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What? No rants yet about the Hodinkee Summit?  Wow, what's happening to TWAT?

 

1.  By invite only - so apply if you want to attend.  Limited to 100 slots.

 

2.  "This is not about getting the wealthiest collectors in the world together – but the most passionate." <- Quote from the site/entry.

 

3.  If accepted, it will cost $3,500 for a couple of days.

 

Comments?


I "applied" for an invitation, as much out of curiosity as anything else. I doubt that I'll get selected, but if I do I can then decide if I want to go. It seemed to me that it's at least an excuse for a weekend trip to NYC (and it's been quite a few years) and I might learn something. I don't need anyone to tell me what to buy, either, but knowledge is a useful thing to have and if I learn something then all well and good.

 

So we shall see what transpires.

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^ You are kidding, right?
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I made a purchase too. They had the Exp. II tax free at LHR and I couldn't resist. Photo from SFO, about to fly to LAX then home.

Glad it worked out for you.  Looks great!  Congrats!!!  :cheers:

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Hey gang,

I just had a few hours to kill in New York and walked around looking at watches. For reference, I own one watch, a Rolex GMT BLNR. I looked at a few sizes of Panerai radiomirs. I really liked the 512 in rose gold (boutique only had it in gold). It's got a nice profile and cool look. The bigger options just aren't for me.

JLC is right next door. I looked at the 1931 Reverso and it fit my wrist well. The Master Ultrathin Moon in gold was very handsome. That was definitely my favorite. I think I'd love a Reverso some day, but at my age, not feeling a need right now.

Went to AP. I can't keep the references straight, but I looked at the 41mm Royal Oak in stainless (second hand only) and I THINK the 39 mm version without a second hand in rose gold. The gold is pretty wild in person. Lots of weight to it obviously. I really liked the way light catches the beveling on the bracelet in both versions.

Finally saw a Patek perpetual calendar in person. Pretty spectacular.

I've been keeping my eyes open for something a little more casual. I think the 512 fits the bill and will probably be my next purchase. I am also looking at possibly getting a 337 second hand. I want to wear it on a burgundy strap, and I think the dial on the 337 is the more brown color vs the black 512. Anyone have ideas on that?
Edited by Dillardiv - 9/16/15 at 2:46pm
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Dillardiv, If you mean strap ideas (for any Panerai, really) then there's certainly no shortage.

The "accessories corner" at paneristi.com = ultimate rabbit hole for starters.

Wouldn't say I'm a fan of burgundy straps in particular, but something like a #8 Shell Cordovan would probably look pretty good on either of those watches. (And unless I'm mistaken, the 337 is just a matte black dial).



On the topic of the Hodinkee collector's thing, I'm also more in the camp of, "Hell, for $3500, I'd rather buy a Nomos" .... but my initial comment was really more of a reflection that at least the "lucky" NYCers have the opportunity for attending that type of event. (Not that Houston is some backwater town, and I honestly had not yet absorbed all of the details of what was supposed to go down there with Hodinkee).

Having said that, I've often lamented the lack of face-to-face / personal contact that I've been able to experience with this beloved pastime, and that's despite my natural inclination to be more of an introvert.

My daughter once made a comment along the lines of, "Wow Dad, you *really* seemed to enjoy talking with that watch salesman. I thought you were going to be in there all day" happy.gif

So, from that perspective, I think it would really be fun. Maybe not $3500 fun.... but, fun.
Edited by Keith T - 9/16/15 at 7:03pm
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^ You are kidding, right?


No. Why?

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Because the chance that someone willing to pay $3,500 for this event being told "there is no room" or "you are not a real collector" is less than zero. If you have a pulse and check and are willing to give them the marketing information that they requested, you will be "admitted."
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Strap-chopping.

I'm digging this combo. The yellow in the leather really brings out the lume.

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Originally Posted by Winot View Post

I made a purchase too. They had the Exp. II tax free at LHR and I couldn't resist. Photo from SFO, about to fly to LAX then home.


Thanks for posting that — it's nice to see that you snagged one! Great choice and fantastic watch; I'd love to hear your thoughts about it when you get a chance.
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Originally Posted by Dillardiv View Post

Hey gang,

I just had a few hours to kill in New York and walked around looking at watches. For reference, I own one watch, a Rolex GMT BLNR. I looked at a few sizes of Panerai radiomirs. I really liked the 512 in rose gold (boutique only had it in gold). It's got a nice profile and cool look. The bigger options just aren't for me.

