The WatchBand breakup ...

 By: AndrewD : December 7th, 2011-15:52

Don’t worry, nothing permanent, just our Christmas breakup to cap off a great year of get-togethers. We were honoured to welcome two interstate visitors who flew in especially for the occasion. And while ‘wine flights’ are all the rage these days to accompany meals, we had ‘horology flights’ of Rolex, Patek, and independents. There are many pieces that I failed to photograph (hopefully my friends can add to this post) but I will let the watches that I did capture speak for themselves.


Until February 2012 ...



A Panerai heavyweight ...

Not the ugly duckling ...

Rolex heaven ...

At every GTG we are treated to the evolution of Tom’s project ...

... and now he is teaching himself hand engraving!

And the table shots ...

The independents. No pressure, Tom!

Separated at birth? Not quite. One year apart ...

A special guest ...


 By: AndrewD : December 7th, 2011-16:00

We enjoyed a private upstairs room at Scopri, an Italian restaurant focusing on regional Italian cuisine which sources both fresh local produce and imported ingredients that are unique to Italy. The food is honest and the attention to culinary detail was obvious in the well cooked and seasoned dishes. A variety of flavours, colours and textures were enjoyed by all. Even better was the fact that the Scopri allows BYO (bring-your-own) wine. This was a popular way to dine out and enjoy your cellar decades ago, but BYO restaurants are a dying breed here. But for Scopri we were able to raid the cellar and enjoy some aged Aussie classics.

Buon Appetito


The slow cooked pork belly (Roman style) with fresh Borlotti bean ragu was mine!

Amaro Montenegro, a distilled bitters from Bologna, was our newfound friend for the late evening …

wow--Mount Mary! [nt]

 By: playtime : December 11th, 2011-17:50
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And both the '90 and '96 cabernet's were holding up nicely too. [nt]

 By: AndrewD : December 11th, 2011-19:36
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Quite a night.

 By: grumio : December 7th, 2011-16:30
First, thanks to everyone who came along for making it such an enjoyable evening, with special thanks to our interstate visitors.

Fine food, wine and company, and some very fine watches indeed. So many watches that in fact I'm just realising now looking through AndrewD's photos how many I missed seeing.

About a year ago, I replied to one of those "top 5 dream watches" threads. I occasionally refer back to my list just to see if I would change anything, and so far, I wouldn't

Last night I was fortunate enough to see number one and number two on the list side by side on the table, courtesty of a visiting 'gentleman collector'. The chance to see and handle these two in the metal made me a very happy purist indeed.

A few other Melbourne purists also had some new arrivals to share, and there were also a number of old group favorites. A very fitting end to the year for the Melbourne WatchBand.

Already looking forward to next year...

This message has been edited by grumio on 2011-12-07 16:31:52

Haha no pressure..

 By: Tom the Tinkerer : December 7th, 2011-16:40
Big thanks to AndrewG for the organization, this will be a hard gathering to beat, with special guests, special watches, good food.. 

It's good to know there's no pressure ;-) though being next to that group of watches is definitely quite a spectacular feat not to be repeated often.. 

Also a big thanks to the special guests, dragged from all around the country, and forced to endure hours of talk about watches!! 

Tom, i'd really like to know more about your own made pieces

 By: G99 : December 9th, 2011-04:51

i have huge respect for someone who can make their own watch. i've loved every piece that Don Corson has made and yours look like they could be as interesting so feel free to pm me details.




More pictures

 By: dreamer8 : December 7th, 2011-16:53
Great night indeed. 

Cheers, dreamer

Sublime Patek 2526

Sublime Patek 2526





Dufour Simplicity

Dufour Simplicity



size comparison

size comparison

FPJ Resonance

FPJ Resonance



This message has been edited by dreamer8 on 2011-12-07 16:54:51

Had a really great time guys. Visitors from Sydney and Perth. Great to meet

 By: : December 7th, 2011-19:30

new faces and see some amazing pieces.


Food was good and wine was exceptional


Thanks to all



Et tu

 By: aptronym : December 8th, 2011-05:23
Good to meet!

Congrats Brothers and Sisters!

