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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. Keller

    Keller Well-Known Member

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    I agree, the cellinis are very nice
     
  2. mimo

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    @no frills I get you. It's not my idea of beautiful exactly, and some of them I just find plain ugly, while at that price point it would be bordering on insane. But, as you said, putting one on the wrist does help you at least "get it". It's edge of the bell curve, specialist interest strangeness. As a piece of pure engineering, it's engaging and fascinating, especially when you notice simultaneously its extraordinary precision and near-weightlessness. They're remarkable. Not for me, even if I had the wonga, but a wonder nevertheless:

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    They really are something else in person. Even the "grape" colours are far less offensive. I too wouldn't go for the purple-ish one, but it's quite subtle in real life. The "white grape" is actually quite attractive, and as delicate a tone as white wine. And as I've already mentioned, the grey one, I think, is absolutely stunning:

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    There's nothing at all girly about it. I love that "Sunray" effect on the dial - all three have it, and it makes the dial capture the colour and light of the surroundings so it's constantly changing, even on the brighter ones. It's both understated and fascinating at the same time. Perhaps "red grape" is getting there, but in person, these don't come across at all as "novelty". More like the modest, entry level men's Rolexes that they are, that manage to project all the quality with very little show. I'm sold. Six months or thereabouts, all being well...

    I think they're OK. The black dials on rose gold are striking, and I prefer the more subtle white gold versions. But overall, I find them a bit fussy. Those bezels, the roman numerals on most, the texture of the dial: all features that could make them interesting, yet when piled together seem to be trying a bit hard. Also that business of putting the minute markers in a ring so far in from the edge of the dial...meh..looks cheap.

    More to the point, they are bumping right up against the likes of JLC, Piaget, Cartier, GO, Blancpain (choose your flavour) for an interesting precious metal dress watch. I don't think that's a choice from which anyone other than the most ardent Rolex brand-whore would say "I'll take the Cellini, please".
     
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    I really like the new Cellinis. Are they in the $20k range?
     
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    That's very funny, and well observed. But someone has a real hard-on for IWC! And Omega as a Tag Heuer substitute? Harsh! Though I guess with the current Omega PR profile and the endless special editions, they have a point. I'd like an exception for vintage and current classics, though. Anyway, thanks for the share: I'm sure a lot of JLC owners in this thread will be feeling especially warm inside....
     
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    A few of them are in the 15-18k range I think. Although I'm sure they're good quality of course, and I do very much like the case shapes (clear Rolex identity, I feel), I'm not sure they project that kind of value.
     
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    Yeah for a dress watch in that range I would be more interested in something like JLC. Still beautiful pieces imo...especially rose gold, but then I'm always a sucker for rose gold watches.
     
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    Never much cared for the Cellini line but I like the looks of some in the current crop.
     
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    The Cellinis look nice enough. But for that money I'm guessing you could get @NonServiam's JLC :slayer:
     
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    There are a few Cellinis that look pretty good. However, even as a big Rolex fan, I've never had a desire to own one. For what they cost there have always been watches from other brands I'd rather own. Rolex produces great sports watches and all purpose watches, but IMHO dress watches are not an area in which they excel.

    The RM watches just don't do anything for me at all. I get the engineering that goes into them, but I find them so ugly that none of them would ever make my dream wish list. I see them as a brand that has gone out of their way to be different and stand apart from others, which is fine, however different doesn't translate to better. This is another brand that when I see what they cost, there are lots of other watches I would rather own for the same money or less.

    Agree completely with your assessment of Cellinis. [​IMG]
     
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    Wow! Harsh is right! Omega not even a first choice?

    I'm changing my avatar in protest.

    Nobody puts baby in a corner! LOL.
     
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  13. no frills

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    ^^^ All of that. I wouldn't buy one myself, but when I put the RG RM011 on my wrist, it wasn't "OMFG take this sh*t off my wrist it's horrible."

    If my Sugar Mommy gave me one as a gift I would accept it.
     
  14. Keith T

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    Totally want to see that purple dial Rolex in person, btw.

    And re: Cellinis, this might be mixing metaphors somehow, but they seem to be outside their "core competence" when it comes to dress watches in general.

    There was a Prince model available a few years ago that I kinda liked, but as others have said, there are probably multiple "better choices" in that price range.
     
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    This morning I tried on an all platinum Day-Date with dia hour markers. Was pretty damn cool. Ultra heavy.
     
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  16. Keith T

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    Well, then just have Sugar Mommy buy it for you :D
     
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    About the Cellinis, that's pretty accurate to the feelings I get from most. There are better alternatives for the price. I think the new ones are an update from the past but I only really like the time version because the dial is simple. If i were honest though, if they didn't make a rg x blk combo, I might just glance past it.



    Like making a Goldfinger watch even though James Bond wore a Rolex in the film? And of course you have to put the 007 logo in there somewhere! :lol:

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    From a technical perspective, I assume RM watches are up there with other brands like MB&F. They are interesting to look at as people push the boundaries but my hard earned money would go elsewhere.

    The Rolex Cellini's are interesting though I have never seen anyone wearing one. Has anyone had a glimpse of one in the wild? Would love to meet someone and hear their reasoning.

    Water resistance came up the other day in a conversation with my boss. He scuba dives and said all of his watches have to have at least a 30M rating so as not to get damaged when he goes under water with them. It made me cringe a little thinking that he has worn his Cartier dress watch under water. I mentioned it may not be a good idea to do that but he seemed to not be interested in logic. Going to be one of those "told you so" moments at some point....
     
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    Whodat?!
     
  20. Keith T

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    And hey, I'm taking the little cartoon just for what it is: a light-hearted piece of observational fluff. Entertaining! It's all good.

    Yes, a bit snarky, and certainly has some truthiness about it.... but of course incomplete, in the sense that you can't cover every single brand out there (No Blancpain? No Zenith? GP?)

    Lord knows Omega doesn't need me defending it. Every brand has their faults, and they're no different.
     
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