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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. HorseHide

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    If we need to measure the shutdown using a perpetual calendar we're really in trouble!
     
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    Maybe he thinks the watch is stain resistant?
     
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    So I should be going for my first non-terrible timepiece after three years of salivating - should happen sometime in the next three months. It's definitely going to be an older piece with no complications, probably e-thrifted off the bay. Trying to get the best movement I possibly can for under 750... any suggestions? I've been looking mostly at older JLCs / LeCoultres, but a few old pieces by Piaget (occasionally dip that low), Longines, and Omega are also catching my eye. Any other suggestions?
     
  4. dopey

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    Am I on drugs? Yesterday I saw a watch, JLC I think, that had what had to be a 1/10 of a second subdial counter. Could that be? The needle was jumping around like crazy and I could barely keep from having a seizure. What was it? .
     
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    Agreed - the PAM210 and similar are really the only Panerais that I like.

    To me, the larger ones are just too big and cumbersome, and they take up almost the entire top of my wrist (and my wrist isn't that small). I tried on a PAM233 or PAM240 a while back and it felt like I was wearing a dashboard chronometer on my arm!
     
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    Think you saw a Duometre. You can youtube it to check it out better.
     
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    Duometre jump seconds? Beautiful watch
     
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    What they said. It is every 1/6 of a second though, and it is referred to as a foudroyante. I think I would be antsy if I ever had one.

    Although I do have a thing for the Habring 2 foudrayante and secondes de morte combination. Something intriguing about having two "jumping" functions.
     
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    I am pretty sure the one I saw was marked 1-6, which meant it measured 1/10ths of a second. The jumping hand was really crazy looking, and, honestly, was a little disturbing as it was moving faster than my eye could really follow.
    http://www.luxury-insider.com/features/2008/review-the-jaeger-lecoultre-duometre-chronograph?page=2
     
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    Doesn't one that is marked 1-6 measure 1/6th of a second? If I am incorrect, I blame it on my atrocious understanding of all that which is mathematical.

    Linked is the Habring one. It almost does not even look like a watch.


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  11. dopey

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    Yep. It is 1/6th. My error.
     
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    Just making sure, I really do have beyond a rudimentary understanding of mathematics. But back on topic, I do not think I would enjoy that complication on a watch. It is far too manic, and I seem more drawn to poetic complications. I also cannot help but wonder if the foudroyante would be a servicing nightmare. I would think that the little thing whirring around all the time would damage some sort of mechanism.

    This Breguet has a 1/10 of a second mechanism. The watch uses silicon parts though, to avoid wear and tear.

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    what newC said. i have seen a few in person as well, and i think they are amazing. a true delight.
     
  14. Hayward

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    Saw a JLC one today in the window at Kenjo. Rather amazing but not for me.
     
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    Someone say Duometre? Good excuse to post this again. And specifically this.

    It's this kind of thing that inspired my thought that JLC might like to be perceived as a genuine alternative to the "Big Three". After all, only a few years ago, Lange was priced like JLC, but now sells in the PP price range. Platinum Duometre please...but I guess the big difference is that unlike Lange they still make a solid set of more accessible steel watches. Dino's Breguet analogy is probably closest - again, talked about as "Big Five", but the Type XX is cheaper than a steel Daytona.

    Going back to the JLC Diver, I do actually think it's beautiful. But as it's in such a dressy price and finish, I couldn't personally see myself wearing a watch with a coloured bezel for that purpose - unlike a tidy steel RO. Still, if I had one I'm sure I'd want to wear it all the time regardless. Each to his own..I hope you get it, Khal. :)

    Thanks for the input on Monsters, btw. Typical TWAT enabling, even on this humble scale! As for you, Stitchmeister, what,not even on the beach? :p
     
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    Hi friends,

    Just got back from a hectic week of watch ogling and yumcha-ing at the Watches&Wonders event in Hong Kong. Have lots of delicious watch pics to post up soon - in the meantime I leave you with this shot from the Independents exhibition in Singapore the week before, and another of a friend's watch collection on show there...

    Now whether it rivals Madame Upton, that's a different story...

    p.s. anyone care to identify the watches in the box? Lots of prototypes and pieces unique there.

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    So that's what was in Mickael's briefcase...and about as tasteful as the rest. [​IMG]

    (Love the Philippe Dufour with the small seconds)
     
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    Totally agree Mimo... while there was probably 10 million sitting right there (according to the owner's estimation), none of them were to my liking. Even the Patek (some sort of crazy grande comp) was waay too thick.

    Owner's favourite watch is the one at upper row, second from left, some sort of Greubel Forsey prototype. Worth more than 2 mill apparently.

    Shots coming soon of the HM4 panda piece unique's funny looking arse. I thought it was kinda funny ;)

    And it must be a special week to see 3 Dufour Simplicities in 5 days - 2 in Singapore and 1 in HK!
     
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    Sounds like an awesome trip!

    Dressed like Don Draper today, taking some conference attendees to school. Goddarn this iPhone and photo stitching apps.

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    That briefcase reminds me of some sort of Sci-fi props from an old movie. I understand what MB&F was going for but it seems more like a piece you don't wear often.

    No Frills - Went with a knit tie myself today....couldn't get a good knot with a DFIH so went with a half-windsor....not SF approved but works with this tie.
     
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