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post #18721 of 31015
Nice speedy moo! Sapphire sandwich?
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Originally Posted by Kaplan View Post

^ That one has a slight Manara vibe

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The JLC was part of a homage series to Mucha, but I must admit Manara does bring something similar yet different to the table... especially with #3, which I guess is kind of golden shower meets Klimt? happy.gif
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

In theory an interesting point.  However, I highly doubt Lange would go belly up, especially since they are a part of Richemont, and in the eyes of some it crown jewel.  Thats being said, some of their movements have been in production for quite a while also.  The movement for the Lange 1 has been in production for more than 20 years, the Lange 1 Moonphase more than 10 years, the 1815 I believe about 15 years.  Some of the variations on those have not been in production as long, but I would think there is an ample supply of parts for those watches.  Especially since companies under Richemont have a tradition of servicing and taking care of older watches.  Companies such as Cartier will buy back, restore and service any of their watches made PRIOR to 1970, and companies like VC will service their watches no matter how old it is, and if the part is not available they will source it, or make it.  A VC forum moderator got a yardsale find on a 1950's triple date (maybe also with a moonphase) and it was in rough shape.  He knew it was one of a very small batch of that model made.   He decided to restore it and sent it to VC in Switzerland.  They did a search and contacted all of their ADs and service centers, and even old service accounts and they located a NOS original dial for that model at very old service shop IIRC in Amsterdam.  I was pretty impressed that VC searched and contacted ADs and even old service accounts to find a NOS dial that was nearly 60 years old.  The guy paid a pretty penny, but he said it was worth it when the watch came back to him.  VC has the backing of Richemont and tracked down something from 60 years ago when production was quite small for any of the Big Three. 

I could see the parts sourcing issue being a bigger problem with independents.  Sure one can go with an independent that uses an ETA or Unitas as a base movement.  They are good solid work horses, and parts are plentiful.  However, to me its like buying an entry level BMW and then spending $30K on customizing it.  Yes, its going to have unique attributes, but I'd rather buy $65,000 car thats a real $65,000 car rather than something that still has a lot of entry level BMW to it.  I realize cars and watches are not always the best examples.  Just explaining why at a certain price range, I would be less likely to consider an independant when there are great watches available from Lange, Patek, AP, VC, JLC, and others. 

Good points, and food for thought. I still flip flop early daily about independents who refinish ebauches, and think then when taken to a certain degree, it can become something special in itself.
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Can anyone recommend a web shop with a decent selection of 18mm NATO or ZULU straps that ships to the US? I tried Gnomon and Strapcode (and maybe something called cheapnatostraps?), but they mostly have 20 and 22mm straps. I've found a couple of European sites with straps that would work, but they don't ship to the US.

I'm trying to find something in Swedish flag colors. I picked up this one from Amazon, but the blue is too dark - almost black under fluorescent lights - and the yellow is too bright, almost verging on neon; I'm looking for something closer to a medium blue and gold. I also prefer matte hardware, but that's probably being too picky.



Ok, I'll stop clogging this thread with noob questions about my plebe watch now. shog[1].gif

Try straps made by our very own Singular - a Swede too. http://www.singularstraps.se/
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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post

Ahhh how apropos, just finished reading SJX's little blurb on the piece:

http://www.watchesbysjx.com/2013/03/photo-essay-jlc-master-calendar-sihh.html

Now a picture for reference:



I think this is a perfect example of what I mean by "balance." I feel like on this watch, to use the same analogy, we have a east-west of "1", and a north-south of "3". By including the arabic numerals, the JLC name, and the day / month subdials, there is a nice balance to the moonphase.

I agree that is a beautiful watch, but I think one of the older triple date calendars has slightly better balance, albeit in a 37mm case (see below).

Anyway, I was actually referring to The Master Ultra Thin Perpetual 39, covered here in detail: http://jlc.watchprosite.com/show-forumpost/fi-2/pi-5762088/ti-849043/s-0/


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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

Agree with the Stitchmeister above.

Going back to the "five watches, one maker" discussion, I think my greedy face could find five things I desire from most decent makers.  Certainly all of the traditional "big three" make or have made enough to make a "collection" in their own right - were I wealthy and extravagant enough - and looking at Frilly's insane PP collection makes me drool.

But in terms of balance and design (and of course it's always going to be in the eye of the beholder), reading through this thread and then countless other pictures, reviews and advertisements, has pointed me firmly at two others:  A Lange (again, very much a rich man's habit I'm sure), and Jaeger Le Coultre (rich enough, but perhaps more realistic for more people).  I actually find their complicated piece quite similar in philosophy sometimes - either very symmetrical in proportion, or very deliberately asymmetrical, with a subtle balancing compensation.  

Everyone has their thing, and every maker probably makes something I think is beautiful.  But JLC strikes my ignorant brain as being very special design within the realms of realistic attainment.

