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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. Rambo

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    Why is the logo off center at the 12? [​IMG]
     
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    Indeed a gorgeous watch. But you know what bugs me? The rotating disk with the city names does not re-sync the time when turned, unlike the Master Control Geographic. It serves the same function as an exterior rotating bezel.

    Interesting - didn't know that. Beautiful watch nonetheless.

    As a brand, JLC is really what IWC should aspire to be.
     
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    Indeed a gorgeous watch. But you know what bugs me? The rotating disk with the city names does not re-sync the time when turned, unlike the Master Control Geographic. It serves the same function as an exterior rotating bezel.

    Foo: Have you handled the Memovox Intl. IRL?
     
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    [​IMG] Currently looking for a strap for my watch. The bars are fixed so I'm not sure how to go about finding one...
     
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    ^ Very cool - where did you get the old H. Moser?
     
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    From his grandfather iirc from TZ.
     
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    ^ Very cool - where did you get the old H. Moser?

    Thank you.

    From his grandfather iirc from TZ.

    Correct. [​IMG]
     
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    As a brand, JLC is really what IWC should aspire to be.

    Eh, I disagree. They have very different historical characters. While I don't like what IWC has done with itself, it should always be more Germanic and technical than JLC.

    Foo: Have you handled the Memovox Intl. IRL?

    Nope. I've only read about it.
     
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    Eh, I disagree. They have very different historical characters. While I don't like what IWC has done with itself, it should always be more Germanic and technical than JLC.

    I agree. I meant that from the perspective of their branding and the styling of their pieces. IWC has been trending towards the trendy Zenith side of things for awhile now. Of their current portfolio, I only really like the 7-Day Port and the Big Pilot.

    On the Memovox, none of the NY ADs seem to have it, which is weird.
     
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    Currently looking for a strap for my watch. The bars are fixed so I'm not sure how to go about finding one...


    lovely watch. i would put it on a nato.. find them on ebay.. something bright coloured and collegiate could look great.
     
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    My sincerest congratulations on the vintage Moser. This is a beautiful looking piece but nothing beats the family legacy. This is the only watch you need and may it respectfully remain in your family for generations to come. I can put you in touch with several strap makers. PM me if you wish. Gaz
    [​IMG] Currently looking for a strap for my watch. The bars are fixed so I'm not sure how to go about finding one...
     
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    Eh, I disagree. They have very different historical characters. While I don't like what IWC has done with itself, it should always be more Germanic and technical than JLC.

    I agree. I meant that from the perspective of their branding and the styling of their pieces. IWC has been trending towards the trendy Zenith side of things for awhile now. Of their current portfolio, I only really like the 7-Day Port and the Big Pilot.

    The reason that IWC is not going for JLC is Richemont policy, for sure. IWC has for the sake of separation a more germanic (as Foo says) approach, with a more geometric design and a feel that is closer to instruments and utilization than JLCs haute horologerie approach and elegant design. Of course there are models that are cannibalizing a little (like the Port and the MC Diving) but they are separating themselves by some variables (the Port being bigger, the MC Diving far more exensive...).

    /M
     
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    The reason that IWC is not going for JLC is Richemont policy, for sure. IWC has for the sake of separation a more germanic (as Foo says) approach, with a more geometric design and a feel that is closer to instruments and utilization than JLCs haute horologerie approach and elegant design. Of course there are models that are cannibalizing a little (like the Port and the MC Diving) but they are separating themselves by some variables (the Port being bigger, the MC Diving far more exensive...).

    /M


    Again, I am well aware of IWC's history as a Schaffhausen-based brand and their Germanic-heritage (they did, after all, help in the revival of A. Lange). Thus, their styling should certainly be different from the more expressive JLC.

    My point was that all their recent pieces seem to have bolder / gaudier "look-at-me" designs and larger-and-larger sporty cases.
     
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    Again, I am well aware of IWC's history as a Schaffhausen-based brand and their Germanic-heritage (they did, after all, help in the revival of A. Lange). Thus, their styling should certainly be different from the more expressive JLC.

    My point was that all their recent pieces seem to have bolder / gaudier "look-at-me" designs and larger-and-larger sporty cases.


    Well, that is the fact for all Richemont brands - all launching larger and more fashion-forward models, killing the brands with a zillion of LEs...

    /M
     
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    Well, that is the fact for all Richemont brands - all launching larger and more fashion-forward models, killing the brands with a zillion of LEs...

    /M


    I dunno - while everyone is slowly moving towards larger case sizes (and I'm ok with that) - Vacheron, JLC and Lange continue to 'stay classy' and somewhat conservative across the brand (naturally with some exceptions like the Squadra). But IWC seems to be positioning itself more and more as a fashion timepiece.
     
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    My point was that all their recent pieces seem to have bolder / gaudier "look-at-me" designs and larger-and-larger sporty cases.
    Totally agreed. The Portuguese and pre-Mark XVI pilot watches are really gorgeous watches--things you'd wear while shooting your Leica. Now they look more like things you'd wear if you were an asshole who spray tans and wears too much cheap cologne.
    I dunno - while everyone is slowly moving towards larger case sizes (and I'm ok with that) - Vacheron, JLC and Lange continue to 'stay classy' and somewhat conservative across the brand (naturally with some exceptions like the Squadra). But IWC seems to be positioning itself more and more as a fashion timepiece.
    Well, actually all those makers have also increased their sizes. 40mm is pretty common across the board for JLC. Patek's Calatrava dials are no longer as harmonious because the cases have enlarged beyond the sizes originally intended for the movements. Lange has "Grand" versions of it's Lange 1 and enlarged some of its other models. That said, it is certainly true IWC has gone off the wall, even by the standard of its peers. Where the Portuguese use to be the largest IWC at 42mm, now it's downright modest. I liked the fact it was peculiarly, yet correctly, big for a dress watch. Now it's just a regularly small dress watch in a line-up that is overall oversized by a cartoonish margin. The Big Ingenieur is 46 mm, like the Big Pilot, but entirely useless as an "engineer" watch since it's lost the original soft iron casing for fashion's sake. Anyway, I could rant on this forever. IWC used to be my favorite watch brand. I would have put them up against Patek, Lange, anybody, for quality of craftsmanship and refinement, with a leg-up in design, but the've become a joke.
     
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    Omega Speedmaster 3573 is my choice...

    A pic of it on the steel bracelet:

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    ...and one on the black Sharkskin:

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