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^^ Thanks, Dino!  

 

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^^RM really makes some incredible watches....id never wear one though...too futuristic looking to me.... but theyre surprisingly light arent they?

 

Not on your wallet...

 

Oh, and I forgot to mention: despite its ground-breaking case construction and sporty demeanour, it's water resistant to 30m.  So don't drop it in your mimosa. :)

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Passed on an RM 10 years ago and do occasionally regret it. Was a great deal at the time and I rather like the RM design. One of only two times I regret taking a pass on a watch.
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Passed on an RM 10 years ago and do occasionally regret it. Was a great deal at the time and I rather like the RM design. One of only two times I regret taking a pass on a watch.

damn. Hate to hear that.....especially with what theyre going for now....
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damn. Hate to hear that.....especially with what theyre going for now....
Yeah.
The other was similar. A killer deal on a Datograph. Both were local deals from collectors I knew well. I kick myself way more on the Datograph...
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^^Argh!  More of that later...

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Yeah.
The other was similar. A killer deal on a Datograph. Both were local deals from collectors I knew well. I kick myself way more on the Datograph...

OHHHHHH DAMN. one day....one day i'll have to share a story on a datograph that was available to me. VERY strange/awkward/hilarious story.
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^^RM really makes some incredible watches....id never wear one though...too futuristic looking to me.... but theyre surprisingly light arent they?

this. and thanks for your reply to my question.
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dino - great post, i enjoyed reading that and i hope to do a run down of my watches like that.

i agree 100% that considering resale is a very fine thing when making a purchase, i know i do. much in part because of what derek says, that if i want to flip/sell to buy something else, i want to be moving up, not down, and i really dont want to take a bath. did that once and it was not pleasant. and strong resale helps me in that way. but i think many people dont care, and i think thats fine too, assuming they dont need to care.
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Got me thinking about favourite makers.  That's Dino's favourite done, and his other favourite Vacheron Constantin I didn't get to as it's elsewhere.  I did go to Frilly's favourite Patek Philippe, but didn't do anything.  They didn't have a Nautilus, that I wanted to see in person and compare to the RO.  And there was literally nothing there that I would want.  Not because it wasn't nice, but because their selection was composed mostly of gold, and their only platinum piece I didn't like (a particular Gondolo).  What's more, all the good stuff is only what Frilly shows us on his wrist every week.  So I didn't bother.  Oh.  I did laugh at the salesman for having a "Guess" fashion watch.  He took it in good heart.

 

So, onto a real TWAT favourite, and following on from what Nuke said this evening: 

 

 

Tyre-Kicker's Diary: Jaeger LeCoultre [Sponsored by "In Stitches"] (Click to show)

 

There are some JLCs I like the look of.  The Master Home Time, the Master Reserve, the Geographic (especially the platinum one with the flip cover on the case back), and several more.  Maybe the most obvious would be the MUT Moon, which is beautiful in person, but the simple date annoys me.  Also the Grand Ultra Thin.  But the latter was a disappointment to me: perhaps if it had something going on on that huge dial in terms of texture.  Perhaps if the hands were blued or the hour markers were interesting (they look a tiny bit like a Seamaster's, but flat).  Perhaps a lot of things, but in the flesh, I didn't love it.  It needs more personality, and as Nuke said, some JLCs are just boring.  What I've found is that there are a lot I like, but I struggle to love one.  Make the GUT a mm or two smaller, blue just the hand on the seconds subdial...give the dial some tone or texture. And I'll love it, maybe.

 

There are two that I find very lovable.  The Duometre, which is usually gold and I didn't take a closer look.  And the Reverso.  With the Reverso, I have an issue though: I like the quintessential solid caseback for its original purpose, of protecting the watch when turned.  It's also a nice idea to engrave for a family heirloom or similar.  But in general, it's a dress watch, which means I'm generally liking stick markers, and a bit of interest on the dial.  Enter the Grande Taille or "big size".  Lovely guilloche, traditional style, small seconds that I love, and blued hands.  Perfect.  Except that the "big size" isn't, really.  Bigger than the original, bigger than the girls' one.  But smaller than the others.  I put it on, and it just wasn't right.  I was so disappointed I didn't even take a pic.  Stitchy mentioned this before.  As we're about the same size, I should have listened to him: I just figured as a Squadra and Panerai owner he liked big watches.  But Stitchy spoke truth: the "Grande Taille" is a little modest.

 

But there are dozens of Reversos, and two that I like.  Basically, we're into the 1931:

 

 

I absolutely loved the way this sat against my wrist.  OK, the Arabic numbers wouldn't have been my choice, but given the style they actually look pretty good.  The blued hands and guilloche are lovely.  I really, really liked this watch when I didn't expect to.  I kind of expected then to like its slender and evil twin, and I did:

 

 

 

Isn't that lovely?  They're pretty hard to choose between.  There's also the Rouge, although I didn't bother with that.  I know it would lose out to the others in a head to head for wearability, and I have another red-dialed plan at some point anyway.  So it's between the neat, clean, stick markers and slimness on the cool black dial.  And the rich guilloche, blued hands and satisfying wrist presence of its sister.  Maybe one of each for day and night?  After all, should they really be separated?

 

 

 

And talking of day and night, a couple of other sisters came to visit....

 

 

Not that either of those are for me.  It has to be the solid caseback I think, unless it's something really unusual.  But I've learned a good lesson from having these in hand: the one I wanted, isn't the one I actually want.  That's the 1931.  Or two.  I have some time to think about it...

 

In the mean time, a brief interlude, dedicated to "Fanboi" Stitchy: 

 

 

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you sure know how to get me hot and bothered. love those. the black face stick markers probs being my fave.

i have seen the Duometre in action. most recently in nashville with derk and dcg. amazing watch.

and yeah, for me, the grande was tiny.
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ahhh those duometres are just fucking gorgeous. im not a huge JLC fan either...LOVE their movements, not much of a fan of a lot of their dials though. When stitch was in nashville, we were at the AD looking around and got to handle the duometre....the 1/6th second counter was just awesome...and the dial was very well done in terms of texture.
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A hint of GO, some Breguet, Rolex of course, surprise from IWC, Panerai - including personal revelation to close, and a cameo by Omega as a postscript.  Coming, but not now...g'night!

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looking forward to the rest Mimo! especially teh breguet. stunning watches.
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Mimo, really appreciate your taking the time to post your thoughts and all of these pics. It's been great reading.
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And ARNIE KNOWS what's up.
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Thanks Mimo, keep them coming

Wow, this must be the first time I've heard of any real criticism about JLC (it seems to be a TWAT and TZ darling), but I must say as a JLC owner that I... AGREE. I get why people call many of their designs boring. And what's boring to one might be timeless to another.

As an aside I'm loving all the different brand updates.

In regards to AP - before TWAT, I'll admit I never really fancied them, but after some enlightenment here I've really come to respect the AP RO. I tried the 15400 in the store and can definitely appreciate why many go gaga over it. I actually wish it were 1 mm bigger. But I also wish the MUT were 1-2 mm bigger and so on.. and so on.. facepalm.gif

looking forward to hearing your views on some of the other Richemont fancies, as well as Omega.
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