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Independents: Yes, those Gay Frères bracelets were amazing.

Probably too dressy for a sports watch but they could have definitely done something more interesting than picking up an old IWC/jlc design (admittedly pretty well finished). Looking at the Lang and Heyne Instagram, based on pictures I do find their bracelet design to be way more interesting.
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Independents: Fair :)

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Independents: My first thought is - I wish Lange came up with a bracelet like that instead of what they put on the steel Odysseus ...

Otherwise the watch is not really to my taste although probably proper judgement should be reserved for when seen in person. Is there a need for that opening in the dial?!
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Jaeger-LeCoultre: Thank you!

Here is a bit more info : heritagegallery.jaeger-lecoultre.com
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Jaeger-LeCoultre: The best sounding alarm that I have heard, not bad looking either!

A pure pleasure to have on the wrist.
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F.P. Journe: I can't speak for the world but my personal preference is for II.

The III is in my opinion less coherent, more about solving the technical challenge of jumping seconds than the watch as a whole.
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Hublot: I could not agree more. There is some real horological content here.

The architecture of the movement is 3D, yet takes after certain classical chronometers. The power reserve indicators are totally unique. I have the blue ceramic one and I think it is a gorgeous piece. I maybe only wish that they would have come up with a specific case design for this model, I think
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Vacheron Constantin: Yes, the concept of limited edition rubber straps is ridiculous.

They do have some marketing geniuses at Richemont. Another example is the Lange Odysseus being released as two separate references depending on the strap.
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Vacheron Constantin: No need to bet, I can confirm that it was indeed the case ...

Congratulations to the VIP collectors, whatever fraction of the buyers they are nowadays. Available on the grey market for 80K soon ... I also find this ridiculous, at least don't make it a limited edition so that the flippers have to think a bit harder before jumping on the bandwagon.
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