The combination of the modernist date font and bar hour markers makes it look somewhat Bauhausian in a Stowa Antea or Max Bill Junghans kind of way, and adding the moonphase makes it nicely whimsical. If only there was a smiling face on the moon!
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I've been out traveling through the Dirty South, mainly for business-- but I also made time for some fun
Trying to catch up with all the recent activity on TWAT...I was about 15 pages behind!
In keeping with the season of all things pumpkin, I put a "trick or treat" NATO on my Hamilton Khaki chronograph:
Crappy phone pic, I know....more to come later....
No watch pickup today but got an EG Galway and a JL Philip II.
Oh alright. There's a watch shot here somewhere. Wrist shot below with Steven Taffel of Leffot, who was wearing a vintage GMT today.
I have a customers mailing list letter from a year or two ago offering a 50% sale on Jaeger Lecoultre. Although I'm not sure if this was a special offer for their proven customers. I've walked into other approved retailers and been offered 20% off Master Control and Master Ultra Thin without pushing for it.
This is generally true for most brands, that you should expect a good discount and not pay full list price, with the well known exception of Rolex.
1/2 off JLC from an authorized retailer would be exceptionally rare - and exceptionally sweet. The only time I have seen it personally was from a retailer that had decided to stop carrying the brand (or else JLC had decided that they would no longer be supplied). Still wish I had grabbed the platinum Master Ultra Thin from that sale.
Also, I know for a fact that full list for Rolex isn't nearly the hard rule that it once was. I have looked closely at several of their steel sport models recently and have been offered decent (though not extravagant) discounts.
Thanks; I do love mine.
My only observation, as others have noted on the interwebz, is that the steel of the case is relatively soft and scratches easily. This doesn't really bother me too much as I just chalk it up to character, but may bother others who baby their watches a bit more...
Thanks Dino! I actually prefer the NY boutique edition 1921, the one with big luminous Arabic numerals like the original vintage VC. I wear my watches on the right hand so neither work for me (unless I go bespoke!).
Love the Historiques line too, although they carry a huge premium over the Patrimony line while still sharing the same movements. A sentiment echoed among the VC community as well.
25k for the 1921 was not cheap, but 40k is just crazy!
I think the current Chronometre Royal is just a sad shadow of the 1950s versions, in beauty, movement and actual timekeeping.
More pics to come in Part II of the W&W event!
Sorry for the late reply, had a lot going on at work. I have seen the boutique edition of the time only 1921, and I know it more closely mirrors the original, but I prefer the standard version. I just don't care for the luminous markings or hands on the boutique version. I generally prefer their watches in rose, but they did release (I believe for boutiques only) and perpetual calendar version in Platinum that was stunning.
I don't understand the huge premium that VC now charges for Les Historiques. Years ago they were priced similarly to the other watches in the their collection, and price depended on complexity of the watch and its movement. Today it seems based upon which collection it is associated with, which is nonsense.
I tried that one on a few years ago at an event. Love the chocolate dial !!!
Congrats on a great find Wurger. Its a very nice clean design and I'm sure you'll get lots of use from it.
Yes Roger, I agree 50% is rare for any reputable brand - but it is possible. But 20% is not unusual and may be achievable for many watches. Rolex... It depends. A sizeable discount is more achievable on Datejust and Cellini, than for the Professional range. As you say, nonetheless, discounts may be had. I was offered 8% off a GMTIIc from an approved Rolex retailer about 3 years ago when I was interested in that watch.
Discounts were always more readily available in DJs and Cellini models. One AD near me used to have a policy of discounting any DJ, DD, or Cellini, but absolutely no discount on the Professional/sports models. However, that was a dealer imposed rule, as I could travel 30 miles from them to another AD and get any SS Sports model (except a SS Daytona or when they were new Sub LV) for 10% off the MSRP. There wasn't even any haggling that needed to be done, all price tags were marked with the price after a 10% discount. Sadly, that AD and another small one near me (both which had been Rolex AD's for 50+ years) had their contracts with Rolex cancelled within the last 2 years.
Briefly, when I stopped into an AD and looked at a current Sub C about 6 months ago, the AD wouldn't discount the watch.
I got a whopping 5% off when I bought my sub from an AD in '91; amount saved? Nearly $100
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The best discount I've gotten on a Rolex in somewhat more recent years was back in 2001, my Dad and I bought a sports model Rolex in steel at the same time from the same AD and we each got a 15% discount (he got a GMT and I got an Ex 2). Sadly that dealer lost its contract with Rolex about 2 years ago.
Casual pairing today; flannel shirt, cords and Reverso. Part of why I love this watch is how adaptable it is, whether dressed up with a jacket and tie, or dressed down with casual shirts and jeans. [IMG]http://www.styleforum.net/content/type/61/id/1020248/width/200/height/400[/IMG]
Quite like watches that can be worn for different settings and occasions! Bravo.
Maiden voyage of my Lobbs today. They make fine shoes. Oh, forgot this is TWAT. Cushion case 5040 in yellow gold today.
other brands vary, but some brands are only 45% back from MSRP, so 50% discount would never happen. hell, most brands are 50% back, so if a dealer takes of 50% they make nothing. unless there is some weird promotion/stale inventory, i would never expect 50% off BNIB from and AD.
15% - 30% back might be the reasonable expected discount ime for most brands and models.
ymmv i guess.