 By: sidneyc : December 7th, 2011-19:27

Not to the break-up hehe (Andrew you're good at picking titles, I clicked into this immediately after a mild heart flutter when reading the title!)!! But to what you guys have achieved in 2012!! All these wonderful gatherings shared with us through Andrew on this forum, I can feel the excitement, ambience, fun and the good food you guys had in Melbourne!

That look like an awesome GTG, and I think I know who are the visiting brothers and sisters wink What a spectacular gathering of Indies! It's great to see how Tom's work is progressing, it looks fantastic! Well done, Tom!

Looking forward to another year of wonderful gatherings from brothers and sisters down south!


 By: aptronym : December 8th, 2011-05:24 guessed :P

Pleased I got your attention ...

 By: AndrewD : December 8th, 2011-15:58
Now you will have to join us for one of the 2012 GTG's. 



Thanks! Would love to!!!

 By: sidneyc : December 11th, 2011-17:02

Whenever I get a chance to head down south, you'll be the first to know!! smile

That took some....

 By: BDLJ : December 7th, 2011-19:46

...compiling , Andrew.

Nice work.

And thanks to Grumio for organising the event.

Nice line up.

 By: grigo : December 7th, 2011-22:45

Fantastic gathering....who is the brave soul that is learning engraving?

 By: Hororgasm : December 7th, 2011-23:15

Is it the individual that made those watches with the omega movements?



That's right ...

 By: AndrewD : December 8th, 2011-16:02

... Tom the Tinkerer. The Omega movement is just temporary and Tom is working on his own (literally) in-house movement. And teaching himself all the skills required to realize his vision. It's a very impressive project.

More to come, I'm sure.


A few more shots

 By: grumio : December 8th, 2011-02:04

Assembling the table shot.

Exploring a movement.

A pair of Journes.

Thanks for the action shots. Very cool. nt

 By: AndrewD : December 8th, 2011-16:03

Worth flying down for?

 By: aptronym : December 8th, 2011-05:21
You bet!

Many thanks, WatchBandians, for inviting me to be an interstate interloper. It was a fun evening full of faces familiar and new. I realise, looking at AndrewD's photos, that I too somehow missed seeing one or two certain very beautiful vintage pieces. There was clearly a bit too much for me to absorb, and I regret not being able to chat more to everyone there.

The room was perfect for the GTG - good lighting for the photos, lots of table room, great location, and a nice place to hang out until the earlyish hours.

I'm hoping that I behaved myself sufficiently to not be barred from any further watchband GTGs...and to my fellow interstate interloper - twas a blast to finally meet.

Thanks for making the extra trip down.

 By: AndrewD : December 8th, 2011-16:06
Always great to catch up.


This was the worst part ...

 By: AndrewD : December 8th, 2011-14:55

Three hours sleep and my espresso machine is off being upgraded and temperature mapped. No morning coffee! The stuff of nightmares.


A great way to wrap up the year.

 By: theobold : December 8th, 2011-16:24
Thanks to grumio for the legwork, and everyone else for the pleasant company and vaguely interesting smile watches. 

See you next year.

What a delight!!...

 By: pplater : December 9th, 2011-00:17
What you guys lack in 'quantity' (was it an early dinner or a late lunch? smile ) you sure make up for with quality!

It was a treat, and an honour: thank you very much to all MWBians, and particularly A1, A2 and A3; to the organisers and to 'AP with the AP'.

The 'twits' amongst you should ask aptronym about the journey home: horological surprises did not end at the dinner table....


A delight indeed...

 By: aptronym : December 9th, 2011-01:54
...(an extended lunch I think, but then again I could be wrong, these Melbournians may just be messing with my poor head) and an evening which I hope will be the first of many.

Hehe. That was arguably the greatest horological surprise of the evening, that final one...! One curious soul has already asked me for details.

Make that two?..

 By: : December 9th, 2011-02:45


 By: aptronym : December 9th, 2011-15:09
...should I let pplater take this query?

A delight and pleasure to meet you Pplater

 By: dreamer8 : December 9th, 2011-02:07
I especially enjoyed the post 12 am. repartee you had with that poor waiter who had to "summon"  his boss to take over. Entertainment par excellence .

May I ask what else did you reveal to AP on the way home in the taxi LOL. 

Cheers,dreamer wasn't so much what was revealed...

 By: aptronym : December 9th, 2011-15:09 what was 'discovered' by pplater.
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