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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. TheWraith

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    Thanks guys. I can keep a secret, so it won't be too hard. I may continue with some teasing clues, though.
     
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    So, just wanted to test the waters here. What say you all about the VC Patrimony Traditionelle Small Seconds?

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    This is one of the watches I had the pleasure of trying out in New York. And one that I hope that I get to see again when Keith T and I have a mini-TWAT meet-up tomorrow. I have always loved this watch, but I kind of put it on the back burner for a little while. And Hodinkee's post today kind of rekindled the fire that I once had for this watch. Personally, I think it is the best executed time only watch out there.

    The most time that goes on, the more I realize how much I love simple, round watches. And this may be the ne plus ultra of simple round watches.
     
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  3. in stitches

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    ummmmmmmmmmmmm its perfect.
     
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    I really can't disagree. I have loved this watch for many years.
     
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    The Platinum version with the slate gray dial is absolutely gorgeous.
     
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    With all the recent talk of AP ROs I thought I'd post one of my own - casual Friday working at home.

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    That VC has been on my radar for quite a while, too. Lovely... But I must say the AL&S reviewed in the article gives the VC a run for it's money. The new AL&S 38.5mm 1815 is also beautiful:

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    As is the AL&S Saxonia Automatic released a couple of years ago:

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    Thoughts?
     
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    This.

     
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    And hilarious, was not expecting such overwhelming approval.


    You know, I have to say, I am not the biggest fan of that Lange. I strongly prefer the aub/auf. Do not get me wrong, it is a beautiful watch. But I find it a bit cold compared to the VC. I love German austerity as much as the next guy, but this may be a little bit too austere and German for me. Plus, there are other Langes that I prefer. As Ben @ Hodinkee mentioned, this is probably my favorite VC.

    Plus, I just want to follow Dino's footsteps and get a time-only VC as my first nice watch.
     
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    You know, I completely agree. I just don't 50 percent increase in price agree.


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    That VC ticks all of the right boxes. The lugs and crown look better than the ALS but I like the ALS hands more. Those daggers are just the right size for the dial.
     
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    really like that ALS in rose gold, the WG/plat version is not doing it for me so much.
     
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    Horses for courses I suppose. I like the VC Traditionelle Small Seconds, but find the rendition of the railway track more static/frozen compared to the 1815. Of the VCs, I've tended to favour the Contempraine hand wound over the Traditionelle, precisely because I'm not a huge fan of the VC rendition of the railway track, and prefer the cabochon markers on the Contemporaine. The curved dial on the Contemporaine is also lovely, and really harks back to the watches from the 1950s.This one is a great example (though a bit rich for my taste in platinum!):

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    Also the blued hands of the AL&S 1815 are gorgeous IRL and really contrast nicely against the creamy dial. I should have posted the pink gold 1815, as I prefer it to the white gold version which I posted here. I like the 1815 Up/Down, too, but was trying to find examples of 3-hand or 2-hand watches that were equivalent to the Traditionelle Small Seconds which had been cited earlier.

    Buy the way, I don't really care/agree with Ben Clymer's argument that you should only buy iconic watches from a brand (e.g. Lange 1, Datograph, etc.). You should just buy what speaks to you! For example, I had the option of buying a plainer AP RO (e.g. Jumbo) or the AP RO Chrono (probably the more "iconic" renditions of the RO), but preferred the DualTime for its functionality.
     
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    Outstanding piece. This is actually the first Royal Oak I ever tried on.
     
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    Agreed; here are photos of the AL&S 1815 38.5 mm in rose gold; blued hands look beautiful:

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    The railway tracks on the AL&S also look more fluid/open to my eyes, relative to the VC Traditionelle Small Seconds. I actually realise this may be an optical illusion, that has more to do with the relative width of the bezels, shape of the hands, etc. rather than the rendition of the railway tracks themselves.
     
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    Nuke,

    I really like the Patrimony Traditionelle. Its elegant without being stodgy. The dauphine hands are beautifully finished, one side polished, one not so they catch the light and are easy to read, the minute track, small seconds subdial, case and lugs all look ideal and perfectly finished. If one is seeking a round case dress watch, this is a piece that is difficult to beat. I find it far more attractive than its sibling the Comtemporaine, and Langes are beautifully finished, but the only ones that truly calls to me are the Lange 1 or Lange 1 Moonphase (the others are generally too austere for me). P.S. ...hahaha...good memory...yes my first dress watch was a time only small seconds VC in pink gold. This year it will be celebrating its 12th Bday. Below is a quick photo.
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    PAM 112 on the wrist today.

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    :puzzled:
     
  20. Keith T

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    Nice wrist shots, Beckwith.

    And man that's a great pic of your Vacheron, Dino. Shows off the case angles in a flattering way.

    Another underrated feature of many VC dress pieces is the cross-buckle...so hot.
     
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