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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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    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That said, Breguet sells high quality pieces with a distinctive aesthetic. It’s not for me but I do admire the touches like the pommes hands & guilloche found in most (all?) models. They even work on the diver model which I find strangely attractive.

    It's just odd to so directly apply the styling of late 18th century pocketwatches to modern wristwatches, as if wristwatches themselves have not evolved over the past hundred years. If Breguet had continued to produce watches in any meaningful quantity over the years, my guess is that their watches would like quite a bit different.

    My favorite current Breguet is the Type XX; at least it resembles a wristwatch Breguet that actually produced.
     
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    [​IMG]

    i can't resist. Looks from the dial and the crown guard that Homes is wearing a panerai. but the case looks rounder than panny's signature cushion shape.
     
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    Their claims to heritage:

    "Danglars' watch, a masterpiece by Breguet which he had rewound with care before setting out the previous day chimed half past fived in the morning."--Alexandre Dumas "The Count of Monte Cristo" 1845

    "He drew out the most delicious thin watch that Breguet had ever made. 'Fancy, it is eleven o'clock, I was up early.'" Honore de Balzac "Eugenie Grandet" 1833

    "A dandy on the boulevards...strolling at leisure until his Breguet, ever vigiliant, reminds him it is middday." Alexander Pushkin, "Eugene Onegin" 1829

    "At times the heart plays tricks and lets us down. The vigilant are right. For God (the mighty Breguet) gave us faith, and seeing it was good, improved it with a Watchful eye." Victor Hugo "Songs of the Streets and Woods" 1865

    They basically have a historical looking ad with those quotes in it.

    They also then talk about how Marie Antoinette commissioned Breguet to create a watch with every complication known to man, the No. 160.
     
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    For the love of God, please stop quoting this picture. Please.....

    Seconded.
     
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    He was in 1986.

    He was about 3 years old in 1986!
     
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    He was in 1986.

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    He was about 3 years old in 1986!
    Yes, but that guy has always been around.
     
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    Seconded.

    Motion passed.

    Jon.

    (thank God)
     
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    For the love of God, please stop quoting this picture. Please.....

    Did anyone else notice that he's wearing a watch on each wrist? I guess he wants to be able to tell the time, no matter whether he's drinking or shooting.
     
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    Breguet's marketing actually has some merit as historically, it was one of the premier watch firms while Blancpain is pure marketing. Blancpain watches previous to their present state have always been mid-tier things; and even though they may never have produced a quartz watch, all they did was produce mid-grade stuff.
     
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    Breguet's marketing actually has some merit as historically, it was one of the premier watch firms while Blancpain is pure marketing. Blancpain watches previous to their present state have always been mid-tier things; and even though they may never have produced a quartz watch, all they did was produce mid-grade stuff.

    I'd love to have an early 60's fifty fathoms, a grail. i'll probably have to settle for this: http://www.mkiiwatches.com/WSWrapper...ypage=cd02.htm
     
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    Reading the Count of Monte Cristo was actually where I first came across the Breguet name, though I didn't pay it much attention at the time. Then I started to notice the name a bit more recently, and eventually ended up at their website, which is well worth a look. The design and manufacture process is nicely elucidated and, while I'm sure it's not entirely reliable, is quite an enticing browse.

    I think they claim the tourbillion as their own invention. Is that a credible claim?
     
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    A system devised and patented by Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1801 to compensate for errors of rate caused by the Earth’s gravitational force in upright positions. The escapement is mounted in a revolving cage with the regulating organ (balance) at the centre.

    The escape-wheel pinion turns about the fixed fourth wheel. The cage generally revolves once a minute and, in doing so, compensates for errors of rate caused by the vertical position in which pocket watches spend most of their time.

    This delicate and complex structure is one of watchmaking’s most ingenious mechanisms. A simplified and more robust alternative is the karussel where the cage is driven not by the fourth wheel but by the third wheel. A tourbillon can contain a lever or a detent escapement.

    http://culture.hautehorlogerie.org/e...llon-1708.html
     
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    i can't resist. Looks from the dial and the crown guard that Homes is wearing a panerai. but the case looks rounder than panny's signature cushion shape.

    Looks like a PAM91 to me.
    I think the lighting just makes it look rounder.
    I hesitate to admit anything in common with "that guy" but I've got that watch and it sometimes looks rounder in photos than strap models.

    The one in the photo seems to have the grey dail and the magnifier over the date.
     
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    Breguet was one of the greatest watchmakers of all time. Some of the later prominent watchmakers used to sign their watches "Student of Breguet". For example, the noted watchmaker Oudin whose watches are not entirely undistinguishable in esthetic from Breguet used to sign his watches with the eleve legend.
     
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    Going back to German watches, anyone familiar with Shaumburg? I saw these at watchbuys and they look interesting. [​IMG]
     
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    I've never really been terribly interested in watches. But I'm finding this strangely enticing (even its one handedness). [​IMG] I always thought Meistersingers had something to do with an opera ... Anyway, any watch aficionados have any comments on it - good, bad, indifferent?
     
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    Going back to German watches, anyone familiar with Shaumburg? I saw these at watchbuys and they look interesting.

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    My sister needed a Christmas idea for me so I sent her that link the other week. So we'll see next month if I have a personal review.

    As per an owner on Timezone:
    "Initial impressions --- This a WOW watch! PVD, 44mm, 1-minute ratcheting bezel, 1000M, blacked-out seconds hand, nice sporty strap - probably waterproof. And a sharp orange Pelican case. Lugs are 24mm, perfect for matching with Panny type straps. PVD buckle, helium valve (like a Seamaster). Tritium dial (glows green). Thanks Watchbuys! "
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    http://www.lindburgh-benson.com/english/index.html
    They have a lot of divers, some square faces I dislike, there are a few reasonably priced skeletons. Aside fromt he AquaBlack2 this is the only other watch I'd consider buying because it preys on my love of grey dials:
    Classico Titan Flieger
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    I was looking at the L&B Schaumburg AquaMatic/NauticFish/Enzo/Ocean7 LM-3 and G-2 type of watches (sharing the same case, at least style, as far as I know) when trying to decide what my "Italian" would be.

    Yeah, I call it "Italian" because I was inspired this summer by old and young impeccably dressed gentlemen that I saw when travelling through northern Italy, many of them with big, bold and very colourful (and pretty often inexpensive) diver's watches on chunky bracelets and rubber bands. Of course it is a trend in the watch world with oversized watches, but the Italians pulled it off in a slightly different, and more vibrant way. There is a fine line between cool and tacky, but these men always stayed on the right side, almost touching the line. Perfect!

    Anyway, me loving the classic blue/orange combination (70's Omega, Doxa etc) a slighty customized and very lovable little (ah, well, not very small...) piece is on its way. Should show up in the next few days...

    How did I end up in this subject...?

    /M
     
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