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Very nice.  Love the case and dial.

Thanks.  If you found a Tank XL for only $5K and not a standard Tank, that was a steal !  I've have gotten unsoliticted emails to buy it, from people that have seen me post pix of it on another site. 

 

 

If you are saying Ferrari does not have an application process for its special models, then you are incorrect.  For specialty models (F50, Enzo, FXX) there was an application process.  Your dealer had to submit an application on your behalf, put in a good word for you, and demonstrate you have a long history of Ferrari ownership with several rare and special Ferraris in your collection.  In addition, on some of the cars they required you to lease them for at least 2 years, before you could purchase them.  This was to prevent speculators from buying them and flipping them for a substantial profit the same day they take delivery.  Being able to lease and then buy one of these very specialized Ferraris is sort of a reward to their loyal clients (the same as say the AP boutiques supposedly only selling the "Boutique Edition" watches to people that have already purchased watches at the boutiques). 

 

I love fine watches and automobiles, but I find the application process a bit of pomp and circumstance to help make the experience of buying a rare and ultra expensive item a bit more special.  Maybe its intended to make the buyers feel that they are more special than other multi millionaire collectors because he/she was accepted through the application process for the honor of buying one of these pieces.  I don't find the idea of going through an application process for the "Honor" of giving them several hundred thousand to million dollars adds to the experience...but maybe I'm in the minority. 

 

Patek makes some amazing watches, but this application process if I'm not mistaken is essentially involves pieces Patek  designed and made without any input from the buyer.  I am not aware of Patek truly involving the customer in designing/commissioning a watch (unless they recently started offering that service).  So I don't reallly see it as a journey.  To me it would be more of a journey if it were something like going through Vacheron's special order process whereby the buyer might request a small detail be customized such as a special dial or a different case metal, or where the buyer can go all out and commission a one of a kind watch from beginning to end.  To me that is a real journey which is truly involves the buyer.

The Pilot Chronographs are my favorite IWCs.  Very nice.

 

 

I wasn't aware of the application process that Ferrai has and thanks for pointing this out.

 

Your right Patek doesn't include the owner when designing of the watch, and your right I think part of it is to make people feel special and I'm sure part is to make sure they spend a bit more before getting an application watch as well. But regardless it is the way they tend do things in the luxury watch business. There are certain watches you just can't get as easily. However there are enough people who are more than willing to put in their application.

 

(This following part I've heard but not confirmed) Also they don't really want these watches to be re-sold as it it would kind of take away from the whole application process in the first place. I don't think you have to sign anything, however you may not be able to get another application piece if they find out about it. Since Patek would be the only one capable of servicing these watches, they would be able to find out about it pretty easily.

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Beautiful vintage GMT!  It inspired me to wear something more colorful and casual too.

Thanks mate, yep, your Sub certainly ticks the colourful box!
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Both the Tudor Black Bay and the Pelagos are very nice divers, tried both recently at my local Rolex dealer (not in the US). The Black Bay was particularly handsome, with plenty of vintage feel. A very nice case! For me, the red bezel would be perfect, as I have plenty of Subs and other black-bezeled watches. To generate more sales, they probably should make a black version though.
The Pelagos didn't resonate quite as much, probably because of the material. Not a great titanium fan in watches. But the bracelet and clasp was highly functional, an inspiration to other producers of "diving" watches. Somehow I picked up a few Seiko vibes from it, not sure why. That should not necessarily be a bad thing, but still ... A Seiko Samurai would be a lot cheaper wink.gif
I like the snowflake hands, but feel that the BB should have gone all snowflake.
Tudor is definitely onto something!]

I recently tried on the Black Bay and Pelagos at an AD in Melbourne. I really liked both watches although I am coming down on the side of the Pelagos at the moment, as I love the titanium case, the ceramic lumed bezel, and the depth adjusting bracelet - all very cool features. The Pelagos is pretty big and bulky, however, so it is definately a watch for swimming, diving, weekend BBQs etc only. It does have a bit of a Seiko vibe to it, I agree!
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Thanks mate, yep, your Sub certainly ticks the colourful box!

 

Not only that, but the Maxi Dial makes it just that much easier to read.

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Hi here's a few pics from earlier today of my own Patek smile.gif not an application piece but I love it nonetheless ...
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the pics with the sunlight are sublime.
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the pics with the sunlight are sublime.

Watch porn indeed.
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Hi here's a few pics from earlier today of my own Patek smile.gif not an application piece but I love it nonetheless ...

 

Very nice indeed.

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Weariing this one today.

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Sorry the moon phase is incorrect. It's my least favorite feature.

I love the look of moon phase watches, but I'm yet to figure out why I would need it.
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No one needs a moonphase. It's just pretty
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I love the look of moon phase watches, but I'm yet to figure out why I would need it.

For me, someimes it's more for the beauty than it is for the function.

 

 

 

 

 

Others may disagree, but one could make the same arguement for the exhibition case back as well.

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(This following part I've heard but not confirmed) Also they don't really want these watches to be re-sold as it it would kind of take away from the whole application process in the first place. I don't think you have to sign anything, however you may not be able to get another application piece if they find out about it. Since Patek would be the only one capable of servicing these watches, they would be able to find out about it pretty easily.

 

I can understand them not wanting them to be re-sold.  One, it sort of cheapens the experience and two, they don't make anything on the re-sale.  I agree, most likely if they discover you have sold the watch at auction shortly after taking delivery they probably will never sell you another watch that requires an application.  I know Patek keeps track of auction results as I've seen results printed in the Patek magazine that gets sent to registered Patek owners.

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Hi here's a few pics from earlier today of my own Patek smile.gif not an application piece but I love it nonetheless ...

 

Beautiful watch!  I tried one on at a dealer recently and was surprised by its size.  It definitely wears and feels smaller than their previous chronographs.  Awesome photos.  Thanks for sharing them.

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Weariing this one today.

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Love the vintage Sub!  Its a design I never tire of seeing. 

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Nice Sub C no-date.  How do you like it?  I saw one for the first time this weekend.  It might be the first time I think I liked the non-date version more than a Sub Date.

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