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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. tigerpac

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    I guess nevertheless the exact model #, I prefer the enamel dial version. It is just so well executed and screams Breguet to me.

    The brand gets the token bump down for being in the Swatch group, which I don't agree with but that's the perception I get from the boards anyway. Beautiful rotor and well finished movement as well. Lugs look thin though! (borrowed pic, don't own either)


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    Is it bad to say I love Breguet numerals but on other manufacturers watches?
     
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    I love Breguet watches, not necessarily just the ones with Breguet numerals

    My 3910 gets more wrist time than any other watch I own.
     
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    That enamel dialed version is the money.
     
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    Two more:


    Breguet 7787BR 29

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    Breguet 7787BR 12

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    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    I tried it on for the heck of it when I was at one of their boutiques last year. I don't really care for that style of guilloche, and the date window IMHO looks terrible. I don't car for it being angled and getting larger as it goes toward the case, and it detracts from their watches. I would only want a date if it were on a subdial for a Breguet, as it seem more traditional and more appropriate on what are generally very traditional watches.

    Personally, I like certain elements of them, some of their guilloche dials, the coin edging on the cases, and their hands. They are also very finely finished. Still some how I don't really have a desire to own one. For what most cost I would generally rather have a Patek, Lange, AP, VC or maybe even a Piaget. Also as someone else mentioned, it somehow seems to have a little less luster as part of the Swatch Group....I wonder if perceptions would be different if it were part of Richemont.

    The do nice work with enamel, however I almost always think a Breguet without a guilloche dial seems to be missing part of its DNA. Yes, many people seem to think the brand lacks something as part of the Swatch Group...and in an odd way, I sort of agree.

    I have looked at them fairly recently. I'm not sure that I think the lugs are that thin, it may be sort of the close proximity they are to each other (rather than having a bit more distance between them) that leads to that perception. I think they make a very good quality watch, but I just hesitate at that kind of money to choose a Breguet. I find the designs, and finish on other high end brands a bit more appealing.

    Agreed! [​IMG] I sort of prefer them on other brands.

    I tried those on also. I liked the asymmetry created by the power reserve and the placement of the Breguet name near 9 (although I hate the oval with the name on the Guilloche dial version). Again, it was a nice watch, but I questioned if this model or the brand really was something I would spend that type of money on when there are so many high end brands in that price range.
     
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    What other watches would you buy in price range and style? I don't like how most (almost all) Pateks look. Which Lange? Any of the more complex Lange are a lot more expensive.
     
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    Here's an expensive Breguet that I was fortunate enough to play with a while back:

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    Love those enamel dials, though. And to be honest, with the $250k this runs at, I'd be looking at a whole lotta Lange...
     
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    Couldn't agree more about the date window. The same issue exists with some Calatravæ, as well — and plenty of others. The date right inboard of a "3" index is especially :facepalm:.

    Breguet just isn't on the radar for me, either. They were the pocket watch to have back in the day, but the only wristwatch of theirs I'd want is the original military-issued Type XX. Swatch Group bought a name; I don't see much connection to the historic company.
     
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    I do kinda like this date window, however:

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    :)
     
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    I prefer the 5116 with the enamel dial. Now is an especially good time since pp lowered retail 7% because of chf.
     
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    I think the only Breguet I I have tried on in the recent past was a tourb that happened to be in in one of my local ADs. I don't even remember which one it was, but I know it was one of the more basic ones.. It was out-of-control amazing.
     
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    What's all the hoopla from everyone about enamel dials? Seems to be the first thing anyone mentions.
     
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    It's a delicate and far from simple dial to make, so when they are done really well, it's always nice to see. Not to mention, when they are done really well they look absolutely stunning.
     
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    The Hodinkee article mentioned hits 3 great watches. Also look at the ALS 1815 up/down.

    The FP Journe CB is an unbelievable watch and actually a great 'value' for that price, but not sure if its too casual for you.

    I went through a similar search recently and ended up stretching the budget to get the FP Journe CS with gold dial.... It just blew me out of the water and felt great on the wrist. While I was also looking very close at some VC and ALS models (after going through all the brands and narrowing it down) in this range the FPJ won the day. I'll use this as an excuse to post pics of it again :) Excuse my crappy camera work.

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    The movement on that FP J in the hodinkee link is beyond stunning, but I'd be very apprehensive about a solid 18 karat gold movement.
     
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    You mean this movement? [​IMG] Why apprehensive?

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