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Originally Posted by bboysdontcryy View Post

Do people tend to prefer horn back straps? Or the belly area? Is either cut preferable to the other?

I greatly prefer the belly and agree largely with Apropos. Honestly, I don't really care for hornback. Also IMHO hornback works better with watches of a sporty nature. But if you like the texture that's a personal choice.

More textured and bumpy surfaces can be less costly, as they often hide defects, scars, or marks. This can work to ones advantage if you are very tough on leather good be it shoes, briefcases or coats.

Perfect, unscarred bellies on crocs or gators are often difficult to obtain, and are very prized and costly. The best sections are used for larger items like handbags, briefcases, jackets etc. smaller areas obviously are used for smaller items such as wallets and watch straps. Years ago I thought the price of croc or alligator was because they are dangerous and difficult for people to work with. However a large part of their value is because even on farms, they are vicious wild animals that often fight with each other and develop scars and imperfections, making perfect skins rare. There is a great section on exotic skins in the book "Deluxe: How Luxury Lost its Luster."

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Originally Posted by apropos View Post

Conventionally:

- belly is preferable to side, which is far far far and away preferable to hornback
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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..[/quote]

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Unusual skins and colors can really add a lot to a watch. A friend of worked in the art and design fields and he has chosen some unusual skins... stingray (almost like small stones & very rugged, ostrich leg (looks sort of like a cross between python and alligator), pig skin, etc. He did an emerald green croc strap on a white gold and diamond Cartier Tank that was very impressive. A white metal watch is a blank canvas in terms of color. I've seen a watch with a dark blue alligator strap with medium blue stitching and it really tied in nicely with the blue moon phase subdial.

The only skin I personally won't consider is ostrich. It's durable but I always look at it and think it looks like leather with acne. Just my 2 cents.

Good luck with whatever you get..,and straps although pricey arent a major committment and can always be changed if an idea doesn't turn out as well as you hoped so be adventurous and have fun with it.
Edited by Dino944 - 2/17/13 at 4:56am
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

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The only skin I personally won't consider is ostrich. It's durable but I always look at it and think it looks like leather with acne. Just my 2 cents. [...]
Now see here, old chap:

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I think it looks OK on the right watch.

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I'm not so into ostrich shoes, though.
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Originally Posted by Belligero View Post


I think it looks OK on the right watch.

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I'm not so into ostrich shoes, though.

Thats a great watch...but I couldn't live with it on the "Acne strap." I'd gladly take a strap in virtually any other skin or a simple calf rather than ostrich.
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

Great photos of your JLC.  The cufflink idea is very cool!  Although, I'm guessing it would be tough to find an match, and having one made would probably be costly.  It might be easier (and possibly more affordable...or not) to get a set of pre-owned animal or insect cufflinks from Hidalgo, Cartier, Tiffany, or David Webb.  Again thanks for sharing some cool photos with us.

thans, dino. yeah, the links are not gonna happen. would be very difficult to replicate that, and very not cost efficient.
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

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

ill do my best. smile.gif

that is a god idea. still costly tho.

i like. enjoy yours, i hope we get to see a picture one of these days.
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

I'd gladly take a strap in virtually any other skin or a simple calf rather than ostrich.

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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

Given my current lifestyle, work/weekends, preferences for aesthetics, workmanship, etc. I'd have to go with the 3940P too.However, if I lived a bit of a sportier lifestyle I suspect the 116520 will come in a very close second.
It just dawned on me that you might actually be Nicolas Sarkozy!



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Originally Posted by Belligero View Post

It just dawned on me that you might actually be Nicolas Sarkozy!




Sacre bleu! You have found me out! I am presently typing this reply from a (friend's) billion dollar yacht while my supermodel wife feeds me grapes from a reclining position!

Seriously, when I am not sharing pics of watches, shoes and suits or bugging Dino944, Stitchy and you for advice, I spend my days plotting my comeback to the French presidency. My successor Hollande did a magnificent job paving the way for that. 75% top income tax rate! We lost our national treasure Depardieu to Russia. To Putin! Who wears a Patek 5039 versus my 3940! Faugh!
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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

Sacre bleu! You have found me out! I am presently typing this reply from a (friend's) billion dollar yacht while my supermodel wife feeds me grapes from a reclining position!

Seriously, when I am not sharing pics of watches, shoes and suits or bugging Dino944, Stitchy and you for advice, I spend my days plotting my comeback to the French presidency. My successor Hollande did a magnificent job paving the way for that. 75% top income tax rate! We lost our national treasure Depardieu to Russia. To Putin! Who wears a Patek 5039 versus my 3940! Faugh!
Nice of you to spare some time to mingle with us plebs.

