Personally, I prefer hand dates with a moonphase.
I will say though, to me, I use my watch as much to check the time as I do to check the date.
Same here. Always seems like I am signing something with the date. I had surgery a few weeks back and while filling out forms I was more upset I wasn't allowed to wear my watch than about the surgery itself...I needed to know the time and date!
Thanks for sharing this, Kungapa. These are some interesting data points. If I'm reading the above correctly, it looks like the ADs are capturing much more of the value chain that I had previously thought. Do you guys know of any other reselling business that can command ~40% gross margins? No wonder the ADs are getting squeezed out. Any chance you have the full study laying around that you could send my way? All this talk about the AD / boutique business model is making me think I ought to update the model I posted a while back...
Sounds like Stitchy needs to book a trip to Vegas (although truthfully, I'd never go this time of year...I wen't once in May and it was 108F). Still some of the best most concentrated watch shopping you can find. I was there in October and the Rolex Boutique had everything you can imagine on display other than SS Daytonas. There are also boutiques for IWC, VC, Breguet, Breitling, Omega, Cartier (not sure if I left any out), and that doesn't count the AD's that sell all of the above, plus AP, PP, Lange, etc. No good deals to be had there, but still fun to look.
W-oh! TWAT get-together in Las Vegas!
Am in San Francisco for literally about seven hours, and had three hours to kill (don't ask me, I didn't come up with the scheduling). So walked around the Union Square area and wouldn't you know it, I wandered into Tourbillon and Shreve. Found an interesting women's piece at Shreve: Patek's 7071 in white gold, the "ladies first chronograph" (as they term it). Diamonds are inside the crystal versus right on the bezel, interesting touch. But even more interesting was the relative size: yes, it's a cushion case so those tend to be bigger, but check it out right beside my 36mm 3970P:
(All credit for the incredibly crappy picture goes to my Blackberry 9900).
Relatively large looking case, 'no? Official case dimensions are 35mm by 39mm.
Requisite picture by Union Square. Lovely afternoon. Cliche, I understand, but must not leave my heart in San Fran and all that.
Thanks and I agree, my Mark XII is so timeless, I keep looking at other pilot watches and for me my Mark XII seems to be the default. The only thing I want from it is about 2mm of more diameter which they did with the Mark XV. I'm not a fan of the newer models especially the recents versions, except maybe the XV.
I definetely think the IWC pilot was a sleeper for a long time and then really came into demand and fame, I believe IWC made an attempt to capitalize on the fame with introducing newer models, larger sizes to appease the current trends. I don't agree with it