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post #15391 of 39105
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post


hey buddy,
youd be surprised. i know of people that woud just call in their patek orders to their AD hoping they had them, and have it charged to their house account. this is the same, just factory direct. i know its odd, but some people just prefer it that way. they find it easier, and the size of the purchase is not important to them. not my bag, but to each their own.
admittedly i dont know a lot about those types of events, i was referring to the larger less exclusive ones. then again, the type of person who makes his purchases that way, may very well not be interested in these events either.
who knows, i just know some people like to purchase that way. smile.gif

Nah...not really surprised.  I know people that buy almost everything online.  As for phone orders with an AD I've done that before, particularly if its something thats in high demand/difficult to get, or out of production, then AD or boutique often will not have it in stock if you just show up.  Also, by doing a phone order with my AD for a VC, I got the item I was searching for, and got a discount that saved me enough to essentially give me a free Submariner.  If I had bought it online at full price (not that VC does online sales)...well maybe someone else would be wearing my Sub wink.gif .  To some people the savings would be irrelevant, but I'll gladly take a free watch!   Whatever floats your boat.

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A couple of goodies from recently:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

The brown Rolex is obviously vintage

Very nice!  I'm sure that vintage Explorer would have some great stories to tell if it could talk!

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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

Nah...not really surprised.  I know people that buy almost everything online.  As for phone orders with an AD I've done that before, particularly if its something thats in high demand/difficult to get, or out of production, then AD or boutique often will not have it in stock if you just show up.  Also, by doing a phone order with my AD for a VC, I got the item I was searching for, and got a discount that saved me enough to essentially give me a free Submariner.  If I had bought it online at full price (not that VC does online sales)...well maybe someone else would be wearing my Sub wink.gif .  To some people the savings would be irrelevant, but I'll gladly take a free watch!   Whatever floats your boat.

sounds good to me, friend. cheers.gif
post #15394 of 39105
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Ha, this is a very good point. Fortunately, I do have thick skin. However, my skin is less thick when I am forking over several thousand dollars. After reading Apropos' response, I think that my rationale falls somewhat more in line with his, although moderately less misanthropic. I do find the boutique experience kitschy, and it is disconcerting that I often know more than the salesperson. However, I really enjoy shopping at smaller operations (I have worked with Myron Glaser, Stephen at Leffot, the guys at The Armoury, Leather Soul, George Bass at his store in town, and I have spoken with Dirk at Dornbluth). The people at my local AD just kind of ruin the experience in my opinion. For example, being told that a base PAM had an in-house movement, and better finishing than my JLC (regardless of the truth of the assertion), just kind of makes me not want to deal with people. Thank you for the points though, it is tough line between being polite, and not taking shit--but I am a diligent, hard-worker, so I have faith in myself!

Those are some excellent choices for your first forays into shaped movements. I am excited to go for the whole square look, although I would like to see how it looks before I make any rash decisions. It will be nice for a change of pace though, and I think will provide me with a lot of versatility.

And I will of course post pictures the minute anything arrives at my door! Of course, it is still a good ways in advance... alas.
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I agree with much of this.
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Thanks very much for your kind words.
post #15395 of 39105
Also, unrelated, but this is a fairly superb deal:

http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/hands-on-with-the-limited-edition-frederique-constant-worldtimer

In-house worldtimer for $3,450? Wowzers.
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...and it is disconcerting that I often know more than the salesperson....

yeah, i hate when that happens. i have never had that at a boutique tho where there were completely oblivious, only at a dealer. the hiring process doesnt call for that kind of knowledge, and there usually are no mandatory education courses, sadly.
post #15397 of 39105
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

yeah, i hate when that happens. i have never had that at a boutique tho where there were completely oblivious, only at a dealer. the hiring process doesnt call for that kind of knowledge, and there usually are no mandatory education courses, sadly.

Hmm, I guess I should rephrase that it is more at ADs... although I will not say that they have always been faultless at boutiques as well. And the thing is, educating yourself is really just not that difficult. Someone recently (during the same AD trip) took my Master Control (automatic) and started winding the heck out of it. Regardless of whether that 'harms' the movement, I thought it was a little absurd.
post #15398 of 39105
i think it is hard, if you dont have a passion for it. but, OTOH, many customers dont have a passion either, they just want a pretty/fancy watch, and are happy to buy whatever piques their interest in the cases.

as to boutiques - i wouldnt say that every employee there is as knowledgable as many of the people that frequent this thread, but i have never run into a truly clueless SA at a brand boutique.
post #15399 of 39105
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Those are some excellent choices for your first forays into shaped movements. I am excited to go for the whole square look, although I would like to see how it looks before I make any rash decisions. It will be nice for a change of pace though, and I think will provide me with a lot of versatility.
And I will of course post pictures the minute anything arrives at my door! Of course, it is still a good ways in advance... alas.
I agree with much of this.
Thanks very much for your kind words.

Definitely, try it on in person to see what you think.  So far I only have 3 dress watches, but none of them are round.  I know some people have an aversion to watches that are not round.  However, when I bought my first dress watch, all of my other watches were round and white metal.  So, I wanted something completely different both in color and in shape...hence I went for a rose gold square shaped VC.  For me going from say a round steel sport watch to a rose gold square/rectangular cased watch is a bit like going from casual shoes to a fine bespoke pair of shoes.

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yeah, i hate when that happens. i have never had that at a boutique tho where there were completely oblivious, only at a dealer. the hiring process doesnt call for that kind of knowledge, and there usually are no mandatory education courses, sadly.

Sadly, that happens a lot of places (car dealers, audio shops, clothing stores etc.).  I will say some of the boutiques, particularly Cartier, have books (for the sales staff not available to the public) with information about their watches, which which is very detailed and you generally not stuff you will find on the net.  It sometimes contains small details such as the gram weight of a gold deployant clasp or watch case (sometimes they are different for white gold vs rose ...probably due to the wg being plated with rhodium), what the bridges on their skeleton watches are made of, why the watch may cost more than other similar watches, and other small details that might be of interest to watch geeks.  Its really a tool for the sales people, but I've had a chance to look at the books when I've had some very detailed questions.   I know the book exists for their higher end merchdise.  I don't know if there is one for their more mainstream pieces like Santos 100, Tank Francaise, Calibre etc.

post #15400 of 39105
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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post

Also, unrelated, but this is a fairly superb deal:
http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/hands-on-with-the-limited-edition-frederique-constant-worldtimer
In-house worldtimer for $3,450? Wowzers.

how/where to kop!?!?
post #15401 of 39105
dino - that is awesome. all manufactures should make those, and require anyone who sells their watches to read them. smile.gif
post #15402 of 39105
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

dino - that is awesome. all manufactures should make those, and require anyone who sells their watches to read them. smile.gif

+1,000! nod[1].gif It would make visiting many retailers a much more useful and enjoyable experience!  

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700

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700

I have the prior version of the Ex2, which I like a lot.  It was a wedding gift from my wife to use overseas on our honeymoon.  I have tried the new one with each color dial.  Overall I like it but I prefer the black dial.  Are you considering one? 

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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

I have the prior version of the Ex2, which I like a lot.  It was a wedding gift from my wife to use overseas on our honeymoon.  I have tried the new one with each color dial.  Overall I like it but I prefer the black dial.  Are you considering one? 

pretty sure H is always considering buying another watch. biggrin.gif
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