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Those old Audi A4s were awesome. My parents drove one so it was one of the first cars I drove when I passed my test. Nearly lost the back end of the thing ragging it around some country lane - heavy as hell, but pretty bulletproof. 

The old A4s were really solid and well built.  My friend had a 98 base model, no issues, and she survived some guy in a huge SUV cutting her off because he was going to miss his exit, he clipped her front corner, his SUV rolled several times, he died in the accident and all of his passengers were injured, my friend's A4 was totaled but she walked away with a few bruises from the seat belt.  She had 2 A4s after that and didn't like them as much.  

 

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I think Mimo raises a good point by comparing car ownership (especially German car ownership) to watch ownership. The more complications the piece has and the more an owner might pass up routine or needed maintenance, the more "unreliable" it becomes. Not to imply that's the case with any gents present, but certainly food for thought. 

My friends that had issues with their cars had them while new and under warranty.  Nothing out of pocket at issue.  Some just felt Audi didn't stand behind their products as well as they should have.  

 

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Anyone know if Omega would do a partial service? Or is every send-in an overhaul...

I've never heard of an partial overhaul with any of the watch companies. The only thing I've heard of as extra that can be opted out of is polishing the case and bracelet.  If the watch is relatively new they might simply regulate it.  If its say a year old or more, I think they will tell you to send it in for an overhaul or live with it as is until you want to overhaul it.  Certainly if you hear differently let us know. 

 

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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?

A friend had an R8 V10 and 2 Porsche 911s.  He said overall the R8 was really nice and had great performance, but for better or worse at that kind of money its an Audi. Once you are in that kind of price range you can drive something more exotic and more exciting.  After 2 years he traded it for an Aston Martin Vantage with a V12...now that's a car he really loves...and he kept both 911s. 

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The sales associate I deal with the most at my AD is always happy to ply me with whatever catalogues they have available. I think she is hoping to sell me a PP one day since she always gives me theirs even without me asking.
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Lol TWAT will have now caused every manufacture to send out 1000 catalogues within the week.

Sounds great to me!!!  Although, I don't know how many more watch catalogs Mrs. Dino will tolerate in the living room...or worse actually having an influence on me. 

 

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Dammit we just upped the cost of our next purchases by a few $$$.

:rotflmao:  Probably right...someone has to pay for the cost of those magnificent catalogs.

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So it seems, perhaps predictably, that it's the dueling empires of Swatch and Richemont that are most catalogue-friendly: JLC, Lange, VC...now also Breguet (what a selection!), GO, Blancpain and Piaget.  Also popped a web-form to Roger Dubuis.  OK, I also did IWC.  And Panerai.  And possibly Cartier (you have to register an account...)

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So it seems, perhaps predictably, that it's the dueling empires of Swatch and Richemont that are most catalogue-friendly: JLC, Lange, VC...now also Breguet (what a selection!), GO, Blancpain and Piaget.  Also popped a web-form to Roger Dubuis.  OK, I also did IWC.  And Panerai.  And possibly Cartier (you have to register an account...)

Or you could buy something;)...then they send you new catalogs as soon as they come out...and occasional birthday gifts.  This year our SA sent Mrs. Dino a floral arrangement for her birthday and sent me a hard cover coffee table book by Jack Forster (who works for Revolution watch magazine), for my birthday. 

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Good gracious @mimo ... You certainly don't half-ass things.

 

 

FWIW, I got my Cartier catalog by hobnobbing at the AD on Newbury while pondering Tank XLs.

 

 

PS - Don't forget Nomos.

 

 

And March 31 was forever known as Catalog Day.

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@BostonHedonist Oh all right then - Nomos gets to be the sole Indy on the list.  I'd rather the big boys paid, but Nomos have an official asshole policy of higher prices (no VAT deduction) for Asia, which always offends me...  Anyway, you started it, dammit!

 

@Dino944 I don't like giving my real date of birth online, so I shifted it to today.  Hope they notice!  I normally put 1 April...might be more appropriate.

 

[Edit - oops...Muehle, Sinn, GP...]


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@Dino that's awfully nice of them. All I buy from Cartier these days is some ink cartridges every six months - not sure that warrants such lavish attention!
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Hey fellas,
Quick question, could someone point me to the "go-to" Rolex AD online or B&M? I have a couple of dealers nearby but am looking to save a couple bucks if I can (and tax!), so long as there's 0% chance I'd be getting a fake. Gift's for my wife. Thanks!

Renault
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@Dino944 I don't like giving my real date of birth online, so I shifted it to today.  Hope they notice!  I normally put 1 April...might be more appropriate.

Hi Mimo, I should have been clearer, but it was the sales associate we purchased items from at the Cartier boutique, who sent the birthday presents.  I don't think they send birthday things to people that just fill out the online catalog request forms...which is why I said "Or you could buy something ;)."

 

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@Dino that's awfully nice of them. All I buy from Cartier these days is some ink cartridges every six months - not sure that warrants such lavish attention!

 

Yes, both items were a nice surprise for us.  It is always nice to come home from work and find an unexpected gift waiting for you. Purchase a few more Cartier pens and you might get some birthday gifts too...although it might be less expensive to simply purchase birthday gifts for yourself.  Cheers!:cheers:

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I don't care...I am buying myself a most excellent present quite soon.  But not from Cartier. :)

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That's the thing - 1 it's great coming home to an interesting treat you hadn't expected; 2 it's doubly good when it's from somewhere prestigious like Cartier. I'd love that. It's a bit like when the MD in the nice restaurant welcomes you by name without having to check.
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I am buying myself a most excellent present quite soon.  

Well then it should be the right, size, color and style.  Wishing you luck with whatever it is.  :cheers:

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That's the thing - 1 it's great coming home to an interesting treat you hadn't expected; 2 it's doubly good when it's from somewhere prestigious like Cartier. I'd love that. It's a bit like when the MD in the nice restaurant welcomes you by name without having to check.

Or its a bad sign for one's wallet when the sales associates or Maitre Ds know you that well.  ;)

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Ha! Too true. But you've got to live a little, right?!
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