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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. BostonHedonist

    BostonHedonist Senior member

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    I just love hobnobbing with associates at ADs and milking it for catalogs, magazines, etc. A little retail suck-up is great fun once in a while. I'm trying to teach Beautiful how to work sales associates, but she always likes to be left alone to ponder her purchases unaffected.
     
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    Thanks for reminding me on Lange, Breguet was already on the way ;)

    One downside on the purchase of a new watch (delivery in April, btw) is that you start to look your collection again and I noticed (since I flipped almost all of the mid-price stuff during the last two months) that it's a bit lopsided now. Needs the quality dress watch now...
     
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    I too enjoy hobnobbing and chatting with ADs and boutiques, provided the people working their are both knowledgable and nice. Its always fun to talk watches with fellow enthusiasts.

    LIKE HERE!!!
     
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    Lol TWAT will have now caused every manufacture to send out 1000 catalogues within the week.
     
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    Dammit we just upped the cost of our next purchases by a few $$$.
     
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    The old A4s were really solid and well built. My friend had a 98 base model, no issues, and she survived some guy in a huge SUV cutting her off because he was going to miss his exit, he clipped her front corner, his SUV rolled several times, he died in the accident and all of his passengers were injured, my friend's A4 was totaled but she walked away with a few bruises from the seat belt. She had 2 A4s after that and didn't like them as much.

    My friends that had issues with their cars had them while new and under warranty. Nothing out of pocket at issue. Some just felt Audi didn't stand behind their products as well as they should have.

    I've never heard of an partial overhaul with any of the watch companies. The only thing I've heard of as extra that can be opted out of is polishing the case and bracelet. If the watch is relatively new they might simply regulate it. If its say a year old or more, I think they will tell you to send it in for an overhaul or live with it as is until you want to overhaul it. Certainly if you hear differently let us know.

    A friend had an R8 V10 and 2 Porsche 911s. He said overall the R8 was really nice and had great performance, but for better or worse at that kind of money its an Audi. Once you are in that kind of price range you can drive something more exotic and more exciting. After 2 years he traded it for an Aston Martin Vantage with a V12...now that's a car he really loves...and he kept both 911s.
     
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    The sales associate I deal with the most at my AD is always happy to ply me with whatever catalogues they have available. I think she is hoping to sell me a PP one day since she always gives me theirs even without me asking.
     
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    Sounds great to me!!! Although, I don't know how many more watch catalogs Mrs. Dino will tolerate in the living room...or worse actually having an influence on me.

    [​IMG] Probably right...someone has to pay for the cost of those magnificent catalogs.
     
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    So it seems, perhaps predictably, that it's the dueling empires of Swatch and Richemont that are most catalogue-friendly: JLC, Lange, VC...now also Breguet (what a selection!), GO, Blancpain and Piaget. Also popped a web-form to Roger Dubuis. OK, I also did IWC. And Panerai. And possibly Cartier (you have to register an account...)
     
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    Or you could buy something[​IMG]...then they send you new catalogs as soon as they come out...and occasional birthday gifts. This year our SA sent Mrs. Dino a floral arrangement for her birthday and sent me a hard cover coffee table book by Jack Forster (who works for Revolution watch magazine), for my birthday.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Good gracious @mimo ... You certainly don't half-ass things.


    FWIW, I got my Cartier catalog by hobnobbing at the AD on Newbury while pondering Tank XLs.


    PS - Don't forget Nomos.


    And March 31 was forever known as Catalog Day.
     
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    @BostonHedonist Oh all right then - Nomos gets to be the sole Indy on the list. I'd rather the big boys paid, but Nomos have an official asshole policy of higher prices (no VAT deduction) for Asia, which always offends me... Anyway, you started it, dammit!

    @Dino944 I don't like giving my real date of birth online, so I shifted it to today. Hope they notice! I normally put 1 April...might be more appropriate.

    [Edit - oops...Muehle, Sinn, GP...]
     
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    @Dino that's awfully nice of them. All I buy from Cartier these days is some ink cartridges every six months - not sure that warrants such lavish attention!
     
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    Hey fellas,
    Quick question, could someone point me to the "go-to" Rolex AD online or B&M? I have a couple of dealers nearby but am looking to save a couple bucks if I can (and tax!), so long as there's 0% chance I'd be getting a fake. Gift's for my wife. Thanks!

    Renault
     
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    Hi Mimo, I should have been clearer, but it was the sales associate we purchased items from at the Cartier boutique, who sent the birthday presents. I don't think they send birthday things to people that just fill out the online catalog request forms...which is why I said "Or you could buy something [​IMG]."

    Yes, both items were a nice surprise for us. It is always nice to come home from work and find an unexpected gift waiting for you. Purchase a few more Cartier pens and you might get some birthday gifts too...although it might be less expensive to simply purchase birthday gifts for yourself. Cheers![​IMG]
     
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    I don't care...I am buying myself a most excellent present quite soon. But not from Cartier. :)
     
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    That's the thing - 1 it's great coming home to an interesting treat you hadn't expected; 2 it's doubly good when it's from somewhere prestigious like Cartier. I'd love that. It's a bit like when the MD in the nice restaurant welcomes you by name without having to check.
     
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    Well then it should be the right, size, color and style. Wishing you luck with whatever it is. [​IMG]
     
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    Or its a bad sign for one's wallet when the sales associates or Maitre Ds know you that well. [​IMG]
     
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    Ha! Too true. But you've got to live a little, right?!
     
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