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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. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    They sure do.
     
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    Arcas are awesome, well worth it. They fit surprisingly TTS as well...
     
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    Sorry to disappoint, dddrees... here's hoping another picture for consideration will make up for the disappointment.

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    Nuke - you cad! That could well be Kate on the left! And, uhm, Emily Ratajkowski on the right...?

    Aubergine FTW, but yes, perhaps after you've assembled a collection that covers all the more "basic" colors.

    Corthay's patination is out of this world. IMHO comparable to Berluti if not better; quality comparable to John Lobb.

    But then Pierre worked for BOTH John Lobb AND Berluti, so presumably he took the best of both and learned from them.
    Fair enough. Definitely a good thing to hold back if you have any misgivings. These aren't small investments and they've got to work with the rest of your wardrobe.

    They really, really are. And as lovely as they look in pictures, they are even more stunning in person. I remember taking months to decide on the olive wingtips - and I tried my best to hold off. But seeing them again and again just broke down my willpower.

    Which, arguably, ain't very strong to begin with... [​IMG]

    OK, back to watches. Only saw this now but this is Patek's official description of their entry to the Only Watch event sponsored by Antiquorum in Monaco. The titanium 5004 which we've discussed before:

    http://www.patek.com/contents/default/en/onlywatchauction2013.html

    I am still not in love with this piece. I suspect it's not just the construction in general but the Arabic numerals, which for me worked for the 5070 but not for the 5004.

    If, however, it was this rare 5004 in platinum with baton markers........!


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    Ha that was my girlfriend at the time, and on the right was Emily Ratajkowski sans the wonderful... subdials.

    I have a pretty good selection, but I honestly think that Aubergine is fairly reserved. I really do not think that anyone would look twice if you did not explicitly point them out. They definitely do not scream "purple shoes."

    I think that Corthay's patination is above Lobb and Berluti--although of course JLP Bespoke is a whole other ball of wax. To be honest, I have never been that impressed by JL. At that level, I have always had a preference towards EG or even G&G. Although I always wanted a pair of the Chapel's in Dark Brown Museum. Another day, perhaps.

    I guess I am at the point shoes-wise where I really do not have many 'holes.' I have desires, but not needs. I love to work my shoes into the rotation as well. There is nothing better than the patination that can only be achieved through wear and through polish. I have plenty of "needs" in the other parts of my wardrobe that need to be filled before I revert back to the acquisition of shoes.

    It sure as hell is a dangerous game :).
     
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    And my wife thinks I visit this thread because of the watches. Bravo sir, bravo. [​IMG]

    Sorry I missed the discussion on the 5004, but your right the Arabiac numerals just don't seem to work. Not sure that I like the idea of a Patek in titanium, and that watch band just doesn't look right on a Patek as well.
     
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    I saw these when I was tyre-kicking in Dubai. Everything you said. The Arca is stunning (orange croc, please!) Your olive ones are just gorgeous and I think these are definitely in the same vein.

    Me too. I'm a 10E in American, usually a 9.5F-G in English. When I tried on the Arca (wasn't just watch shops I was time-wasting in...), they actually gave me a US 11. They really are long and narrow. As a shoe-lover, I have to say that although it's disappointing, it's just not worth sizing up like that. The toe will break in the wrong place which could be uncomfortable over time, and will look increasingly detached from the rest of the foot. I see a lot of this on SF, especially with G&G. Sometimes when we love something, the denial is strong! If, like Nuke, your foot is the right shape for something like this to fit true to size, then happy days. Otherwise, there's always bespoke...and it's cheaper than most watches in this thread...who's the devil now? [​IMG]
    You know you're in good company. Now I know what your shell/drooling reference meant! My first shell pair (another AE bargain) is inbound, and I've been hankering for the Carmina blue wholecuts, among others. So many shoes, so little money*, and only two feet....but, I saw those ruby ones on The Shoe Snob a while back; are they MTO or coming to the online shop?

    Truth x2

    Seven pairs in the last couple of months, one more already ordered as above. Space...and a bunch of new trees also required. And to do some polishing. Why do we have to work?!

    You must have feet like an elf. I guess it helps having a derby, in that loosening the laces relaxes the whole shoe a bit. I have a pair of C&J that I accidentally bought one width too big - they are my standard long flight shoes for the same reason.


    I thought that titanium 5004 was ridiculous when I first saw it. At a glance this time, I found it strangely appealing. The magic of Patek? But if I'm going to have a PP fantasy, for me the 5004P would make a very good one. Much better designed that Kate Upton, and with a rather more enduring beauty too, of course.

