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Yes.

 

 

 

 

 

By hand you say? That is quite beautiful!

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Yes, entirely by hand. OK, he uses some pedal-operated machines which were already in existence 100 years ago.

 

Incredibly, Daniel Roth (the maker of the above watch) also made the dial and even the case. Well, that's what I was told.

 

The only parts of this watch that did not come from his own handwork would have been the sapphire crystals (front and back) and the strap.

 

Interestingly, this extraordinary watch is now owned by an Australian. The photography is mine.

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Thread Starter 
Just had to convince the bartender that I'm actually over eighteen.

I would have thought the dress sense of a 48YO onto his third wife(who is younger than his eldest child) would have given it away.
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I'm older than my second wife's parents. Does that count?

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You fellas and the wives you go through. I still haven't gone through my first one yet!
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The much bigger (potential) scandal is the gifting of Rolex watches to various Government ministers, including then-PM Tony Abbott, and their wives (including Tony's) of Rolex watches by a Chinese billionaire businessman during a China trade delegation visit a couple of years ago.

It's been reported in the Grauniad but AFAIK not yet been picked up by Fairfux or Spews Ltd.

The pollies involved all claimed that "they thought they were fakes" and kept them (which has to be a crime in itself - receiving contraband). One of them took his Rolex for valuation and was told it was worth "more than $40,000", at which point he handed it in. The others all followed suit shortly afterwards.

Something about this story stinks to high heaven and I'm really surprised it's not been headlined yet.


Cox, I think that the Fairfax press did report it recently.

The story, if I remember correctly, is that whilst still in opposition, Stuart Robert hosted a meal for the same millionaire friend whom he later accompanied to China, and a Chinese billionaire was invited to the meal, along with a few other politicians.

During the proceedings, the Chinese billionaire apparently produced a plastic bag, from he pulled out a handful of gold Rolex watches, that he then proceeded to distribute to those present. Robert and others apparently thought that they were fake but they have stated that they did declare them. Then, once someone realised that they were genuine, they decided to return them - but they gave them back to the Australian mining millionaire (the mate of Stuart Robert), not to the Chinese billionaire, as the billionaire had disappeared as a result of Xi Jinping's crackdown on corruption (and/or opposition to Xi Jinping personally).

Edited to add: Did a quick search, couldn't see the watch saga mention on the Fairfax sites, but could see it on the Courier-Mail website:

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/photo-bombshell-stuart-robert-tony-abbott-and-ian-macfarlane-in-power-dinner-with-chinese-mogul/news-story/5a81f0ab63e4492eeb69505b8996c4a9
At least they didn't receive a priceless 17th Century Qumrani vase.
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You fellas and the wives you go through. I still haven't gone through my first one yet!
My ex wife hasn't even been born yet!
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My ex wife hasn't even been born yet!

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Life is too short. Be selfish and buy the watch.
Anyone planning to get married/ moving in together - keep individual bank account/ CC. Individual financial situation = you get to spend your hard earned bonus on stupid things.

Yeah, just to clarify, I can buy the watch tomorrow no worries and the missus wouldn't bat an eyelid.

Point was more that there's the inbuilt working class default which is you have a list of priorities and no matter that you have the means you tend to tick things off in a sequence, or at least I do.
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I want my watch entirely built by robots.

That would be the Swatch sistem 51. $200 Swiss made mechanical watch that you chuck away when it breaks down.

http://www.watch-insider.com/reportages/exclusive-an-inside-view-of-the-eta-high-tech-swatch-sistem51-production-in-boncourt-in-the-swiss-jura/
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This is, clearly, a subjective issue.

Personally, however, I don't think that getting married whilst concealing financial information from your spouse is a good thing and, by and large, I don't think that it's likely to contribute to a long and happy relationship. To my mind, openness and communication are much more likely to lead to a successful marriage, even though it may mean that you won't be able to purchase as many luxury goods for yourself.

When does the TV show start JM?
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When does the TV show start JM?

 

If Dr Phil can do it, then so can I! 

 

Seriously, though, I think that it's just good sense - concealment and deceit aren't good in a simple friendship, let alone in a marriage that is supposed to be between equals. 

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If Dr Phil can do it, then so can I! 

Seriously, though, I think that it's just good sense - concealment and deceit aren't good in a simple friendship, let alone in a marriage that is supposed to be between equals. 

It's not about concealing. But rather be independent financially. Do your 50% shares or even 100% if your salary allows you. What ever you agree with your partner. The rest is your foff money. Do what ever with the rest without feeling guilty. That's what I meant. After you pay your share of the bills (could even be the 100% of the house hold expenses+ your join saving goal ) rest is your pocket money. I openly admit that me and my wife have our independent finance. And my wife openly admits how supportive it allows me to be. I can understand this may not work if you have children.
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has anyone ordered from brooks bros recently? made an order on monday and it still hasn't shipped yet - called them today and was told it apparently takes 5-7 days to 'process'. insanity.
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has anyone ordered from brooks bros recently? made an order on monday and it still hasn't shipped yet - called them today and was told it apparently takes 5-7 days to 'process'. insanity.
I have 2 weeks ago and arrived exactly on the 7th calendar day.
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