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Originally Posted by ChicagoRon View Post

In other news... tried on a Gray Pano-Lunar today.... almost certainly my next purchase, and probably within a year. I'm a little smitten.

 

 

It's a beautiful watch - just gorgeous, really.  I had one in hand that was offered at an exceptional price and it nearly became mine.  Alas, I have a new rule that I will not permit myself to break: any new watch must be easily legible without resort to reading glasses.  The small subdial for hour / minutes combined with the low contrast between the hands and the grey dial just blew this one up as a purchase option.  And I was very disappointed, because I had seen any number of web pics where the hands really seemed to pop.  Oh well, for those with better eyes than mine, I heartily endorse this watch.

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Interesting reads on some SAs.  

 

Frills or anyone: Do you have to pay import tax when bringing that BLNR back into the states?  I get confused on declarations and such when not in one of the usual 50 states.

 

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I believe you have to declare the items when you come back to the states.  

 

Yes, you have to declare items you purchased when you leave St Thomas to go back to the mainland.  You're allowed up to $1,600 of duty-free purchases per person (so for a family of four that's $6,400).  The jewelers I spoke to said "the customs agents usually don't give you a hard time" but I don't really know what that means: if I got the BLNR for $8,550 would they charge me for part of it that's above the $8,200 I was allowed (there were five of us in the family traveling at the time)?  Will they just wave me through?  

 

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BUY IT NOW!!! if not for you, for me!

 

Alas, no BLNR for me this time around.  It was a lovely piece, tried it on the wrist.  The blue/black bezel really pops.  But - believe it or not - I exercised some decent willpower not just for myself but also for the wife: I've been thinking of getting her either an Everose Daytona and had her try on an all-platinum 218206 Day-Date.  Jayzus what heft!  And check out the discount: US retail price of about $60,000... offered by AH Riise at just slightly above $50,000.  I mean, that's a larger discount than the asking price from some gray dealers I've seen around!

 

But - not for us this time around.  Enjoying the current collection and no real deep hankering that's driven me to get a next piece.  We did, however, buy some earrings for our daughters (and OK, my wife got some earrings herself hehe).

 

Nuke - adding to everyone else's comments around here: that's unacceptable behavior.  Horrible.  The SAs I spoke to in St Thomas were all very kind and professional, even though I walked in wearing a shirt, shorts and flip flops, sweating profusely from the heat and humidity.  Sorry, stitchy, I didn't bring any G&Gs or Corthays with me on this trip, although I might have looked slightly odd wearing them with flip flops.  

 

Of course the Rolex/AH Riise SA did immediately notice my 5711.  So hard to discount behavior based on that. However, I suspect SAs in the Caribbean ought to be used to tourists walking in dressed really casually - can't really tell how much they'd spend based on how they're dressed!

 

On another note, my almost-four year old likes Dad's watches and shoes.  The bracelet may need to be resized somewhat but I dare say she can carry off the 5711 in this pic.  The boat shoes are a little bit big though.

 

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SHES EVEN DOING YOUR POSE!!!  icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

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SHES EVEN DOING YOUR POSE!!!  icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

 

AHAHAHA I didn't even notice that.  Guess she's really mine! nod[1].gif

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I had one such experience with a JLC AD in DC (hows that for acronym soup?). The man was quite condescending, explaining the differences between quartz, automatic and manual as if I was 5 years old. When I took a stroll around the floor to the other cases he kept not so discreetly directing me back to Frederique Constant, Tag Heuer and Maurice Lacroix. Nothing wrong with those brands, but I'm not sure why you're making assumptions about me based on my age/appearance.

 

I won't go back with my MUT Moon on display, but I will ALWAYS tell people to avoid them like the plague. Karma. Plain and simple.

 

I would rather deal with my local AD in the tysons corner area. They let me try on anything and that includes Lange and Patek, even though I tell them up front its just to drool. They graciously oblige.  Karma is also at play there too because thats where I ended up buying my JLC.

 

Just like Newcomer said, what goes around comes around.

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Originally Posted by Cylon View Post

I had one such experience with a JLC AD in DC (hows that for acronym soup?). The man was quite condescending, explaining the differences between quartz, automatic and manual as if I was 5 years old. When I took a stroll around the floor to the other cases he kept not so discreetly directing me back to Frederique Constant, Tag Heuer and Maurice Lacroix. Nothing wrong with those brands, but I'm not sure why you're making assumptions about me based on my age/appearance.

