Thanks to the historically accidental collision of Chinese preferences for slim, clean watches with the explosion of an Asian export economy, we are currently awash in good candidates. Now, you aver you desire a meaningful formal watch and you’ve a fine list of candidates, all of which can stand on their respective merits please don’t muddy the waters for yourself by letting comparative pricing enter into it, you’re clearly not some unscrubbed navvy counting every halfpenny to keep stale bread in the mouths of your brood , but I’m a bit troubled — for your horological soul, as it were — by the somewhat scattered types of watches in your lineup. To the Watch Snob: Omega Speedmaster Professional What an honor and a privilege for one so debased as myself to exchange in spirited intercourse with the scion of such a proud house whichever one it is. Of all the watches made by Jaeger or anyone else, really, that I can think of the Reverso dresses up or down with an almost astonishing degree of flexibility and versatility. I know that you preach personal preference when making choices about watches that are known to be highly regarded, but since this will remain the highlight of my collection forever, extra assurance and input will make me feel more at ease with my decision.

If you like the looks of IWC, consider Maurice de Mauriac out of Zurich; they look a lot like IWCs, use the same movements and are completely handmade — they cost much less, too. Complications Dear Watch Snob, First, thank you for your blog which gives its readers so much more than just watch-related facts – somehow you manage to share your taste and approach to loving watches. I am a young teenager seeking to find a horologically interesting piece for less than 11, USD. The short answer to your question is, get the Jaeger-LeCoultre. January 24th, 3. True world timers are either extremely costly as well as harder to read than a simple GMT watch Patek and Vacheron spring to mind or they are imitations of the classics, and will always be unsatisfying.

What is your opinion of this brand? The last interesting thing that Hamilton did was participate in the consortium that created the Chronomatic self-winding chronograph and put it on the market in Watch Snob Big Watches: Originally Posted by Domo. Now, if you were comparing the Grand Seiko to another Jaeger-LeCoultre — say, the Tribute to Reverso — the decision would be much more difficult. Both companies make a wide variety of watches and both are highly vertically integrated, if that is something that matters to you.

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They share with Audemars Piguet the challenges inherent in having essentially one truly iconic watch; however the Reverso is rather more limited in its appeal than the Royal Oak, whose overt aggressiveness makes it more appealing to the insecure male who is the likeliest buyer of a luxury wristwatch these days. Perpetuals seem to be more interesting for the functions while I like Lange and VC style more.

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The only attainable watch that has even piqued my interest is the Jaeger LeCoultre Master Geographic. I will say, however, the Oceanus is not a bad watch at all. I would strongly advise wath to think carefully about whether your next watch should be a complicated one at all — in following your affection for complexity for its own sake, you risk not having a base in the form of a simple, beautifully elegant, three- or two- for that matter handed dress watchwhich should be the first thing a gentleman with pretentions to the title should own.

Perhaps I should just wait out for one of the two that truly call to me? That said, my girlfriend has made it quite clear that if she gets it for me, it better be exactly what I want. Anyway, I am looking for a kind of preppy, boarding school-type watch I went to Groton and Harvard myself, and my family’s ancestors arrived in Massachusetts as pilgrims.

January 24th, 2. Any help would be much wtach.

JLC has a lower quality finish than a few others What I want is to buy meaningful watches so that I can learn something new all the time and keep excited about my next watch instead of just getting from A directly to Z and then loose my interest in watches.

January 24th, 6. Fifteen years of training? They can easily be set in one hour increments without stopping the watch. Although the JLC is more expensive, it is still within a limit I can stomach.

Neither of us are extremely wealthy, so this is the watch of my dreams, not pipe dreams. In a true world timer, the 24 hour ring rotates allowing you to read off the time in any one of usually 24 reference cities directly.

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I think there’s a fair bit of truth to what he said. The Breitling and IWC are fantastically practical and easy to use, but far too large.

I am drawn to the latter because it is simple, but I also seldom wear a suit and feel it may be too formal to be worn everyday. I don’t tell them how to run their business, and they don’t tell me to pretend to be interested in things I’m not. It uses a simple Valjoux chronograph movement. Complications Dear Watch Masger, First, thank you for your blog which gives its readers so much more than just watch-related facts – somehow you manage to share your taste and approach to loving watches.

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Currently I am attracted towards the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso line as the Reverso line yields time pieces with historical significance ,yet will not be a target for muggers. I prefer maste ribbons, and I am a huge fan of Roman numerals.

If it lives on your wrist, and with a Patek it should, you will never need to do a thing to it other than advance the date a few times and correct the time twice a year.

I know that you preach personal preference when making choices about watches that are known to be highly regarded, but since this will remain the highlight of my collection forever, extra assurance and input will make me feel more at ease with my decision.

Question from a Watch Knob Hey, I am interested in the Oceanus line as they look pretty cool, and seem like something that can take a beating. I miss the snob of old when he would have derided GS’s as nothing more than a throwaway watch made for watch knobs. I smob mean it’s an investment – I’m going to wear all of them.

January 24th, 7. I know you disagree, and I respect your views and hope you shall respect mine. Dear Snob, My wonderful girlfriend has expressed the desire to get me the watch of chrongoraph dreams as a wedding gift when the time comes.

I recently found new employment that affords me ample opportunity for travel.

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It is what it is All the opinions expressed by the Watch Snob are my own, and are just that — opinions. I do not wish to buy a watch and keep it in a safe for special occasions only. I quickly dismissed GMT watches because the arithmetic involved is better left to those with better mental acuity than myself. If you want a matte watch, make it DLC or titanium. I will probably buy more watches in my life.

The Reverso, however, points out one of the challenges faced by Jaeger-LeCoultre.