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Best city in the U.S. for watch (window) shopping? It might be Miami. In the Design District, there is a courtyard flanked by a Swatch Group boutique, a boutique that sells AP, and individual brand boutiques for IWC, JLC, Lange, Parmigiani, Piaget, Hublot, Vacheron, and Panerai. A block away are boutiques for Rolex, Cartier, and Omega. If you've got a few hours to kill, it's well worth a visit.
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Best city in the U.S. for watch (window) shopping? It might be Miami. In the Design District, there is a courtyard flanked by a Swatch Group boutique, a boutique that sells AP, and individual brand boutiques for IWC, JLC, Lange, Parmigiani, Piaget, Hublot, Vacheron, and Panerai. A block away are boutiques for Rolex, Cartier, and Omega. If you've got a few hours to kill, it's well worth a visit.

 

Better than NYC? 

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Better than NYC? 

Miami probably doesn't have the selection of NYC, but its advantage is the clustering of boutiques together in a small area. Window shopping (or real shopping) is much more efficient.
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I love watches and thus thought of posting the watch of the Day....
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Best city in the U.S. for watch (window) shopping? It might be Miami. ...

Miami sounds pretty good...but in my years of checking out watch stores in different regions I think its Vegas still has the best window shopping for watches.  They have lots of watch boutiques and ADs for various brands.  Even when there was a waiting list at some Patek ADs for a Nautilus, depending on which Patek AD you visited, every model of Nautilus was available brand new at, at least one of their ADs.   

 

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Better than NYC? 

You will rarely see the hard to get models in NYC...unless you visit pre-owned shops or grays who often have marked them up a ridiculous amount. 

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Best city in the U.S. for watch (window) shopping? It might be Miami. In the Design District, there is a courtyard flanked by a Swatch Group boutique, a boutique that sells AP, and individual brand boutiques for IWC, JLC, Lange, Parmigiani, Piaget, Hublot, Vacheron, and Panerai. A block away are boutiques for Rolex, Cartier, and Omega. If you've got a few hours to kill, it's well worth a visit.


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Lunch yesterday. Reminded me of @no frills.



By the way, @pmeis, I went to try on the Sixties and Seventies after all the talk. And yes it's big, and bling as hell with the polished bezel and centre links. But that Senator Seventies on the bracelet just sings with charisma. I love it; now firmly on the wish list.
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Lunch yesterday. Reminded me of @no frills.
 

 

Shake Shack FTW @mimo !!!

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Anyone can recommend a watch for up to 600euros ?

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Absolutely. What sort of thing do you like? Sporty or dressy? New or used?
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A couple days ago on a tea break at work:

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Today....

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Thoughts on the new air king....saw one the other day and i really thought it looked great.
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OK, have done another round or two indulging myself with various watches, keeping in mind our discussion and my own varied responses. Here's what I've seen, not seen, and worn:

 

First, a few that I saw and didn't bother with, as I could see they didn't move me: the JLC MUT line in stainless struck me as cold and uninspiring. Probably just me, but the gold versions have so much more warmth, as the dial is a lovely cream-silver; the stainless versions are much flatter, and I didn't respond well to them. I tried on the dark MUT moonphase, but as usual couldn't see the hands clearly. I also looked at a bunch of GO watches, but didn't bother with the 60s that looked so promising in pictures, as the curved dial and glass created distortions in the numbers and indices that felt uncomfortable to the eye -- and probably would have given me headaches. I also looked at the Frederique Constant watches and they didn't feel right: a bit too big for a simple watch (I looked at the slimline manufacture, sans complications) and not quite coherent (for example, the slimline seems to have a slightly curved dial, which didn't work for me and seemed a retro element in a classic, even contemporary design).

 

Here's the crop of pics from shopping yesterday and today:

 

GO: I really liked the way the Pano felt on my wrist: substantial, not overweight (though perhaps close), well-sized and proportioned. On the down side, the silver dial seemed very cold to me, like the JLC. My Nomos Metro's face is warmer, which has spoiled me a bit, I know. I also looked at two darker models (one manual, one automatic, in blue and grey, respectively), and while I love the colors and could make out the hands ok thanks to the lume, I could hardly see the seconds hand or complication details. So, pretty as they are -- I especially liked the dark grey face of the PanoLunar -- they're a no go. No sense buying a watch with features I can hardly see! I also tried on the Senator, with date and lunar functions, and really like the feel of it, as well as the white dial.

 

Here are the GO pics (white and grey Pano, Senator):

 

 

 

 

Next up, my old friend Nomos, which many of you encouraged me to consider. I tried out the Orion 35, Zurich WT, and Tangomat GMT. The Orion is for me the clear winner among these, as it is comfortable, elegant, and well, very Nomos. The Zurich is also very comfortable, and I wouldn't be surprised if on a second round it beat out the Orion; the lugs are really long, and it just fits. A very close second. The Tango, as you'll see in the pictures, has really clumsy lugs that ran right to the edge of my wrist due to their height above the base of the watch, which made it less comfortable, even a bit awkward.

 

 

 

 

Lastly, I tried on the white version of that IWC Portofino, which after trying on the other watches and the JLCs (very comfortable, even if the dials on the stainless left me cold), is very definitely out of the running. I feel like writing to IWC and asking them what they were thinking. I mean, really a watch with a 192 hour power reserve? As someone who enjoys my daily winding of my Metro, why would anyone even want a watch with a power reserve so long that one is almost deprived of the pleasure? I can see a 40-100 hour reserve (more on that in a moment), but 8 days? And 45mm for a dress watch? Like you guys said, the design doesn't hold up, and after these discussions and two days of trying on other things that do make sense and do hold up, this one's out.

 

I think my favorite in terms of wearability, readability, and overall quality would be the GO Senator. The Orion comes in a distant second for me, as I already own one Nomos watch, and the movement on the Orion seems a step down from my Metro, and I am looking for something better for this memorial watch for my father.

 

Given my positive response to the Senator -- which quite frankly surprised me, as I hadn't been much taken with Roman numerals before, preferring indices -- I think I will wait a bit until the new GO Senator Excellence hits the streets. I really like the simplified design, and the new movement sounds really intriguing -- that 100 hour power reserve seems a positive achievement, in that I can put it aside from Friday afternoon until Monday morning and not run into the low power mode that would cause it to lose a lot of time. Not sure what the board thinks of this new GO, as there can't be many who have tried it on, but I would of course as always be interested in your views.

 

 

 

 

For now, and until the Senator Excellence arrives in NY (expected in two months), I am going to keep trying these now and then, taking the advice of one of you to make multiple stops. My moods definitely shift, and trying the watches on a few times is easy enough, and should help me make my final choice.

 

Many thanks to all for your guidance and good thoughts -- and in advance, for any further suggestions that would be worth pursuing as I wear out my soles and heels in NY's oppressive heat and thoroughly annoy the good people at Tourneau and Wempe.

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Absolutely. What sort of thing do you like? Sporty or dressy? New or used?

Definitely dressy. I buy only new things but in this case I am not sure. I am / was not into watches so I do not know what to pick :-) and based on...what criteria.

 

I like Nomos...no contest here. But the price is too steep. Somebody recommended stowa earlier but I did not like any of the watch that much to convince myself buying it.

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