 

I won't go back with my MUT Moon on display, but I will ALWAYS tell people to avoid it like the plague. Karma.

 

I would rather deal with my local AD in the tysons corner area. They let me try on anything and that includes Lange and Patek, even though I tell them up front its just to drool. They graciously oblige. 

 

I do not know any SA who can draw meaningful distinctions between who's there to drool and who will never purchase a watch ever again or who's there to drool and who will eventually purchase a watch, if they are treated right  So to me the best response seems to be "treat every customer right, within limits of time/attention and the needs of other customers."  

 

I will never understand SAs who mistreat prospects.

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To relate to the Caribbean, I went on a cruise on 4th of July weekend. Went to Rolex AD in the Bahamas and tried on the Pelagos. Love it though I would have preferred it slightly thinner--that is to say, more like the submariner than the seadweller. Dont need the gas valve. Oh well. 

 

In other news I'm really liking IWC at the moment. The 7 day portuguese is calling my name after the recent pic censored.gif

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frilly - great pic. i am amazed at your new found restraint!!!
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frilly - great pic. i am amazed at deeply disappointed in your new found restraint!!!

 

But loving "Frillshot - The Sequel" from your little girl. :)

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I'm seriously thinking of treating myself to a nice watch for my birthday - something fairly simple and classic, with date.Was looking at the PP website and quite like the look of the Calatrava 5296g-010. However reading its specs, I was surprised that it is not a hacking movement, it is 30m WR (basically splash proof only), and is on a tang buckle not a deployant clasp. For its retail price level, should one expect more??
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I'm seriously thinking of treating myself to a nice watch for my birthday - something fairly simple and classic, with date.Was looking at the PP website and quite like the look of the Calatrava 5296g-010. However reading its specs, I was surprised that it is not a hacking movement, it is 30m WR (basically splash proof only), and is on a tang buckle not a deployant clasp. For its retail price level, should one expect more??

 

 

How much water resistance should a dress watch have?  Were you planning on swimming with it?  I am with you on movement hacking - something I expect in any contemporary watch.  Nott that this would stop me from buying a Calatrava that I otherwise loved.  I don't necessarily expect a deployant clasp at any given price point.  There are very inexpensive watches so equipped, and very costly ones that come with a tang buckle.

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Originally Posted by Chuckie Egg View Post

I'm seriously thinking of treating myself to a nice watch for my birthday - something fairly simple and classic, with date.Was looking at the PP website and quite like the look of the Calatrava 5296g-010. However reading its specs, I was surprised that it is not a hacking movement, it is 30m WR (basically splash proof only), and is on a tang buckle not a deployant clasp. For its retail price level, should one expect more??

Simple answer is yes. Whatever you decide to spend your money on, you should expect to get exactly what you want in a watch.

 

Longer answer would be no, at least for me. This watch is designed a specific way and for those that buy it I am sure it works just fine. Besides how many people that you know of would actually set out to swim at a depth of greater than 30 meters with a watch that cost over 20 grand? Besides do you really intend to go swimming with the leather strap that this watch comes on or any watch that is worn on a leather strap? That's not a real good idea.I have 2 PP watches that aren't designed to hack and this has yet to be a problem for me.

 

The good thing about all of this is that if you don't really have to like what one watch does or doesn't do because you can always find something else that will.


Edited by dddrees - 8/25/13 at 12:12pm
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No I wouldn't expect to go swimming with the PP. But a higher WR would be nice in the event of a watery accident eg dropping in a washbasin or bath by mistake (has been known to happen!). I currently wear a dress watch on leather & forgot to take it off for a shower but luckily it has a decent WR.
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Anyway thanks for your thoughts. It's a lot of money for a watch so I'll cogitate over it & look at other similar offerings from other brands as well.
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Originally Posted by ChicagoRon View Post

I'd like to say this Hodinkee article on the RL Khaki vindicates me, but it doesn't really... I'm still not ashamed I liked the watch, but I didn't buy one, so I guess I didn't like it that much. The comments section reads a lot like the TWAT reaction to my saying I liked it when I saw it in person.

http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/hands-on-with-the-ralph-lauren-rl67-safari-chronometer-live-pics-details-pricing

In other news... tried on a Gray Pano-Lunar today.... almost certainly my next purchase, and probably within a year. I'm a little smitten.

I think the RL watches are gorgeous, but overpriced. I'd probably say about 50% too expensive on average.

But then again, somehow Bremont gets a pass from watch aficionados which tells you that all that talk about heritage etc is just crap.
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