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I'm intrigued by Chanel's first men's watch. The movement is just gorgeous




I liked this too, but thought the date window's shape/metal surrounding/font doesn't jibe well with the rest of the dial... gorgeous movement, you are right
post #917 of 3971
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The lettering reminds one of old-style European train stations and salon menus. It is redolent of a bygone era, when men were men, women were women, art was art, and the world was waiting to be explored.

facepalm.gif is it classic, timeless, well curated too?
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facepalm.gif is it classic, timeless, well curated too?

I hope I would be neither so crass as to describe a timepiece as timeless, nor so undescriptive to describe anything as classic.
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The typeface/lettering discussion is very interesting. I'm not so picky, myself, but even without overtly noticing, it certainly affects my overall impression of a watch. I am, however, always wary of the fact that in person these details are always much less noticeable. We tend to spend so much time looking at these things magnified on screens that it's easy to forget that many of these numerals are no more than a couple millimeters tall "in the metal".

 

Sometimes it's everything though. The Breguet numerals are probably the single most distinctive design element of this watch. I do not think it would be nearly as successful a design without them. (still playing with straps, btw. went shabby chic over the weekend)

 

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(still playing with straps, btw. went shabby chic over the weekend)

Greatly prefer the other strap you had on it a few days ago.  This reminds me of when celebs wear tuxedos with sneakers. 

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Greatly prefer the other strap you had on it a few days ago.  This reminds me of when celebs wear tuxedos with sneakers. 

Well I don't wear tuxedos ;) Pretty casual guy and have always loved the idea of an ultra high end watch dressed down to be totally casual and unassuming. 

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Thanks for the follow-up post, Belligero.

You know, with all the anti-Arial talk, I must admit, somewhat embarrassingly, that I've written hundreds, if not thousands of e-mails with it. I believe it was at one point the default font in MS Outlook!
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Originally Posted by cchen View Post

I'm intrigued by Chanel's first men's watch. The movement is just gorgeous

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Originally Posted by bigbadbuff View Post

I liked this too, but thought the date window's shape/metal surrounding/font doesn't jibe well with the rest of the dial... gorgeous movement, you are right

That's not a date window but rather the hour indicator. That's also a retrograde minute hand up top. All in all an interesting piece, but must be really disorientating to read the time.
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... always loved the idea of an ultra high end watch dressed down to be totally casual and unassuming. 

It can work with some watches and some straps.  It's that particular strap that bothers me.  But if it puts a smile on your face, that's all that matters. Enjoy!

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I've just gotten into home espresso over the past year or so and have been thinking about The Rok manual grinder to get close and personal with some of my favorite beans. Don't know what type of machine you have so just threw out something I've been thinking about buying even though my Coffee Station is running low on space as it is lol. It's an addictive habit once one learns how to pull a great shot at home.

https://www.wholelattelove.com/products/the-rok-coffee-grinder

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Originally Posted by robw View Post

You don't mention your budget but the Rancilio Rocky is about 350-400 and is IMO the choice for home use. I would skip the doser models. Gaggia MDF is cheaper at about 250 but not as durable or well made and I hate the doser, but it does grind well. I own both.

There is a thread here about coffee in general you might want to check out.

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I can offer a bit of insight on this courtesy of my watchmaker drinking buddy. While the Delrin brake is probably functionally superior to its metallic counterpart, that's not the main reason that cost-cutting is associated with the progression of the Speedmaster's movement. The big thing was going from column-wheel to cam-switched construction for the sake of cheaper, more efficient manufacturing when they replaced the cal. 321 with the cal. 861, as well as the newer movement's less-elaborate bridge treatment and change to a flat hairspring from an overcoil one. They're all good, reliable movements, though.

By the way, he finds that some of the measures that reduced manufacturing cost also offered some improvements from his perspective, such as reducing the number of different screw sizes and types to a slightly-more-manageable level as the movements developed.

