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    The watch appreciation thread

    However, I recommend a different tool if you wear watches with solid end links. But I can't make the recommendation now because there is one locally for sale that I need to buy first before I tell you guys.
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    The watch appreciation thread

    The Bergeon 7767-F. Stunningly high quality spring bar tool. It makes you look forward to changing straps.
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    The watch appreciation thread

    Some no name brand. Only RM121. My RM2.5k Rolex. With one of the earliest designs of the iconic Oyster case, made when Hans Wilsdorf was still alive. Eventually, in the 90's, Rolex abandons this beautiful, sinuous case in favour of the "super case" in an effort to keep up with challengers in the form of the AP Royal Oak, the redesigned IWC Ingenieur and others.
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    The watch appreciation thread

    A temporary strap before I find a good one. The strap has not been attached yet (even if it appears that way). This is because the shop assistant looked like an idiot. He asked me four times if I'd pass him my watch. I don't see how that would be helpful. He has an IQ of maybe 80. I'm twice as smart as he is, and can see the half dozen mistakes he will make before he makes them. "Don't you want me to attach the strap for you?" he asked. I said, please hand me a spring bar tool, I'll do it myself. He rummaged around for one, but it was obvious to me he has no clue what that is. I found a picture of one on Google. He says he doesn't have that tool. So, I'll attach the strap tonight at home with my luxury Bergeon spring bar tool. How can a watch shop not have one? They dig at the spring bar with screwdrivers, making lots of scratches.
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    The watch appreciation thread

    You see now just how uber the 16610 is. In its time, it was like the Big Bang/RO Offshore of its age.
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    The watch appreciation thread

    They put me up in a corner office. I've not been in an office in ages. Waiting for two of them on delayed flights. Measured the rest already. Can't wait to be done here so I can go buy a strap for my 6480.
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    The watch appreciation thread

    In a Thai restaurant having something to eat. Today, I really have to slog. Measuring close to 30 people --- staff of a pharmaceutical company. Upside is, well, you know what the upside is. (Another Rolex)
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    The watch appreciation thread

    Market price seems to be RM7k. I paid RM2500. The seller said he bought it decades ago from a friend who needed money. He paid about RM1k for it. He's selling it because he finds himself no longer wearing it because of how conspicuously small it is in an era of 42mm watches.
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    The watch appreciation thread

    Ref. 6480. 34mm. Hand winding. With an Oyster case i.e. screw in back and screw down crown. Dates from the 1950's. Crumbly lume that no longer functions as lume, case polished 5X, and had five prior owners four of whom are dead. "6" are you happy for me?
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    The watch appreciation thread

    Today, I bought a Rolex. But, it's not a model you'd expect me to buy. Neither did I expect to buy this model. I bought it because I'd be retarded not to.
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    The suiting thread

    Let's kick off this thread with a jacket I found in the workshop. The owner of the jacket had brought it to a cutter to have it copied. The cutter, in turn, gave it to the coatmaker with a "Nah, copy." To be clear upfront, I do not like this coat. Let's look at the coat. What catches the eye first is the barchetta breast pocket, immediately signalling a Neapolitan origin. The second element that announces itself is the miles upon miles of super-obvious pick stitching, which upon closer inspection, reveals a machine origin. Once upon a time when tailoring was still honest, pick stitching is supposed to be as inconspicuous as possible. It says so in every tailoring textbook. It also actually had a structural function of keeping edges crisp, or of holding pieces of cloth together. This particular pick stitching, OTOH, is purely decorative and is so loosely sewn, it has no hope of holding anything together. What really bothers me about this pick stitching is that you find it even on the front dart. What purpose could it possibly play there? Indeed, it is unfortunate we need front darts to achieve shape, which is why tailors press it so flat so as to make it less obvious. Puttting in a row of that super-puckering pick stitching makes the darts draw attention to themselves. But notice also the severe puckering around the front of the sleevehead on both sides. It is clear the coat has been dry cleaned before, and by a second-rate dry cleaner at that. The buttonholes were machined, but I have to say they are very good imitations of hand-sewn buttonholes. The lapels are padded by machine. Everything about this jacket is machined. In the picture immediately above, you notice black and burgundy shapes in the blurry background. I shall have more to say about those. They just could not let go of the pick stitching. You find more of that obnoxious stuff on the inside of the jacket. I have never seen anything more exuberantly pick stitched. Hah, made in Spain, eh? But why the barchetta? Here's why: Which explains everything. The black and burgundy shapes belong to a very expensive jacket in the making. It represents the successful conclusion of a salesman's salesmanship, and it is an embodiment of somebody's dream of elegance. Both the cloth and the lining is Loro Piana. Unfortunately, it is black, and it is fused.
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    The suiting thread

    A couple weeks ago, I was approached by the guy behind a secular choir group by the name of The Canticle Singers about a possible sponsorship. When I took the call, I was half asleep on my bed. I said, sure, mail me the details. This group spends a whole year preparing for one performance. They perform once a year. All unpaid volunteers. They've been doing it since 1992 (obviously with a changing composition since people are coming and leaving). The same guy is behind it since the beginning. He tells me it is increasingly difficult to find singers. So, anyway, yesterday, I measured all the male performers. I just got the idea that they should allow me to use a 1 to 2 minute section of their performance as the JT official soundtrack. They don't really publish videos of their performance because they do not compose their own songs. Anyway, I am generally keen to be more involved with the performing arts.
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    The suiting thread

    Somebody needs to be fired for this. Probably one of the dispatch boys.
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    The suiting thread

    We shot a series in this Bahnhof/Gare, but the lighting conditions were such that, I didn't really know how to handle them. I will be sneding some from this series to an editor in Hyderabad to see if he can make them usable.
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    The suiting thread

    It was, as you can imagine, very cold in Europe. So strange to find an evergreen tree that is so green.
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    The suiting thread

    I really only need 3 or 4 great pics per shoot. In fact, I'm happy with just 2. These here are those that I think are not that great but usable in a variety of contexts.
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    The suiting thread

    I was just told by a cloth distributor minutes ago that they've already opened, in April in fact. Also told it's extremely quiet there.
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    The suiting thread

    Can you imagine if, instead of Fred Astaire's silhouette, I used a hairy, oversized rat?
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    The suiting thread

    I was informed yesterday, to my great dismay, that Lord's will be taking up a unit at the Four Seasons KL. It's a revenue sharing agreement, not the traditional lease/rental.
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    The suiting thread

    Despite the logo not being fully developed, I used it today for the suits which belong to a group. As you can see, I opted for the simple and direct "Made for" instead of the usual "Exclusively for" (which I've never liked). There is also the Australian/American "Crafted for" which sounds too pretentious to me, like trying to increase value-added through words rather than through the product. All loaded into the customer's car.
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