Reflecting the past, immersed in the present and pondering about the future

 By: Mr.Gatsby : March 25th, 2020-23:37
Business is slow in a lot of ways but also frantic in many ways. People are rushing to sell, while buyers are holding back. The economy takes a real hit, livelihoods get disrupted but out of a sudden things become clear. We can do away with a lot unnecessary frills in our lives. We revert back to the basics as per Maslow’s hierarchy. Everything else above that is luxury, a blessing and stuff we can do away with.

An early morning discussion with a mate today puts things into perspective. What do we spend our money on? On things we value. Today this question is more relevant than ever. In the case for watches, things become increasingly clear. Those that don’t hold value (and value is subjective) to me are quickly dropped out. Subjective value > quality > quantity. That sort a thing. I’ve mentioned before, that there are many aspects to watch’s value. One of them would be sentimental value.

A quick visit to the local strap maker this AM eggs me on to write a post on two very special Reversos that I’ve purchased about a decade ago, back in the days where Jerome Lambert sat at the helm where JLC witnessed glory days. The watches remind me of my friends, the camaraderie and a special moment in JLC history where we were banging all the right notes creating beautiful symphony. Fast forward to 2020 and I must say if these two watches were to be offered to me, I’d have bought it for the same reasons as I did before.

To my friends Guillermo, Milan, Nico and this wonderful watch community, my thoughts are with all of you.

Some pics on my new straps:

Have a great week you all.


Ignore the ramblings, enjoy the photos

 By: Mr.Gatsby : March 25th, 2020-23:40
And pardon the incoherent thinking. Thinking fast and slow at the same time is pretty difficult smile

No way! This is far from being ramblings! [nt]

 By: amanico : March 26th, 2020-00:05
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Thanks for this superb post, my friend. The Ceniceros is a friendly page of the JLC Book. A duo of Reversos with a great friendship story behind.

 By: amanico : March 26th, 2020-00:10
I can only share your point of view on your analysis about luxury items, necessary things in these hard times...

Moreover, I would also like to thank you about the nice words and call about Jerome Lambert, Guille and Milan. They are real gentlemen, and great friends. 



Thanks mon ami

 By: Mr.Gatsby : March 26th, 2020-03:44
Really enjoying this pair today. One more shot in the evening sun:

The Steel one is my favorite. I fell in love with it when I could see it in the metal a few years after its release. [nt]

 By: amanico : March 26th, 2020-03:46
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Lovely duo

 By: Arronax : March 26th, 2020-04:08
I have recently started the long process of trying to figure out which reverso may be a good fit, there is so much to choose from in terms of case size and dial but I am enjoying the journey for now. Attached a few recent pics. I really like the tribute with its opaline dial but was surprised to see it is smaller than the tribute blue.

The Reverso Tribute Duo from 2016. Top, second from left. It is a killer and an extremely well made watch. [nt]

 By: amanico : March 26th, 2020-04:10
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Thanks for sharing mate

 By: Mr.Gatsby : March 26th, 2020-10:57
Agree, the Tributes are well made pieces and have great mileage

An exquisite pair of Reversos that represent so much more than the watches themselves...

 By: holdemchamp1225 : March 26th, 2020-05:06
Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos and the story behind the watches 👍

Fantastic duo , i love the warm color of the hands and numbers on the dial , and the new straps are greats ! [nt]

 By: leopold : March 26th, 2020-06:17
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Thanks Leopold

 By: Mr.Gatsby : March 26th, 2020-10:58
For me the magic is in the case back.

You are most welcome

 By: Mr.Gatsby : March 26th, 2020-10:58
I look forward to reading about your watches sometime smile

I enjoyed the photos and the ramblings.

 By: Overwound : March 26th, 2020-09:54
I agree that now is as good as ever to evaluate what's truly important.  Just the other day a was very upset that my dishwashing machine went up in black smoke mid-cycle.  Something went wrong with wiring in the door.  Needless to say I'm not having anyone in the house to deliver one for some time.  So I removed the remaining water from the machine, took the door that smelled like an electrical fire off and started with a large bucket of warm water and dish soap.  Back to basics of hand washing and drying for now.  smile

Looking at news from Italy across the Atlantic, New York just a few hours drive away, and everywhere else in turmoil around the world.  I can't let myself get frustrated about what happened to me after that.  Becoming reliant on items others would consider a luxury has made me too soft in some ways.        

For me, this is a time to organize my core values and start new. 

I cannot disagree with what you’ve said

 By: Mr.Gatsby : March 26th, 2020-11:01
It’s always good to re-evaluate and recalibrate at regular intervals of our lifetime.