's book on Jaeger-LeCoultre and got it today. On the very quick first pass, looks excellent, although it is quite pricey. Published 2006, so out of stock but Amazon had still through 3rd party. Also, JLC sent me their current Manufacture book (basically a catalog of current models), so been very much enjoying the literary side of watches.
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^ wowza, I was after that same JLC book, which a few months ago was about £50 on Amazon but, as you say, now out of print and north of £200, which I can't quite stomach, but it looks great. Glad you're enjoying it.

 

I've got a few old JLC and Lange catalogues that I like to thumb through every now and then.

 

Imagine my surprise a couple of weeks back when, popping into a pretty low-key cafe in the local town with my wife for a quick sandwich and an espresso, I discovered that amongst the usual crappy magazines they had an absolute motherlode of watch catalogues - JLC, AP, PP (in Chinese[?]), Rolex. Jeez I was itching to spend the half hour leafing through those rather than engaging in polite conversation with Mrs Dachshund, poor lady.

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I recently ordered a JLC catalog from their website. Didn't cost a thing. Matter of fact, hard-bound watch catalogs have edged out everything else on my coffee table, save an issue of L'Uomo Vogue. My favorite is the JLC, hands down.

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I didn't realise you could get them from the website - I thought you had to pass the sniff test in an AD given they must cost a bit to produce - they don't hold back on the quality. Getting the Lange one I could see she was sizing me up to see if I was a time-waster (which I guess I was, at least in the near term).
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BH, you have led me astray: I've just ordered a catalogue from JLC.  And Lange.  And Vacheron Constantin.  I might not be finished.  My coffee table's going to kick ass.

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how do you check if your watch is 7 secs too fast?

Over time you notice. My Rolex ran a minute or so fast a month and my AP runs about a minute or so slow a month. I set my watch to my phone and when I feel the discrepancy is too much I just reset. I actually enjoy the excuse to unscrew the crown and change the time. Its fun.

My JLC ran spot on for about 7 years though. Pretty awesome.
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I recently ordered a JLC catalog from their website. Didn't cost a thing. Matter of fact, hard-bound watch catalogs have edged out everything else on my coffee table, save an issue of L'Uomo Vogue. My favorite is the JLC, hands down.

I have about 100 catalogues in my closet, from about every brand out there. I love em.

All free, but obviously these things, like packaging and advertising, are absorbed in the price of the watches we buy.
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I just love hobnobbing with associates at ADs and milking it for catalogs, magazines, etc. A little retail suck-up is great fun once in a while. I'm trying to teach Beautiful how to work sales associates, but she always likes to be left alone to ponder her purchases unaffected.

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BH, you have led me astray: I've just ordered a catalogue from JLC.  And Lange.  And Vacheron Constantin.  I might not be finished.  My coffee table's going to kick ass.

Thanks for reminding me on Lange, Breguet was already on the way wink.gif

One downside on the purchase of a new watch (delivery in April, btw) is that you start to look your collection again and I noticed (since I flipped almost all of the mid-price stuff during the last two months) that it's a bit lopsided now. Needs the quality dress watch now...
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I too enjoy hobnobbing and chatting with ADs and boutiques, provided the people working their are both knowledgable and nice. Its always fun to talk watches with fellow enthusiasts.

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Lol TWAT will have now caused every manufacture to send out 1000 catalogues within the week.
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Dammit we just upped the cost of our next purchases by a few $$$.
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