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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. Dino944

    Dino944 Well-Known Member

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    The only AL&S that I'm really a huge fan of are the Lange 1 and Lange 1 moonphase. They make great watches but the other models don't really appeal to me for various reasons.
     
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    I bumped into the Lange 1 Daymatic today, for the first time. Feels odd seeing that big rotor in the back, and the retrograde day is very quirky. But of course, it's gorgeous.
     
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    Up/Down
     
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    Heresy! :censored:
     
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    Of the Langes, my favourites are the Lange 1, Up/Down, 1815 Chronograph and 1815 38.5mm. If funds allowed, I would almost certainly buy a Lange 1. Perhaps the 1815 Chronograph if I was particular fortunate with investments. What I like so much about the 1815 range is that they very nicely walk the line between formal and "smart casual" (as they say here in the UK); they can be dressed up or down relatively easily and hence are a bit more flexible than the more austere Saxonia range.

    Moo: I can understand a watch leaving you cold; I feel that way about most Pateks for example, and many Vacherons (sadly). However , if you haven't seen a Lange in the metal, your view might change. As someone else has mentioned, there is something very special about Lange's which you sometimes only appreciate once you hold one and strap it on.
     
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    Speaking of the 1815 Chronograph, this one blew me away when I last tried it on:

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    This is great!

    Can I have your permission to post it on my tumblr and instagram?
     
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    IMHO, the Lange 1 was a really interesting and different design when it was released around 1990. There was nothing on the market that was anything like it. I like the Moonphase and the Tourbillion versions, but the other variations start to get too busy and don't interest me.

    Of the Up/Down and 1815, and 1815 Chrono, I don't mind the 1815 chrono, but I have never liked the up/down. The subdial placement annoys me. I don't like how they are placed so low on the dial, and as a complication it also doesn't interest me. The 1815...is nice but nothing exciting, the 1815 Chrono is fine, but I don't like its subdial placement and at that kind of money, I'd have to like its design more. I love the movement in the Cabriolet, and I love non-round dress watches, but I often wondered if it would look better without a grande date function. The Datograph, great movement but I dislike the dial with regard to the low set subdials, the grande date, and I despise the mix of Arabic numerals, Roman numerals, and stick markers. I wish they stuck with all Arabics, or Arabics and sticks, but Arabics sticks, and Romans is just too disjointed. So again great movement, but at its price point, it would have to be perfect for me. I have a friend that owned one in RG, and he said as nice as it was it was cold and boring and he sold it after about 8 months. The Richard Lange is nice, but in its price range, it just doesn't wow me.

    So although the workmanship is superb, there are only a few Langes that really make me smile enough to consider purchasing one.
     
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    Of course and thanks!
     
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    Hi Guys,

    New to the forum!

    Here is my Navitimer in Cape Verde this Summer.

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    @academe , I think Moo has a specific issue with the way the subdials eat the edges off the indices. Which I get, though I still find it gorgeous. Anyway, you have presented a perfect solution to the problem with that stunning chronograph: wear it upside down!

    I think I can say with some confidence that nothing in the horological firmament looks as wonderful from the back as a Lange chronograph. It is the Beyonce of the watchmaking world.

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    Spent yesterday hanging around watches that, for others, would leave my 3970P in the dust:

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    I still wouldn't kick my 3970P out of bed though...
     
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    What was that? You wanted a close up of the first and only 1815 rattrapante perpetual calendar in platinum to hit the U.S. market by way of the new Lange boutique? Oh okay...

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    I think the differences of opinion on Langes among say Moo, Dino and I fall within the range of subjectivity. The concerns Moo/Dino may have with respect to sub-dial placement, font choice, etc are only "problems" if they bother you aesthetically; I don't have them. Live and let live.... And I was joking with that heresy comment. ;)
     
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    Re-quoted for greatness. Mind blown.
     
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    Hehe, we are in firm agreement on all that. But shame on you, Frilly, for not taking that pic from the back! ( Also, I'd rather wear your 3970p than the Greubel Forsey or most other things)
     
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    "Mind blown" is right academe. The 1815 rattrapante perpetual calendar was the only Lange piece that really captured my fancy since it was launched/released last year - largely because I am very much in love with the perpetual calendar aesthetic / complication (isn't it obvious?). They had one in rose gold on display but when they mentioned they had the platinum in the safe, I had to see it too.


    You, my friend, fell for my set up! Thank you for the lay-up, brother. Here's a shot of the movement powering the rose gold 1815 rattrapante perp cal:

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    Beside Ben Clymer's flyback chronograph (the Lange event was hosted by Hodinkee):

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    Of course, my friend also brought his whale of a black dial Patek 5204 split seconds chrono perp cal in plat with him. Side by side with the RG Lange:

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    And then this OTHER friend - the SAME dude who wore a SubC (no date, hate that term) when I organized a tour of the Patek USA HQ last year - brought a 34mm Rolex Date to the Lange event. WTF. Talk about bringing a knife to a gunfight...

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    Kidding. I kind of like the details on this Rolex...
     
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  20. mimo

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    I should never doubt you. :)
     
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