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

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    ^^ id wear it :) ^^


    two fine pieces to keep. but if you have 10 kids, a collection might be what is in order. :D
     


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    That is absolutely absurd. Very beautiful watch though.

    Hodinkee did an interesting article today:

    http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/a-week-on-the-wrist-the-iwc-portuguese-chronograph-classic

    Here is a picture for reference:

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    What do y'all think? Personally, I think I prefer the design of the second one, cut-off numerals aside. I cannot help but notice the homogenization of watches owned by Richemont in this price range. Maybe it is just me, but I feel like some of the Richemont brands are taking their tried and true designs, and substantially modernizing them. Making them bigger, thicker, etc.

    For example, this new Cartier that we talked about a few days ago.

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    Maybe it is just my eyes, but I see a trend towards making everything look more similar.

    I also think the new price for the IWC Chrono is absurd. $13,000 is a dangerous price category to play with. A Daytona is less expensive, and I would prefer that.
     


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    Agree with this comparison with the Daytona.
     


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    Or "why in the world would you think I'd like your old-man-watches, Dad? I'd rather have mom's banged up scratched up watches."

    Great thoughts here. Who knows what the kids will think. Maybe they might not even like me when they grow up. But hey, I figure I'll enjoy the pieces now while I have 'em, they will see me wearing them every day (my 3.5 year old already knows how to operate a chrono, although she says she prefers the Explorer I to the Daytona as "she likes the watch Dada swims with" - and she does need my help unscrewing the darn screw down pushers), and if they detest them hopefully they can sell them for a decent wad of cash.

    Viva Patek victims! [​IMG]

    I saw that transaction. I neither have the inclination, nor the dollars to blow, on this piece. I understand it's probably one of a kind, but that indicator (is it day/night or leap year?) looking all pimply between 3 and 4 kind of puts me off for some reason...
     


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    The newer Port Chronograph is superior in every way IMO except I wish it maintained blued hands for the hours and minutes.

    Price being what it is, some may balk at, but it definitely fills a lot of the wants for many people. The Daytona comparison I get, though I find them different enough that I wouldn't mind.

    The price is steep though, it's certainly in line with other pieces with this level of finishing, in house movement etc..



     


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    I prefer the date to appear at the 3:00, but some do look rather good at 4:00, which surprised me.
     


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    I really like that Cartier. :) is this a new model?



    ya agreed. it's leap year I believe... not sure why I would ever need that but if I had $1.7M to blow on a watch I'm not sure I would care!
     
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  8. in stitches

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    It looks like a beautifuly understated perpetual calendar. I like it a lot.

    Would take daytona over port chrono.
     


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    Good news! I found the 5270 and, since its free shipping, the price should be within budget. Can't believe I found such a deal![​IMG]
     


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    :rotflmao:
     


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    A date at 6 really annoys me. My wife's automatic Cartier Tank Francaise has it there, as does my Pasha 950 Chronograph. I might be a bit better on a time only watch, but I'm not really a fan of when it cuts into a subdial (which often happens with watches based on the 1185 F.Piguet which happens on some Breguets, Cartiers, and BPs). Although AP and VC moved it to 4:30 and 12 respectively on their RO and Overseas Chronographs which use the 1185. I like the date at 4/4:30, its less disturbing to the dials symmetry if done correctly.
    +1 on the Daytona.

    As for the homogenization of Richemont brand watches, the public speaks through sales and if the public is still clamoring for really big thick watches, companies will modify classic designs to increase sales. Most companies have beefied up case sizes, if one considers Rolex super cases, Patek bumping Calatravas from what was once their large size at 34-35mm to 37mm+, Cartier increase the size of the manual wind Tanks, and AP increase the size of ROs. No one wants to give up sales to the competition. If the public tires of extra large thick watches, the companies will trim down case sizes again.
    Yes a new model its the Tank MC.
     


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    This inspires me to ask two truly dumb questions.

    1. Is it possible to make a mechanical perpetual calendar movement that features a date window?

    2. Is it possible to make a mechanical chronograph where the center seconds chronograph hand also functions as the ordinary sweep hand?
     


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    ZOMG BEST NEWS EVAR!!!!


    i hope they take paypal.
     


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    patek does this.

    not sure, but i dont see how hat would be advantageous. also you would have to interrupt the time keeping to activate the chrono and somehow not mess that up. i dont see this as being good, imo.
     


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    Like this one?

    [​IMG]

    Or, Hayward, did you literally mean the dates (1 to 28/29/30/31) in the apertures, and not just the month and/or day?
     


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