Mimo, some food for thought - you can get this (discontinued) JLC SS triple date calendar for $4-5000 on the used market in just about mint condition. Add in $1000 for servicing and you have essentially a new watch.

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Originally Posted by Kaplan View Post

^ That one has a slight Manara vibe

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Nice subdials!
post #18723 of 31015
Indeed. And a lot of his stuff is a lot less SFW than that.
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Originally Posted by ~ B ~ View Post

I didnt like the workmanship of the Casa

What was wrong with it?

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Originally Posted by apropos View Post

especially with #3, which I guess is kind of golden shower meets Klimt? happy.gif

I believe this is what Pam calls 'Sploosh'.
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Pics of the Casa Fag Reverso on a 3 month old bespoke handstitched strap. I didnt like the workmanship of the Casa but I co-opted the foldover tabs near the lugs. Only, I changed them to a B shape as a sort of monogramme.

Tucked into the breast pocket of a bespoke uncanvassed linen DB suit. Even the cloth is a bespoke run with WBill (details in the Unfunded thread - http://www.styleforum.net/t/56404/unfunded-liabilities-a-k-a-the-cloth-thread/5505#post_6187871

 

Love the 1931 Tribute with that jacket and tan strap with white stitching! Just a fantastic combinations! My only issue is with the "B" shaped monogram. I can't tell if its just the photo, but in the photo at the top the indentation for the B creates kind of an uneven B (maybe thats intentional, maybe its because its part of working with an exotic skin). Until I read that it was sort of a monogram that you requested, I thought it was kind of a sloppy stitching job copying a Casa strap. Now I know its not. Overall love the watch with that strap, but I think it would look even nicer if it did not have the "monogram." Still beautiful combinations.
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Edited by Dino944 - 3/7/13 at 6:12am
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Originally Posted by ~ B ~ View Post




Pics of the Casa Fag Reverso on a 3 month old bespoke handstitched strap. I didnt like the workmanship of the Casa but I co-opted the foldover tabs near the lugs. Only, I changed them to a B shape as a sort of monogramme.

Tucked into the breast pocket of a bespoke uncanvassed linen DB suit. Even the cloth is a bespoke run with WBill (details in the Unfunded thread - http://www.styleforum.net/t/56404/unfunded-liabilities-a-k-a-the-cloth-thread/5505#post_6187871

Beautiful watch - i regret not getting the '31 tribute

 

May I ask who made your strap? Im looking for a replacement on my Grande Ultra Thin Speciale Italian edition

 

post #18727 of 31015
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Originally Posted by apropos View Post

Try straps made by our very own Singular - a Swede too. http://www.singularstraps.se/

Tack, but it looks like it's EU only. confused.gif

Also, the only one I saw that might fit the bill had a better yellow but still a really dark blue.
post #18728 of 31015
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Originally Posted by dddrees View Post

Too unconventual, and it would draw too much unwanted attention for me to ever seriously consider it.

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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post

Also apropos, thanks for the pictures, very cool.

And Kungpapa--I like the original Haldimann you posted, but the most recent version... not so much. Regardless, I would worry about service down the road.

Finally, frills--I do not think I said it in the first post, but that is one hell of a beautiful watch. If you ever think of adopting, I would be more than willing to be an adult adoptee.

I would worry about service - if any of them actually told the time!

Neither one of them has hands - it is just a movement. The second one doesn't even show off the movement - it has a fully opaque case.
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Originally Posted by kungapa View Post


I would worry about service - if any of them actually told the time!

Neither one of them has hands - it is just a movement. The second one doesn't even show off the movement - it has a fully opaque case.

I mean, just because it doesn't show time, does not mean that the tourby won't need servicing I think! I guess time does become less important though haha.
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Originally Posted by notwithit View Post

Tack, but it looks like it's EU only. confused.gif

Also, the only one I saw that might fit the bill had a better yellow but still a really dark blue.

I know, from personal experience, that he has shipped international before.

That said, try this, which is a little different, but the right colours - http://www.ukwatchstrap.co.uk/nato-watch-strap-blue-yellow-FL29.html
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Originally Posted by kungapa View Post

Thoughts on these watches, the Haldimann H9 and H10.

H9:
H10:

Talk about jumping the shark! These are something you get after you have EVERYTHING else.

Ugh, an (expensive) exercise in pointlessness.
post #18731 of 31015
Just saw these guys on bestwebgallery. Pretty sexy stuff.

http://aarkcollective.com/

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Been a lot of love here recently for the Speedy, so I thought I would add a little of my own:

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Originally Posted by Flake View Post

Been a lot of love here recently for the Speedy, so I thought I would add a little of my own:

Nice!!!

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Speedy on black leather is so good.
post #18735 of 31015
I just sent my Oris worldtimer to be fixed bc the quickset date is not working. I miss it and I'm in Hong Kong so I'm surrounded by watches. I am in love with the jlc master geographic. I've never spent that much on a watch... And I'm a little reluctant to pull the trigger. Anyone an owner that would care to sway me one way or the other?
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