I've been keeping my eyes open for something a little more casual. I think the 512 fits the bill and will probably be my next purchase. I am also looking at possibly getting a 337 second hand. I want to wear it on a burgundy strap, and I think the dial on the 337 is the more brown color vs the black 512. Anyone have ideas on that?

Not a fan of burgundy straps on watches.  Especially if the version you are considering is rose gold.  Cartier used to pair some of their watches with burgundy straps, and it never looked right.  It didn't really compliment the rose gold.  I'd much rather have a dark brown strap, maybe something with white stitching if you want a sportier look.  A few guys here have but watches with black dials on dark brown straps with white stitching and it looked fantastic.    

 

In the end as Keith said, there are tons of options for Panerais.  Strap purchasing is practically an addiction for some Panerai owners.  Good luck!

 

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Originally Posted by P. Bateman View Post

Strap-chopping.

I'm digging this combo. The yellow in the leather really brings out the lume.

Sorry not a fan of that strap at all.  I know straps like that can be pricey, but it looks like it was made from an old leather belt that accidentally went in the washing machine. Also not a fan of that style with white stop points on the strap.  Personally, I prefer a sports Rolex on a bracelet, but if putting it on a strap, I'd rather see it on a traditional NATO or a black strap, or maybe a very very dark brown strap with white stitching.  I find the idea of trying to have the strap match the lum plots a bit too "Matchy matchy" or trying too hard.  Good luck with whatever you decide. 

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Sorry not a fan of that strap at all. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
 I know straps like that can be pricey, but it looks like it was made from an old leather belt that accidentally went in the washing machine. Also not a fan of that style with white stop points on the strap.  Personally, I prefer a sports Rolex on a bracelet, but if putting it on a strap, I'd rather see it on a traditional NATO or a black strap, or maybe a very very dark brown strap with white stitching.  I find the idea of trying to have the strap match the lum plots a bit too "Matchy matchy" or trying too hard.  Good luck with whatever you decide. 

While old-timey-lookin' leather straps on vintage divers' watches seem to be trendy, I'm not much of a fan, either.

The leather-strap-on-a-diver's-watch to "slicks on a 4X4" comparison is used so often that I consider it cliché, but it's true. NATO is fine, especially with drilled lugs or fixed bars. Anything that you wouldn't want to get wet... forget it. Don't even get me started on the cottage industry of canvas straps made from moldy old army tents or whatever. :P

Edit: $149 for that one seems a bit excessive, too.
Edited by Belligero - 9/17/15 at 7:29am
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Ok, so I can't believe I will actually be the first to bring the subject, but has anyone seen on their FB feed (or other social media) the newly-release VC "pocket watch", allegedly the most complicated timepiece ever?

 

This is something else! Every time some uber LE / one-off kind of watch like this pops up (I can include here the PP 5175R, among others), I become ecstatic! 

 

The article on the 'dink seems well documented, I'll read it more in detail when I get a little more free time, but from what I can see so far, the piece looks impressive, to say the least! 

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While old-timey-lookin' leather straps on vintage divers' watches seem to be trendy, I'm not much of a fan, either.

The leather-strap-on-a-diver's-watch to "slicks on a 4X4" comparison is used so often that I consider it cliché, but it's true. NATO is fine, especially with drilled lugs or fixed bars. Anything that you wouldn't want to get wet... forget it. Don't even get me started on the cottage industry of canvas straps made from moldy old army tents or whatever. :P

Agreed, I don't see any point to adding a strap to a diving watch, if the the strap can't be worn in water.  A friend of mine generally uses shark skin straps for his dive watches, if he isn't using the bracelet, as shark skin is supposed to be highly water resistant (or at least the ones he buys are treated to be).    

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Agreed, I don't see any point to adding a strap to a diving watch, if the the strap can't be worn in water. 

 

Do you wear a diver's watch only when diving in the ocean? 

 

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I've been keeping my eyes open for something a little more casual. I think the 512 fits the bill and will probably be my next purchase. I am also looking at possibly getting a 337 second hand. I want to wear it on a burgundy strap, and I think the dial on the 337 is the more brown color vs the black 512. Anyone have ideas on that?
 

The 337's dial is black with greenish paint on the markers. Between the two, I prefer the 337 (more specifically the 338) over the 512 due to it's Radiomir wire lugs.

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