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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

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    Ditto. Hopefully GDL can clean some of this up.
     
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    Thanks dddrees. I greatly appreciate it and I'm glad you enjoyed my post.
    Johan, you are too kind. Thank you.
    Thanks Gents,

    I have really enjoyed this thread and interacting with all of our SF regulars. I have learned so much from each of you. It's great to come here to exchange ideas, experiences, and watch information with others that share a passion for beautiful watches.
     
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    Just a quick photo of one of my favorite dress watches (wore it to dinner tonight). I like this photo because you can see the various layers of the dial, the applied marker raised above the dial, some of the outline around the applied markers and then the sunken subdial for seconds. You can also see the facets on the hands if you look closely. This was the first dress watch I ever purchased after getting my first real job.
     
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    Really a very cool watch Dino. It certainly looks like a very dynamic watch. I am not the best at describing these sorts of things, but I really like the "recurring" square and quadrilateral theme of the watch. To be completely honest, it is the type of watch that I think I would pass over when looking for a new watch, but that I wish that I would not. For some reason I am not overly drawn to Tonneau or Square-shaped watches, but this one is absolutely spectacular. The lugs are something else as well.

    I think I have come to the conclusion that VC makes my favorite dress watches--at least simple three handers. They have some absolutely spectacular watches, both from their current collection and vintage. I think Patek takes the cake with Perpetual Calendars, Perpetual Calendar Chronos, and the like, but VC really knows how to make some wonderful simple watches.

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    They have that certain je ne sais quoi that I cannot seem to find in other brands. Almost a whimsical characteristic.
     
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    This is a good point..

     
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    hello, dddrees, best to say names! No insult really given, only to a brand, a brand is not a living organism (not insulting your intelligencia)! When I say brand junkie, everyone is a brand junkie; clothes down to the beer you prefer! And yes I did accomplish excitement, but I did't think anyone should/would take it personal! After all at the end of the day, who really cares what watch you are wearing! You know it! only you! Listen, I jerk around almost everyday and some guys get my dark humor, others dont! Try this; for those who found what I said distastefull ! when you read it just switch the the brand names around omega to rolex! You see how that works! We men are funny creatures [​IMG] (starting today I will tone it down, just for the sensitive gents)
     
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    Just adding onto this.

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    Is it possible to manually wind a Cartier Tank Francaise when it is 'dead', or am I ok just putting it on in that state and letting the movement get it going again?

    Thanks
     
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    Dino, this is great perspective. I am drawn to the Omega Speedy Pro because of its aesthetics, workmanship and history. I'll PM you about more detailed stuff. Thanks for all the perspective you share, I continue to learn a lot.
     
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    the new Novelties from SIHH are up and around. Some pretty awesome pieces too!
     
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    Lol. I agree that there is an appreciation for quality--often hand-crafted--that underlies many of the topics of conversation on the forum (particularly suits, shoes, and ties). Sure, a lot of the conversation concerns "style," but there are many informative threads that go into nitty gritty, and this is one of them. They are certainly what makes the forum great. I find myself visiting Timezone much less these days b/c of this thread.
     
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    Thanks. I'm glad you liked the photos of my Carree. I find the "Stepped" lugs really add to that sense of different layers to the watch and the continued use of square shapes really attracted me. I can understand your being drawn toward round watches, its what we are most use to seeing these days. I wanted my first dress watch to be as different as possible from my daily wearers or other watches I had owned. So I chose a non-round watch in rose gold. Your impression about VC's designs often being whimsical is spot on! For many decades until roughly the 1950's -1960s, they were basically the top brand of the "Big Three." However, unlike many of the designs from PP or AP; VCs designs were more adventurous and often played with the shapes of lugs and cases .

    Love that Chronometer Royal in the photo. Very cool watch, also referred to as the Batman watch due to its shape (it was never used in a Batman TV show or movie).
    A classic Vacheron Dress watch...with I believe in house cal 1400. Looks great!
     
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    You will probably have to let the motion on your arm start it. The crown on the Automatic TF is so small and tough to grip that when its up against the side of the case its very difficult to grasp turn. It seems like it just wasn't designed to wind using the winding crown.

    Thanks No Frills, glad you enjoyed it. The Omega Speedy Pro is a great watch. As you have stated its aesthetics, workmanship and history add tremendous appeal to this watch. Although there have been variations, using automatic movments, co-axial movements and different sizes and dials, thankfully the Speedy Pro has largely retained its original design. The bracelet is a bit different and there have been changes to the movement, so some prefer the vintage pieces but its a great watch no matter which model you choose.
     
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    the idea is this, the people who come here to talk about watches, are people who appreciate them, and are looking for other enthusiasts with whom to have interesting and informative watch conversation. sure, the guys here like to have a good laugh, but saying things just to jerk people around or promote a reaction, is not really appreciated.

    if you make a statement about any two watch brands comparatively, only to say that the brands in your statement could be switched, then your brand comparison, is essentially meaningless, and is kind of a waste of peoples time.

    no hate, just telling you what what bothersome to some.
     
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    also, +1 to the VC simple, classy, dress watch, love.
     
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    Thanks! and Yes if I'm not mistaken the movement used was their first manual wind non complicated movement produced in house in a long time. In regards to your comment on VC and the other big three i remember a quote along the lines of "Vacheron Constantin was the greatest watch maker of my grandfathers generation" Even my mother used to tell me how during my Grandfathers time it was Vacheron who was the watchmaker to beat and this is in Singapore so yes we do have some watch lovers here besides the Omega/Rolex crowd! . And honestly even though Patek or lange might have better movements or finishings or w/e Vacheron IMO makes the most beautiful pieces the movement might only slightly lose out to patek but the case itself is art. Strangely enough I've been asked about 20 times while wearing that VC i posted "is that a patek". And the number of times i have been asked while wearing my actual Patek is zero which is pretty ironic lol. Vacheron seems to have been making a comeback in recent years though but I'm glad the general population still hasn't heard of VC same can be said about Patek but in my experience even some people who know about Patek Philippe will have not heard of Vacheron Constantin
     
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    +1 i just recently started checking this thread out and its such a relief from the other "How does this suit fit" followed by 1 million replies saying "for that money you could have gotten 50 billion suits made from (insert random developing country)" or how Allen Edmonds are god's gift to mankind there was even one guy who claimed AE was better that RLPL which are made by Gaziano & Girling/ Edward Green. At least in this thread we don't have a bunch of people telling us that it would have been a better idea to "get that watch made in (insert random developing country) for .0006% of the price" when all we asked was for opinions on how it looked lol
     
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    Thanks Dino re the Cartier TF advice, I was just overly worried it wouldn't be good for it.

    Video of the JLC Gyrotourbillon here:

    Nice for us mere mortals who'll never get to see one!
     
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    great video. jlc has done some of those in the past for the other gyros, love em.

    anyone have deets on the next level clasp?

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