The Watch Appreciation Thread - Part two (Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Jaeger LeCoultre,

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mimo, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. rnguy001

    rnguy001 Senior member

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    Thanks Belli - I'm no coffee expert by any means, but it's always great to find new ways to make better coffee.. I'm going to look into the aero press. I've been doing the pour-over method and Bodum french press, so this will be interesting to see if I can tell the difference.



     


  2. Dino944

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    Too large for me, although, I did get to try on the ultra thin RO Tourbillon and it was stunning!!! As for RM...I've never understood the attraction to them. For what they cost there are so many other watches I would rather own.
     


  3. kimmo

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    After seeing this being referred as "Black Bay UPS", can't shake the image off my head. I would probably still get the black version if I was looking for a reasonably priced diver.
     


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    ^ well after mentioning that, I cannot "unsee" it!
     


  5. Journeyman

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    Interesting that, if that is a genuine pic of the proposed Tudor Black Bay "Bronze", that Tudor decided to adopt numerals for the 3, 6 and 9 spots, rather than indices as on other Black Bay models.
     


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  7. SonofOctober

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    Good for Tudor. The Black Bay line is a strong foot forward, and really one of the best options at 3-5K.

    Still go with Nomos in that range, but other than that there's not much out there.
     


  8. BLAUGRANA

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    Black Bay is great, and I don't see UPS here, but not a fan of the Bronze edition. Would have preferred a green bezel version.

    Looking forward to seeing what happens at Basel.
     


  9. mimo

    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    As I happened to be wearing this one today, a couple of quick pics: Longines Flagship Column Wheel Chronograph - Silver Dial. Note the blued column wheel in the second pic. Well under $2k new on a bracelet; I added a gator strap for about $100 that I think really makes it. The low contrast dial made it a little too formal for a casual sports watch, but on a strap I think it becomes a modern sort-of-dress-watch really well.

    There are a lot of versions; I like the "Heritage" line a lot, of which the cream dial with gold markers on a brown croc strap is a standout. @RogerP has the super cool 1973 Chrono with the same movement in a cushion case for a retro sporty aesthetic. It's awesome.

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    As i said before, it's not going to win any bragging contests, but it's a well made watch with a classy take on a proven movement, and I'm surprised by how many compliments it gets in this rather dull version!

    I want to like this more than I do. Conceptually, I like the idea of a bronze cased dive watch. I like the use of brown to go with it. I like the woven strap. But, UPS aside, I'm not quite loving it. Maybe if the dial were brown instead of the bezel? And bronze watches make me think of Archimede at the value end, or Helson in this price bracket, and neither are quite historical or luxury enough to stand up to this brand identity.

    OK, I'll come out and say it: I fear it looks a bit cheap, with too many elements in imperfect order and the association of bronze with lesser items. If they'd done something extra fancy and rare like the PAM 507 it might be an interesting curiosity for BB lovers. But as a mainstream option, as it stands it's a bit of an ugly sister. I'd rather see it with the burgundy, blue or black bezels, and one of their straps too.
     
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  10. mimo

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    Just had a further thought on the Bronze Bay: on the positive side, it now looks nothing at all like a Submariner. :)
     


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    Thanks Mimi and yours does indeed work well as a dressy chrono - very nice indeed.
     


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    Amazing piece. I do not see why any serious person would choose a RM over an AP. RM to me, feels like it is for the same crowd that carries Hublot.
     


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    Quick question. Does anyone her know of, and maybe have experience with, a good watchmaker in Philadelphia? I need to service my out of warranty Hamilton.
     


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    Don't call me Mimi. It's not the weekend.
     


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