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    *And I also ordered a watch, although not worth mentioning yet as it's very much in the poor man category and won't be ready for three months
     
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    Mimo - the ruby shell are sitting all too conveniently at my local Carmina (G&G and St. Crispin's) retailer. Thankfully, they are the wrong last for me.
     
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    How can we not look when you mention Kate? Resistance to Kate (or a great pair of shoes is futile [​IMG]).

    I have never really been in love with the 5004, but the baton markers are a big improvement.

    Same here, it has to be at least an E in width. I can't go up in size, because it makes the toe break in the wrong place. I gave up on when sales people try to get me into the next size because I know it has never worked for me and never will.
     
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    Those Ruby shell sound intriguing. I have become a sucker for shell as of late. The incredibly low maintenance is incredibly attractive to me. Although they are a bit "blobbier" than their calf brethren, I rarely have to wear a suit, and the blobbier shoes really work better with the rus in urbe aesthetic that I have been shooting for. TLDR, I need some ruby shell carminas in my life :).

    And who do you usually get shoes from Dino? I feel like Alden and Edward Green are both very accommodating with the wider-footed.
     
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    Most English makers do wider fittings, and some like Church's, C&J and EJ do wide and extra-wide. Be careful, as they represent them differently (I accidentally bought a "G" C&J, mentioned above, not realising that their medium is "E" like Edward Green's, and their "G" is extra-wide; Church's, Barker, Cheaney, Loake and Grenson use "F" as medium and "G" as just normal wide, with Church's also doing an "H"). I have to say the best range of sizes I've ever seen is Allen Edmonds. Who of course, being American, use E as wide and EE or EEE as extra wide. So, er, check your size.

    But I do get these rubies for sure. I understand the Simpson last is quite slim, so they might be waiting for your call, Nuke!

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    Those are most excellent. I have to admit though, with a pair of ruby shell slippers, I may feel like I am channeling my inner Dorothy a little bit too much.
     
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    that's a really cool watch (an understatement). i have to say that when i hit "play," i was a bit surprised by the music. not that i didn't like it (i think "chaiyya chaiyya" is great song); i just wasn't expecting it.
     
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    I've enjoyed the shoe tangent guys....good stuff.

    Personally I have far more calfskin dress shoes, and just two pairs of shell cordovans in my roster-- Alden single monks (#8) and Polo Darlton tassels (dark brown). I guess my tastes run more 'Merican. A lot of those colors (and shapes) above are quite attractive though.



    And nice try, mimo, but I always read the fine print. Can we at least get a clue? What timepiece would take 90 days to ship, unless repairs or other considerations are involved? The suspense would kill me.
     
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    I love the minimalistic design of this one. I gotta get it one day.
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    Simpson is very slim-fitting - just doesn`t work for me at all. Rain, Inca and Soller work great for my wide-ish feet, and a half-size up in Robert fits me well without being too long.

    Jarmo - love that Junghans - I expect I will own one some day as well. At least I hope so.

    My watch for today (which I consult frequently while stuck in a two-day conference):

    Oh crap - I can`t get the picture insertion icon - you`ll have to cut and paste the link to find out.

    http://www.fototime.com/5941157D99C58FD/orig.jpg
     
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    As a charter member of the giant-plates-of-meat club (size 14 wide), me and my severely limited selection of shoes hate you all.

    Do like the chronoscope!
     
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    Being a tough fit, if they fit I generally buy them. For dress shoes I have some C&Js as they are available locally. However, for daily wear I really like Paraboot with a rubber sole. I have several pairs and they are very comfortable. No one around me carries EG, GG, Lobb, Corthay etc, so those require taking a trip. Aldens are really nice, but they have never really grabbed my attention.

    Just a quick photo so my post is on topic. Today a VC 1972 Asymmetric. I love non-round cases. Tough to tell with the lighting but its RG.
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    It's going to kill me too, but I couldn't help saying something! I think it's clue enough to say that it's a definite "PMW", and I'm certainly feeling poor after this month's shoe binge. The delay is just that it had to be ordered - not available locally - and I just missed the last round of orders. I guess it's not a million miles away from what's below. But completely different.

    Been looking at these a lot. There's a friend of mine who loves this whole Bauhaus thing (he's an architect), and to whom I owe more than one favour. If I can stop buying shoes every five minutes and sort myself out, I might have to get him a Max Bill one of these days.

    Captain's looking very fine there, Roger. Can't help but speculate that the markers and hands might look rather splendid with your new shoes.
     
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    RogerP, Dino : great pics, great watches.



    OM: 14 wide!? God bless ya.



    Mimo : Way to keep us guessing.


    Jarmo: Chronoscope is sweet! Saw that it made the September watch spread in GQ.
     
  20. Keith T

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    EDIT: pic won't load properly?

    [insert hot pic of Rihanna here LOL]
     
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