Seriously, though — that's uncanny with the waches! I don't know much about his politics, but there's no doubt that Sarkozy was one of the best-dressed heads of state when he was in office, if not the best. I don't actually want world-leader types to pretend that they're ordinary Joes by wearing plastic Timexes and making awkward photo-op stops at hot-dog stands. Why the hell would I expect them to know the price of toilet paper at the supermarket, for that matter? If they're doing their own shopping, they're wasting their time.

Anyway, great watches both mechanically and aesthetically; you both wear them very well.
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which one ? all cost around 5500$usd..
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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

Sacre bleu! You have found me out! I am presently typing this reply from a (friend's) billion dollar yacht while my supermodel wife feeds me grapes from a reclining position!

Seriously, when I am not sharing pics of watches, shoes and suits or bugging Dino944, Stitchy and you for advice, I spend my days plotting my comeback to the French presidency. My successor Hollande did a magnificent job paving the way for that. 75% top income tax rate! We lost our national treasure Depardieu to Russia. To Putin! Who wears a Patek 5039 versus my 3940! Faugh!

Well since its president day weekend... The Patek was a gift from Carla... Sarko got a breguet, the same that Chirac got as a gift from Hassan II. wink.gif

Hollande wears a swatch. smile.gif

And Jorg Gray 6500 has a bronze version (just to cross the threads ...) if one wants to feel presidential.

From their taste in watches I guess Hollande and Obama don't fit in this forum.
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Originally Posted by hermes man View Post

which one ? all cost around 5500$usd..

None of the above. Keep looking.
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Originally Posted by olivier.nyc View Post

Well since its president day weekend... The Patek was a gift from Carla... Sarko got a breguet, the same that Chirac got as a gift from Hassan II. wink.gif

Hollande wears a swatch. smile.gif

And Jorg Gray 6500 has a bronze version (just to cross the threads ...) if one wants to feel presidential.

From their taste in watches I guess Hollande and Obama don't fit in this forum.

No, they certainly don't. Obama wore some POS TAG Heuer from back in the day, too. Mind you, he also wears dad jeans.
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Originally Posted by hermes man View Post

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which one ? all cost around 5500$usd..

 

 

Maybe it's not for me to venture a reply here, as a total beginner in watch knowledge, and a scruffy vintage Omega-wearing cheapskate.  But:

 

Have you considered the possibility that they're all absolutely hideous pieces of branded plastic dogshit?  It's just a thought, and an amateur one at that.  But that's it.  From a purely ignorant, aesthetic point of view.

 

Purely on the basis of reading this thread, I would dare to suggest that if you want something big, chunky and ostentatiously sporty, then some kind of basic Panerai, or IWC chrono would give you more balls for your budget.  Both of these below are brand new for under $6k right now.  And I'm sure there are many others.

 

 

 

Maybe if a gaudy Bieber-esque Omega is your thing, you could at least make it a proper watch?

 

 

(Also available in black!)

 

 

 

And now, after that unprecedented outburst, the experts can straighten me out. :)

 

 

 

P.S.  I feel bad now for venting my ignorant frustrations.  OK, of the three, the Chopard isn't horrible.  It was the dual horrors of a digital watch and Louis Vuitton that upset me.  I'll go take my medicine.

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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

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Maybe it's not for me to venture a reply here, as a total beginner in watch knowledge, and a scruffy vintage Omega-wearing cheapskate.  But:

Have you considered the possibility that they're all absolutely hideous pieces of branded plastic dogshit?  It's just a thought, and an amateur one at that.  But that's it.  From a purely ignorant, aesthetic point of view.

Purely on the basis of reading this thread, I would dare to suggest that if you want something big, chunky and ostentatiously sporty, then some kind of basic Panerai, or IWC chrono would give you more balls for your budget.  Both of these below are brand new for under $6k right now.  And I'm sure there are many others.








Maybe if a gaudy Omega is your thing, you could at least make it a proper watch?




(Also available in black!)



And now, after that unprecedented outburst, the experts can straighten me out. smile.gif

P.S.  I feel bad now for venting my ignorant frustrations.  OK, of the three, the Chopard isn't horrible.  It was the dual horrors of a digital watch and Louis Vuitton that upset me.  I'll go take my medicine.
Nothing ignorant said there, and no need to apologize; that was spot-on. Agreed that the Chopard is the least shitty of the three, although it's still about 10 mm too big for that wrist.
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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

Sacre bleu! You have found me out! I am presently typing this reply from a (friend's) billion dollar yacht while my supermodel wife feeds me grapes from a reclining position!

Seriously, when I am not sharing pics of watches, shoes and suits or bugging Dino944, Stitchy and you for advice, I spend my days plotting my comeback to the French presidency. My successor Hollande did a magnificent job paving the way for that. 75% top income tax rate! We lost our national treasure Depardieu to Russia. To Putin! Who wears a Patek 5039 versus my 3940! Faugh!

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which one ? all cost around 5500$usd..

dont love them, but i like the chopard best of the 3.
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saw this on tumblr. drool.gif

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