For Michael C
After my 'in its element' concert picture of the QF Jubilee Michael said he wanted to see more, well okay then. My pleasure.
Against the odds I managed to get one because of KFS generosity. I do not think it's likely that he's reading this, but if so, thank you Karl-Friedrich!!
Last Tuesday week I went to the London Flagship store to collect it. I strongly recommend a visit, it is warm and welcoming. That's just the place, the staff are nice, open and communicative. Part of my deep admiration for KFS is how everybody there understands what the objectives are and all are a pleasure to have an idle chat with. Everywhere within Chopard: the store, the watchmakers, designers, and even the shop floor workers have the same open and friendly attitude. Just thinking about it makes my head spin,,, how does he do it?
Back to the matter at hand, my beautiful QF Jubilee. I collected it and proudly walked out with it on my wrist. Later, as I looked at it more, especially in comparison to my original QF which had just been serviced FOC (thank you Chopard!) I felt that the strap colour detracted from the whole. It is probably because I'm old and don't 'get' these asymmetric colour combinations, but there you have it.
I noticed that on the original the darker coloured strap increased the visual impact of the deep green/brown chapter ring whereas, to me, the tan strap on the Jubilee didn't do this.
I hunted high and low, eventually finding a deep ocean blue strap, sorry, it's not exotic or expensive. Taking extreme care not to scratch anything I changed it. The results are in the pics. I think it works, how about you?
The QF in its element:
That beautiful backside!
I think that this is an accurate colour rendition of the chapter ring,,, a sort of deep olive/brown. Possibly a strap with the exact colour might be good?
The utterly charming hand engraved back of the original QF. I love its quixotic design and hand execution.
Another close up
At the end of all this I have a general question. I picked up the original QF for a ridiculously low price. Although it may not be quite as special as the Jubilee I cannot get my head around how little it is 'worth'.
How can such a beautifully executed watch with a brilliant movement, meeting demanding certification standards, hand soldered lugs, a whimsical hand engraved back not be acknowledged?
Thanks for reading