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Independents: many reservations, unfortunately

Let me state again that I've gone out of my way to support independents; doing so is largely the reason I began collecting watches in the first place. So it's extremely frustrating even to consider publicly reporting a bad experience with an independent. At the same time, it does the community no go
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By: avseg
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Independents: not just what else can be bought, but what else can be supported...

I go out of my way to support independents, but 250 hours of finishing or not, this is a lot of support RG is asking! I also am wary of RG customer service. So it's not just what else I could be buying, but what else I could be supporting.
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By: avseg
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Independents: well done

The "skeletonization" of this is really well done and in many ways the design feels more balanced than the original Insight Micro-Rotor. The other thing I appreciate is that skeleton watches often become very hard to read because the dial is often compromised by the "skeletonization", but such is no
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By: avseg
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F.P. Journe: bit a drop lately in my market

In the USA, CB peaked at a little over 50k USD recently, seems to be trending lower now.
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By: avseg
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F.P. Journe: perfect

I'm not normally a fan of gold on watches, but this is probably my favorite CS except perhaps for the Tokyo anniversary ed. Thanks for sharing!
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By: avseg
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F.P. Journe: ...

No intent to take away from your enjoyment - just explaining why certain FPJ straps get certain embossing. Impressed that the Miami boutique didn't just make the orderer buy it (or prepay). IIRC it was over $600 for my last bespoke from Multicuirs. I'd feel bad sticking a boutique with that tab.
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By: avseg
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F.P. Journe: "bespoke"

I think there might be some confusion on the meaning of the term "bespoke" here, which may also be why you are confused about the stamping on the strap. FPJ OEM straps (the ones that come with the watch, or that you'll find sitting in the FPJ boutiques) are done by Multicuirs in Geneva, and they're
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By: avseg
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F.P. Journe: Jean Rousseau

As others have noted, the FPJ boutiques in the USA work through Jean Rousseau for customs (OEM FPJ straps are by Multicuirs). If you're ever in NYC, considering stopping by the JR boutique there to check out samples. I've done more than a dozen custom straps with JR and they're a great boutique to w
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By: avseg
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Independents: random thoughts

For sure, independents should respect ADs more since they carry the weight (threat?) of losing the independent more business than some arbitrary end consumer; however, my experience is that it's only so helpful. I had one issue with an independent where the AD eventually cc'd me in on their e-mail e
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By: avseg
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Independents: same

I believe I also posted on here before that I wrote e-mails and never got a reply. I even wrote him in Japanese. No response.
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By: avseg
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