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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by earthdragon, Nov 18, 2008.

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  1. tobiasj

    tobiasj Senior member

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    Anyone who suggests that house prices might not go up forever at a faster rate than average incomes is UNAUSTRALIAN
     
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  2. PapaRubbery

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    Out of interest - why are you rating Stowa above Nomos? I was trying to do a comparison for a dress watch and ended up favouring the Nomos, even though it's nearly 2x the price
     
  3. Petepan

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    Wow! Thanks for the replies people.

    Looks like I have bad taste in watches. [​IMG]

    Honestly, one reason why I considered that was because there was no brand name on it plus it is below $1k. Just personally for me, I hate the "look at Moi, look at Moi" feel of big MFking brand names (horses comes to mind, a lot), and somehow, being a bastard that I am, I somehow feel that I should be the one paid for parading the brand around. One of the Seiko's (cannot remember model number) with blue hands would be nice IF they removed Seiko from it.

    I currently wear a Mont Blanc chronograph (nothing fancy, still goes on the Valjoux movement, not the fancy dandy Minerva), and the brand name is small-ass.

    Nabil, I hate the studs too, but figured I can always change that. But you are from ACS, so I really should not be talking to you. [​IMG]

    I am a shares man myself, not so much into property, although I do own property. Any other shares man here?
     
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    jaypee Senior member

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    Because i'm a reselling conscious hack.. Part of the grey market appeal of the Stowa.

    Nomos cost more because their movement is in-house, the dial and case are a higher quality finish and their standard strap is cordovan. The added cost is mostly down to the movement though.
     
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  5. Journeyman

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    Petepan, There's nothing wrong with the design of the watch - it looks like a classic pilot's watch - except for the "we've been tricky and put the minutes on the outside of the dial" tomfoolery. Were it not for that, I'd think it a nice watch. As it is, however, it's a gimmick. If you're looking for a "brand-free" watch in that style, look for a Stowa "Fleiger" or an Archimede B-Uhren. The Stowa retails for 580 Euro if you're purchasing outside the EU, which is about $750, and the company has a long and genuine history of making pilot's watches. Furthermore, you can get them without a brand on the dial. Edit: I just looked at the Stowa site and saw that they, too, have an "observer" model fleiger watch with the minutes around the outside, so I suppose that style could have historical precedent. Anyway, the Stowa is a great watch at a great price.
     
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  6. Plestor

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    All I can say vis a vis long term watch value is that many many dress watches from respected houses are at ~scrap values these days... Make of that what you will.


    As for housing costs, while I would predict a decline at this point in time, I'd be very sceptical about significant growth. I'd also point out that much of the returns you see from home ownership has more to do with the very high leverage in domestic real estate vs other easily available asset classes.


    On rises, I prefer something just below or on my natural waist for anything that I will consistently wear with some form of jacket (for both comfort and aesthetics reasons). I would however advise that while this isn't always very noticeable its well outside the norm for Australian work places.

    On odd trousers;

    Anything I expect to last I like to get made up, the cloth access and the fit is absolutely worth it.

    Another thing I would stress is that deviating from a mid grey in odd trousers is like going from from Navy / Mid Grey (or any darker form of grey) Suits...

    Its worth thinking about being able to empty the insides of your cuffs if you're more likely to end up off road (read walking on grass) with your odd trousers. Dirt builds up pretty quickly there :uhoh:.

    Close game of cricket this.
     
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  7. nabilmust

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    Touche, sir. Are you an RI old boy like Gary? [​IMG]
     
  8. Petepan

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    OMG, thanks heaps man. The Archimede B-Uhren either in black PVD or pure titanium look fantastic. Though 42mm might be pushing it. Now if I am being more picky, no numbers will be great, plus I will change to studless straps.

    Thanks again.
     
  9. Petepan

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    Hehe, yup. And I am OLD SCHOOL RI back when they were in the city.

    Still, ACS chaps got most of the chicks back in my days (plus generally dress better). As part of a group of Malaysians, we tried to up the standards, but it was always an uphill battle. Looking back at their social skills, it did not take a genius to figure out why.
     
  10. Petepan

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    Don't think it is a good idea to open that can of worms here. There is already too much media coverage of Joye versus Keen argument, now more than 4 years old.
     
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    I've got my popcorn out... Seriously though this would be a very *LONGTERM* comment and I certainly would NOT take a position based upon it. I'm also not suggesting an unsustainable bubble as Keen suggested (IIRC).




    I don't think I need to say it but nothing I write here should be taken as investment advice...
     
  12. nabilmust

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    That was many years ago, I reckon.

    But the second half still remains true [​IMG]
     
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    The old RI moved in 1988 I think, so you can work the sums.

    Ah yes, but we picked the best of the best at that time- the fair maidens from SCGS and CHIJ. [​IMG]
     
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  14. ColdEyedPugilist

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    Good times... Good times.

    I was Coleman St AC, and then, of course, Barker Road. Don't think the former still exists.

    As for the chickies: CHIJ, RJ, VJ, AC... Heck, I wasn't fussed. I was all for equal opportunity! Settled down with a Malaysian girl in the end.

    Feeling quite pleasantly nostalgic at present.
     
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    Petepan Senior member

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    Now that you mentioned it, I use to know some VJ ladies, absolutely stunning in tight fitting uniforms. Did not get very far with them, of course, sigh....
     
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    Last time when I picked up my suits from the tailor I saw there were a pile of ties hanging. the tailor told me that he has been doing lots of tie lately, slimming the width and length to give them a more modern look. all by hand of course.

    I didn't even think of such service existed... have people tailored their tie before? what are your thoughts on this?
     
  18. ColdEyedPugilist

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    Almost ended up with a VJ girl. Lawyer chick. Smart. Pretty. Great chemistry, but alas, I don't think she'd consider life in Oz.

    Better stop with the reminiscing before I start belting out 'Memories' and send the neighborhood mutts scrambling for cover. :D
     
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    Holy. I was 4, then.
     
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