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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. aleksandr

    aleksandr Senior member

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    Agree. I personally always associate ALS with the oversize date display.

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  2. RogerP

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    I wish my life were so soft that I could find winding a watch every second day to be cumbersome. Actually, check that. I don't. ;-)
     
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    Yea...it's literally 42 hours of enjoyment for about 30 sec. of winding (if that).
     
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    Actually, does anyone else find winding a speedy a bit fiddly vs other watches? The bezel hangs over the crown a bit and so I have to use fingertips a bit more than my other watches where the crown is unencumbered. Jeepers, listen to me - what a first world problem.
     
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    Yes. Without doubt. I had to toughen up my fingertips to wind the Speedy.
     
  6. Dachshund

    Dachshund Senior member

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    No idea how they managed with moon gloves...[​IMG]
     
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    tifosi Senior member

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    LOL. Probably why the max. time allowed for a spacewalk was 40hours. hahahaha
     
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    I have a Speedy and I also have a Red Sub that doesn't have a quick set date, however I wouldn't give up either one. Just consider it part of it's uniqueness and charm.
     
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    Yep, tell me about the vintage Rolex without the quickset date - had a marathon session with that over the weekend. Wouldn't give it up for the world though.
     
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    My fave of the batch as well.

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    RFX, how do you keep all of your watches so pristine, despite wearing them out and about?
     
  11. Grammaton Cleric

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    Stopped by the MontBlanc store earlier today. Both their Villeret 1858 Pulsographe and the Heritage Pulsograph are INSANE!!

    The black baked enamel dial on the Villeret is a sight to behold. And the back is second only to the Datograph imo.

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    Good stuff. If it isn't obvious yet, I'm a huge fan of the perpetual calendar complication and aesthetic.

    It has been brutally cold in NYC over the last couple of days. Lucked out as I took the family to Mexico for the week. My usual routine here - back and forth to the beach to fetch water for my girls about a thousand times a day.

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    #DeepThoughts !!!
     
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    I love this style. Reminds me of the Glashuette I used to own. Wish I had never sold it. I don't see that style any longer in Glashuette, but I do like this ALS. Hmmm... Tempting.
     
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    Really, no distinct features that represent Lange? I disagree but I will come back to that. I am guessing that like Aleksandr you think the distinct feature it is missing is the "Grand date." However, that is really only a feature used on some models and is hardly the end all be all of Lange DNA. None of the 1815s models have ever used a grand date, the Richard Langes have never used it and many Saxonia do not use it. Personally, I only like it on a Lange 1. I think its dial layout is so unique that it is where a grand date looks best. I find it unnecessary on other Langes, and played out on brands other than Lange (which was the first to use it) or JLC (which developed it for use in Langes). Today, its been used in Breitlings, Breguets like that Marine model, VC's Overseas, and countless other brands. I've grown tired of seeing it on anything other than a Lange 1 or JLC. I also think that with the Richard Lange's rather sober design, the Grand Date would detract from a very elegant simple design. I like that they didn't cut out an hour marker, or part of an hour marker, or needlessly cut into the dial merely to throw an date onto a beautiful dial. Today, too many dials are ruined with dates, merely because the public finds them convenient.

    As for the Lange lacking distinct features...as mentioned earlier I disagree. IMHO Lange DNA is so much more than "Grand dates." That case and those slightly chunky, chiseled lugs are classic Lange. Those hands are classic Lange. Then there is the movement 3/4 plate, hand engraved balance cock and screwed gold chatons . Compare it with other Lange models and I think you will see it has as many distinct Lange features.

    It is a dressy watch, and perhaps that will limit its use for you. Yes, it will probably cost more than a Breguet or GO, but it exceeds both in terms of workmanship. So yes, the others may cost less, but perhaps you are getting less with those others. Only you can decide what works for you in terms of design and cost.

    If distinct features that represent brand are important ( I personally do put some value on this), for me the Marine has very few features that are distinct to Breguet. The lugs and case are not distinct to the brand (although the case has coin edging). A guilloche dial is very Breguet, but the style used on the Marine it isn't their best work IMHO...and that Grand Date at 6 bothers me both in that it cuts out a proper 6 marker and its not distinct to Breguet...its something borrowed from Lange and JLC. I'm also not that fond of the rotor used on its movement. If you want a sporty Breguet the Type XX is a classic representation of the brand, but if it need not be sportier go with one of their classic dress watches. I like the 7787, and its dial is sort of whimsical for a Breguet with its asymmetric functions. I sort of feel that going with the porcelain dial (as lovely as it looks), over a guilloche may be leaving out a classic Breguet element, so I'm torn as to whether I could choose porcelain over guilloche...but maybe the porcelain seems a tad less dressy, which might be better if that means you will be able to wear it more.

    As for Glashutte Original, they make nice watches, but I'm not sure I think there is anything truly distinctive about the brand that you could not get with some other brand.

    Anyway, its certainly fun hearing about your experiences as you shop for a possible dress watch. Wishing you luck and lots of fun on the journey.
     
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    Question on that Nautilus: do you ever feel like it isn't robust enough for daily wear? I've been thinking about getting my first true luxury watch, but I can't help but worry that they won't be very hardwearing (choosing between a Nautilus and a RO, by the way). I might be fretting for nothing since I work a desk job and barely ding my current watch.
     
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    :confused: Glashutte should remind you of the ALS, not the other way around.

    Also, Dino's feedback is always interesting to read, regardless of who it's directed at.
     
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  18. Journeyman

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    Why is that?

    Not being snarky, I'm genuinely curious.

    I know that Lange dates from the mid-1800s, but the brand disappeared for about fifty years as it ceased to exist after WWII when East Germany became communist and was only re-started in 1994.

    Similarly, Glashuette Original started in 1994, but it emerged from the privatisation of a state-owned, East German watchmaking business.

    Both Lange and Glashuette are (as the latter's name indicates) based in Glashuette.
     
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    Because the Lange 1 predates the GO Panodate and various other Pano versions.
     
  20. Journeyman

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    Ah, I see - thanks for that.

    I can't help but wonder whether the town of Glashuette is a watchmaking version of what the town of Herzogenaurach was to sporting footwear, with the Adidas headquarters based on one side, the Puma headquarters on the other, and considerable rivalry between the two companies and their employees and families.

    Maybe half the people in Glashuette wear GO and the other half wear AL&S?
     
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