Also, enjoy the Explorer! Nice to get it done in time for the weekend.
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Here's the best article I've yet seen on affordable electric coffee grinders: http://thesweethome.com/reviews/the-best-coffee-grinder/

Personally, I love my Mazzer Mini-E and it's been flawless in the four years that I've had it so far. I have a Lido 3 on the way as a brew and travel grinder, so the Mazzer will soon be on espresso duty only. A high-quality manual unit is definitely worth considering for home use; you get better grind quality for the buck, and they're quieter and (generally) more compact. Plus you can easily take it to the cabin or whatever. thumbsup.gif

A tip: as a permanent kitchen resident, it's worth getting one that looks OK and doesn't make a shrill, ear-piercing racket during use from the start.
A bonus tip: try not to strip the gears and burn the motor out by attempting to put dried coconut through a burr grinder, as my buddy's wife did with his. :P
I briefly considered the ROK too, but everything I came across suggested that the Lido 2 or 3 is the preferable hand-cranker to have without going too insanely over-the-top. If space is a concern, it's worth noting that the Lido also occupies far less of it . Other quality options worth checking out while you're at it include ones from Commandante, Knock, Rosco, and king-of-all-manual-grinders HG One. smile.gif

Thanks for the grinder advice guys! I'll look into the recommendations and see what stands out. I don't have a price in mind. The use would be for pour over purposes.
I'll continue this in the coffee thread.
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So a birth year (1980) two-tone Rolex 16753 head only popped up on line in pretty decent condition (no box or papers). I've fancied the idea of a less than perfect looking birth year Sub or GMT that I could wear on a strap for awhile, but really don't have a good picture of the right price. I've done business with the seller before so I trust the provenance. Any ideas of what a reasonable price would be for something like this?
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Thanks for the follow-up post, Belligero.

You know, with all the anti-Arial talk, I must admit, somewhat embarrassingly, that I've written hundreds, if not thousands of e-mails with it. I believe it was at one point the default font in MS Outlook!
Just glad that it's of interest. I generally find it's worthwhile to learn about design, as it applies to much more than wristwatches. From an industrial engineering perspective, I find that good visual design awareness (not to be confused with trendiness) often goes hand-in-hand with well-thought-out functionality and general attention to detail. Fundamentally, they're all related to quality. teacha.gif

No need for embarrassment, though. While it's certainly not optimal for email legibility, it's not exactly a big deal when so many computer things use it by default anyway. After all, it's not as if you're obliviously putting a Swiss-licensing-fee-dodging knockoff on a fancy watch that's marketed as being heirloom-grade. wink.gif
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So a birth year (1980) two-tone Rolex 16753 head only popped up on line in pretty decent condition (no box or papers). I've fancied the idea of a less than perfect looking birth year Sub or GMT that I could wear on a strap for awhile, but really don't have a good picture of the right price. I've done business with the seller before so I trust the provenance. Any ideas of what a reasonable price would be for something like this?

 

I've had a similar urge actually - although I'm not a fan of two-tone watches, that's one watch that I think dresses down fantastically on a rough leather strap.  Something about the way that gold bezel works against leather while the steel case keeps it all utilitarian, gives it a kind of steam punk chic I really like.  Do it!

 

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Originally Posted by BenLeaman
Thanks for the grinder advice guys! 

 

Bit of a double take when I read this.  Reminded me of a post a blind friend of mine made on Facebook recently: "So, Grindr is not the same as Tinder then...hard to tell when you can't see the faces."  True story.

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Originally Posted by mimo View Post
 

I've had a similar urge actually - although I'm not a fan of two-tone watches, that's one watch that I think dresses down fantastically on a rough leather strap.  Something about the way that gold bezel works against leather while the steel case keeps it all utilitarian, gives it a kind of steam punk chic I really like.  Do it!

 

 

Yeah, I'd have no desire to wear a two-tone bracelet, but find often that watch heads from two-tone watches are fine by themselves.

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Fundamentally, they're all related to quality.

If you haven't already, I think you'll enjoy reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It's about quality.
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