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The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Brei

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gdl203, May 20, 2007.

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  1. Newcomer

    Newcomer Well-Known Member

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    I concur! I look forward to seeing if your Houston AD will be getting AP anytime soon. I have decided to be patient. I agree with you, extraordinary or bust.

    On Saturday I had a nightmare about purchasing a vintage Rolex. I dreamt I purchased a watch from Ofrei (the springbar guys... not sure why they were selling vintage Rolex), and it ended up being fake, and I had to start again on saving. It was a surprisingly terrible dream. Maybe I have a problem.
     
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    So Dino, for $600 was the service primarily involving the movement? And I am amazed, 11 years without a service is quite a feat!
     
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    Suave,

    I was there last in 2003 and like Dino I felt the food was unremarkable. Plainly that is only a reflection on where we went etc

    I was presenting at a major conference but stayed on for comedy festival and had a great time socially. Also, the highlight for me was an Expo game in their penultimate season, really enjoyed it.

    sorry can't be of more help. Though I'm sure that Lewis Hamilton will entertain you royally anyway!
     
  4. DLJr

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    I used to go up there all the time when I was younger and dating a girl who attended McGill. Unfortunately, I was a poor student back then, and my going out consisted of finding cheap places to drink and/or eat. I've been back for occasional hockey tournies, but it's a lot of drinking with the team type of stuff, nothing nice. I will say, I do enjoy the city a great deal, but have no solid recommendations for the finer places to go. I basically lived off of poutine and smoked meat sandwiches when I would visit, and they are both fantastic in and around that area. Maybe it was the time in my life I was introduced to them, but I really love them and find myself hankering for them from time to time. Schwartz's probably has the most famous smoked meat sandwich in town, and it is quite good. Le Rue du Smoked Meat, The Main, and Snowden Deli are also quite good.
     
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    I just spit out my beverage ....

    No worries- I remember seeing on IG you had been recently, so it was worth asking. I won't have too much trouble finding a good time.

    No worries.

    Thanks for the suggestions -- I have no issue with smoked meat sandwiches but I am from the heart of (real) barbecue country. Also, with what I'm spending on the room alone I won't be doing a lot of fine dining. So any of the other cheap eats and drink suggestions are welcome (if you want to PM me, I'd appreciate). This will be my 2nd of 3 MTL trips this year so I should have some recs for the rest of you by the end of 2014.
     
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    Smoke meat is Quebecois pastrami, so hopefully it will be different enough. It's pretty darn good really, and I prefer it over the pastrami sandwiches I've had in NYC etc. I'm sure this is some form of blasphemy though.

    I always started my nights out at Brutopia off of St Catherine. They brew their own beer, typically have some live entertainment going, and they have decent seasonals. My girlfriend at the time was in to a much louder scene so it was nice to start out at a place that was a bit more relaxing (though everything around St Catherine gets rowdy at some point). Let me do some internet searches for some of the other bars and restaurants I would go to so I actually get the names correct. I'll shoot you a PM a bit later in the week.
     
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    Yes, it was servicing the movement (although unlike some companies, I do not believe they charge extra for refinishing the case/bracelet if someone wants that done). It was keeping great time even when I basically stopped wearing it 2 years ago (because the RO came home and got the bulk of my wrist time...love that watch). The Ex2 has definitely served me well and took the brunt of my daily wear for many years without so much as a hiccup. Its a very solid watch.

    I also got to try on the BLNR GMT2 this past weekend. It was the first time I've seen it in the metal. I really liked it and if I weren't involved in a few other things right now, it might have gone home with me. It is a very strong contender as a possible next everyday sports watch (with a 2nd time zone). I know some people complain about the lugs on the supercase, but once its on your wrist for a little while it doesn't seem out of place. The new SD 4000 also looks really nice in pix, but as I already have my Kermit Sub and the fact that it doesn't see much water, I'd probably get more use out of having an additional GMT function watch for vacations/travel. JBarwick has a great timepiece.

    I also had an opportunity to try on a few Laurent Ferrier watches this weekend. Another first for me. The dealer also carried AP, VC, Journe, IWC, and a bunch of other brands. Their watchmaker also came out to further discuss its movement and gave me a loupe to view the movement...nothing short of spectacular. Sadly much more expensive than the basic Journes....but I liked them significantly more. They only had dark dialed Ferriers on hand, and I don't love them with a dark dial. With a silver dial the watch would have been amazing in person. Sorry, I only took the one photo of the watches in the window. I only had a limited amount of time to spend viewing the watches as I had some non-watch people with me. Their watchmaker and the owner of the shop came out to see me about the Ferrier watches. They each said, with the exception of a few highly complicated APs (and I'll throw in Lange & Patek, as they don't carry them), there is nothing that is on par with the Ferrier watches (and that is from a Journe dealer). Whether I'd feel comfortable enough to buy one, when considering parts and other issues with a small independent if the founder dies...well that's a whole other matter.

    Just some food for thought. [​IMG]
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    My goodness, I do not think that there is any three-hander that is more spectacular than a Ferrier. I had a chance to check out a couple when I was in New York, and they really may be THE three-hander to own, with the exception, perhaps, of a Dufour or a Voutillainen. But again, if you purchase one of these watches--and to a similar but lesser extent, a Journe--you are praying that the namesake of the brand has a long life. Which is a risk. But I guess it is the price to pay for what is nothing short of a masterpiece. If I am not mistaken though, I believe that LF recently was purchased, or at least has some serious backing. But I guess that is neither here nor there!

    With that said--and this impression is based almost entirely on Macro photographs--the finishing on the LF movements is breathtaking. And I really love the aesthetics. The hands are so delicate, yet so beautiful. My only qualm is that the case is relatively large, around 40mm IIRC?

    But when you talk about LF, at the end of the day, you are paying a good chunk of change for beauty. If I recall, it is near double the price of a Patek 5227 eh?

    Speaking of breathtaking movements... I know that people around these parts are not the biggest fans of Montblanc... but I thought this was stunning.

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    But enough about all this technical stuff... shouldn't we be talking about how to get women pussy ass?

    :sarcasm:
     
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    ^^ This thread is dedicated to TWAT after all...
     
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    For several months following this thread I had no idea what "TWAT" was referring too. I thought it may be some sort of watch terminology, like "WIS", but when I googled around, well . . . bad idea. I was hesitant to ask because I figured it was either an inside joke or something really obvious that I was missing. Turns out I was right. LOL
     
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    TWAT! Boom!

    Dino, nice write-up about your experience with Ferrier.

    Wore this one today.

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    Damn it frills, how many Pateks do you have? I thought I counted two but this one is new to me.
     
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    You still don't have them all.
     
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    They're like Pokemon!

    forex - not counting the wife's I have five.
     
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    Always elegant. I would pair it with a pretty dress, two-button double-breasted waistcoat. And in concluedere beauty of good shall see a nice pair of shoes in brown crocodile.
     
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    I would love to see Batman Frills wear a pretty dress with that one. Doubtless.

    That Patek is very cool. They do irregularly shaped cases so well.
     
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    OK, I forgot the Nautilus so I count 4, I must be missing one more.
     
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    Well gents, today is a Black Bay day for me.
    Enjoy the sunshine.

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    I think Frills just wants to keep one for himself. Not put it ALL out there. He probably has 9 or 10 Sub variations by now that he hasn't told us about...
     
  20. Dino944

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    You are missing 2. Nautilus, 5040J, 3940J, 3940P, 3970J, 3970P.
     
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