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Originally Posted by dopey View Post

My initial preference is for the manual because I don't want a subsidiary seconds dial on a dress watch. I also think 43mm is likely too big. My ideal version would be a manual, no seconds hand, 38-40mm and with a two-level dial like the automatic (but no third level, obviously, since no seconds dial). But I am open to seeing how the different sizes look on me and automatic won't be a deal killer.
Also, I don't need a watch.

im with you on this. for this watch i would say to go without a subdial, its simplicity is its beauty. also, manual feels right for this watch. and slimmer, correct? as well, after meeting you, your build and wrist size would be far better suited for a 38-40mm, particularly for a dress watch.

and lastly, need has nothing to do with it. if you like, and can afford, do it. do it for me, buddy. smile.gif
post #15317 of 35574
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Originally Posted by Concordia View Post

There's a watch snob blog somewhere that says Piaget is not top drawer-- don't know if this is a universal opinion. For some reason, their name doesn't come up a lot when discussing expensive stuff.
please to supply link?
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I do sort of like the Altiplano, though, and suspect that it would be pretty effective at 38mm. 40mm seems to be just a little too much to me for a dress watch-- a "look at my bling" gesture. And 43mm I don't get at all. If VC were to do their Patrimony Contemporaine at somewhere from 36-38mm, that might prompt a stupid purchase on my part.
smile.gif You are more of a cranky old man than I am! Maybe we can learn something from the kids.

I might be with you on 43mm, but I am willing to have look. Besides, my eyes are starting to go.
post #15318 of 35574
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

...they make some great looking watches and movements, at a relatively bargain type price.

Excuse me while I exit in the direction of the Poor Man's watch thread.
post #15319 of 35574
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Originally Posted by aleksandr View Post

Excuse me while I exit in the direction of the Poor Man's watch thread.

laugh.gif i meant in comparison to the likes of PP, ALS, AP, VC.....
post #15320 of 35574
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Originally Posted by dopey View Post

please to supply link?
I wish I could, but I'm probably healthier for not knowing much about the people who take that stuff so seriously.
post #15321 of 35574
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Originally Posted by Concordia View Post

There's a watch snob blog somewhere that says Piaget is not top drawer-- don't know if this is a universal opinion. For some reason, their name doesn't come up a lot when discussing expensive stuff.
 

 

Some watch snob's blog means absolutely nothing!  Saying they are not a top quality brand is nonsense.  Yes, there are watch snobs who won't consider a watch unless its a big name in the industry such as Patek, AP, VC or Lange.  I know guys like that, and they are idiots.   I am also familiar with people that can afford any watch well into six figures and yes, they have some PPs, APs, VCs and other big names, they also have a fondness for and respect Piaget.  One of the guys I know has actually owned more than 30 VCs, some APs, and a toubillon from an independent, and is one of the most knowledgeable watch guys I've met in the last 20 years. He is of the opinion that Piaget is a top brand that just isn't that well known, and because its under appreciated it results in a better price for collectors (than if they went with PP, AP, VC).  Also, he has had a lot of experience examining VC and Piaget movements.  I've also compared Piaget movements to those from VC, AP and others, and the finish is on par. 

 

There are people that dislike every brand out there.  Possibly the blog you saw, the person doesn't like Piaget.  That person is entitled to feel that way, even if he just doesn't like they way they look.  However, I've seen guys that know very little bash brands and without a clue about the quality of the watch.  I'd want to know what the basis is for someone saying Piaget is not a top brand.  In addition,  I'd suggest anyone with doubts about Piaget's quality do some research on Puristspro watch site http://piaget.watchprosite.com/?show=forumlist . 

 

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Originally Posted by dopey View Post


My initial preference is for the manual because I don't want a subsidiary seconds dial on a dress watch. I also think 43mm is likely too big. My ideal version would be a manual, no seconds hand, 38-40mm and with a two-level dial like the automatic (but no third level, obviously, since no seconds dial). But I am open to seeing how the different sizes look on me and automatic won't be a deal killer.
Also, I don't need a watch.

They do make a 2 hand time only manual wind.  It used to be 38mm, not sure if its still in production or if it has been bumped up to 40mm. 

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Dino:
The first Piaget picture I posted is the current production two hand manual in 38mm.
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dino bringing tha watch man heat. i agree with ya!
post #15324 of 35574

The WatchSnob on Askmen.com loves Piaget.  Man, they are beautiful in person:

Mr. Watch Snob,

I want these four things in my watch: quality, history, classic design, and thinness. Is the Jaegar LeCoultre Master Grande Ultra Thin the perfect watch for me?


It just may be, yes. Jaeger LeCoultre makes wonderful watches, but if you’re looking for something in the ultra-thin lines, you’d be remiss in not at least perusing Audemars Piguet’s Jules Audemars Extra Flat and the Piaget Altiplano. In fact, Piaget’s ultra-thin movements may in fact be best suited for you. Their 43mm Altiplano is really a modern classic, and they’ve sold out the world over. Take a look, you just may be surprised by how much you like them. 

Read more: http://www.askmen.com/fashion/mens-watches_600/612_thin-watches-watch-snob.html#ixzz2BkPOOniJ

post #15325 of 35574
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Originally Posted by dopey View Post

Would you agree that the big T looks better in the photo of the automatic I posted? I think it does, either because of the scale of the photograph or because of the extra word printed below it. In any case, the Piaget name has been printed like that since the 1950s, at least on their ultra-thins.

Completely agree, there is something strange about the way it looks on the first watch, almost fake or at least old. The second is better.
post #15326 of 35574
Taken yesterday. Cold and windy here in DC, but my 312 made things a little better..







Today watching Skyfall with a little extra marketing hype attached to the wrist biggrin.gif




Have a great weekend, all
post #15327 of 35574
^^ lovely ^^

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i just got a bill from fedex for $215 for customs on my panerai. ffffuuuu.gifcloud.gifffffuuuu.gif
post #15328 of 35574
Curious as to the breakdown of the fees.

I seem to recall the time I got charged for customs on a watch, the seller declared that the movement was some very large percentage of the total cost. Movements are taxed at some very small flat rate. Like a couple bucks.
I think the total charge was around $80 for a lady's steel Reverso.
This was via USPS so no brokerage fee either.
post #15329 of 35574
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by origenesprit View Post

I don't think my tastes are cool or refined enough for this thread, but I thought the Double Jeu was the nicest watch ever a few years ago.
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It doesn't have to be the diamond version:

piaget_image.1498561.jpg


FWIW, it doesn't move me at all.
post #15330 of 35574
Thread Starter 
When it comes to funky designs for two time zones - my gold standard is still the FPJ Resonance. I just love the idea of the watch, love the design of it - whole package. One of my two grails.
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