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. DLJr

    DLJr TWAT Master.

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    Dbl post.
     
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    strap looks beautiful. i still think the black strap is great, and would work better when wearing a suit, particularly navy or gray, but this softer (and more casual, in my opinion) look is fantastic.
     
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    I don't see myself switching back anytime soon though. Changing the strap was a major pain in the ass. Those lugs are just so damn delicate. Got a couple knicks in the process, but I guess that goes with the territory!

    Thanks for the kind words!
     
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    yeah, changing straps is rough on the lugs. i wish all watches were made with screwed pins and came with a matching precision screwdriver.

    hold on to that strap though, you never know..... :)
     
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    Oh absolutely, I am sure it will be used further down the road! I very rarely even have the chance to wear a suit though... and I would not feel bad wearing that strap with a suit. It is more casual than, say, a black gator strap, but I see enough people wearing Timex's with their suits that I really do not mind.

    I like the fact that I can wear this with shorts and a polo and not feel like it is so dressed up!

    The ostrich has a lot of character, and it is not too pimply. I do not think Dino would approve, but it might not be as offensive to his eyes :cheers:
     
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    I think its awesome.
     
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    Yep, looks great Newcomer. Curious as to how it will break in....darken a bit, perhaps?

    And good call on the rubber, especially as it's starting to warm up, Stitchy.
     
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    Watch nerdery incoming. You have been warned.

    A good article from Hodinkee about the new GP constant force escapement was just posted. Although Monochrome covered this horological breakthrough in greater detail some weeks before, the Hodinkee article is a little easier to understand IMO.

    http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/in-depth-the-girard-perregaux-constant-force-escapement-explained

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    Some here might recall mafoofan and I discussing power reserves some pages ago. Some again might recall a particular comment from the foo mentioning that having a huge mainspring exacerbates a problem inherent in all springs - that the spring runs too "hot" initially, then as it winds down delivers energy in a non-linear manner. Since the escapement has no way of "insulating" this effect from the rest of the movement, the fundamental function of timekeeping is compromised.

    Make that was compromised.

    This new GP constant force escapement is absolutely ingenious in its very simplicity. I can remember myself playing with flexible train tickets many years ago (read the Hodinkee article to understand this reference), and even if I were a watchmaker I doubt I would have made the mental leap to actually coming up with this design.

    While this new GP watch is not exactly a watch I would buy for its looks, it is a true breakthrough that I think deserves the attention of any person who considers him/herself a mechanical watch lover. And it definitively shows that strange deluded aggressive poster from quite a few pages back (remember him??) that horological development did not die with George Daniels. Hah! :slayer:
     
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    That constant force escapement is very cool. The watch is ugly, but the tech is sublime.

    Will be interesting to see the other incarnations of this technology.


     
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    Excellent read. The GP DNA is somewhat evident in the shape of those bridges when viewed from that movement side. Nice touch. And a fascinating idea. Truly revolutionary.
     
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    This would be an overarching example of craftsmanship over design. It may be finely made, but what good is a watch you can hardly read? When the main dial becomes so sublimated that's really going too far.
     
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    It's an art watch; I suppose legibility isn't the main goal.

    Audemars Piguet did something similar with their thoroughbred 43,200 bph Jules Audemars Chronometer a few years back:

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    photos from kronosblog
     
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    And Breguet have a whole series similarly done
     
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    That doesn't justify it by any stretch of the imagination.It's like wearing a Faberge egg.
     
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    Y'know, I think I'd be fine with that...

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