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post #46 of 74
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Well, spending $1000-2000 on a "fine watch" is different than just a "watch" in general. Like I said, I would probably buy one dress watch around a thousand dollars and stick to under $500 for the rest.
As drizzt pointed out, I thought this discussion was concerning goods that would appeal to stylish gentlemen - otherwise, one may assume that a $20 Timex would suffice as well. I don't mean to act rude, but it simply annoys me when people use terms such as "absurd" and "ludcrious" to define extravagant watch purchases but do not hesitate to spend several thousand dollars on clothing. Panzer
post #47 of 74
To spend on cloth is no limit. More to spend make look you better. Watch more important always than cloth, you need gold and diamond, and it will be beautiful, why you worry.
post #48 of 74
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To spend on cloth is no limit. More to spend make look you better. Watch more important always than cloth, you need gold and diamond, and it will be beautiful, why you worry.
Are you related to any royalty? Have you dined with important world leaders, or drank scotch with heads of industry? Do you have servants? A closet full of spare Cartier and Rolex watches?
post #49 of 74
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(Rbaalrajhi @ Feb. 24 2005,15:14) To spend on cloth is no limit. More to spend make look you better. Watch more important always than cloth, you need gold and diamond, and it will be beautiful, why you worry.
Are you related to any royalty?  Have you dined with important world leaders, or drank scotch with heads of industry?  Do you have servants?  A closet full of spare Cartier and Rolex watches?
What you mean?
post #50 of 74
I think watches are an important accessory for men, especially in business, I've started several meetings to have someone comment on my watch (invariably positively) and thought it was a nice way to set the tone for a meeting. Whether or not this affected the eventual outcome, making a good impression certainly couldn't have hurt.
post #51 of 74
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(Brian SD @ Feb. 22 2005,14:45)
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Originally Posted by linux_pro,Feb. 22 2005,12:35
Whose watch is that? I'm lost. My watch is a simple (but not TOO cheap) gold and SS Seiko. It has served me quite well. The idea of spending money on a Cartier or Rolex seems silly to me. I could invest the savings, and in 2-3 years have enough return to buy 2 or 3 Rolex's, although I would rather reinvest that money. It reminds me of one of my father's favorite sayings, "Don't spend money on anything that's not going to make you money." You could say a nice suit is extravagant, but I don't think so - it's more of an investment. It is important to have quality suits if you would like to have a good job. My car is a different story. Heh heh. But spending more than 400 USD on a watch seems ludicrous to me. I have a clock on my cell phone, after all. Again, it just comes down to personal tastes I guess.
Linux, I finally see something I agree with you on. It's amazing. I am with you, I could never spend an absurd amount on a watch, I think $400 is plenty. I might spend $1k on a watch ONCE. Styleman/whatever, you are SUCH a bad liar.
I find the hostility towards fine watches suprising. I fail to see how wearing a nice automatic "prestigious" watch is somehow not akin to dropping $3-$4K on a bespoke suit. I honestly don't think the superior fit helps your career any - 99.9% of the public will never be able to tell the difference in fit between a $1,100 Canali altered to fit you and a bespoke suit from Savile Row (nevermind the fact that the vast majority of the time in an office setting people remove their suit jackets - its very hard to muck up trouser fit regardless of the price). Btw, I love fine watches, and would consider $1,000-$1,200 to be the minimum one should pay for a fine watch - Baume & Mercier, Maurice Lacroix, Oris and Frederique Constant all fall within that price range. Panzer
I almost purchased a Mercier when I bought my Seiko. They are nice watches. The saleslady showed me the inside of one, and it was beautiful. Problem is, I am very hard on my watches. I would feel terrible if I spilled motor oil on it, or if it got stolen from my locker at the gym, etc. The only fine timepiece I own is actually an heirloom. My grandfather gave me a Breguet pocketwatch, which he says has been in our family since the late-18th Century. It is quite elegant and beautiful, with quite a bit of craftsmanship evident. I rarely take it out of the box I store it in. Sometimes, I will wear it to dinner, but very rarely (about twice a year). The bizarre thing is that this watch is in excellent condition, and according to an antique jeweler I took it to (who said it is more likely from the early 19th Century), is worth less than what I would be required to pay for a new Rolex. That seems really odd to me. As if, in America's race for affluence, we've lost all perspective.
