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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    Nice post, Apropos. That's exactly how I felt when I tried one for the first time, last week. It's kind of wrong. Definitely douche-associated. But like a lime green Shelby Mustang, as stupid as it is...the seven year old boy in all of us also thinks it's kind of awesome.

    And let's face it, douches wear Rolex quite a lot too. Or Omega. Or whatever. And do we care? Do we fuck.

    (RNG - you could be right...I've been thinking about it more than once...dropped by again the other night just to see one more time....ah shit...)
     
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    i dont think there is anything inherently douchey about any brand in general.
     


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    Quite right. I could well be a douche, according to some sources, and don't own a Panerai OR a Rolex. It's a very inexact science.

    But I'm fairly confident about Hublot.
     
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    Very well written post. And I learned at least one thing, given my own predilections: you just taught me never to try a PAM on.

    Otherwise, it might grab me by the neck and basically hold me at gunpoint... just like Jason Statham is doing with this guy...

    [​IMG]
     
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    I shudder to think what damage Apropos and Frills would due if they picked up the Panerai sickness..

    It would be a sight for sure.
     


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    Interestingly, I know someone who outgrew Panerai. He used to have thirty-two Panerai watches, but said he'd grow listless wearing one of them that he'd switch out twice or thrice a day. Sold them all off and now has two Pateks and two Langes as part of his weekly rotation. He says "less is more." Acquisition and disposition schedule probably helped along by the fact that he buys and sells watches for a living.

    Who knows, perhaps he will outgrow his current stable too. All part of personal evolution, I suppose.
     


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    Clever pic there, Frilly...no flies on you ;)

    One has to wondering what out-growing Patek and Lange might entail.
     


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    I only have 1 and I never wear it anymore - and it's not like I have a lot of other watches. Interestingly, a guy I know in the watch selling biz told me that in his experience many people get so used to the larger size that they can't go back to their smaller watches, warning me that if I got a PAM I might lose interest in my sub.

    But to the contrary, a year after geting a Luminor, I got a Mk XV (not only smaller than the PAM, but smaller than the sub too) and I now prefer both of these 'smaller' watches.

    [SPAM] While I haven't made any effort to sell it as I still enjoy the look of it, if anyone in Copenhagen is interested in a PAM 177, feel free to drop me a PM. [/SPAM]
     


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    it would be great for this thread.
     


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    Going independent would be a good guess.
     


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    I used to think that certain brands = douche brands and avoid accordingly, but over time I've come around to a different view, which succinctly expressed is: there are no douche watches, only douches who wear them.

    Yes, certain brands hold more appeal for douches than others - e.g. IWC, Rolex, PAM - but this is part a function of their simplicity in accessibility both in terms of price, design, and marketing ethos, as opposed to some inherent brand douchiness. As opposed to a lime green Shelby Mustang it's probably one in red - tons of appeal, perhaps a less sophisticated audience on a whole, but undoubtedly much much more fun and drive-able than a delicate European make, which while more rare and beautiful, you consciously treat with more care/respect, and perhaps constantly repair (as one of my bosses is finding to his unending grief).

    Feel free to substitute your own analogy as you see fit depending on your own proclivities - NASCAR vs Formula 1, draft IPA vs a fine Pinot, fun/flirty Californian girl-next-door vs Art History French exchange student girl, BBQ ribs vs filet mignon... this pattern repeats itself over and over again in life, and to bring it back to watches it's a lot easier to connect with some vague idea of general outsdoorsy sportiness and celeb appeal (Rolex today - not Rolex of yesterday) than polo playing specifically (Reverso). And like the descending limb of any bell curve, there are numerically less douches (perhaps not proportionally, heh) the higher up the disposable income brackets you go, so you're less likely to find a PP sporting douche than a Rolex sporting one, just as you're less likely to find a PP sporting regular guy than a Rolex sporting one.

    Of course there are some amongst us who start with PP, and then move on to more esoteric big $$$ choices - more power to them (and my unending envy!) but these people are few and far between.

    I still think you can tell a bit about a man's priorities based on his watch choice - e.g. the Master Ultra Thin perpetual calendar wearer vs the Leopard print Daytona wearer, the incredibly rich guy wearing a Casio, the poor guy wearing a fake Rolex - but I think the association is a lot looser than it used to be and is always superseded by his choice of dress, behaviour, speech, etc.

    Anyway... Now I'm off to find a fun/flirty girl next door, and bring her out for some BBQ ribs and cold draft IPA. Who's with me? :)
     
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    Does this mean that when the Ed Hardy brands a watch line, that you will buy one?
     


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    No, that's a false dichotomy - an acknowledgement of why some watches have a simpler/broader appeal than others is not the same as saying all watches are equally attractive or even attractive. Introducing some more reference points is not the same as relativism. :)
     
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    I would tend to agree, but then I remembered all Hublot's themed watched (Bayern Munich, Man U, Maradonna etc. etc.), which I personally find idiotic and douchy, but what do I know I'm european and around here a fun/flirty Californian girl-next-door is more exotic than a french art student.
     


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    :nodding:
     


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