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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

The temptation these days is to go into your oak-panelled, leather-scented, conveniently located luxury goods retailer, try everything on, exhaust the salesman's knowledge and preferably score a free coffee.  Then go home and see where you can find what you wanted, cheapest.  There is something to be said for loyalty of course, and developing a relationship with your favourite shop.  But sometimes, the bottom line is the bottom line.

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Thanks again gents.

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Originally Posted by ChicagoRon View Post

I'm not usually a fan of counter-stitching, but it's well done here. Nice buy - looks great. Wear in good health!

+1 ... the stitching actually looks gray on my monitor, in the color photo. Perhaps it's white or cream, but any way around it....I dig.
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It's hard to hear sometimes but yes I think this is true. My preferred route is to go with an AD that I've come to trust, and offers me excellent service and yes, good prices. In exchange the AD gets my loyalty and referrals, so it's a win win. As many of you know, with many watches - even a few percentage points in discounts can mean sizable savings (which can be used for other more important things..)

So if I can find the exact same good/item elsewhere for considerably less at no risk to myself, then that's unfortunately the nature of sales. I weigh any savings/cash in my pocket versus the experience and relationship with my AD and make a judgement call. I've been up front with AD's about it, and we respect each other's time enough so there's never any hard feelings..


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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

The temptation these days is to go into your oak-panelled, leather-scented, conveniently located luxury goods retailer, try everything on, exhaust the salesman's knowledge and preferably score a free coffee.  Then go home and see where you can find what you wanted, cheapest.  There is something to be said for loyalty of course, and developing a relationship with your favourite shop.  But sometimes, the bottom line is the bottom line.
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

The temptation these days is to go into your oak-panelled, leather-scented, conveniently located luxury goods retailer, try everything on, exhaust the salesman's knowledge and preferably score a free coffee.  Then go home and see where you can find what you wanted, cheapest.  There is something to be said for loyalty of course, and developing a relationship with your favourite shop.  But sometimes, the bottom line is the bottom line.

Yeah - that's a dick move, but we've all done it. Fortunately there are still enough people buying from the B&Ms to keep them afloat for now. I just found out a store I used to frequent (as a browser) in college that sells high-end audio is no longer around. I was really planning on going there when i am finally ready for some big-league stuff (they sold me used/low-end stuff at great prices when I was in college). Still makes me sad.
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+1 ... the stitching actually looks gray on my monitor, in the color photo. Perhaps it's white or cream, but any way around it....I dig.

 

I read that "looks gay" first time.  Don't know whether that says more about my eyesight or my mind.  Well OK, I do.

 

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Originally Posted by rnguy001 View Post

... we respect each other's time enough so there's never any hard feelings..

 

I respect my local ADs by visiting regularly when I'm bored, talking about how high their prices are (they are), trying some stuff on, and then not buying anything at all either from them or anywhere else.  That way I'm appreciating them without paying any premium. 

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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

The temptation these days is to go into your oak-panelled, leather-scented, conveniently located luxury goods retailer, try everything on, exhaust the salesman's knowledge and preferably score a free coffee.  Then go home and see where you can find what you wanted, cheapest.  There is something to be said for loyalty of course, and developing a relationship with your favourite shop.  But sometimes, the bottom line is the bottom line.

while lulzy, and i know you were kidding, but on the serious side, i think it is kind of dickish to really go overboard with wasting someone's time when you know you are not going to kop. unless you tell them that explicitly, and they treat you the same in the hopes of gaining you as a customer. which has happened to me many times. the best SAs know that everyone is a potential customer somewhere down the line, and treat everyone the same.

but people who put on an air like they are actually going to buy something, and lead on an SA or owner for hours, and then disappear forever, not cool.
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Very much pleased with the way my Corthay Kleber shoes turned out: a funky mix of balmoral (front) and derby (back), I had it made in bergeronette, a warm, light brown close to caramel. No burnishing so it looks even lighter for Spring and Summer days. And since this is TWAT there's that accompanying shot with the Patek 5040J. 5040J_corthay_kleber
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RogerP - beautiful Omega. A classic dress watch in both looks and size.
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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

Very much pleased with the way my Corthay Kleber shoes turned out: a funky mix of balmoral (front) and derby (back), I had it made in bergeronette, a warm, light brown close to caramel. No burnishing so it looks even lighter for Spring and Summer days. And since this is TWAT there's that accompanying shot with the Patek 5040J.

Ha!
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Originally Posted by SharplyTailored View Post


Ha!

 

Now, now, you know that I meant The Watch Appreciation Thread! :)
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Originally Posted by ChicagoRon View Post


Depends on the item. A luxury watch (or any luxury item, I suppose) this is true. But I would not underestimate the value of crowdsourced information ala Amazon reviews for other, more commodity-type items.

It does depend on the item of course.  Do I really care to go into a department store to buy more car wash soap, when I can get a better value (price/quantity) on line...no.  As for Amazon, reviews can be helpful and I'II buy some things through them.  However, I still like to go to a bookstore and buy a magazine I don't need a subscription to, or I may pick up a book that's on sale, read a little and if its of interest I might buy that too.    

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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post


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regarding the bold: it. just. feels. good. its a great feeling going into a store that you like, talking to a SA or owner that appreciates the goods the way you do, schmoozing, looking at other stuff, being treated well.... the whole thing. even when i dont buy i always walk out feeling in a better mood. brings a smile to my face each time.

It can be fun.  In addition, sometimes if you build a good relationship with a SA, if they know you want a difficult to obtain watch and they get one in, they will call you.    

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Originally Posted by rnguy001 View Post

My preferred route is to go with an AD that I've come to trust, and offers me excellent service and yes, good prices. In exchange the AD gets my loyalty and referrals, so it's a win win. As many of you know, with many watches - even a few percentage points in discounts can mean sizable savings (which can be used for other more important things..)

+1  For many years I had great contacts with a few ADs.  I got great service and great deals, sent them lots of referrals (who also got service/deals) and I also got free tix to lots of events they sponsored.  Overall it worked out nicely for everyone.   

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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

Very much pleased with the way my Corthay Kleber shoes turned out: a funky mix of balmoral (front) and derby (back), I had it made in bergeronette, a warm, light brown close to caramel. No burnishing so it looks even lighter for Spring and Summer days. And since this is TWAT there's that accompanying shot with the Patek 5040J. 5040J_corthay_kleber

 

Kind of a fun variation on classic shoes.  Nice choice Frills...and man that 5040 is just stunning!  

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Originally Posted by Keith T View Post


+1 ... the stitching actually looks gray on my monitor, in the color photo. Perhaps it's white or cream, but any way around it....I dig.

 

The strap is very hard to capture in a pic.  It's an OE Patek croc in a very smart matte charcoal grey, and the contrasting stitching is a light dove grey.  It's been sitting in my strap drawer (together with it's tan / honey-brown sibling) for probably over a year.  I took both straps in partial trade against a watch I was selling and figured I'd easily work them into the rotation or else sell them.  Too lazy to sell them, so I finally took the plastic off this one.  Glad I did - the quality is superb and it suits the watch very well, I think.

 

This isn't a great pic of the watch (overexposed at the case and dial) but it does shoe the strap a bit better:

 


Edited by RogerP - 5/14/13 at 11:30am
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

It can be fun.  In addition, sometimes if you build a good relationship with a SA, if they know you want a difficult to obtain watch and they get one in, they will call you.

the best SAs, know how do treat a loyal customer.
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