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cincfleet wrote: Sat Apr 23, 2022 6:13 pm I do like the design. But please, i do not want/need a gmt. I would like a white face blue bezel auto, nothing fancy :thumbup:
And I’d like to see a white face green dial GMT!
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strapline wrote: Sat Apr 23, 2022 5:59 pm I hear you Andrew. It’s a lovely watch but I can’t help thinking it would have been better for a bit of dial texture: a sunray finish or discreet pattern. It just appears a little flat to me. I think the date window would have benefited from being framed also. It just looks a little washed out to me, but it still has charm.

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It always intrigues me how people are drawn to such different things. I really like the simple dial. And I don’t think I’d like a framed date window. It would be a distraction to me. Whereas the white date wheel offers enough distinction from the cream dial for the date to stand out without being a distraction. I’m sure others, however, would have preferred a matching date wheel.
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missF wrote: Sat Apr 23, 2022 6:17 pm Head-wise decisions ie deciding in advance through box ticking what you want in a watch, will never guarantee your gut will like a watch and wear it a lot. They’re two totally different decision-making processes.

Boxes can really help answer specific questions I think, but not the question of how do I find a watch I want to wear a lot? :thumbup:
Excellent points. What I’ve emphasized really nails it! Good observation.
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Andrew I would happily tick those same boxes with the Aquitaine, albeit that the vintage styling bit is to me slightly tenuous.

I tend not to use the grail word that widely, as far as my own watch choices are concerned. However I think it’s easy enough to distinguish between a large tick box and a grail. I would suggest that many, often stated, grail watches would never pass a rational assessment of all aspects that someone may put in a tick list.

I.e. whilst I appreciate if you purchase you are not talking about a “grail”, it may be as simple as for you it is missing the undefinable X factor?

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nbg wrote: Sat Apr 23, 2022 6:53 pm it may be as simple as for you it is missing the undefinable X factor?
That’s definitely a part of it. I suppose I assumed that a watch that ticked all the boxes would wow me. Then along comes the Aquitaine, that ticks all the boxes, and it doesn’t wow me. As you said, it’s that undefinable X factor.

It reminds me of when I got my C65 Trident Vintage. It was the C60 Trident I had always had my eye on and always came back to revisit when on CW’s website. But when my wife offered to get me a watch as a wedding gift, I went straight to the website and selected the C65 Trident Vintage. I’d never even seen that model before! What can I say, it had that X factor, and I’ve never regretted my choice.
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"Ticking all the boxes" is a great way to buy with your head, but not your heart.
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^^^ indeed! Great point.
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jkbarnes wrote: Sat Apr 23, 2022 5:13 pm
jkbarnes wrote: Sat Apr 23, 2022 4:17 pm 6D1AA0EB-530C-4285-B8A9-E1E9695E5290.jpeg
You know what’s funny? Put a black bezel on this, and I’d be all over it, I think.

Exactly my thoughts... ;)
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I've been in this situation a number of times and in the past was more reckless with my purchasing based on box ticking (in my head). Now I tend to be more patient and consider longer before taking the plunge.
The thing for me is the elements may be there but its how it all comes together that makes the yes/no and that's more of a heart than head thing and ultimately more important.
Flip side of this is Lindseys recent fabulous acquisition, didnt tick many of her initial boxes but just comes together so very well.
I like Golfjunķys comment "greater than sum of the parts" or indeed not 🙂
As for the Aquitaine, I'm underwhelmed though appreciate the elements. Im wishing CW would be a little more adventurous in dial textures.
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jkbarnes wrote: Sat Apr 23, 2022 4:17 pm …I’m not sure if I like it.

I mean, it literally checks all my boxes. At yet, I’m iffy on it. I thought I knew what I wanted, but maybe I didn’t? Anyone else experience this - a wishlist that seems to fall flat when it comes to fruition?
For me it's the same. I like the new Aquitaine models a lot, but at the moment I'm not sure if and which model could be my next one.

I find the completely green one just as beautiful as the green/cream-white one. But I also like the completely blue one. If it weren't for the money..... ;-)

Let's see which color variants there will be in the future, because there are more to come.
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For me I don't really have any boxes to tick as such, I just go on my feelings for a particular watch as to whether I like it or not.
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jkbarnes wrote: Sat Apr 23, 2022 5:13 pm
jkbarnes wrote: Sat Apr 23, 2022 4:17 pm 6D1AA0EB-530C-4285-B8A9-E1E9695E5290.jpeg
You know what’s funny? Put a black bezel on this, and I’d be all over it, I think.
My thoughts entirely!
The sand-coloured lume is what actually makes this watch for me; with white it would lose the vintage looks I think.
Like you said, slap a black bezel on it, keep the sand colour lume in the bezel to match the dial lume, chuck in a COSC movement and I’d walk barefoot over coals to get my own one!
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It doesn't tick all my boxes. Here's why..
Retro (backwards) looking _ I prefer modern and forwards looking
Fauxtina lume

I do like the GMT but would want white lume on the indices, hands and bezel. Close, but no cigar as of now. The green might also be a contender but I find sunray/sun burst dials too flashy.
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albionphoto wrote: Sun Apr 24, 2022 3:03 pm …but I find sunray/sun burst dials too flashy.
The sunray dials are an issue for me, too, now that you mention it. That’s why the cream is appealing.
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Thegreyman wrote: Sun Apr 24, 2022 10:24 am For me I don't really have any boxes to tick as such, I just go on my feelings for a particular watch as to whether I like it or not.
Yeah, this is me too. It’s like a mental calculation your mind carries out in a millisecond. It’s not as formulaic as box ticking. If the sizing is OK and it makes my heart beat a little faster, then that’s about it.

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