Pocket watches, and suits.

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  1. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    Hello,

    I have always felt that a pocket watch with its chain worn through the lapel buttonhole into the breast pocket was a pleasing look.

    Does anyone else agree or perhaps disagree?

    A pocket square, and boutonniere can still be worn.

    Of course traditionally a pocket watch is de rigeur with black tie but some would maintain that no watch is appropriate with black tie lest be said of white tie.
     
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    Would the chain go straight down?

    If you wear a boutonniere, a pocket and a watch with chain all at once, Flusser will look like a minimalist in comparison.
     
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    Here is a slight albeit bad picture. Note the chain on the man on the right. Yes, it would go directly down. [​IMG] From Luchino Visconti's "The Damned" I've always felt Flusser was too American in his dress; the waist suppresion was never enough.
     
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    I'll have to give it a try.
    I never wear a suit (moreover my jacket is at the tailor's right now) and I always forget my watch home. So it may take some time and concentration, but I'll try this.

    Don't you have to shorten the chain? Wouldn't a 30 cm chain look out of proportion for a 5 cm gap?
     
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    There are two types of chains: the Albert, and double Albert which was used for the waist-coat pocket, and had that loop effect one sees.

    Both had a T-bar, and if one desired attachments for the fobs, the seals or the Vesta which was a small gold/silver container for holding sulphur matches.

    The Albert is the one that would be used for the chest although sometimes the lengths vary so in certain cases the chain would have to be shortened.
     
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    I think that this is a fantastic look. I would wear it, but I think that (for me personnaly) a pocket watch would put me over the top in terms of being over dressed. Maybe when I am a little older.
     
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    I like the idea of the look, but I think it's costume now. Sad, but true.

    -boston
     
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    I am unfortunately inclined to agree and I love pocket watches.

    Jon.
     
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    (boston @ May 06 2005,16:59) I like the idea of the look, but I think it's costume now. Sad, but true. -boston
    I am unfortunately inclined to agree and I love pocket watches. Jon.
    Then it seems that people would rather forgo wearing a pocket watch these days? How dismal.
     
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    I like the idea of the look, but I think it's costume now. Sad, but true. -boston
    I am unfortunately inclined to agree and I love pocket watches. Jon.
    Then it seems that people would rather forgo wearing a pocket watch these days? How dismal.
    O quam cito transit gloria mundi...
     
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    Here is Nick Foulkes also wearing the watch in this fashion. [​IMG]
     
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    (LabelKing @ May 06 2005,19:25)
    I like the idea of the look, but I think it's costume now. Sad, but true. -boston
    I am unfortunately inclined to agree and I love pocket watches. Jon.

    Then it seems that people would rather forgo wearing a pocket watch these days? How dismal.
    O quam cito transit gloria mundi...
    "All interest in disease and death is only another expression of interest in life. " Thomas Mann
     
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    I like the idea of the look, but I think it's costume now. Sad, but true. -boston
    I am unfortunately inclined to agree and I love pocket watches. Jon.
    Then it seems that people would rather forgo wearing a pocket watch these days? How dismal.
    I personally would not forgo entirely, but it has become costume at worst, a trend at best. Jon.
     
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    Is that a Jag ? Seems very XKE to me for some reason.... Jon.
     
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    (LabelKing @ May 06 2005,22:25)
    I like the idea of the look, but I think it's costume now. Sad, but true. -boston
    I am unfortunately inclined to agree and I love pocket watches. Jon.

    Then it seems that people would rather forgo wearing a pocket watch these days? How dismal.
    I personally would not forgo entirely, but it has become costume at worst, a trend at best. Jon.
    I would say a trend would be the greater evil than costume. Although let us hope 19th century A.Lange & Sohne repeaters do not become a trend a la Franck Muller gussied up in the dubious glamour of diamonds.
     

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