post #52 of 74
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(Panzeraxe @ Feb. 24 2005,14:48)
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Originally Posted by Brian SD,Feb. 22 2005,14:45
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Originally Posted by linux_pro,Feb. 22 2005,12:35
Whose watch is that?  I'm lost. My watch is a simple (but not TOO cheap) gold and SS Seiko.  It has served me quite well.  The idea of spending money on a Cartier or Rolex seems silly to me.  I could invest the savings, and in 2-3 years have enough return to buy 2 or 3 Rolex's, although I would rather reinvest that money.  It reminds me of one of my father's favorite sayings, "Don't spend money on anything that's not going to make you money."  You could say a nice suit is extravagant, but I don't think so - it's more of an investment.  It is important to have quality suits if you would like to have a good job.  My car is a different story.  Heh heh.  But spending more than 400 USD on a watch seems ludicrous to me.  I have a clock on my cell phone, after all.  Again, it just comes down to personal tastes I guess.
Linux, I finally see something I agree with you on. It's amazing. I am with you, I could never spend an absurd amount on a watch, I think $400 is plenty. I might spend $1k on a watch ONCE. Styleman/whatever, you are SUCH a bad liar.  
I find the hostility towards fine watches suprising. I fail to see how wearing a nice automatic "prestigious" watch is somehow not akin to dropping $3-$4K on a bespoke suit. I honestly don't think the superior fit helps your career any - 99.9% of the public will never be able to tell the difference in fit between a $1,100 Canali altered to fit you and a bespoke suit from Savile Row (nevermind the fact that the vast majority of the time in an office setting people remove their suit jackets - its very hard to muck up trouser fit regardless of the price). Btw, I love fine watches, and would consider $1,000-$1,200 to be the minimum one should pay for a fine watch - Baume & Mercier, Maurice Lacroix, Oris and Frederique Constant all fall within that price range. Panzer
I almost purchased a Mercier when I bought my Seiko.  They are nice watches.  The saleslady showed me the inside of one, and it was beautiful.  Problem is, I am very hard on my watches.  I would feel terrible if I spilled motor oil on it, or if it got stolen from my locker at the gym, etc.   The only fine timepiece I own is actually an heirloom.  My grandfather gave me a Breguet pocketwatch, which he says has been in our family since the late-18th Century.  It is quite elegant and beautiful, with quite a bit of craftsmanship evident.  I rarely take it out of the box I store it in. Sometimes, I will wear it to dinner, but very rarely (about twice a year).  The bizarre thing is that this watch is in excellent condition, and according to an antique jeweler I took it to (who said it is more likely from the early 19th Century), is worth less than what I would be required to pay for a new Rolex.  That seems really odd to me.  As if, in America's race for affluence, we've lost all perspective.
That's terrible - that Breguet sounds beautiful and I'm sure most ardent watch collectors would happily pay more than a Rolex for one. Panzer
post #53 of 74
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Btw, I love fine watches, and would consider $1,000-$1,200 to be the minimum one should pay for a fine watch - Baume & Mercier,
That's why I put 1500 euros as the minimum tag price as I was thinking about B&M's hampton . Of course you can buy it cheaper second hand.
post #54 of 74
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"correct" enough to be worn?  You could wear more or less any tie and get away with it, even at the highest circles of business, but that's not what we're trying to determine.  The question was what was the minimum retail price for sartorially acceptable pieces.  I believe it's about $99, others may disagree.
What brand can you find for $ 99 which is really better than a B&B ?
post #55 of 74
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"correct" enough to be worn?  You could wear more or less any tie and get away with it, even at the highest circles of business, but that's not what we're trying to determine.  The question was what was the minimum retail price for sartorially acceptable pieces.  I believe it's about $99, others may disagree.
What brand can you find for $ 99 which is really better than a B&B ? I agree with the $99 (as I put 70 euros) but I do not agree on shoes. If you think that you need to pay $99 for a tie, you can not be satistied with a shoes of $300 (if your are as demanding with shoes as you are for the tie.)
post #56 of 74
ernest, Carlo Franco for ties ($99). As far as shoes, as I mentioned, I am perfectly satisified with Allen Edmonds, Alden, and Bally shoes, at a minimum price of $300 US.
post #57 of 74
I'm not really a watch guy, but if I were, I'd lust after a Breguet.
post #58 of 74
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ernest, Carlo Franco for ties ($99). As far as shoes, as I mentioned, I am perfectly satisified with Allen Edmonds, Alden, and Bally shoes, at a minimum price of $300 US.
No other brands ? You are less demanding with shoes than with ties.
post #59 of 74
Not really, I imagine there are extremely few people on this forum who would consider AE and Alden shoes to not be an acceptable minimum standard, while many people wouldn't use ties with MSRP < $100.
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* edited because it should have been posted in new thread *
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