Live from Basel- Through the Looking Glass...

  1. abrod520

    abrod520 Mar 24, 2017

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    Ah yeah. Just read the thread you created. I skipped over it when you posted it but I have to be honest, that wasn't very cool... Perhaps some people on other boards haven't treated you well, but OF is open to just about anyone and as said member mentioned, is quite forgiving. I'm sure if you stopped back by and explained yourself with an apology, and went on to share your passions about collecting, you'd find it's a very friendly place. Wish you'd have taken some time to see that before calling us all douchebags man.

    Like I said, stick around and set yourself an avatar, you might find you like it :thumbsup:
     
  2. BPD

    BPD Mar 24, 2017

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    I hear you. I think the people in the OF will forgive and forget and to be honest, I won't be following or posting much on either forums after this weekend. Every year during the Basel week, I make sure to have an easy work schedule so I can follow the latest news and for the first time this year, to have some fun chit chatting or causing trouble with fellow collectors/hobbyists. It's a nice break for me from the everyday grind. Don't get me wrong, I will still check in to see what is happening. Back to the usual hectic work & family life next week!
     
  3. dtf

    dtf Mar 25, 2017

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    @abrod520 nice LS/rotary analogy. I have never understood the fascination with in house movements.
     
  4. abrod520

    abrod520 Mar 25, 2017

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    Well, the forums are always open whenever you feel like stopping by!
     
  5. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Mar 25, 2017

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    Of course, that makes a lot of sense. However, I'm not sure calling them Autavia would have been a good idea. Imagine the response from 'people like you' ;), not to mention that TAG already tried an 'updated' Autavia in 2006 and it died a death, so they probably didn't fancy trying that again. In the 80s TAG were perfectly happy to create new watches like the S/el and Kirium, I don't quite see why now everything has to relate to something in the past when it's clearly a 21st century design.

    I agree, it's clear that Omega (for example) have been rehashing the Speedmaster since the 60s. Indeed it's clear to see that today's Speedmaster is very similar to the original, but Omega are a very conservative brand (it seems to me). Although JCB doesn't think Heuer should have been renamed TAG Heuer, I have heard him say that TAG must be avant garde, and recycling 50 year old watches is hardly that. They have their place, and we've agreed they should be branded Heuer, but TAG should be making 'new' designs and not hanging old names and expectations on them.

    Exactly, which is why the Heuer 01 should have been given it's own identity.

    To be fair to Jean Claude, the range is such that changing it in a brief space of time is very difficult. Not least the amount of stock that seems to be floating around in the dealerships. Naming aside, I think going forward we will see a more obvious difference in the watches that are aimed at you or me. Although I'm not sure what I think of the new 43mm Carreras. Especially the ones which are replacing the 1887 watches. Actually, you know you said the Carrera never had an external bezel, when did they start having them because those watches have had bezel for some time now...

    Well I guess it's easier to associate an athlete with 'speed' and 'timing' of some sort. Not so sure about golf though... I suspect golf tie ins have more to do with appealing to older men with lots of spare cash available to buy watches.

    To be honest I tend not to look at other forums too much, my Tudor owning friend does though and he gets very irate about people dissing TAG. Mind you, I've seen comments under TAG reviews on A Blog to Watch and it's pretty clear that there plenty of TAG haters out there.
     
  6. Big Adam

    Big Adam Mar 25, 2017

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    I'm a bit bored of the whole Millwall-esque 'no-one likes us' whinging.

    I hate parsnips but don't imagine folk on the parsnip appreciation forums are particularly bothered.
     
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  7. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Mar 25, 2017

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    Fair enough, it just seems completely unjustified that's all.
     
  8. abrod520

    abrod520 Mar 27, 2017

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    The Autavia released in 2006 didn't appeal because of its strange "interpretation" of the original Chronomatic model, and I think appreciation of that Autavia hit its peak in about 2012. Prices for those have plateaued since then while the more classic '60s designs have skyrocketed. Perhaps there would have been some consternation over the Heuer-01 being called an Autavia, but again if you have a solid base on your heritage, you can do whatever you like. If the 2017 Autavia were introduced first, then the Heuer-01, I think we'd be in a much better place.

    Well, the Speedmaster is still rated for EVA by various space agencies, so for them to significantly change the plexiglass crystal / solid caseback model would require recertification, and thus lose its marketing potential. It's also an iconic design that looks as modern today as it did in 1963.

    We've also agreed that Heuer branded heritage models can and should live alongside new designs. I'm not advocating for the discontinuation of the Heuer-01 and similar models. But an anchor line of restrained, vintage-branded Carreras and Autavias would provide a fantastic launching-off point for interesting takes on said design, the Heuer-01 included.

    I agree to a certain point, but with the external bezel and sporty design it does somewhat resemble what the Autavia might have evolved into were it kept in production past 1985. Strong brand / model names have meaning to people. Why throw away decades of hard-earned brand equity?

    No, I don't expect TAG to turn on a dime of course. But with vintage Autavias reaching the $100k mark and gaining a ton of attention as such, it'd probably be a bad move to ignore the sales and marketing potential of a 'halo' Autavia model.

    I'm not sure I see much difference between the 43mm and 45mm Heuer-01s, except that some 43s are available without skeleton dials?

    The Carrera indeed never had an external bezel, any information tracks (tachymetre, pulsometer, decimal minutes etc) were printed on the dial, or on an interior flange. The 1887 range is a good example of this (and are quite handsome watches as a result). The external bezel as far as I can tell showed up with the Calibre 16 pieces a couple of years ago.

    A lot of watch sites and forums are full of that sort of person, but I prefer not to frequent them for that reason.
     
  9. dc42

    dc42 Mar 27, 2017

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    I hate parsnips but don't imagine folk on the parsnip appreciation forums are particularly bothered.[/QUOTE]
    What's wrong with parsnips?
     
  10. Big Adam

    Big Adam Mar 27, 2017

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    They are cheap, inferior, crass vegetable.
    Men with taste choose turnips.
     
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  11. dc42

    dc42 Mar 27, 2017

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    Urgh. Turnips are rank.

    Parsnips roasted in a blend of honey and orange and topped with thyme. Mmm.
     
  12. imagwai

    imagwai Mar 27, 2017

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    How true
    turnip.jpg
     
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  13. dc42

    dc42 Mar 27, 2017

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  14. Big Adam

    Big Adam Mar 27, 2017

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    [​IMG]
    Lord Flashheart would wear a Rolex.
    (RIP Rik)
     
  15. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Mar 28, 2017

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