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. Dino944

    Dino944 Senior member

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    IMHO each of those pieces is beautiful and their respective dials/fonts work well for each of them. Whenever a company puts a movement from a smaller watch into a larger case they have to do something to compensate and the subdials or date windows etc from looking like they are set too close to the center of the watch. Hence, sometimes hour markers get larger as they do at the 3 & 9 on the 5140 (compared to the smaller markers at 3& 9 on the 3940). I think if they had stuck with smaller font it would have seemed out of proportion to the new larger case and dial, and then it might create a somewhat stark or barren looking dial.

    I agree the Tonneau case seems ideally suited for larger font. Its a very unusual case, especially for Patek. I more commonly see that case shape (or variety of case shapes associated with VC and Cartier). While the Tonneau is still dressy, I find its a bit more relaxed and whimsical than the expected round Patek. I think its a case shape that is very under appreciated and I admire your choice of going with something thats so different from their signature round cases.

    As for the squished 5 and 27, I can understand your not liking it. Although, I think they handled it quite well, and IMHO its much nicer looking than when they cut out part of a number on the 5059. Just my 2 cents. Always great seeing photos of your perpetual calendars.
     
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    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    Agree with the Stitchmeister above.

    Going back to the "five watches, one maker" discussion, I think my greedy face could find five things I desire from most decent makers. Certainly all of the traditional "big three" make or have made enough to make a "collection" in their own right - were I wealthy and extravagant enough - and looking at Frilly's insane PP collection makes me drool.

    But in terms of balance and design (and of course it's always going to be in the eye of the beholder), reading through this thread and then countless other pictures, reviews and advertisements, has pointed me firmly at two others: A Lange (again, very much a rich man's habit I'm sure), and Jaeger Le Coultre (rich enough, but perhaps more realistic for more people). I actually find their complicated piece quite similar in philosophy sometimes - either very symmetrical in proportion, or very deliberately asymmetrical, with a subtle balancing compensation.

    Everyone has their thing, and every maker probably makes something I think is beautiful. But JLC strikes my ignorant brain as being very special design within the realms of realistic attainment.
     
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    Mr. Moo Boxercise Toughguy

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    Don't worry about it, I appreciate all help I can get. I think I want to "casualise" it at least a little bit, and I was also thinking that adding a gator strap would be nice.

    I thought a mid-brown/tan gator strap would be nice.. You don't think the colors would play well together? Would a black gator be better?
     
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    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    lookin good, moo. :slayer:
     
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    +100. I need more monies so I don't have to decide between JLC models.
     
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    Terrific wrist shot of that Speedy, Moo.
     
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    Mr. Moo Boxercise Toughguy

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    Thanks guys!

    Still amazed at the iPhone's camera :inlove:
     
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    Also: nice jacket, Moo.
     
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    Can anyone recommend a web shop with a decent selection of 18mm NATO or ZULU straps that ships to the US? I tried Gnomon and Strapcode (and maybe something called cheapnatostraps?), but they mostly have 20 and 22mm straps. I've found a couple of European sites with straps that would work, but they don't ship to the US.

    I'm trying to find something in Swedish flag colors. I picked up this one from Amazon, but the blue is too dark - almost black under fluorescent lights - and the yellow is too bright, almost verging on neon; I'm looking for something closer to a medium blue and gold. I also prefer matte hardware, but that's probably being too picky.

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    Ok, I'll stop clogging this thread with noob questions about my plebe watch now. :embar:
     
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    In theory an interesting point. However, I highly doubt Lange would go belly up, especially since they are a part of Richemont, and in the eyes of some it crown jewel. Thats being said, some of their movements have been in production for quite a while also. The movement for the Lange 1 has been in production for more than 20 years, the Lange 1 Moonphase more than 10 years, the 1815 I believe about 15 years. Some of the variations on those have not been in production as long, but I would think there is an ample supply of parts for those watches. Especially since companies under Richemont have a tradition of servicing and taking care of older watches. Companies such as Cartier will buy back, restore and service any of their watches made PRIOR to 1970, and companies like VC will service their watches no matter how old it is, and if the part is not available they will source it, or make it. A VC forum moderator got a yardsale find on a 1950's triple date (maybe also with a moonphase) and it was in rough shape. He knew it was one of a very small batch of that model made. He decided to restore it and sent it to VC in Switzerland. They did a search and contacted all of their ADs and service centers, and even old service accounts and they located a NOS original dial for that model at very old service shop IIRC in Amsterdam. I was pretty impressed that VC searched and contacted ADs and even old service accounts to find a NOS dial that was nearly 60 years old. The guy paid a pretty penny, but he said it was worth it when the watch came back to him. VC has the backing of Richemont and tracked down something from 60 years ago when production was quite small for any of the Big Three.

    I could see the parts sourcing issue being a bigger problem with independents. Sure one can go with an independent that uses an ETA or Unitas as a base movement. They are good solid work horses, and parts are plentiful. However, to me its like buying an entry level BMW and then spending $30K on customizing it. Yes, its going to have unique attributes, but I'd rather buy $65,000 car thats a real $65,000 car rather than something that still has a lot of entry level BMW to it. I realize cars and watches are not always the best examples. Just explaining why at a certain price range, I would be less likely to consider an independant when there are great watches available from Lange, Patek, AP, VC, JLC, and others.
     
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    with the proper patience, for the right applications, it can take amazing shots. do you use a camera app (i use camera+) or the stock camera?
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    as to the 5 watches one maker mention, there are many many makers i would happily own up to a dozen of their pieces. i have about 50 catalogues from different makers in my closet and there are hundreds of amazing watches in those pages. i will agree with mimo that JLC does have an abundance of pieces i would be honored to have.
     
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    Nice speedy moo! Sapphire sandwich?


    The JLC was part of a homage series to Mucha, but I must admit Manara does bring something similar yet different to the table... especially with #3, which I guess is kind of golden shower meets Klimt? :happy:


    Good points, and food for thought. I still flip flop early daily about independents who refinish ebauches, and think then when taken to a certain degree, it can become something special in itself.


    Try straps made by our very own Singular - a Swede too. http://www.singularstraps.se/


    I agree that is a beautiful watch, but I think one of the older triple date calendars has slightly better balance, albeit in a 37mm case (see below).

    Anyway, I was actually referring to The Master Ultra Thin Perpetual 39, covered here in detail: http://jlc.watchprosite.com/show-forumpost/fi-2/pi-5762088/ti-849043/s-0/

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    Mimo, some food for thought - you can get this (discontinued) JLC SS triple date calendar for $4-5000 on the used market in just about mint condition. Add in $1000 for servicing and you have essentially a new watch.

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    Nice subdials!
     
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