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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

I think lots of people can't get past the name Seiko, and think of all of their products as moderately priced good watches.  They don't think of them as a producer of luxury time pieces worthy of spending a significant amount on, and there are many other highly regarded brands in its price range.   The GSs are really well made, but for me the designs are rather uninspiring. 

I have to agree here. I really hate being a brand snob but not matter how many people fawn over GS, i doubt there are many that would take one over a rolex. This quote from another thread pretty much says it

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Originally Posted by apropos View Post


Grand Seikos are watches internet nerds who never actually purchase them work themselves up into a frenzy over - such good value they coo, but somehow no one actually puts their money where their mouth is and buys one. I find them soulless with insipid designs, and the logo design alone is dreadful enough that I would avoid the whole marque because of it.

Last thing - and only because I keep hearing it - watch snobs are usually not thoroughly impressed by Grand Seikos. Dufours, yes. FP Journes or Pateks, yes. Grand Seikos, no. Grand Seikos impress Grand Seiko owners and the aforementioned nerds who always mention but never commit to actually purchasing one.
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Originally Posted by olivier.nyc View Post

Hi everyone.

I am considering getting a watch for my wife as a present for the birth of our daughter.

I know her taste so I did narrow it down to the Chanel Première white ceramic or a Cartier tank Française with diamonds. A friend of mine suggested a twenty4. It is beautiful (at least on the pictures I saw)

With a budget up to 8k, it would have to be pre-owned, which is never really ideal for a gift....

What should I do ?

Im not sure about the pricing now but 3 years ago you could have gotten a new Cartier Tank for under that. Those might have been the quartz ones though. I would stay away from Chanel as i don't think they are a watch/jewelry maker. The twenty 4, if you decide to go that route you are probably gonna have to buy it pre-owned and to fit in your budget its gonna have to be the stainless steel one as well.
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Originally Posted by Warren G. View Post

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Hey Newcomer, I think I read somewhere you was thinking about getting the Orient Bambino.

You should definitely get it. It is a pretty gorgeous watch. I sold one to a fellow SF member a few months ago I bought another one around Thanksgiving, I noticed my friend kept staring at it. I just took it off my wrist and gave it to him. He has been wearing it since then.






I was that guy who bought it! Thanks Warren. I bought it for myself after I bought 2 for my best men as a wedding present. I really loved it but ended up giving it to my father-in-law because I already have a white dial dress watch (Blue Spark) and rarely dress up as it is. Warren's right though, I always wear my Blue Spark, but realized the Bambino got more looks/comments from others. I still get a little jealous when I see my best men or father-in-law wearing em!
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Originally Posted by olivier.nyc View Post

Hi everyone.

I am considering getting a watch for my wife as a present for the birth of our daughter.

I know her taste so I did narrow it down to the Chanel Première white ceramic or a Cartier tank Française with diamonds. A friend of mine suggested a twenty4. It is beautiful (at least on the pictures I saw)

With a budget up to 8k, it would have to be pre-owned, which is never really ideal for a gift....

What should I do ?

Between the tank and the 24 its hard to go wrong imo, its more a matter of taste. Used would not bother me for a gift if its in excellent condition. Good luck and im sure she will love whatever you get her.
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Originally Posted by olivier.nyc View Post

Hi everyone.

I am considering getting a watch for my wife as a present for the birth of our daughter.

I know her taste so I did narrow it down to the Chanel Première white ceramic or a Cartier tank Française with diamonds. A friend of mine suggested a twenty4. It is beautiful (at least on the pictures I saw)

With a budget up to 8k, it would have to be pre-owned, which is never really ideal for a gift....

What should I do ?

I agree with Jeff, I'm not a fan of Chanel watches.  As for a Tank Francaise,  I think you would have to go with a used one also.  At least when I last looked on Cartier's website they had trimmed down that collection.  There were none with diamonds and It did not even appear that they were making them in all gold.  Also, I believe Cartiers that have diamonds are always in all gold, and even used I think that may exceed $8,000.  You could certainly do a TF in all steel or steel and gold (neither have diamonds) and they would be well under your budget.  My wife has used a large automatic TF as a daily wearer for nearly 10 years and she loves it.  She did try a PP 24, but didn't want a quartz watch, although that might not matter to your wife.

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Originally Posted by jeff13007 View Post


... i doubt there are many that would take one over a rolex.

 +1

 

Also very entertaining quote from Apropos...I think he hit upon many key points.

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Originally Posted by olivier.nyc View Post

Hi everyone.

I am considering getting a watch for my wife as a present for the birth of our daughter.

I know her taste so I did narrow it down to the Chanel Première white ceramic or a Cartier tank Française with diamonds. A friend of mine suggested a twenty4. It is beautiful (at least on the pictures I saw)

With a budget up to 8k, it would have to be pre-owned, which is never really ideal for a gift....

What should I do ?

How about a JLC Reverso Duetto?
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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post


How about a JLC Reverso Duetto?

