The Watch Appreciation Thread - Page 1346
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That is the beautiful thing about this thread, is that everyone communicates honestly and tries (mainly speaking of myself) to communicate intelligently. This thread is like the hidden gem of SF.
You know, I was just thinking the same thing when I saw it this morning. I think that this is a step in the very right direction for GP. From what I remember reading, it is clocking in at ~40mm, and 11mm thick. I love the aesthetics of the 1966 line, but I feel that GP can be a bit oversized at times. It is nice to see them issue such a beautiful, classically designed chronograph.
I kind of feel sorry for GP. I feel like they are kind of the black sheep of the top tier. I feel like GP would do better if they dropped down a half a tier, or issued some more steel offerings. I am sure this thing is going to be priced fairly extravagantly, and I just think I would go for PP, AL&S, or VC at the price range I am sure they will be asking.
A pretty underrated brand indeed.
In fact, beside the MontBlanc Rieussec, they make one of my favorite chronograph of all time. Cream dial, domed crystal, great size
I had a chance to buy this a few months ago. I'm still kicking myself for not pulling the trigger. It is a relevantly rare watch, you just don't see them for sale.
Hahaha....point well made. But seriously, for that money I still haven't got past the platinum Datograph mentioned several posts back. Come to think of it, the platinum Day-Dates are $45-55 too, which is just as crazy.
I guess if you spend as much on advertising and sponsorship as Rolex do (and I don't think it's my imagination that they've really ramped this up over the last couple of years), you have to get your money back somehow. There's not really any reason in cost terms for the new Daytona to be any more expensive than any of the gold editions - the material cost differences as a percentage are marginal. But then again there's no reason for a platinum Patek to be $20k more than the gold one either.
I think people have to remember the price of the Platinum Daytona relative to a Platinum Datograph or Patek is due to the sheer volume of platinum you get with a Daytona and the difficulty in working with it. With the Lange and Patek there is less Platinum, but far more hand workmanship. I've heard amounts varying from 5-10 tons of ore are required to produce 1 ounce of pure Platinum. In addition, Also as for comparing it to gold, gold is relatively soft and very easy to work with compared to platinum...so what it takes to make a gold case or bracelet is far less labor intensive than to make them from platinum.
Gold is significantly easier to work with.
1.) platinum is 95% pure precious metal and 18k gold is only 75% pure precious metal. that alone is a 20% bump.
2.) platinum is a very hard metal and much more difficult to work with.
i read an article with an interview with someone at VC when they were doing their all platinum special editions, and i forget the exact numbers, but the amount of dials that were no good that had to be scrapped/refined for every successful dial was very significant. the same is pretty much true for cases and buckles.
the amount of "throw" aways (obviously they are not thrown away, but they must be reprocessed) and the amount of time taken to craft the platinum models is far greater than the gold models.
now, im not saying that there is not some "prestige" thrown into the price bump to platinum over gold, but there is good reason why the price for a platinum watch will always be far more than a gold watch of the same model.
Spot on explanation!
I guess what I was trying to say, is they are competing with the big guns in that price bracket. I mean some of these prices are verging on unconscionable.
This has been a fun day in TWAT [The Watch Appreciation Thread--I just realized what an unfortunate acronym this is].
That acronym is freakin hilarious! I wonder what the mods would say if they realized what the acronym is for the current name of this thread?
That being said...there is probably never a bad day if you're in ....The Watch Appreciation Thread.
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Spot on explanation!
thanks, and right back atcha.
Edit: I am having a hard time finding the blue vintage Heuer that I was thinking of earlier (it isnt the Monaco). However, I do think this one which I randomly found on the internet is beautiful. I hope it isnt fake.