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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    Someone's either got an agency or a vicious sense of humour. :)

    I kind of like the clean design on this chrono (at about $3500). IT is pretty big at 45mm, though.


    Or for half the price (and I don't like the date window, but..) this is also quite understated and classic-looking. And a sensible 40mm.

    I don't really like the bezel and stuff on Belligero's above; looks cheap to me. But that's just my personal taste, and the proportions are quite nice if you like something a little sporty.
     
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    rnguy001 Senior member

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    Handsome watch.

    Would love to see it in 44 mm though, wondering if the subdials would be better proportioned at that size. Love the Blue/white scheme.

    I forgot how damn expensive these Speedy's have become!



     
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    Morning TWATters. I am not sure that there is any better way to start the morning than with some dirty Piaget pr0n.

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    Just wow. A little out there design-wise, but surprisingly wearable given its dimensions.


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    Not a skeleton fan but love the look of Piaget's in general.
     
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    ...provided you ignore the fact that it's hanging over that wrist on both ends. :teach:
     
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    Haha, true, but I am pretty sure the poster's wrist is ~6.25".

    Let me rephrase. It looks wearable for a 48mm watch... :happy:
     
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    I've always had an awkward man-crush on this watch. And now a local purchase opportunity presents itself. Somebody talk me off the ledge, please. I know it's very unconventional - but that is precisely what is appealing to me. I know it's (absurdly?) overpriced at retail, but I won't be paying retail. Please save me from myself.

    For some reason the insert photo icon doesn't appear when I log on at work, so cut and paste the link below, or google 'Montblanc Nicolas Riuessec Chronograph' :

    http://www.fototime.com/3EFB795436A443A/orig.jpg
     
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    Just stunning! Piaget is one of my favorite brands. Don't own one yet, but I'd love to have one someday.
    Sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants and resistance is futile. I personally, find it over stylized not very attractive. However, if the price is right and you love it, go for it.
     
  9. Keith T

    Keith T TWAT Master.

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    Newcomer: the round-faced, reasonably sized one is :worship2:

    RogerP: I hear you. It's gimmicky, it's got a lot of writing on the dial.... but I sort of see the appeal in a nerdy/unconventionally attractive way. If you really want to be talked off the ledge, then pretend I just shouted "Don't jump!" directly into your left ear canal. And always remember Dino's admonishment: Never buy a watch from a _______ company. (In this case, the word "pen" would fill that blank for Montblanc, no?)

    Kid Nickels: As far as choosing a gifted Rado, I think you either go full-out black ceramic with one of their modern* design pieces, or you opt for the 70's-funky-fabulous Diastar update. I'm not sure what to even properly call this case shape....but it definitely says "Rado":

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    (image from manufacturer's website)

    So maybe we're talking lesser of evils here....I'm not personally a big Rado fan, to be kind, but one of life's unbreakable rules is.....never turn down a free watch!

    Have fun with your choice.
     
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    Wow Keith, I guess I forgot about my own statement about not buying a watch from a pen (or other non watch related item) company. But I still think it holds true. Thanks for reminding me!

    I agree with your statement about Rado. Personally, they don't do much for me, but a free watch...never turn it down. Everyone could use a good solid bang around watch...and a Rado could be it for Kid. I would probably go with the retro 70's Diastar (with sort of oval/egg shaped case) like the one you posted. It was probably their most famous watch until they really became known for their black ceramic watches. A friend of mine from India said, Rado is very big in India and people in his family often gave them as gifts. So although he was into Panerai, Rolex, and Lange he also had a Rado.
     
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  11. Keith T

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    Gratuitous wrist shot from vacation...Omega Seamaster 2254.50 on Zulu strap:


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    This one has now been in the waters off Grand Cayman, Paradise Island, and Cozumel.

    Maybe someday I'll even dive with it LOL.

    Likes: sword hands, KILLER lume, Ministry of Defense-looking dial (plus the waves...don't forget the waves!) and of course the sea monster on the back. Case size is a sweet-spot 41mm for me. I wear this one in the pool, sometimes to the gym, etc.

    Dislikes: completely unnecessary helium release valve (again, for me)-- and also the bezel could be easier to grip. It turns okay, just sometimes difficult to grasp.
     
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    I don't like skeletons much, but I do like the look of this dial a lot. It's just so crazy complicated and finely detailed in there it's fascinating. Love that sheen on the finish...it just looks delicious...steam punk soup. But I hate the case on the big one. I just do. So, suprisingly, I won't buy one. [​IMG] Maybe one day if I get to work wherever Frilly works, I'll buy the round one. Or not.


    I agree about buying a watch from a pen company, I agree that it looks a little self-conscious and over-designed, and I agree that all in all it's rather silly. But just as I retain a love for the inherently stupid 45mm Planet Ocean Ti, and various other things, I do kind of get it. It's kind of wrong but irresistible, like making out with a hot traffic warden. I think you should buy it and wear it shamelessly. Go on. I want to see more pics apart from anything else. :)

    To me it says early 70s Speedmaster Pro "homage". I don't like the case shape. But then it's not my watch. Maybe, in addition to my earlier suggestions, you might want to embrace the modern "Rado-ness" of ceramic. If that's your thing, I think this is quite cool at about $3500.

    On a separate note, nice pic of your Seamaster - looks great on that strap.
     
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    Quote:I hear you man - and Dino as well. On the one hand it can be fairly described as gimmicky, but on the other hand, off-center time displays aren't gimmicky when done by Lange and GO, and while there is no getting around the fact that this is a freaking Montblanc - and I don't even like their pens - the movement is actually a quality piece of work - column wheel, vertical clutch etc. I think my problem is that having a solid array of fairly conventional watches, I am finding "different" appealing. I'll spare you all the pics of the Dubey & Schaldenbrand I nearly bought... I appreciate both of your efforts - my toes are no longer overhanging the edge, but I haven't quit stepped back in the building yet. Edit - Mimo - hilarious! You know the real impact of this place? I am looking at the price of the watch and thinking "That's two St. Crispin's, one Vass and two Carmina."
     
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    Oh the pain. I feel every bit of that. And similar equations have kept me from properly joining the TWAT club until now.
     
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    Wife wants to buy me a watch for my birthday. What is a good watch in the 1K range? Any suggestions? Thanks
     
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