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. in stitches

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    minute repeaters are indeed fantastic. i have had the pleasure of handling of a few, and they are a true treat to operate and listen to, as they sound off their various chimes. pulling the lever (the distinct feel and sound of doing so, is a pleasure in its own right) and and then hearing the gongs is as soft a beauty as a watch offers.

    tourbillons as well. seeing a picture, or even a video, in no way compares to holding one in your hand, and watching the little marvel twist and twirl in your grasp. glistening and spinning like magic as the seconds go on. emotionless to the passage of time, and yet so beautiful and elegant.

    ahhh watches :inlove:
     
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    Ah, so glad to feel all the love for the 3970 here. Yes, I quite like its aesthetics and I dare say I prefer it over the very understated 3974.

    But to hear this sound... (yes, that's actually the watch I was viewing, and me and Patek Philippe USA Director of Technical Service Laurent Junod speaking in the background)...


    It was quite heavenly.

    But, no plans to get a minute repeater anytime soon. After all, as Patek USA President Larry Pettinelli literally said to me a few hours ago: "... I'm not sure I'll ever wear or own a minute repeater. I do have kids I plan to send to College..."

    Went on an awesome guided tour of Patek USA's new facilities this afternoon. Check out the full pictorial documentation I posted here:

    http://www.rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=295137

    Some fine timepieces there!
     
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    +1 on the 3970P. From a purely aesthetic point of view, it's pretty hard to beat.
     


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    Hey guys, i found this watch in an old box, my dad got it in Switzerland in the 80's. Apart from the brand it's self i don't really know anything about the watch it's self. I was hoping someone could shine some light on it.

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    Still has the original strap and it still works like new :D
     


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    The beauty on the left...for me.
     


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    Well said!!!
     


  7. in stitches

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    thanks, ddd!
     


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    So I met up with a watch collector buddy of mine for lunch Tuesday, and ended up making a pig of myself by selecting two items from the dessert menu.

    First is the Omega DeVille Hour Vision:

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    The DeVille had long been the red-headed stepchild of the contemporary Omega lineup (though the Constellation might argue the point) so it came as somewhat of a surprise back in 2007 (08?) that Omega chose this line for the creation of a new model to showcase their first exclusive caliber in several decades. I have been a fan of this model ever since - both for its own attributes, and for what it represents as a milestone for one of my fave watch brands.

    Omega took the term "showcase" rather literally, and presented not only the expected display back through which the cal. 8500 might be admired, but went the extra step to craft the entire center portion of the case in sahhpire as well. On the wrist, the movement is constantly "winking at you" through the sapphire window of the case circumference. Damnably difficlt to capture with a camera, but this should give you an idea:

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    The bracelet was a real surprise - as in how incredibly comfortably is sits on the wrist. The retro design has the supple feel of mesh, notwithstanding the average size of the links. Not sure what they did to make it feel worlds apart from, say, the bracelet on my Speedy 9300, but this one just slithers over the wrist with almost a liquid feel.

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    The second helping came in the form of a truly loveley vintage piece in an unusual size - at 38mm, with its short lugs and thin bezel, this one has mucho wrist presence - albeit in an understated and elegant way. I haven't had a chance to photograph it yet - presently digging through my strap drawer for something to upgrage the croco-calf it came with - but here is one by the former owner:

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    great pick-ups. i have always wanted to see the exhibition side that omega does, but have not had the chance in person, yet.
     


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    Congrats on two great pieces. I love the see through effect on that Hour Vision!
     


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    Congrats on your new additions! They look great. Post some wrist shots when you have time.
     


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    ^ Love the simple elegance of the second watch.

    Now for something far less elegant: my original Swatch Jellyfish that I got when I was young:

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    ^

    No match for me. ; )

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    Thanks for the comments, gents. Dino - I'll see what I can do about some wrist shots.
     


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