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I dont understand the craze about MB watches. They make excellent pens. 

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OMG. Looks like the watch is eating the hand for breakfast.

 

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OK, this is a terrible shot, but you get the drift.

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A nice watch. 5130 starburst dial, 5196 lugs + Officer watch screws. Crown a bit strange, reminds me of Oris/Montblanc:-)

 

Still, a very good choice. If only the font on the dial would be more restrained (see 5130).

 

 

Originally Posted by brax View Post

Sorry for the delay gentlemen. I expected to post the final pictures this morning but was called away on other pressing matters. Without further wait:


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This 116618LB with the blue sunburst dial though...I call this my "when I retire in Miami and wear ill fitting shorts, a golf shirt, a cap, and socks all the way up to my knees" watch. 

 

I call it the "inevitable Frillyvolous purchase because you wear purple shoes and massive dive watches and don't give a fuck...watch"

 

Down the rabbit hole you go, my friend...

 

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Another day, another blossoming tree on my way from kindergarten to work, another rose gold chrono nod[1].gif

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Do they always make you hairy kids work after kindergarten?  Tough where you are.

 

Great pic.  Great watch.

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I have a question (design of everything else aside), how is the spacing on the NonServiam JLC above, any different than Mont Blanc below?  I assume people will praise the JLC and hate this Mont Blanc but given the same dial, I couldn't tell the difference.  Just for conversation, I am not a fan of either as I can't stand the ~4:30 date window.

 

Now this may be the one Mont Blanc that gets its spacing right but a lot of the time it is all wrong.  

 

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Originally Posted by no frills View Post
 

This 116618LB with the blue sunburst dial though...I call this my "when I retire in Miami and wear ill fitting shorts, a golf shirt, a cap, and socks all the way up to my knees" watch. 

 

I call it the "inevitable Frillyvolous purchase because you wear purple shoes and massive dive watches and don't give a fuck...watch"

 

Down the rabbit hole you go, my friend...

 


Hahahahahahahaha what an awesome image. And description!!!
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Originally Posted by jbarwick View Post

I have a question (design of everything else aside), how is the spacing on the NonServiam JLC above, any different than Mont Blanc below?  I assume people will praise the JLC and hate this Mont Blanc but given the same dial, I couldn't tell the difference.  Just for conversation, I am not a fan of either as I can't stand the ~4:30 date window.

Now this may be the one Mont Blanc that gets its spacing right but a lot of the time it is all wrong.  

Yeah, could do without that date window smile.gif Would have preferred a manual wind movement, too. It's not the perfect chrono. It is however an affordable column wheel chrono from a prestigious maker, with a robust and well tested movement (but not particularly finely decorated, therefore a solid caseback) in a superb rosé gold case that fits my wrist perfectly. That will have to do satisfied.gif I sometimes ponder selling a lot of watches and getting a fine chrono from Vacheron or Patek, but I like this JLC (and my other watches) way too much.

In my eyes, both Mont Blanc and JLC handle the spacing well on both these chronos. This perpetual calendar however, feels a little narrow eyed:

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Originally Posted by jbarwick View Post
 

I have a question (design of everything else aside), how is the spacing on the NonServiam JLC above, any different than Mont Blanc below?  I assume people will praise the JLC and hate this Mont Blanc but given the same dial, I couldn't tell the difference.  Just for conversation, I am not a fan of either as I can't stand the ~4:30 date window.

 

Now this may be the one Mont Blanc that gets its spacing right but a lot of the time it is all wrong.  

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

The date window is what ruins the spacing on both for me personally. This disregards everything else about the MB I don't like of course.

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FWIW, I like the MB watch posted by @NonServiam 2 posts above! I'm not loving all of MB's watches but this one fits the bill. A couple of ones from Basel this year, too. 

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Yeah, could do without that date window smile.gif Would have preferred a manual wind movement, too. It's not the perfect chrono. It is however an affordable column wheel chrono from a prestigious maker, with a robust and well tested movement (but not particularly finely decorated, therefore a solid caseback) in a superb rosé gold case that fits my wrist perfectly. That will have to do satisfied.gif I sometimes ponder selling a lot of watches and getting a fine chrono from Vacheron or Patek, but I like this JLC (and my other watches) way too much.

In my eyes, both Mont Blanc and JLC handle the spacing well on both these chronos. This perpetual calendar however, feels a little narrow eyed:

 

 

Yea that Mont Blanc is now the poster child of small movements in big cases.  Your JLC works well with the movement size and the finishing is quite nice in my eyes.  I just wanted to defend MB a little on the whole spacing issue that sometimes gets overlooked when other makers do it as well.  Now you AP from yesterday is just gorgeous!

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Originally Posted by aleksandr View Post

For what its worth, I'm probably with the dissenting majority here. Not sure if I'll ever kop a MB myself - my current to-kop list is far too long already - but I do appreciate what they've been doing the past couple of years. And personally if I like the look of the watch and dial, I couldn't care less how much of the space in the case was empty air.

Out of curiosity Dino - what would you recommend at the low end / entry level price point?

In the MB price range I'd rather have a Nomos, although on my wrist they never do anything for me.  If one is talking entry level say under $4K, I'd probably recommend a pre-owned Rolex, Omega, Breitling...depends on the person.  If they insisted on something brand new, then maybe Rado, Oris, Concord, Tag.   Below a certain range you are limited in what you can get, or what you are getting for your money...but any of those should give someone many years of good use and enjoyment.   

 

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Yea that Mont Blanc is now the poster child of small movements in big cases.  Your JLC works well with the movement size and the finishing is quite nice in my eyes.  I just wanted to defend MB a little on the whole spacing issue that sometimes gets overlooked when other makers do it as well.  Now you AP from yesterday is just gorgeous!

I think with chronographs, there is often more leeway, in terms of going to a larger size case, because the dial may have a tachymeter or other markings along the perimeter of the dial.  On something like a perpetual calendar (unless it also has a chronograph) you generally will not find these additional markings which can help disguise the use of smaller movement by using more of the dial with additional markings.  While some here are ok with using smaller movements in bigger cases, I don't think in most situations the more established companies get a "pass" here.  Actually, just the other week, Frills compared 2 VC chronographs each using the same movement but IIRC Frills preferred the smaller original design.  I know others have questioned Zenith's use of the El Primero in some of the over 40mm applications.  In addition, here and on other forums, I've previously stated my annoyance with VC killing off the 37mm Historiques Chronograph which had a lovely case, classic VC tear drop lugs, rectangular pushers, and a very reasonable MSRP of $17,000 simply to recase the movement and give us the bulkie 42mm Malte Chronograph, which now had IWC flieger style pushers, which looked wrong on a dress chronograph and more importantly so they could really stick it to collectors with a new $33,000 MRSP. 

 

I don't think that every watch that uses a smaller movement in a big case is a bad watch, I just prefer it not be done, and if done, it not be so blatant.  MB sadly seems like a chronic offender so perhaps they get the brunt of this.  Even if they didn't to me they are pen maker, and I don't really want one of their watches when I could buy a Rolex, JLC, Omega, or other brand for the same money. 

 

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Originally Posted by Meurice View Post
A nice watch. 5130 starburst dial, 5196 lugs + Officer watch screws. Crown a bit strange, reminds me of Oris/Montblanc:-)

They used a similar crown in the mid to late 1990's on the Patek 5015 and its replacement 5054, and then on the 5053.

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What do you guys think of the Nomos MINIMATIK?

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I'm not a huge fan.

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