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The Watch Wall of Want – October 2014

Each month I will post a top ten of the watches on my want list. It is a very personal list and generally will be of watches that I can actually aspire too. It is not a list I intend to tick off as life isn’t that kind and in truth it has been a long while now since I actually bought a watch, but if funds came available it would be something off this list. Each month the list will change slightly as desires and wants change, or as watches become unavailable and so on. So here is my list for August, with photos following.

1. Breitling Aerospace Evo – Grey edition.

2. Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase – blue edition.

3. Chopard Monaco Historique MF Time Attack.

4. Armani Grey faced Chronograph

5. Junkers Bauhaus Power Reserve Automatic.

6. Autodromo Stradale Grey Dial

7. Autodromo Prototipo – orange and silver edition.

8. Chopard Monaco Historique 2014 Edition Chronograph.

9. Hamilton Ladies Bagley Quartz

10. Rolex Milgauss Blue Face.

Now, have fun thinking what your top ten would be!

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Fraser Hart and Three Watches

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I went to Fraser Hart in Solihull earlier today and tried a few watches on. In truth I have my eye on a Breitling Aerospace Evo.  I have wanted this watch in its various version for well over 5 years. I remember vividly, seeing one on the wrist of a helicopter pilot at a heliport in the south of France. Grey faced on a black leather strap and I was literally in awe of it. I have tried it on several times over the years but never had the money to get one. I have now started saving in earnest for one. However, the latest version the Evo, has gone up in size a touch to 43mm, so I wanted to try one on again so that I would not be saving for something that turned out to disappoint on the wrist.

Today saw me in Solihull shopping with my Mum, so I took the opportunity to try it on in Fraser Hart. I also tried on, the blue faced Rolex Milgauss and an Armani grey faced chronograph.

The Breitling seen above and retailing at £3150, was all I hoped it would be and the slate grey dial, (or more correctly “Tungsten Gray” as Breitling call it) looks very classy indeed. Subtle, tasteful and a change from the er… “thunder black” dial. The titanium case and bracelet made it as light as a feather and very comfortable on. I loved it, as simple as that and so the saving continues.

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Next on the wrist was the Rolex Milgauss (yours for £5800). This to my eyes is a stunning watch. Blue faced with a green sapphire crystal which subtly enhances the blue dial and reveals itself as an ever changing ring on the edge of the dial. For me this is the best juxtaposition of dress watch elegance with sporty intent, I have seen on a watch. Appropriate then for just about all occasions. Oh and it fitted on my wrist beautifully. Sadly though at that price this is a watch I can only ever dream about.

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And then there was the Armani fashion watch. A quartz, mineral glassed, grey faced, grey leather strapped chronograph. A 40mm case and a suggested retail price of £179. The looks of this watch are frankly fantastic. Grey face on a grey strap works beautifully and frankly there are very few on line photos that do this watch justice. It really is a beauty and not being too big it wears elegantly on the wrist. I want one, but I must concentrate on the Aerospace fund first.

“Well Mum, which is your favourite in those three?”

” I don’t like the Breitling, it just looks dull, The Rolex is nice, but I really like the Armani – very elegant.”

So there you are, If you are a pensioner, just registering with Match.com, get yourself an Armani watch if you want to impress the ladies!


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The Hamilton Bagley

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These were announced at Baselworld and have been available since August but as we don’t get out much here at Beastie Folly these have only just caught our eye. Both myself and Lady P like the look of this watch so we will track one down in the flesh to have a proper look. Hamilton’s promotional blurb is a glorious exercise in flowery language and I particularly like, “applied indexes visually seduce with their feminine appeal”.

“Lass” I said to Mrs P, “Any watch that visually seduces with its feminine appeal is a match for your wrist.” Well Ok I didn’t say that  but I’m going to. I’m saving it for when she tries it on in the shop!

£420 and £440 in the larger size. I’ll let you know if we still love it when we have tried it on Lady Peanut’s wrist.

The shaping of the Hamilton Bagley gains its uniqueness through varying heights between the horizontal and vertical case edges and an intriguing combination of straight and curved lines. The sides of the case extend to become elegant lugs. A love of detail is evident in the watch’s domed, multi-level dial with a stamped central panel in a quilted effect. This rises like a protective archway above the small, circular second counter at 6 o’clock. Sword-shaped pink gold plated hands and matching applied indexes visually seduce with their feminine appeal.

Accommodating every successful woman’s desire to be different, the Hamilton Bagley comes in two sizes and with a choice of attachment variations. Adding a note of nobility is a genuine ostrich leather strap in beige with a pin buckle. Alternatively, a three-row stainless steel bracelet with an easy click fasten is confidently contemporary. The special fastening mechanism makes it simple to alternate between the two straps should the wearer wish to have both to meet the specific demands of all occasions and moods.