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[...]Naturally, manufacturers make ever-bigger margins as the goods they make go more upmarket:  the percentage margin on a Porsche is way bigger than on a Skoda - percentage, not just actual dollars.  Look at shoes for instance: making your boots out of Horween shell cordovan instead of fine calf leather probably increases the costs by 20%, but the price often doubles.  Double or triple again for crocodile, even though in costs, it's probably only another $40 on the materials.  Look at your watch straps: the amount of leather, shell cordovan or crocodile skin used is tiny.  The bulk of the cost is in skilled labour, so realistically if a leather strap is $10, there's no reason a cordovan one or even crocodile should be much [...]
Good points all around. Just thought it was worth mentioning that Vass is one of the companies that doesn't do that. They only charge an extra €50 or so for cordovan, which is admirable.
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I had a Travel Time. It was a good looking watch, but the hands had the annoying habit of moving on their own because the buttons would get depressed by accident. It happened often enough that I couldn't trust the time on the watch, which is pretty much a watch's primary function. I ended up selling the watch and got more than I had paid for it (I bought it brand new from an AD.)

any day you can do that, is a good day in my book.
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I had a Travel Time. It was a good looking watch, but the hands had the annoying habit of moving on their own because the buttons would get depressed by accident. It happened often enough that I couldn't trust the time on the watch, which is pretty much a watch's primary function. I ended up selling the watch and got more than I had paid for it (I bought it brand new from an AD.)

Hi Kai,

 

Either you had a bad example of a 5134, or you are really tough on your watches?  My Dad has never had any problems with his Travel Time with regard to buttons accidentally being depressed.  He thinks its one of the better Pateks he has owned. I've handled my Dad's Travel Time and based on button placement and the resistance the buttons have, it would be difficult to accidentally reset the time (at least on his) unless you hit it against something with a pretty good amount of force.  Sorry to hear your experience with it wasn't as good as my Dads ownership experience.  But as you pointed out, the nice thing is basically any Patek with a complication purchased 10 years ago is worth more than the buyer paid. 

 

Best regards,

Dino

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Hi Kai,

Either you had a bad example of a 5134, or you are really tough on your watches?  My Dad has never had any problems with his Travel Time with regard to buttons accidentally being depressed.  He thinks its one of the better Pateks he has owned. I've handled my Dad's Travel Time and based on button placement and the resistance the buttons have, it would be difficult to accidentally reset the time (at least on his) unless you hit it against something with a pretty good amount of force.  Sorry to hear your experience with it wasn't as good as my Dads ownership experience.  But as you pointed out, the nice thing is basically any Patek with a complication purchased 10 years ago is worth more than the buyer paid. 

Best regards,
Dino

I actually wasn't paying close enough attention.

I didn't have the 5134. I had the earlier model, the 5034 with the hobnail finish.

It looked like this (not my photo)
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http://www.credor.com/video/6870/video.html

http://www.credor.com/lineup/node/gcaq995/

http://www.credor.com/lineup/node/

I buy watches as eagerly as I buy new cars, but this one is on the list for the eventual "nice silver/white/black strap very dressy watch" bucket. Along with the VC Traditionelle small-second manual, the PP 5196G, and (being a tad more practical), the Nomos 38mm Orion.
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Can't say I'm a fan of those big floating numbers...
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Can't say I'm a fan of those big floating numbers...

Normally, I wouldn't be that interested either-- and certainly don't like the ones that are really obvious. It happens, though, that they combine to produce the sail number of a boat I'm rather fond of. So if they whisper their identity, that's OK. A discreet monogram.

Somewhere, there's a Credor with a porcelain face that makes an even more subtle hint toward those numerals. For a lot more $$, though.
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I actually wasn't paying close enough attention.
I didn't have the 5134. I had the earlier model, the 5034 with the hobnail finish.
It looked like this (not my photo) Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

Hi Kai, thanks for clarifying that.  It probably explains some of the issues you had.  The 5134 has a completely different case and pusher design, than the earlier 5034.  Even if you weren't happy with its performance, at least you were able to sell it for more than you paid.   

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heard back from my AD today. apparently, they lost the panerai line. then i heard from my boss that they also lost rolex and cartier. somebody is fucking with the wrong people.
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They're following the same strategy as many Richemont and Swatch Group brands: rolling out own boutiques everywhere and de-emphasizing AD in those areas. It's amazing that there wasn't one Panerai boutique in the US six or seven years ago and that there's now 8, including 3 in Florida alone...
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While not mine (or in my price range), I came across a few articles about Hajime Asaoka that were pretty interesting. Being self taught and based in Japan, I wonder if he will be able to break into the market successfully. Maybe some of the more experienced posters in the thread can provide insight/opinions.

http://www.hodinkee.com/hands-on-with-the-hajime-asaoka-tourbillon-1-high-end-independent-watchmaking-from-tokyo-japan
http://www.watchesbysjx.com/2012/08/a-new-watch-from-hajime-asaoka-with-16.html
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interesting design, not bad looking, but a bit too art deco/batman gotham city/futuristic look for me.

as to whether the brand will catch on, only time will tell.
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Today's watch (vintage Seiko chronograph with an alligator strap)


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Love the vintage stuff myself.  Here's a 1952 solid 18K gold Vulcain.  Really love the understated elegance.

 

 


# VULCAIN50

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Love the vintage stuff myself.  Here's a 1952 solid 18K gold Vulcain.  Really love the understated elegance.



# VULCAIN50


I like the lugs on this watch.
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