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Yeah, for a company that basically only makes cases, they've been known for a lot of QC issues...

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Concordia , tell me more about Hentschel watches. Tell me more about their movements. smile.gif
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Bronze does discolour very easily.  But that is a stunning watch!

 

Stitch - your pics are great, but I want more and closer, especially making use of that display back for macro movement porn!  As for your fly cufflink, how about instead of trying to match it, you get a spider for the other one.  Who said cufflinks have to match?  I think that would be cool and somehow...you. cool.gif

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Black is the only color for me today.

1000

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Concordia , tell me more about Hentschel watches. Tell me more about their movements. smile.gif
I'm not really a WIS, so details are sketchy. As I understand it, they have a lot of movements from the 60s that they re-work and put into their current designs. For my own purposes, the only things I really know are that it is manual, and there are no added frills beyond a second hand.
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Concordia , tell me more about Hentschel watches. Tell me more about their movements. smile.gif

Their watches are awesome, but sadly, it seems they make many of models available only in gold.

I have a e-brochure I requested a few months back. Doesn't have too much on movements, but covers their models pretty well. More than willing to share if you'd like...
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Do people tend to prefer horn back straps? Or the belly area? Is either cut preferable to the other?

After a 7-month long wait --

For a Breguet 5317 PT and IWC Perpetual calendar.

Tan horn back with red goat lining, glove stitch. Single hole for deployment clasp. I was expecting a darker tan. But, well ... after 7 months, you can't recall what you want.

I'm expecting a green beaver tail with purple lining (one on right). Will be sent to me. My GF gave me no end to misery when she found out I was getting a beaver tail strap.




Edited by bboysdontcryy - 2/16/13 at 9:29am
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Conventionally:

- belly is preferable to side, which is far far far and away preferable to hornback
- large scales (sometimes described as "bamboo") are preferred for dress watches
- croc is preferable to alligator, but the vast majority of large reptile straps are alligator
- amongst croc subspecies, porosus is preferable to niloticus for handbags or large leather accessories, but I've not known any preference for watch straps

Given you've already purchased the straps, do not open the spoiler if you do not want to know my opinion of hornback watch straps....
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
IMO hornback is ugly, and reminds me in a very bad way of cheap souvenirs from Thailand. Hornback is the cheapest part of the reptile to source - compared to, say, large unmarked belly scales - and I would not pay any premium for it. I cannot imagine the hornback/Breguet combination being more successful than a belly scale one, but horses for courses I guess. Then again I guess since you bought a 44mm Perpetual Calendar what is "conventional" doesn't really apply anyhow!! devil.gif
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My perpetual calender is actually 39mm. Not the recent one, that I don't fancy. The recent one is not merely too large, but also, IMHO, ugly.

Hornback is generally cheaper than belly? That's very interesting. I was always under the impression that it was the opposite way, though the reason why I purchased the hornback is because I've far too many belly straps. I find it very common, and wanted something different.

I am aware that the hornback in the pictures look cheap and I'm very anxious as well -- I haven't seen them yet. My GF forwarded the pictures to me.

Pls pardon these old photos below. I'm too lazy to take new pictures!

Here's an example of a hornback next to the dress JLC. What do you think? Poor match?



This IWC below (model) is the exact same watch I have, pictures, however, are not. A Patek Perpetual Calendar will have to wait biggrin.gif



Edited by bboysdontcryy - 2/16/13 at 8:18am
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My GF gave me no end to misery when she found out I was getting a beaver tail strap.
Was it the beaver part or the tail that she found threatening?
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Originally Posted by bboysdontcryy View Post

My perpetual calender is actually 39mm. Not the recent one, that I don't fancy. The recent one is not merely too large, but also, IMHO, ugly.

Hornback is generally cheaper than belly? That's very interesting. I was always under the impression that it was the opposite way, though the reason why I purchased the hornback is because I've far too many belly straps. I find it very common, and wanted something different.

I am aware that the hornback in the pictures look cheap and I'm very anxious as well -- I haven't seen them yet. My GF forwarded the pictures to me.

Pls pardon these old photos below. I'm too lazy to take new pictures!

Here's an example of a hornback next to the dress JLC. What do you think? Poor match?


Hmmm. That doesn't look hornback hornback like your tan strap. I see your tan hornback on a Panerai, not a Breguet!

If you're looking for an alternative "dress leather" for straps that isn't the usual reptile belly scale (which I agree is a bit ubiquitous), IMHO try (in no particular order):

- peccary,
- pig,
- kangaroo tail (similar to your beaver tail but with a finer grain),
- or ostrich.

Pig is an unusual option that can take a high polish. I personally avoid lizard because of its poor durability.

Alternatively try belly scale in an unusual colour like dark olive or dark burgundy.

A black ostrich strap would be amazeballs with that beautiful dressier Reverso. The sportier/more casual Reversos can sometimes match really well with a simple plain unlined cordovan strap.
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Was it the beaver part or the tail that she found threatening?

I'm at a loss as to how I can make a witty comeback to that, and YET not compromise my propriety. Pass.
Edited by bboysdontcryy - 2/16/13 at 8:49am
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Here's a more accurate picture below, according to my gf. In consolation, she thinks it looks better in real life.

I was thinking of using the hornback on the IWC and the dark green beaver tail on the Breguet.

Will look into getting others. Thanks for the opinion.



Admittedly, I chose this colour, because I was seduced by the vintage piece from the British Raj when India was still part of the British Empire.




Edited by bboysdontcryy - 2/16/13 at 9:04am
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Well, remember it's just my opinion, the truth comes in the pleasure derived (or not!) when actually worn on your wrist!!
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Originally Posted by apropos View Post

Well, remember it's just my opinion, the truth comes in the pleasure derived (or not!) when actually worn on your wrist!!

Very true.

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