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. mimo

    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    Keith, honestly, I don't.

    It's not that the watch isn't suited conceptually - it's a colourful, sport chrono after all. But I just don't think the combination is inherently beautiful. Maybe it's because so many cheap sporty watches have "carbon fibre effect" this and that, that it makes the already bold styling and colouring look reminiscent of those. Or maybe if the watch were some super-minimalist two hand exocita with a matte black case and a hidden complication, it would be part of the feel.

    Instead, I would love to see this watch on a non-tapered, chunky strap made of thick grain leather, even suede, or cordovan. Maybe even a NATO for that rugged out-doorsy look. Rather than adding to the black and white thing, I'd contrast it with something chunky and mid brown, and with some kind of organic texture. It might not sound obvious, but I think it would sing. More casual in a way, but I think somehow more classy too. If you have anything similar, please try and post a comparison pic!

    (NS - that is fabulous! Was the custom display back your addition? Good call if it was; that movement is worth seeing!)
     


  2. apropos

    apropos Senior member

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    I've seen that watch on a distressed black leather (with tiny bits of underlying brown showing through) to great effect.

    I don't see the point of "carbon fibre effect" watch strap made of leather. To me it's conceptually the same as a "leather effect" watch strap made of plastic... Oh, so you can't actually make a watch strap out of carbon fibre? Then what's the point of mimicking a carbon fibre look anyway?

    It's just more (bad) gravy that a leather watch strap had its natural grain polished off first, was then treated heavily, and finally embossed with the carbon fibre effect... sorry, but the whole idea just seems naff to me.

    It's a simulacrum of something that isn't needed and cannot possibly be there, which makes it spurious on multiple levels to me.
     
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  3. mimo

    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    Stop beating about the bush, apropos...get off the fence and say what you really think, will you? :)
     


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    Thanks! I found a spare 11630 case with the custom display back on eBay a few years ago, so I can't claim the idea for my own. But I agreee, the movement is indeed worth seeing. And always a nice conversation starter to explain the first auto chronos and the microrotor and everything. I hava a Siffert (white/blue) Autavia as well, but the silver dialled is almost as rare.
     


  5. gambit50

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    Dino, I do apologize for not reading the earlier posts.In general, I find this watch thread full of rational, sensible blokes. But to see NFrills's taste in women is distressing for someone with the means to acquire what is able to.
    I do not mean to cause you agita and angst with the size/wearer size discussion.I can just never get over some of the fits and discussions of even the highest of SF royalty and their Sunday best that are nothing so fantastic. Not all but more than zero(which is too many) and even more than a few.



    Opinions here?

    Does this work?

    It's a great watch, beautifully finished, really great colors on the dial, some might say "historical" movement (obviously)....it's a re-issue.

    Zenith released it on a black croc (or maybe it was just croc-grain calf?) but for whatever reason, I didn't care much for it.

    Perhaps it's because I've already got a couple of watches on black croc and/or lizard, and wanted something at least slightly different. (Granted, it's still black).

    Any suggestions that might improve upon this combo?

    I've got quite a few other straps in my possession (like most watch nerds) and nothing else has really "clicked" so far.

    20mm--so it's a very common size.[/quote]

    I can dig it. An improvement would be to delete that reflection from below that comes off as yellow. For a hot second, I thought that was part of the show which would be :(.
     


  6. apropos

    apropos Senior member

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    Keith T, found the images I referred to (strap suggestions for your A386 reissue) after a bit of rummage in the ol' C drive.

    [​IMG][​IMG]

    Other ideas which come to mind include:

    - a mesh bracelet if you want to go for a full 80s look, like this - http://www.singularstraps.se/shop/mesh-lank/
    - charcoal vintage leather - http://www.thetimetraveler.co/acces...eather-handcrafted-strap-charcoal-leather-ss/
    - brown textured leather - http://www.thetimetraveler.co/acces...d-strap-chocolate-brown-ss-w-textured-stripe/
     
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  7. Keith T

    Keith T TWAT Master.

