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I get the feeling they'll sell (GMT IIC Pepsi White Gold). I think Rolex made the right choice.

 

In the meantime however, I guess I'll just have to wear my poor man Pepsi.

 

I agree they will sell them in WG.  Not in the numbers they would in steel, but they knew that when they made the decision to make it in WG.  

 

BTW, very nice Pepsi.  

post #30542 of 39112
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I agree they will sell them in WG.  Not in the numbers they would in steel, but they knew that when they made the decision to make it in WG.  

 

BTW, very nice Pepsi.  


Thank you sir.

post #30543 of 39112
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They really are very pleasurable to wind. And a watch as austere and pristine and the Saxonia deserves to be wound. I don't really care for automatic movements on pure dress watches, personally. Even practically speaking, it is probably easier to wind it manually than keep it on a winder.

What other watches are in your stable, Academe?
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And Mimo, happy belated birthday! Better Drakes than what I have received by former lady friends. But I am certain that you will be receiving a new watch before too long!

Amazing, when you think about it, that the new Pimpepsi is the price of a Lange or Patek. I just don't get it. Put that bad boy in SS, and I am all over it like white on rice.


I have a relatively modest collection. I have always loved watches, but prior to the last 4 years or so, watches have not been a priority as I have concentrated on putting together a bespoke wardrobe. I only have two upper tier watches; an AP RO Dualtime and a JLC Grande Reverso Duo. I also have several watches from middle tier makers (many from my time as an undergraduate and later as a PhD student), including an Omega Planet Ocean, a Baume et Mercier (wedding gift), an Oris, a couple of Revue Thommens and a couple of analog Venturas (designed by industrial designer Hannes Wittstein).

My aim is to build a small but really solid collection of upper tier watches; I'd like to have one each of all the main complications; a dress watch or ultra thin (my next acquisition; probably an AL&S of some description), a moon phase calendar and a chronograph. For a moon phase calendar, I'll probably end up with JLC Master Calendar. I love the classic dial layout. If I had the funds, probably something like the new Lange 1 Moonphase (breathtaking!). Less certain about a chronograph; if I had the means, probably the AP Jules Audemars Chronograph. If not, then something quirky like the GO Senator Sixties Square Chronograph (despite its rotor!), or classic like a JLC Master Chronograph. Chronographs pose something of a dilemma for me; I really don't want a sports chronograph (e.g. Daytona) as I find them too ubiquitous and yet I don't love them enough as a complication to really shell out for something like the AP I mentioned or an AL&S Datograph. I also love VCs and would love to own one, whether a Patrimony Contemporaine, Patrimony Traditionelle or (again if fortuitously I receive a windfall) something like the Historique Toledo 1951 or American 1921.
Edited by academe - 3/31/14 at 9:22am
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Always love that pic, ddd.
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Always love that pic, ddd.


Too kind, thank you sir.

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At a wedding yesterday


La Grande Bellezza!!!

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Much talk recently of simple dress watches.  As it happens, I was innocently visiting the bank at lunch time when I accidentally fell into a watch shop.  And this snuck, all too briefly, onto my wrist:

 

 

Piaget's not really a maker to which I've given a great deal of thought, but I must say the clean simplicity of this Altiplano Ultra Thin, leapt out at me.  It's a similar size and shape to the JLC Grande Ultra Thin (40mm), but I think a touch thinner, and this is in white gold.  It's also automatic:

 

 

Nice little rotor there, although I guess being automatic makes it more one for the pragmatists than the purists!  Being gold, it costs half a Pimpepsi* at list price (*the new unit of denomination for the price of white gold watches - half of a Pimpepsi is roughly $20k).  But in pure design terms, the hands and the offset small seconds make it a lot more interesting than the GUT to look at.  It's a big old dinner plate of course, but if that's your thing, it sits nicely on the wrist (mine is about 7"-7.25" for comparison).  Anyway, I was quite charmed.  There are a lot of options in life if you have 20k burning a hole, but this strikes me as not an unreasonable one.  And if you want people to notice it's gold, there's a rose one too.  Just saying.

 

Incidentally, taking pics with my new phone is a nuisance: I finally got one with a decent camera, as I'm now working for a company that represents Nokia, and the Lumia cameras are great.  Unfortunately, being a cheapskate I begged a "trial" rather than choosing and buying one.  And someone there was funnier than me and gave me a bright red one.  Which is fine.  Except when photographing shiny things close up.  Here's an alternative subdial and hand option on that VC Overseas I liked:

 

 

The Vacheron Overseas Chronograph Double Red Special Edition.

