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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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    Yes, I saw photos. I like Cartier watches, especially those with interesting shapes. These look inspired by some vintage Piagets and VCs I've seen from the 1970s with a very similar case shape. Thankfully, without the 1970's "Bark" finish.

    The movement in the top date small seconds model is their in house cal 1904, which is also found in the Calibre, Tank MC, and Tank Anglaise XL. I wish the Drive did not have a date window, as I am not in love with the way the date is a bit toward the center of the dial and cuts some of the Roman III away. If they had to give it a date I wish the date were more toward the outside of the dial and they completely eliminated the Roman III.

    Overall, its a nice piece and the date/small seconds model in steel has a very reasonable projected MSRP of about $6,200. Not sure about the price of the more complicated model. Cheers!
     
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    $8750 for the more complicated version. From pics I can't decide if I like that one more or less than the time/date version.
     
  3. P12OFIT

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    I want another watch... this is dangerous.
     
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  4. PartagasIV

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    Less, for me. Much clunkier than other watches with similar complications. But the basic Drive I like more than the Tank MC, and for probably similar money discounted.
     
  5. IGotId

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    Any idea on the thickness of either version?
     
  6. Ambulance Chaser

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    I generally have very similar tastes in watches as Ben Clymer (smaller watches with classic designs), but I'm not as high on the first watch as he is. It's a bit too stylized for me. (That said, if someone gave it to me as a gift, I would wear it with frequency and with pride.) I'm also not a huge fan of the date window, but I think that Cartier envisions this watch as a daily wearer for a man with one watch or a handful of watches, and daily wearers have dates. If the watch had to have a date window, it's in the right place: it cuts the minutes track at the same place as the seconds subdial, and allows the watch to retain a full set of Roman numerals.
     
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    I read 11.5mm for the base model.


     
  8. mimo

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    Seems the big date has spread from Lange via VC Overseas, to finally infect Cartier. Dino, you should write a letter! I also thought "Piaget" when I first saw it.

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    Richemont DNA...
     
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  9. Omega Male

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    But VC has now (sadly) ditched the big date on the otherwise pretty exemplary new Overseas chrono -- for the scourge of the 4-5, off colour.

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  10. IGotId

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    Any info on the 'dual-time'?
     
  11. CaptainApathy

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    That's correct. When Lange was relaunched in the mid 90's they heavily emphasized their focus on customer care. As part of this when watches were sent in for service by their owners Lange would temporarily provide a replacement so that the owners wouldn't be too troubled for the time when their watch was in for service. Very similar to what Mercedes, BMW, Lexus, and nearly every other luxury car manufacturer does. The temporary replacements were to be returned to Lange when their own watches were doing being serviced. Because they were intended as temporary loaners, they were cased in steel, not precious metals as are all Langes. The steel watches were never sold to the public, but some slipped out...
     
  12. tigerpac

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    Along the same lines, Cartier has quartz loaner watches still available.

     
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    Haven't seen anything on it. They could probably squeeze the added complication in the same case but we'll see.

     
  14. cyc wid it

    cyc wid it Well-Known Member

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    Got to see a Lange 1 moon phase in person :inlove:
     
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  15. BLAUGRANA

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    I don't dislike Cartier, but I'm not a huge fan either. That said the Drive looks nice. Stainless Steel or/and (see what I did there) Rose Gold. Can't understand the thought process on the date though... And I actually like asymmetry to an extent.
    Tell me about it. Been hunting the past month and I may nail one down on Monday. Sad thing is I also want a Lange or three.
     
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    I don't mind the 1630 date - on my Longines. But I am one of those who liked the current/previous Overseas just fine, so I'm hoping it gets cheap enough for me to own one one of these days. Some people will always want the latest model whatever - always good news for the stubborn fecker. :)
     
  18. SteveH35

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    Traveling this weekend/week. This threesome pretty much has all the bases covered

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  19. slickslickslick

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    A very small number of Lange 1 references in stainless steel were actually sold to the public, though the company does not openly acknowledge anything more than their existence.
     
  20. IGotId

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    What watch is on the left?
     
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