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The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breitling, JLC etc...) - Page 2916post #43727 of 483125/23/15 at 10:15pmQuote:
I love the stepped case shape. It's interesting, elegant, and it's curvature makes it very comfortable on the wrist.
Sadly, I don't love the dial. They have made variations of the Toldeo for at least 20 years, maybe more. The version from the early to mid 90's was smaller but had a more elegant dial and more elegant hour markers that alternated between 4 sided pyramids and I think modified triangles at 3,6,9, and 12. Also it was a manual wind and without a second hand. I think the lack of a second hand actually made the watch look much better. The next version was when they added the central seconds hand and a date window (Ugly on that watch). The next was a calendar watch, then this present watch.
I find the hour markers particularly the 6 & 12 a bit heavy handed. I also find on a dress watch like this, the seconds hand unnecessary, possibly making it more mundane ...something better suited for a sporty watch. I rarely think a central seconds hand looks good on square or rectangular watches. They should have a sub dial or no seconds hand at all.
I realize that is all stylistic, and ymmv.
As Mimo mentioned, on a watch of that price range, I'd prefer a more exclusive movement made specifically for this watch, and if possible a square or rectangular movement for this case. Then they might feel less compelled to hide it with a solid case back. The movement is certainly nice, but IIRC it's found in several of their watches. IMHO something in this price range should have a slugger more unique movement.
Overall, I love the case, but the details bother me. Good luck with whatever you decide.Quote:Originally Posted by mimo
I think it's beautiful, though for all its beautiful finishing, I'm sure Professor Dino will have something to say about the round movement in a spacer.
By coincidence, I was looking at the new Harmony range the other day. It's extremely rare for a genuinely new line to turn up in this relative backwater shortly after release. I suspect someone important must have enquired.
Mimo- regarding the current Toledo's movement you know me too well. I'd rather it be a manual wind that is square or rectangular and made specifically for that watch case.
The Harmony is a piece I wanted to like as its an adventurous design. I love non-round watches, but this I don't love. I think the design of their 1921, better executed. This looks to me like with the success of the 1921 they decided to make a similar shape and then clutter it with sub dials that aren't really integrated well into the overall design. Perhaps they want them to stand out, but I am not in love with its execution. Also the crown & pusher of the chronograph look like they stick out way too far from the case. I could imagine it being annoying as it hits the back of one's hand throughout the day. So I'd opt for the 1921 if I were in the market for a watch with a cushion shape case. Cheers!post #43728 of 483125/24/15 at 2:22ampost #43729 of 483125/24/15 at 2:37amQuote:
I sure hope so. Oh but to hear that minute repeater in person.Quote:post #43730 of 483125/24/15 at 8:36ampost #43731 of 483125/24/15 at 9:06ampost #43732 of 483125/24/15 at 9:27am@BostonHedonist
Two years?! That's plenty of time to find your own way! In which part of town is your flat?
Suggestions for must eat places:
Borough Market in Southwark--among the hundreds of other delicious victuals, the kappacasein toasted cheese sandwich is the best grilled cheese you'll ever eat
Ottolenghi in Islington - fantastic Mediterranean food
Rochelle Canteen in Shoreditch - owned by the wife of Fergus Henderson
St. John Bread and Wine - one of Fergus Henderson's amazing places
Holly Bush Pub in Hampstead - IMO the best pub in all of London. Great location, great atmosphere and great food.
Maltby Street Market - another great weekly food market
Spring at Somerset House - great place for a fancy dinner
The Cricketers - in Clavering (out in Essex, north of London). An amazing pub restaurant owned forever by Jamie Oliver's parents. It's where he learned to cook.
You should google each of these, they are in various parts of London, w different cuisines, but all are excellent.
When you were in Greenwich, did you go to the museum? The Harrison chronometers are on display there--perhaps the most famous (and first) chronometers ever made. They changed maritime/naval navigation forever. Read Dava Sobel's "Longitude" to learn all about these amazing timepieces and the man that designed them.
PM me for more info if you like (about food or just in general about London).post #43733 of 483125/24/15 at 9:38ampost #43734 of 483125/24/15 at 11:10amQuote:
If that 1921 came in Pt*...or steel? Daydreams...anyway, you're clearly demented if you can't see that the Harmony is invoking just the same quirky asymmetry as the 1921, just in a different way. OK, the 1921 is just tidy and smart. You win. But I still like the Harmony. Even in WG :)
*Yes I know they made a Pt 1921 and it's a super fabulous thing...but I like the simple one, don't you?
Marvellous jacket. Nice watch, too.
Very striking! Is it still technically guilloche if it's pressed? Anyway, I'm curious: could you say more about these vintage methods, and what the dial is made of?
1. Hafez, Hereford Street, near Bayswater. Best Iranian restaurant in town, and perfect for date night with the missus. My absolute favourite. (The restaurant, not your missus).
2. Mosers: Watches of Switzerland on Regent Street, or William & Son on Bruton Street (where you can also get a matching pair of shotguns).post #43735 of 483125/24/15 at 4:35pmpost #43736 of 483125/24/15 at 6:32pmpost #43737 of 483125/24/15 at 7:33pmpost #43738 of 483125/24/15 at 7:36pmpost #43739 of 483125/24/15 at 8:06pmQuote:
I've seen a couple of Roadsters around, and they typically seem to be (in Australia) around the US$4000 mark and up. That's the plain (non-chronograph) version in steel. You can probably get them more cheaply elsewhere, as things like watches tend to be more expensive in Australia.
I've never seen one with a blue dial, only with a black or white (or maybe silver?) dial.post #43740 of 483125/24/15 at 8:37pmQuote:
I bought my wife one from this place. Web design is from the Jurassic era, but they were prompt with communication and the price seemed fair. No idea on blue dial.
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