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did Breitling even make a showing at Baselworld 2014?  :smarmy:  haven't seen anything worth noting from them since the updated Transocean.

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Awesome pics dddrees and mimo!

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Piaget's not really a maker to which I've given a great deal of thought, but I must say the clean simplicity of this Altiplano Ultra Thin, leapt out at me.  It's a similar size and shape to the JLC Grande Ultra Thin (40mm), but I think a touch thinner, and this is in white gold.  It's also automatic:

 

 

Nice little rotor there, although I guess being automatic makes it more one for the pragmatists than the purists!  Being gold, it costs half a Pimpepsi* at list price (*the new unit of denomination for the price of white gold watches - half of a Pimpepsi is roughly $20k).  But in pure design terms, the hands and the offset small seconds make it a lot more interesting than the GUT to look at.  It's a big old dinner plate of course, but if that's your thing, it sits nicely on the wrist (mine is about 7"-7.25" for comparison).  Anyway, I was quite charmed.  There are a lot of options in life if you have 20k burning a hole, but this strikes me as not an unreasonable one.  And if you want people to notice it's gold, there's a rose one too.  Just saying.

 

 

I've probably said it at least a dozen times, but Piaget is a very under appreciated brand.  I am a big JLC fan, and hope to add a Reverso to my collection at some point. However, IMHO the finish and workmanship in Piaget's products exceed those of JLC.  I would definitely take an Altiplano over a JLC Master Grand Ultra Thin, based both on finish and design.  While I generally favor non-round dress watches (I've yet to purchase a round one), the Altiplano could be the watch to change that   Not sure if I would choose the Altiplano automatic or the manual wind, both are beautiful.   

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for a slim dress watch i would usually say to go for a manual, but for me, micro rotors are the best of both worlds. i have always loved them.
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At a wedding yesterday
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I think this is the only Rolex I really like and I would consider investing to get one of them. Very nice combo, Cleav! :slayer:

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I've probably said it at least a dozen times, but Piaget is a very under appreciated brand.  I am a big JLC fan, and hope to add a Reverso to my collection at some point. However, IMHO the finish and workmanship in Piaget's products exceed those of JLC.  I would definitely take an Altiplano over a JLC Master Grand Ultra Thin, based both on finish and design.  While I generally favor non-round dress watches (I've yet to purchase a round one), the Altiplano could be the watch to change that   Not sure if I would choose the Altiplano automatic or the manual wind, both are beautiful.   

Those pics of Altiplanos is killing me. smile.gif Lovely, though I think I prefer the slightly smaller diameter versions, rather than the >40mm versions.
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for a slim dress watch i would usually say to go for a manual, but for me, micro rotors are the best of both worlds. i have always loved them.

 

IIRC, the manual wind version with small seconds is actually a little thicker than the automatic with micro rotor. Yup...just checked case of the automatic is 5.25 case (thinnest automatic with small seconds 2.35 mm)  of the manual is 6.6mm (its movement is 2.5mm thick).  For me the issue would be the automatic without the date is 43mm, which is too large and I don't like the 40mm automatic with small seconds because it has a date window.  The date window ruins the design for me. 

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Those pics of Altiplanos is killing me. smile.gif Lovely, though I think I prefer the slightly smaller diameter versions, rather than the >40mm versions.

Agreed.  For me the manual 40mm with small seconds and the 38mm manual wind time only are the best choices in terms of fit, proportions, and design.  I find the 43mm automatic which is only 5.25 thick starts to resemble a pancake on a strap because its diameter is so large relative to its thickness (or perhaps I should say thinness).   

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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

IIRC, the manual wind version with small seconds is actually a little thicker than the automatic with micro rotor. Yup...just checked case of the automatic is 5.25 case (thinnest automatic with small seconds 2.35 mm)  of the manual is 6.6mm (its movement is 2.5mm thick).  For me the issue would be the automatic without the date is 43mm, which is too large and I don't like the 40mm automatic with small seconds because it has a date window.  The date window ruins the design for me. 
Agreed.  For me the manual 40mm with small seconds and the 38mm manual wind time only are the best choices in terms of fit, proportions, and design.  I find the 43mm automatic which is only 5.25 thick starts to resemble a pancake on a strap because its diameter is so large relative to its thickness (or perhaps I should say thinness).   

Piaget are under-rated. Speaking of which, any thoughts on the new Piaget Polo?







My Mum has a Polo from the 1990s that I have always admired and which has lovely case work; gold with diamonds. Really more jewellery than watch in some ways, but the high levels of craftsmanship and finishing are clear.
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