 

+1 for the JLC Reverso Duetto.  Beautiful mirror polished finish, two faces offering versatility, manual movement for the enthusiast (although I will most likely have to do the winding and setting for my wife if I ever got her one).  

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Originally Posted by johanm View Post


There's a lot of hype and counter-hype about GS watches, but in the flesh they are actually pretty impressive IMO. Roughly you could divide their models into "modern" and "vintage inspired". The former category, such as the Snowflake posted above, are impressive in the same way as the Royal Oak - intricate angles, alternating brushed/polished surfaces, dial detailing, robust/accurate modern automatic movements, etc. The latter category reminds me of GO Senator Sixties or the 1950s Panerai models - classic/nostalgic feel with the dial and domed crystal and proportions but with the production quality of a modern luxury watch. If you're in NYC I suggest visiting the Tourneau concept store on 53rd/Madison to scope them out.

 

I have said they seem to be great quality.  I just think the designs are incredibly bland and uninspiring.  The Snowflake reminds me tribute to Omega.  Sure there are people who buy them, but for that kind of money, I think I would be looking at Omega, Rolex, Breitling, maybe some less expensive JLCs.  Each of those brands has models that are distinctive.  The quality of a GS is great, but the designs just don't seem distinctive enough to differentiate them in a meaningful way from a standard Seiko. 

 

As for the details, you describe, I just don't see much interms of intricate angles on the bezel, case or bracelet.   The best I can say is their use of brushed and polished surfaces on the Snowflake again reminds me of Omega, which isn't bad...it just seems unoriginal. The dial, maybe thats personal taste, but I just don't like its rough finish.  It doesn't have the same appeal as an engine turned dial, guilloche dial, or even a flat dial with a great use of color and depth.  As another SF regular posted (can't remember which one) the textured dial could easily look tired and dated the way the old linen type of dials from the 70s look today.  GSs are really well made, but I think they have a very limited appeal.

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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post


How about a JLC Reverso Duetto?

 

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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

 

+1 for the JLC Reverso Duetto.  Beautiful mirror polished finish, two faces offering versatility, manual movement for the enthusiast (although I will most likely have to do the winding and setting for my wife if I ever got her one).  

 +1  great idea guys.  The Duetto is beautiful watch.  My wife has said she wouldn't mind one for dress, but for everyday she wants an automatic.  So whether this gift is intended to be worn daily and the practicality or lack there of is something the OP should consider.  Lots of my women friends just want a quartz so they don't have to deal with winding it or setting the time if they don't wear it for a few days.   

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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post

How about a JLC Reverso Duetto?
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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

+1 for the JLC Reverso Duetto.  Beautiful mirror polished finish, two faces offering versatility, manual movement for the enthusiast (although I will most likely have to do the winding and setting for my wife if I ever got her one).  
 +1  great idea guys.  The Duetto is beautiful watch.  My wife has said she wouldn't mind one for dress, but for everyday she wants an automatic.  So whether this gift is intended to be worn daily and the practicality or lack there of is something the OP should consider.  Lots of my women friends just want a quartz so they don't have to deal with winding it or setting the time if they don't wear it for a few days.   

I bought one for my wife about 10 years ago.
She loves it. She also almost never wears it.
Mostly she wears her lady datejust.
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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post

How about a JLC Reverso Duetto?

i jump on this bandwagon. excellent idea.

i have always liked this one, auto and diamonds. can be had for close to 8 here

http://www.prestigetime.com/item/Jaeger-LeCoultre/Reverso-Squadra-Lady-Duetto/705.84.20.html

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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post


Between the tank and the 24 its hard to go wrong imo, its more a matter of taste. Used would not bother me for a gift if its in excellent condition. Good luck and im sure she will love whatever you get her.

 

For the holidays, I had a choice of getting my wife a Twenty-4 or a Rolex 69178 with a badongkadongks load of diamonds (three little ones in each bracelet link, for example).  The Rolex actually doesn't come across as gaudy as one would imagine - at least when she's wearing it - unless you really stare and see all the bling.  I thought she'd pick the Twenty-4 for sure.  But I guess I should never underestimate the power of bling.  Or the logic of "well, get me the Rolex for Christmas and then get me the Twenty-4 for our anniversary."  Nice.

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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post


i jump on this bandwagon. excellent idea.

i have always liked this one, auto and diamonds. can be had for close to 8 here

http://www.prestigetime.com/item/Jaeger-LeCoultre/Reverso-Squadra-Lady-Duetto/705.84.20.html

 

Oi, that is pretty.  I think I will surprise my loved one before our anniversary comes around.

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This JLC is a great looking watch.

Also - I like hearing about what our significant others are wearing also.

Mine wears a men's 36 mm stainless steel DJ and she won't go anywhere without it. No diamonds, but I think it looks perfect on her.

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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

Oi, that is pretty.  I think I will surprise my loved one before our anniversary comes around.
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