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    Thanks all for the feedback.




    Gambit50: not that frilly's taste in women necessarily needs defending, but just to be clear-- the Kate Upton reference goes back however many pages ago-- when a couple of her pics had popped up in the thread. Long story. But thanks for contributing here. And yeah, obviously the yellow reflection on the Zenith is coming from my neckwear choice from that particular day....agreed, that would be :(



    Stitch: glad you like the carbon fiber look. I had a thought overnight that perhaps this same type of strap in navy blue might be better, maybe with white contrast stitching? I believe Hirsch makes one, and it would be a little bit thicker strap than what's on the watch right now.


    apropos: you may really be on to something with that "sueded" look. The pics that you found are quite tasty. Thanks for looking them up. Your other recommendations are also appreciated. I do have a mesh that I could try, but mine is of the brushed variety, (also purchased for an Omega IIRC) and I think the seller called it a shark mesh, if you know what I mean....designed for divers.


    mimo: probably the point you raised is at the heart of the issue.....I have essentially been wearing this as a dress chrono, assuming there is such a distinction-- but you're correct in that this watch is a colorful, sporty one. I can tell you that I have tried it on a few brown straps, albeit "dressier" types.....but again, none of them seemed quite right. Moar chunkiness may be the solution.


    If I get some time this evening, I will try and snap a couple of more pics showing different looks as fodder for debate.
     




  8. Lazytiki

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    Why do I have to send my Omega Aqua Terra back to Omega to purchase a leather band?
     


  9. in stitches

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    the carbon fiber really does not bother me on the strap. CF makes me think of car racing for some reason and that watch has a racing look to me. i think its a good match. the fact that it is leather embossed with the CF look does not bother me in the least. as in, i think its a non issue. its just for aesthetics here, and i think the aesthetics work well.

    keith, would have to see the blue strap on the watch, but i think the black is where its at here. maybe if there were blue on the dial to pick up the blue strap i would feel differently.
     


  10. rnguy001

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    One of the subdials is blue. That could pick up the blue from a nice navy blue strap I think
     


  11. in stitches

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    ahhh, i looked close, but looked black on my monitor. assuming i was incorrect, the blue strap would likely be very cool.
     


  12. apropos

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    Think I once suggested a blue crocodile strap with contrast stitching to someone else some time ago, that combo could be a good one as well.
    :-D
     


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    This is the second time you have commented about a post I wrote concerning a specific woman or two and:

    1. Implicitly rendered a judgment about said female, whether thumbs up or thumbs down, and;

    2. Readily presumed that I was somehow trying to draw an intelligent analogy related to the discussion about specific timepieces we were having at the time - as opposed to simply making a funny point - and;

    3. Issued an unsolicited admonition to "stick to the watches," perhaps because I have somehow offended you in some fashion. I am still unclear as to whether it's because you feel I am mistreating these women I've referenced somehow. Or if you feel that my taste in women is so incredibly bad that it merits calling me out.

    You have successfully elicited 28 seconds worth of annoyance from me. And perhaps from others as well, for your abject refusal to clearly explain why you are not recognizing the humor I am trying to express in this pretty fun, laid back forum. Your posts make me think like you have a pretty big stick in your a** that needs removing.

    Perhaps you were offended by what you perceived as my mistreatment of these women. Perhaps others felt the same. If so, I apologize for that.

    But if you keep issuing these annoying comments because you feel like my taste in women is somehow unfit for this forum's general sensibilities, then please enlighten us on your clearly superior preferences and behavior.

    28 seconds of annoyance complete. I do not care to read any response you might issue. <Blocked>
     
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  14. rnguy001

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    Stitch - you should see one of the Striking 10th in person. I think you would really like the dial - if anything for its unique use of colors. Plus it's a freaking cool watch IMO ;)

     


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