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Originally Posted by Cleav View Post

I have to bow to superior knowledge re the Piagets. They are competing in a serious price bracket with some big hitters which would make me rule em out. Having read Nuke and Dino I am swayed though. Anyway at that price point it is about window shopping right now for me.

Had to do some work today and went like tis, trying to match brown and pink.

AppleMark

 

I really like it ... always very good taste!

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Knowing that our hobby isn't necessarily driven by usefulness or function - what are your thoughts on "smart watches"?

Pebble released one recently that does not look like a terrible gaudily painted accesory from Galaxy Quest - the Pebble Steel. I am almost inclined to try it out:



It doesn't look as terrible as previous smart watches. Will there be a point where the sheer usefulness of smart watches outweighs the lack of charm?
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^^ Sweeet.

Struggling to think of a "real dog" from Lange or Lobb, but I think the point is valid nonetheless. smile.gif

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The top one can double as a light beacon to detract boats from coming too close to the coast while you wear that at the beach.

 

As for smart watches, I will have to see if one is a sell for me.  I will be hard pressed to give up a Rolex for an Apple/Nike/Samsung/etc. thing that lets my doctor know my vitals.  I get blood work done for free every time I donate blood so anything checked during a basic physical I already know.  Why would I need a watch to tell me some body part aches that I already know about and have a doctors visit for.

 

Now to play the opposite side, if I had a kid with some sort of special medical need and wearing this gadget would help, I would buy it in a heart beat.  But are there enough of these instances to make a market out of?  A recent Economist article touched on this and the regulations in this area are fuzzy.

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Cleav - Lovin' that PAM as usual. TChoy - wowza

re: PiageT - clearly they are in a higher class of timepieces, and although I can appreciate their quality and beauty, they've never quite interested me. I too am not a fan of their choice of logo font, but maybe I'm missing the relevance or history behind their choice in lettering. True, it's a bit different, and I'm sure fans will love it, but it's not my cup of tea. I've handled some in person, and really can't find anything wrong with the watch per se, just no chemistry for me.

Agree that it is just extremely rare to find a watch house that just puts out 100% winners. I mean IWC, Panerai, JLC, Rolex, they put out so many different models, there's just bound to be something that makes you cringe. I'm a huge Panerai fan, but have never been a fan of their models with the power reserve indicator on the dials for example. True, there are basically just Luminors and Radiomirs, but there's still a great amount of variability among their case designs and materials. I also am not a fan of those models with the Chinese characters/Kanji on the dial.
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I do owned a few Panerais but there are many that they produced that I don't like.

Pam 232 with JV strap
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I love this. Very simple, elegant, subtle but yet a nice machine. Lovely! 

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I just cannot get into a watch that oversized. I bought a large Panerai on a whim and flipped it almost instantly.
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Take it with a grain of salt because I've never been a big Paneristi, but I can't see how a Panerai fan wouldn't like everything they make.... they really mostly look the same to me.

:rotflmao:  Hadn't thought of that.  Thanks for the laugh!

 

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Struggling to think of a "real dog" from Lange or Lobb, but I think the point is valid nonetheless. :)

  

As for Lange...I love the Lange 1/Lange 1 moonphase, and the Richard Lange...but most of the others I don't find that attractive....maybe not dogs...but still nothing I'd really want to own.   As for Lobbs, they make great shoes...and they make some dogs I'd never wear,  such as their Evesham loafer or the Edward.  And for casual wear don't forget their Winner Sport (I'm not sure how anyone can feel like a winner wearing those).  I think my grandmother had a pair of sneakers that looked like that 25 years ago, and I bet they were $50 or less.  John Lobb makes some beautiful shoes and some dogs.  

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You win on the Lobbs....it's a disgrace for a proper shoe company to produce something as vile as "sneakers".  The Lange...well OK...I never knew they made a hip hop edition tourbillon.  But my inner pimp, though acknowledging it's being entirely over the top, cannot see this as a "dog".  Lange is innocent.  Kind of. :)

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You win on the Lobbs....it's a disgrace for a proper shoe company to produce something as vile as "sneakers".  The Lange...well OK...I never knew they made a hip hop edition tourbillon.  But my inner pimp, though acknowledging it's being entirely over the top, cannot see this as a "dog".  Lange is innocent.  Kind of. :)

 

Yeah. And Zegna and LP suck for making jeans too.

