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Originally Posted by DerekS View Post

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.

big plus one from me to both.

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so ive been mulling over my question, and its really hard for me to say definitively, but i think if i am being honest, that if i took a less OCD/watch nut approach to buying watches i doubt id have all the same models i have now.

my first two models were bought before i got in as deep into TWAT-ness as i have since then.

first i bought an ebel 1911, big date. i bought that watch 100% based on looks. i wanted a watch on a brown strap. with an exhibition back, in the under 2k range. i think i paid 1700 or so, maybe a little more.

then about a year or so later i decided i had to have a rolex. i got the 16220, oyster band DJ, white face RN. i loved that watch. (ill not talk about selling it because that story makes me teh sad). i bought it for 3 simple reasons. i wanted a rolex, i loved the look, and it was at a price point i could manage.

after not too long, even though i liked the look of it, and ebel is not a bad way to go, i decided i wasnt enamored with having an ebel, so i decided to sell. at this point i was a certified watch nut-job. i got about 650 on ebay for it, after fees maybe 500 or so. pretty much took a bath, and it didnt feel great, but at least it was on a smaller ticket item. it was then that i bought the JLC squadra. i bought that watch for a great number of reasons, all of which i have enumerated here before, and i can confidently say that even had i been in the market as a non watch nut, that i would have bought that same watch. i loved the look, and still do, and would not have cared about resale. (lucky me the watch has literally more than doubled in MSRP since then, and i got it at 10% over AD cost at the time, so i did ok there).

from there my next watch was the panerai. i love that watch for many reasons, but if i am going to be completely honest, there is no way i would have ended up with it if i wasnt an enthusiast. its a cult kind of brand, the movement is nice, but not breathtaking , to behold, and its pretty damn big. and on the simple side. if i was just in the market to spend under 5k on a watch, i think id have probably ended up with something else. but on the other hand, if i wasnt a watch nut, i probably would not have been adding to my collection at all, as i was still mightily pleased with my JLC.

my last purchase was the ToG. i think that had i not bumped into it at work, i would never have bought it. i would not have thought to seek it out, and as a discontinued model i never would have found it at an AD. i think i definitely would have bought another rolex, but it probably would have been an updated DJ.

i am definitely happy that i am the watch nut that i am, and that i take in all the necessary TWAT considerations before i buy (the very ones you have all mentioned so far), and i could not be more pleased with what i have. but if i took all that away, and was just out for looks, i would probably have the squadra and a stainless steel DJ or maybe a sub.
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Oh oh oh, did he say Breguet?!

:-)
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Great write up Mino!
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Yes, stitchy, I definitely would have bought some different watches if it wasn't for the various forums.

For example, my Longines retrograde.
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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.

I have a bad record of passing on watches that later have great appreciation. Passed on a PAM 249 as well but no regrets there. I got good news back when they were first being released that the Florence Boutique had one for me. Had a friend much further down the list who really wanted one and was going to be visiting Florence for a Paneristi gtg. I asked Patrizia to trade our places on the list so he could pick it up when he was there. It was awesome for him so I was glad to help out. The allocation ran out before my now lower position on the list came up. No regrets.
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I think this may be the crowning achievement in Arnold Palmer's life. Is it wrong that I am feeling overly protective?

 

No, especially when you see this picture of Mr Palmer DOING SOMETHING CLOSE TO OUR TWAT MASCOT'S CHEST!

 

 

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Originally Posted by Keith T View Post

And ARNIE KNOWS what's up.

 

Being that close to Kate, I think everyone knows what's UP.

 

Still digesting mimo's awesome diary.  Too bad there was nothing at the Patek boutique that captivated your fancy.  Lots of interesting pieces from other watchmakers that you're allowing us to appreciate, though!  Super thanks for all this... and will reply in greater detail soon!

 

TWAT-related post: anyone interested in this special edition watch from Ochs und Junior that Hodinkee is giving out via a raffle?  

 

 

Couple more days to fill in a short survey, help the 'Dink out a bit, and be in the running to win some potentially interesting giveaways:

 

http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/five-years-of-hodinkee

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Originally Posted by Flake View Post

I have a bad record of passing on watches that later have great appreciation. Passed on a PAM 249 as well but no regrets there. I got good news back when they were first being released that the Florence Boutique had one for me. Had a friend much further down the list who really wanted one and was going to be visiting Florence for a Paneristi gtg. I asked Patrizia to trade our places on the list so he could pick it up when he was there. It was awesome for him so I was glad to help out. The allocation ran out before my now lower position on the list came up. No regrets.

Patrizia is a doll!
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i really hope kate upton stumbles upon this thread some day.
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Excellent TWAT days guys! biggrin.gif So much to read. AND Ms Upton.

I have nothing to contribute, except that I expanded my book collection yesterday. I stopped by my regular pusher, expressed an interest in Vacheron, and left with a (free) huge ass book. I guess he knows how to reel me in. Damn.

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Hi gents,

 

I've come into a Nomos Tangente from the fiancee as an engagement present. How would one best care for the shell cordovan strap? Saphir cordovan conditioner and brushing? It's a small area to brush, haha!

Cheers,


Alex

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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

i really hope kate upton stumbles upon my penor some day.

me too stitch. me too.
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Hi gents,

I've come into a Nomos Tangente from the fiancee as an engagement present. How would one best care for the shell cordovan strap? Saphir cordovan conditioner and brushing? It's a small area to brush, haha!


Cheers,


Alex

congrats! ive owned a few cordo straps...but never did anything other than wear em. Theyre durable as hell...but if you WANT to put something on it...some conditioner definitely wont hut it. Post some pics when you can!
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The boring JLCs are the ones I like best. It's when they go all special ops ninja that they lose me.
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Congratulations!  Nomos looks like great value to me - a lot of cool design and originality for a respectable amount of dough.

 

I can't see that such a little piece of shell would need too much care.   I wouldn't bother with any kind of polish - if you use a renovator of some sort for shell shoes, a touch of the same once in a while would probably be enough I should think.  I use a vegetable based renovator called Renapur for pretty much everything.  But really, your strap shouldn't take much care at all beyond wiping itself on the cuff of your shirt!

 

You should get engaged more often; well done. :)

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The boring JLCs are the ones I like best. It's when they go all special ops ninja that they lose me.

agreed.
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