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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. Keith T

    Keith T Senior member

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    SRSLY THO:

    We found a turtle living in our back yard this week.

    He's been camping out under a bush and swimming in the pool.

    Mrs. Keith T is all concerned that he's lost his family or something.
     
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    Ha! Screen shot courtesy of TC :D
     
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    JLC, Panerai: also Richemont, same same

    Rolex: evil empire, same old stuff made bigger and more expensive

    AP: Jay Z special editions, probably enough said


    Really, there aren't any good guys among major brands. They're all big business and they're all bending us over with the leverage of this sick watch addiction. Business is business.

    But good guys or not, there are some awesome watches and I don't care, I still want them. ALL.
     
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    Yea...I'm not sure what would make a watch co. a good guy or bad guy.
     
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    Oh boy, not a contentious subject at all. ;)

    Let's just say that I haven't been very impressed with Swatch Group or Richemont's designs or service in a long time (generally speaking, at least), and Swatch Group's love of Chinese component sourcing is particularly irksome at some of the price levels they see themselves as belonging in. LVMH pulls some nickel-and-dime BS with service policies/pricing too, but they don't seem as bad as the other two, and I've seen some good design from them from time to time.

    Any company with good manufacturing and design integrity has my full support, especially independents and quasi-independents.

    It's Friday night here, so I'll leave it at that for now.

    Peace!

    :hide:

    Edit: Before I head off, I should mention that the big luxury conglomerates don't seem to have inflicted too much of their grabastic bullshit on the German manufactures. GO and especially Lange remain resolutely old-school in the way they do things. In fact, I can't think of a single German watchmaker, from Stowa on up, that doesn't offer a solid watch for the money. And they tend not to be design biters, either (though it's pretty obvious where GO got its inspiration for the Pano-series). ;)
     
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    For example, I am not a huge fan of LVMH, but as a watch brand, Zenith has come out of some years of bad design into a reasonably good place as of late.
     
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    That's a rather morally relativistic stance. There's no doubt that some companies are honest, while others are rather obfuscatory when it comes to their manufacturing disclosure. The ones that are straight-up are the ones that get my watch buxx.

    That reminds me, I really need to get myself a Nomos.

    :)
     
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    Nomos is definitely a good guy.
     
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    Haha. I may have all of Jay-Z's albums, but I draw the line at his special edition AP!
     
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    let me explain. makes lots of watches i like = good guy in my book.

    also, rolex ruelz.
     
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    You got 99 problems, but a Royal Oak ain't one?
     
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    Basically.
     
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    Agreed. To quote Lil' Wayne, "I want it all but I know I don't need it"
     
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    among many other models or theirs that i adore. in a way, its kind of a shame imo that the popularity of the RO overshadows pretty much everything else they make. it also is probably do to the fact that most of their models are priced well beyond what most folks can afford.
     
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    I just, today, received this beast after selling it off a couple of years ago. I knew I would correct that mistake at some point.
    The Japanese Domestic Market only Seiko Marinemaster300 SBDX001

    [​IMG]

    I've been a Seiko man for as long as I can remember. I really liked this watch when I had it, but I sold it off to pursue other Swiss interests. It's one hell of a watch for ~$2k US with it's unadjusted Grand Seiko movement. I'm obsessed with dive watches and this is one of the best in my opinion.
     
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    I agree its a shame as they have had some interesting pieces in the past (although a few dogs too, look up AP Bamboo watch). However, the public speaks with their purchases and the Offshore Royal Oaks and Royal Oaks are what people mainly want and purchase from them. Even when they tried offering new models such as the Edward Piguet (rectangular model: time only, chronograph, perpetual calendar, tourbillon) or the John Schaeffer models, they never really captured the public's attention. I think they hang on to the Jules Audemars and Millenary models to have some type of current round dress and non-round dress watch to offer AP collectors. In addition, for many years RO's such as the 15300 and now the 15400 were the most accessible models to the public even though they were still significantly more expensive than say and "Entry level" Rolex, IWC, or Breitling. So I think ROOs and ROs will continue to overshadow their siblings.
     
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    Congrats on your new addition! Now you owe us some wrist shots!!!
     
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    Nice Seiko, T

    do you mind sending me a link where you got yours please? (PM is cool)

    Dino - well said about the good guy/bad guys in watches, although it's an interesting and insightful view proposed by B in the first place. I would agree with you though. It's a free market, we buy what we want not what we're forced to, so by rational we choose what watch is right for us - good, bad and sometimes (often times) ugly.
     
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    I got this one and my last one from Higuchi. Just email Katsu.
    http://www.higuchi-inc.com
     
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    I've got to say, I absolutely love that watch. Such a nice looking Diver. One of the best, especially for that price. I really would like to examine one up close and see how it wears, but that appears to be rather difficult without ordering one. I may have to pick one of those up used some day.
     
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