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The Watch Appreciation Thread - Part two (Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Jaeger LeCoultre,

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mimo, Feb 12, 2016.

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  1. IGotId

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    I think that VC is feeling neglected! [​IMG]
     
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    Me too, in isolation. But it's the special forces fantasy wankery that I find so irritating, just to mess up a perfectly good Rolex.
     
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    I don't mind the concept of that special forces sub. If some nut wants to take a perfectly good watch and pimp it to a decent standard, and then sell it to some like-minded nut, then fine. So long as they're not actually misleading people and pretending it's anything that it isn't. Not for me, but harmless enough.
     
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    Spot on @Dino944 and
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    It's the perfect shade of rose gold. Just 'off yellow', but just enough. A real pink rather than red. Cheers
     
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    Clearly you have a preference toward sword shaped hands. I think they work well on many watches, be it Omegas, BPs, and some Cartiers. I even like them on a MilSub, but if I'm not getting a real MilSub, its just a bit meaningless to me. Even if Rolex made a watch honoring the 5517, and used many of its traits, it still it wouldn't be a watch that saw actual field use by any military group, the way a 5517 has. It would merely be a modern piece for collectors without true historic value. Nice, maybe, but still not the real deal. If someone wants to buy an aftermarket watch tarted up to look like a MilSub, they do no harm to me, and in the end I don't really care. At best I might think they have more money than brains, considering they can buy an authentic non-franken Rolex for a hell of a lot less money, than the modified Franken-Rolex-faux-MilSub.

    To me, the aftermarket MilSub, is about the equivalent of someone buying a good suit, say an Isaia, but then sowing in a Kiton or Brioni label and buttons to make it into something that it really isn't. If you have a great item to start with, why do silly things that are not really an improvement over the original item? The simply answer I suppose, is because they can. So if it makes them happy, that's fine...its just not for me.
     
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    Kap, I can't possibly condone that intervention.

    But it reminds me of a Breguet minute repeater :)

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    While I can admire the craftsmanship of the Breguet and other such watches I do not see beauty in them. It seems to me a little beauty seeps away every time you add a sub-dial.
     
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    So the Breguet looks like a Citizen, maybe.
     
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    No, my Citizen is much more elegant ))) [​IMG]
    I was thinking the same )) Jokes aside, I don't think they have much in common. And this is not the best shot of that beautiful Breguet ;)
     
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    Kicking tyres this lunchtime (excuse the crappy phone pics). Reinforced my desire for a Lange Annual Calendar for my 50th, or earlier if possible.

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    Wempe or WoS? Absolutely love the Saxonia Annual. The white gold with the blued hands makes me go hnnnng.
     
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    I have the first year version of this one (which has the sandwich dial). Love my hunk of titanium on the wrist.
     
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    I pick the other one!
     
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    The Patek store then WoS for the other two. I'm a bit embarrassed about how many times I go in there.
     
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    I love Lange in general and I have a guilty lust for certain Panerais. And I do think Patek have rather lost their way in some respects.

    Despite all that, this particular Calatrava is the winner of the three: I don't know why I can't love the Saxonia Annual - maybe it feels like it was made to plug a gap between the Saxonia and the Langematik Perpetual (unloved, but I love it)? And I'm such an embarrassing Lange fanboi. And I like the phat Luminor as a guilty pleasure but it belongs elsewhere - and even in that elsewhere I think the 1940 Rads are the pick.

    But, as someone once said: "good luck with whatever you decide".
     
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    I'm definitely going to get the Luminor next time I pass through LHR and sell my Radiomir. The Radiomir isn't getting much wrist time as it's a bit caught in the middle between dressy and casual.

    The Lange is a long-term prospect. Far too expensive for me right now. I like it far more than the Perpetual which is too busy for my taste. I like clean symmetrical dials and the Lange is the most successful of that complication that I've seen.

    The Patek is lovely - when I was looking for a gold dress watch I tried on a few vintage/pre-owned Calatravas but couldn't find anything that hit the spot. No idea why I didn't try the 5196 - it would have done so. But not sure whether I would have gone for it over the Saxonia Thin, which was a touch cheaper. Don't know.
     
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    Feel the same way about William & Son. On passing, I am compelled to pop in and play with the Laurent Ferriers. Think by now they must sense the hook is set ...
     
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    Different strokes, eh? I do like the Luminor in its own right as a casual beast - and that simple dial is a win.

    As for over-visiting watch shops...yeah I think I'm over quota too!
     

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