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post #28111 of 35505
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

^^ If the OP is just looking for a lesser known brand to the general public, then I don't see an issue with Panerai. He really didn't say he wanted a different or certain style of watch...just something without Rolex on it.

You're kidding right?  10+ years ago it was a lesser known brand to the general public.  Today, with lots of celebs wearing them, its a rather well known brand.  If his concern is more specifically not attracting attention, then you don't want something instantly recognizable or something that is about the size of a tuna can.  I'd choose something more discrete.  Just my 2 cents. 

post #28112 of 35505

I find the aesthetics of Panerai to "expose" someone like the name Rolex would. YMMV. And FWIW, my friends who are not watch guys (by any stretch) are all aware of Panerai, which I found a bit surprising.

 

Just offering my personal take on the subject.

post #28113 of 35505
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

You're kidding right?  10+ years ago it was a lesser known brand to the general public.  Today, with lots of celebs wearing them, its a rather well known brand.  If his concern is more specifically not attracting attention, then you don't want something instantly recognizable or something that is about the size of a tuna can.  I'd choose something more discrete.  Just my 2 cents. 
No, I wasn't kidding. In my personal experience and since I've been really into watches and wearing Rolex since maybe 2005...I have seen possibly 2 Panerai out in the general public. I have seen countless Rolex. I guess it depends on your surroundings.

I agree with your statement that Panerai does not equal discrete, though.
post #28114 of 35505
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Originally Posted by cyc wid it View Post

SF Tourneau = awful still. It's almost like they don't want your money.

oh no, they want your money all right. they just dont want to work for it.
post #28115 of 35505
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post


In my personal experience and since I've been really into watches and wearing Rolex since maybe 2005...I have seen possibly 2 Panerai out in the general public. I have seen countless Rolex. I guess it depends on your surroundings.
 

Fair enough, I think it does depend on where you live.  In my immediate area, you'll see some Rolex and some Cartier, .  However, drive an hour to Boston and there are Panerais everywhere, and its been that way for 10+ years.  Sure there are just as many Rolex, maybe more, but still its a very well known and very visible brand.  It seems to be that way in most major cities I've visited.  Back in the late 90s, it was still a fairly obscure brand and I think production was significantly lower than it is now.  

post #28116 of 35505
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post
 

Fair enough, I think it does depend on where you live.  In my immediate area, you'll see some Rolex and some Cartier, .  However, drive an hour to Boston and there are Panerais everywhere, and its been that way for 10+ years.  Sure there are just as many Rolex, maybe more, but still its a very well known and very visible brand.  It seems to be that way in most major cities I've visited.  Back in the late 90s, it was still a fairly obscure brand and I think production was significantly lower than it is now.  

I don't see a lot around my area, but I have found the brand to still be very recognizable with my friends who only wear running watches. Either way, I don't see it as a discrete watch regardless of brand recognition, and I think we are on the same page with that one.

post #28117 of 35505
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Originally Posted by DLJr View Post

Either way, I don't see it as a discrete watch regardless of brand recognition, and I think we are on the same page with that one.
+1
post #28118 of 35505
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Originally Posted by jbarwick View Post

Good to see the ~B~ watches out in the open!  Also we have some new people jumping into the TWAT discussion.  There must be a lot of lurkers that read our daily musings.  

As for Abraham suggesting a Patek, this thread could always use more Patek.  

+1 to all of this.

Looking forward to more pics.
post #28119 of 35505
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Originally Posted by DLJr View Post
 

I don't see a lot around my area, but I have found the brand to still be very recognizable with my friends who only wear running watches. Either way, I don't see it as a discrete watch regardless of brand recognition, and I think we are on the same page with that one.

+1  In my experience, living in smaller areas I've mainly seen Rolex, Cartier, Omega, and some Tags.  However, in larger cities I see a lot more Panerais, Hublots, IWCs, and on occasion some Pateks and APs.  

 

Yes, we all seem to be on the same page-  its not a discreet watch regardless of brand recognition.  

post #28120 of 35505
Panerais are still pretty rare in Houston, I come across maybe 1 per month in the wild.

Rolexes are everywhere, obviously. There is definitely a tradition in Houston where if you are an older gentleman who wants to tell society that you've made it, you get a yellow gold Day Date. Tons of these around. For the young professional crowd, the SS Sub is definitely the go-to watch. Which, sadly, makes me less enthusiastic about wearing it to the office. I'd say half the bankers between 25-35 walking around down in my lobby (with ties but without their jackets LOL) are wearing SS Subs. There's a huge trend among the MILFs at my club wearing Daytonas (RG or SS) and Day Dates. At any given time of day in the gym or by the pool, I bet you could find at least 2-3 ladies wearing a Daytona.

Hublots are very, very popular among the middle-eastern crowd. I don't mean any disrespect by that observation, but it's an odd trend that I've noticed.

I've only seen maybe 3 APs ever in Houston (outside of the jewelry store). In fact, most of my buddies who are huge AP fans had never actually seen a Royal Oak in person before mine. Most recently, I did see a young guy wearing a Rose Gold ROO Barrichello . . . in the gym! LOL

I never understood how people can get comfortable wearing a really nice watch to the gym. If there's every a place where you or someone else could really bang the shyt out of it with something that could really do some damage, it's the gym. Plus, there are clocks (with seconds displays) within your line of site at all times.
post #28121 of 35505
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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

Bam.

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What does "I have a Geneve" mean?
 

/****** Apparently I live on Instagram too - mainly timepieces, shoes, attire and the occasional cheeseburger. @no_frills_vc. ******/

How much did you pay? Can they be had for less than 80£? Beautiful piece of metalwork, by the way!

post #28122 of 35505
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Originally Posted by neville irving View Post
 

How much did you pay? Can they be had for less than 80£? Beautiful piece of metalwork, by the way!

 

Hey troll.

 

Where is that pre-edit post of yours where you insinuated that my timepiece is a replica?

 

Get the f*ck out of TWAT.  Blocked.

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post #28124 of 35505
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Originally Posted by TC (Houston) View Post

I never understood how people can get comfortable wearing a really nice watch to the gym. If there's every a place where you or someone else could really bang the shyt out of it with something that could really do some damage, it's the gym. Plus, there are clocks (with seconds displays) within your line of site at all times.

 

I don't understand it either, but my guess is that no one wants to leave their watch in the locker where it can be stolen.

post #28125 of 35505
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

Definitely, one of my favorite pieces in your collection.  

+1, that 5040 never fails to impress, and Frilly rocks it like no other! smile.gif
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