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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. jbarwick

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    Great pics Frills! Those ALS look like they dwarf your PP in size.
     
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    +1 I don't think I've ever seen that particular Tiffany co-branded version.

    Looks great.

    frilly finds cool stuff everywhere.



    Maybe I missed it, but has anybody here posted a pic of the limited-release Cartier Crash?

    I would punch a baby in the throat for this watch...platinum, 28 X 45mm.....strangely fascinating.

    Love that movement shape!

    Courtesy of hodinkee:

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    Hi, been following this thread for a bit now as I am looking to get my first nice watch. The watch that I am liking the most is an IWC Portugese Chrono on a brown leather strap. Sounds like a lot of people in this thread are not fans of this watch and I'm curious if it is. (A ) they simply don't like the way it looks or (B) there is something else wrong with the watch/company.

    This watch will mainly be worn with suits in a law firm environment but I also want the flexibility to wear it on the weekends and in casual environments as well.

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    Where have you gotten that impression? The IWC Portuguese Chrono is a modern classic. The issues around IWC discussed here on this forum stem, I suppose, from what many see as price inflation in many of the newer models, and a shift towards marketing themselves to the nouveau riche; their newer watches have gotten bigger and more blingy, and lost some of their former design integrity in the process. But that's not to say they don't make a good product...
     
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    A big lump of gold fashioned by Jaeger-LeCoultre


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    You are not one to hide your light under a bushel, TAT!

    @Lowndes I also like the IWC Portuguese Chrono a lot (the classic one, not the new one with the fancy movement). But that's the problem for some with the PC: it is inherently a pretty basic watch, with a barely-modified stock movement (as I understand it), but at very much a premium price. I think there's a feeling among many aficionados that IWC are charging quite a lot for infinite versions of the same old thing, using generic movements slightly altered and misleading labeled as in-house. A triumph of marketing over mediocrity.

    But, I think that's a little harsh. Nobody markets harder or more expensively than Rolex, and that shows in the cost of every one of their often simple models, that are rarely ground-breaking. But nobody denies that they're good watches. I think what it boils down to for me is that the ultimate test of a watch's value is how much you really like it. I think the PC is a classic design, very charismatic, and I'd be proud to wear it. One day, I just might. Even though the case shape is silly and catches on your shirt sleeve. But at least you'll always be able to see it.

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    Anyway, this is kind of where I was going with my rogues' gallery of demonised watch brands a couple of pages back: there are many reasons to like or dislike a particular maker, and some of them very rational. But if I happen to have an irrational affection for a watch, be it IWC, Breitling, Tag Heuer...or something really out there (Graham?!), then I think there is a point where true love has to come before TWAT-cred. :)
     
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    If you're working in a law firm through the week but want the watch to double-up for the weekend I would look at something on a bracelet rather than a brown strap. In my experience brown straps just don't work in the office very well, although it depends on how casual your office environment is. Then black straps aren't great at the weekend generally. So if it is one watch I'd go with a bracelet.
     
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    Agreed. But if you can afford buy one IWC PC, then maybe it's better to just have more than one watch. :)
     
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    The PC seems kind of large to wear with suits but most of us break that rule. @Lowndes are you a lawyer or work in a law office in a different capacity? Our resident lawyer will pop in soon with his suggestions.
     
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    Thanks for the help so far. I'm a mid level
    associate at a large law firm in Texas. The reason why I am picking a brown strap is because I don't like bracelets and it's probably been three years since I've worn black anything other than to a couple of funerals and formal events. I just greatly prefer brown.

    On the watch front I actually added a couple to the mix last night and am now between the IWC Portuguese Chrono, JLC Master Chrono or JLC Master Hometime. I like the looks of the Portuguese the most (though it is pretty close) but the JLC keeps bringing me back because of its movement and the more I study the history of the companies JLC is the most interesting to me. I don't believe I'll ever sell this watch as since it is my first nice watch purchase I would eventually like to gift it to my son when he graduates college (he's only 2 so I have awhile).

    At the end of the day I probably will be buying a second watch within a year as I just decided to buy a nice watch a few weeks ago and can see how addicting they can get! That one will be more for casual settings.
     
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    Hmmm...big watch for a suit...bracelet suggestion...lawyers...why am I picturing a 41mm Royal Oak in Texas?
     
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    You just switched horses in the middle of the stream, Pardner.
     
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    Indeed, when I started this process I didn't think I would buy another nice watch for quite awhile. Not sure if I'll be able to hold off the temptation now. Also, I still want to be able to use the watch in casual settings but by that I mean nice pants and a sweater rather than shorts and flip flops. In short, I'm trying to say that I am putting the most emphasis on having a nice watch to wear with suits.
     
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    Then I would go JLC every time, personally. I would guarantee that once you've got one great watch you'll want another in due course, so you can always get something sportier down the track.
     
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    Loving this piece at the moment


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    Between the IWC Portuguese Chrono and the JLC Master Chrono, I would personally go for the JLC, especially if you were planning on dressing up the watch. It's definitely the more formal of the two, and has a more refined and technically advanced movement. That said, it might also be worth trying on the Portuguese Chronograph Classic, if you like the Portuguese styling and the bi-compax layout:

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    I tend to prefer bi-compax chronographs because the dial seems less cluttered and more expansive.

    I also really like the partially skeletonized/open-worked rotor and movement, which gives the wearer a nice view of the watch mechanics:

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    (Photos lifted from this Hodinkee review).
     
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    Looks sharp mate!
     
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    Someone was a fan of Dali.
     
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    Still enjoing my Daytona. Every day and every minute.

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