Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gdl203, May 20, 2007.
^ Meh - I admire the technical aspects of the watch, but none of the FPJ designs are to my liking
I love the Octa Atuomatic Lune. Its one of my favorite designs from Journe. I generally find his more complicated pieces too busy and not as attractive. The Octa Calendar doesn't do anything for me. But I've never seriously considerd buying anything from Journe because their reputation for problems and spending time in the repair shop would make it a headache to own instead of enjoyable. I was at a dinner for watch collectors and 2 people that owned Journes joked saying they are like Jaguars of the 1960s/70s...you have to buy 2 to really wear one. One that you intend to wear and another as spare for when the first is being repaired.
The Octa lune is one of the least "Journe" designs in the catalog. Really, it could say VC or Blancpain on the dial and no one would notice. The other ones with the screwed and riveted subdials are really the FPJ aesthetic, along with his trademark crown. Obviously, the complicated pieces are busy - that's a bit of a redundancy in general for watches. WIS always talk about how dials are busy but there's good busy (aesthetically works, or justified by functionality or design heritage), and there's bad busy (clutter). PFJ is awesome busy for it's complicated pieces. Great balance and beautiful finish. The Resonance is one of the few watches that's really wowed me when I handled it in person.
I know that the Lune is the least like the others. I am very back and forth on sub-dials since the main purpose (telling time) is essentially deprioritized. Ideally, I'd like a watch with the entire dial being used for time and then riveted subdials for the reserve, etc... I suppose that is why you like the Lange 1 as well which I initially was going to buy and then decided I'd rather not have a sub-dial time on my watch.
To go back to skeletonized watches, I've always admired this G&B:
I know it was a one-off, but the detail level is insane.
yes that IS insane... WOW!
Thanks, some time ago I had a look at all Stowa models in person, the Flieger was the one I liked the most. Want a dress watch though. Glashütte and Dornblüth are very nice but too expensive, I'm afraid .
AFAIK Russel bought the furniture after Wittgenstein moved; still years later he said that that was the best buy he ever made.
+1. The backs are really beautiful and the Octa calendar looks nice, but the Lune... those numbers...
That really is something special, definitely worth the quote!
this is a watch, front to back and all around a beautiful, classy, symmetrical work of art.
i wish the movement of every watch looked more like that.
gdl, please buy me a journe. kthnx.
edit : wtf double post.
thanks.. some CS p0rn
sadly not my watch/pics
Oh, if I was a rich man...
Apologies for the late response, been caught up w stuff.
Prince the pocketwatches were gifted to my uncle and he has given them to me. I have been trying to dig up the history myself however I don't think I will ever find out, the stories died with the owner, which is a real shame.
All I know is they belonged to some Indian statesman named Salar Jung who had a great collection of watches and clocks, some from the reign of Louis XV, Louis XVI, and Napoleon.
Yes that is Waltham, you have a good eye.
If I am able to get a hold of details, I'll let you know.
Cylon, I haven't had time to take high-res photos, I will get a better shot when I post some vintage Pateks, Rados & Omegas.
Btw if you're interested in the vintage JLC's, let me know, those are for sale.
So Mughal then? Very interesting! I thought some of the writing looked like Farsi/Urdu. Looking forward to seeing the high res pics!
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