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No disagreement from me.

 

Now, another subject if I may: those of elephantine memory might recall my initial mockery of the Cartier Tank Solo XL, before later deciding that it is lovely.  And it is.  I think I have some more humble pie coming, on the perhaps more divisive matter of what I would call "luxury dive watches".  Royal Oaks and Nautiluses (Nautili?) aside for a moment, I refer to the kind that have dive-y bezels and luminous markers, and even a proud dive-y history and a practical woven strap.  They really have all the elements of a "proper" dive watch, except they're expensive and you'd cry if you scratched one.  I know they make no sense.  I have sneered at them.  But they are somehow getting to me.  I give you:

 

The JLC Deep Sea Chronograph Cermet

 

 

and

 

the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe

 

 

 

The Bathyscaphe has a much more rugged and utilitarian look about it, but it is nevertheless in Daytona price range with sub-Sub capability.  It's definitely for posing not diving.  And as for the Deep Sea (and yes, it's the smooth lounge lizard Ti-ceramic one that tickles my fancy), it's even more money and as lickable as a matte black Lamborghini.  And equally suited for rough terrain.

 

The Blancpain in particular has proud history behind it, but at the end of the day, they're both pretentious desk-diving indulgences, aren't they?  So is it OK to love them?  Well, I think I might love them.  Both of them.  So there.  Cast away.

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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

No disagreement from me.

Now, another subject if I may: those of elephantine memory might recall my initial mockery of the Cartier Tank Solo XL, before later deciding that it is lovely.  And it is.  I think I have some more humble pie coming, on the perhaps more divisive matter of what I would call "luxury dive watches".  Royal Oaks and Nautiluses (Nautili?) aside for a moment, I refer to the kind that have dive-y bezels and luminous markers, and even a proud dive-y history and a practical woven strap.  They really have all the elements of a "proper" dive watch, except they're expensive and you'd cry if you scratched one.  I know they make no sense.  I have sneered at them.  But they are somehow getting to me.  I give you:

The JLC Deep Sea Chronograph Cermet




and

the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe





The Bathyscaphe has a much more rugged and utilitarian look about it, but it is nevertheless in Daytona price range with sub-Sub capability.  It's definitely for posing not diving.  And as for the Deep Sea (and yes, it's the smooth lounge lizard Ti-ceramic one that tickles my fancy), it's even more money and as lickable as a matte black Lamborghini.  And equally suited for rough terrain.

The Blancpain in particular has proud history behind it, but at the end of the day, they're both pretentious desk-diving indulgences, aren't they?  So is it OK to love them?  Well, I think I might love them.  Both of them.  So there.  Cast away.

I like the looks of the Bathyscaphe - but the date window really bothers me. That and the lack of a metal bracelet.
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

No disagreement from me.

Now, another subject if I may: those of elephantine memory might recall my initial mockery of the Cartier Tank Solo XL, before later deciding that it is lovely.  And it is.  I think I have some more humble pie coming, on the perhaps more divisive matter of what I would call "luxury dive watches".  Royal Oaks and Nautiluses (Nautili?) aside for a moment, I refer to the kind that have dive-y bezels and luminous markers, and even a proud dive-y history and a practical woven strap.  They really have all the elements of a "proper" dive watch, except they're expensive and you'd cry if you scratched one.  I know they make no sense.  I have sneered at them.  But they are somehow getting to me.  I give you:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
The JLC Deep Sea Chronograph Cermet




and

the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe




The Bathyscaphe has a much more rugged and utilitarian look about it, but it is nevertheless in Daytona price range with sub-Sub capability.  It's definitely for posing not diving.  And as for the Deep Sea (and yes, it's the smooth lounge lizard Ti-ceramic one that tickles my fancy), it's even more money and as lickable as a matte black Lamborghini.  And equally suited for rough terrain.

The Blancpain in particular has proud history behind it, but at the end of the day, they're both pretentious desk-diving indulgences, aren't they?  So is it OK to love them?  Well, I think I might love them.  Both of them.  So there.  Cast away.
I think it is totally OK to love them. You can love something without buying it. I like them both, but I would never buy either of them.
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I understand the reasoning behind a date window between 4 and 5...I just don't like it.  As for desk divers, you are allowed to love them Mimo.

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