Are Michael Kors watches any good?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Swagged, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. Patek

    Patek Senior member

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    Nothing wrong with Rolex--it is just a decent middle-of-the-road watch. Due to successful marketing they have transformed their image into a "luxury brand" when the truth is that they make a decent watch but nothing special at their price point. Most of their movements are outsourced so you are actually buying the caliber of movement found in a $2k or so watch and paying the Rolex markup. In addition, the neavou riche and the Jersey Shore crowd tend to gravitate towards the brand as they see it as a status symbol--further cheapening the brand.

    These and other is why watch affectionados stay away. I do like some of their vintage stuff but I would not wear one for fear of being associated with that crowd.
     


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    ^ Uhh, first of all most of the Jersey Shore folks went for Breitlings, at least initially. And Rolex does not outsource their movements and this is one of their main selling points. They're one of the only privately owned watchmakers out there that make in-house movements. Patek and Audemers Piguet are the only other major watchmaker that can make this same claim.
     


  3. Patek

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    Rolex used to outsource their movements, they may have changed this policy. My uncle who worked for JLC made movements for Rolex in the 80's.

    By the way, JLC makes movements for others, but they don't oursource their own--so you can add that brand to your list of watchmakes that don't outsource.
     


  4. ethanm

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    JLC isn't privately owned, they're a subsidiary of the Richemont group. All watch companies use other brand's movements but Rolex is mostly Rolex. Brands like IWC don't get the same rep because, while they do make some wonderful in-house movements, most of their watches use ETAs.
     
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    True, but I never claimed that they were privately owned but all of their movements are all made by JLC, they also supply movements to other brands including (for a while at least) IWC.

    I may be wong, but I believe Vaceron & Constantin also makes all of their own movements.
     
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  6. ethanm

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    They do but my criteria was privately owned and make their own movements. Rolex, PP, and AP are the only ones that can boast both.
     


  7. Patek

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    This is really the first claim that I have ever heard that PP makes all of their own movements. Do you have anything to back this up?
     


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    PP was using Lemania based movements, not sure if any of the current models do.
     


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    ethanm Senior member

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    I said most, not all.
     


  10. Patek

    Patek Senior member

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    Taken from watchuseek:

    Originally Posted by evv69
    Only a few can really claim that they are "Manufacture", a title given to those watch houses that makes in-house movements. the well known swiss manufactures are:

    Patek Philippe
    Audemars Piguet
    Vacheron Constantin
    JLC
    Rolex
    Girard-Perregaux

    some brands are starting to make their own "in-house" movements, but are not yet considered up to the level yet.
     


  11. DerekS

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    MK watches are made by fossil.
     


  12. blackstone

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    i would say the general rule is dont buy a watch that is from a fashion desinger (im assuming that this guy is a fashion designer). only buy from a watch maker.
     


  13. RapFan

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    As a young man looking for a watch, getting a MK is not bad. If it takes you a year to save up 1k for a watch, then maybe you should use that 1k for more dire needs than say a Tag. Get the 2-300 dollar watch. There is no point in showing off your 10K Cartier watch when your struggling to make student loans, car payments, or even just starting out. "I had to skip a meal a week to save up the money but man all those approved messages from SF will sure be worth it" should not be the motto. Get the ok watch for now, the time will come when you will spend a lot more on your watch and you'll be able to enjoy it a lot more then too.

    With that said, I still love this site =) it's just sometimes as young professionals who are still establishing ourselves we can get carried away by gettings suits/shoes/watches that are worn by established and seasoned veterans. They will never admit it, but guess what, they probably started off with a designer watch, and a non canvassed suit, and shoes that were not hand crafted in England from leather taken from virgin cows who were only fed the finest of nourishment
     


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    MIchael Kors is made by Fossil, so just go buy a Fossil or Swatch, they have some stylish stuff
     


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    That's like saying dont buy a Tom ford suit cuz its made by Zegna
     


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