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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. Dachshund

    Dachshund Well-Known Member

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    There is hot yoga in London but I recall it being a bit smelly. If you google there are a few around the west end and in the immediate suburbs.

    A number of independent spin studios have started popping up, if that's your thing. As a rule of thumb London tends to be a year behind fitness 'innovations' in the US.

    Gyms range from the very high end, like Equinox, which is in Kensington, Bath & Rackets, which is a private club in Mayfair, and one in Chelsea (name escapes me). They are expensive and probably not worth it unless you are right on their doorstep. Then there are mid-range small chains like Third Space, which is in the west end - I used to go there and it is good but not convenient for me now - and GymBox which I use and which has around five branches across central London - I like it as it has the things I need and my PT is based there, but you have to go outside of peak times or it is unusable. Then there are the usual bottom end chains like Fitness First, which have branches everywhere but IME are not particularly comfortable.

    Finally, I believe there are various bootcamps like Barry's Boot Camp, British Military Fitness and various cross-fit type things, which I have never used so can't comment on.
     
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    @culverwood Haven't picked a location yet. We're looking at the North Southwark-Bermondsey area, possibly the Angel area. The relocation expert wants to show us Clapham, but it seems a bit far from Canary Wharf (Mrs. Hedonist's new workplace) and I've been told its overrun with Aussies. And of course Greenwich has an undeniable charm. (To bring it back around) I like to imagine myself setting my GMT II to the observatory clock. It's going to be a whirlwind tour the first few weeks.

    I had a feeling there would be some resistance to hot Yoga, haha. It's not exactly the most... dignified of recreational activities. What the detractors don't tell you is the die-hards are so damn fit & healthy they don't really have much to spread. But I digress.

    I'd probably be happy with a fitness center that's nice enough to keep the machines clean and the towels plentiful without trying to fool me into thinking that lifting heavy objects should be a luxury experience.
     
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    I cannot claim to know the area but 37 degrees in North Sourthwark has a good reputation, and that is a part of town which is on the up or up already. Clapham sounds like a long trek to Canary Wharf but the relocation agent may know something I do not and Greenwich though lovely is a little out of it. All of the places I mention are "South of the River" which of course means where dragons live and are off my and most cabbies maps :D

    As a left field alternative some time ago my daughter rented in the Bow Quarter which though East End is gated with its own pool and gym. http://www.thebowquarter.co.uk/pages/bowquarter.htm

    Edit - In your shoes Angel looks the best bet and if the commute works Islington is central, with its own vibe and for the most part is decent property. (which I think is what Dachshund thinks too)
     
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    Don't get me wrong on hot yoga - it's an awesome workout - but Jesus, the smell.

    "Clapham" is quite a broad area - parts are nice, others not so. But it would be quite a schlep from there to Canary Wharf. I used to live there (still have a place there we rent out). It's in what estate agents call "Abbeville Village", which is one of the nice parts - decent pubs and restaurants, near the common, youngish crowd).

    Greenwich would be easier but it's a bit of an odd place - the observatory and park are nice, but I've never found the town itself that nice. If you're interested in that area then consider Blackheath, which is just up the hill from Greenwich and has a nice village feel to it and some nice architecture. Don't let your agent pull you into any surrounding areas though as it quickly gets pretty grubby in Lewisham, Kidbrooke, New Cross, etc.

    Angel is good fun, buzzy, young crowd, good shops and nightlife, some nice architecture. You can walk to the city from there. I don't know how the links to Canary Wharf are.

    By all accounts I wouldn't want to live in Canary Wharf - a bit like a CBD that empties at the weekend - but some of the areas along the river, like Bermondsey, Shad Thames, Wapping, etc. have some nice warehouse conversions and more going for them at the weekend.

    Edit: I should add, I agree with Culverwood, Greenwich (and Blackheath) is a bit far out. If you want the buzz of central London then they ain't for you. More like suburban villages.
     
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    Hot and yoga, two words never meant to be combined.
     
  6. BostonHedonist

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    It doesn't smell at every studio... That might be one of those growing pains you find when hot yoga is relatively new to an area; it requires high-power climate control system and a vigilant cleaning staff = not a casual investment for a proprietor. The only thing I smell in that hot room full of trophy wives where I go :):checks over his shoulder::) is a faint whisper of almond.



    Yes, Angel would probably be my pick, though I'm told I might get more closet space in North Southwark. Guess I'll see what's on the market when I get there! My thanks for all the tips gents.
     
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    Love this time of day. Watches look so good.

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    Women who look great in yoga pants and shorts do more lifting than yoga [​IMG]
     
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    I think that was the other thing that put me off hot yoga - I was expecting a honey-fest. I got a room full of panting, sweaty hairy guys in their pants.

    I've now found a different class that isn't hot, but is hot, if you catch my drift.

    And maybe it's just me, but during yoga I always feel like I'm a whisker away from audibly breaking wind, which is difficult when you're the only guy and there is no handy dog to blame.
     
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    Yep - there's something stangely alluring about lean girls doing manly weights, like squats or cleans. Or is that just me?
     
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    Not just you my friend.

    I guess I just don't get the point of hot yoga. Yeah it gets your heart rate up, but it doesn't do anything for metabolic rate. Plus yoga is more for my rest/recovery day(s), adding heat would defeat the purpose for me. I suppose if it's one of your (not you personally) only workouts which will elevate heart rate, it's something, but it still won't do much for your metabolic rate. I'm with you, I'll stick to normal temp yoga, where I stay in the back and struggle with my flexibility while enjoying the view.
     
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    Sitting in dentist office so I'll play...

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    Two 39mm vs. my 36mm so far...

    Maybe Frilly is wearing his 36mm today to even things out???
     
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    Part of it is luck of the draw. Part of it is knowing that, at least around here, beauties stay beauties by working out very hard all the time. All I had to do is find the most physically demanding studio in the land before being surrounded by "Ds driving Cs." But to be fair, it's not normal yoga. They integrate cardio and light dumbbells. Took weeks to not feel the urge to pass out. Gentlemen arrive early to snag the coveted back row, though the reason for this trend has never been discussed. Sun is to your back around 5:30. It's a good thing.

    And now to try to keep on track here.

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    And my assistant just dropped this off on my desk! @mimo how's your haul from Catalog Day?

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    Awesome - a catalogue for weekend perusal. And I'm going to put my Speedy on when I get home.
     
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    Anybody ever do any of the Madison Ave Watch Week events in NYC? It's coming up but almost all of the events seem to be during business hours....
     
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    Funnily enough, that was the first one to arrive with me too. Followed immediately by Roger Dubuis. I then disappeared out of town for a week, so I'll see what's in the office and check my missed calls, and let you know!
     
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    There was a early version of a automatic watch made durin.g the 20's that was referred as a rollie. I cannot recall the name of the watch, but it used a rolling movement to wind the watch. The watch used the movement of the watch in the case as a method to wind. I have references but they are currently in storeage. The watch rolled back and forth on small wheels as a winding method. They were not very successful. They proceeded the Harward watches. There was a recent debate on the use of Rollie to describe Rolex. It was determined that the use of Rollie did not refer to Rolex. BTW enjoy your watches. PS I am a purist in terms.
     
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