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1 99.1 with a Touch of Gold on Tue Nov 17, 2009 9:49 pm

Today I received my 99.1 with silver dial, gold applied numerals, gold hands, quattro arret feature, and dark brown leather strap. Sorry that I am not able to take better pictures, but the watch comes to life when light hits it at various angles. To say that I am thrilled with the watch is an understatement, and I look forward to many years of enjoyment with my Dornblueth.

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2 Congratulations on Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:01 pm

Wow. Allow me to be the first to admire and offer congratulations. No reason to be shy about the photograph either.

I think you made quite the inspired choice. The Dornblueth DNA is quite clear, and the theme of "silver & gold" is striking. I can imagine, as you say, that in the light this watch must really shine.

You and Dornblogger should figure out a way to juxtapose your most recent watches for a photo.

-Tom

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3 Re: 99.1 with a Touch of Gold on Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:51 pm

tee530 wrote:Wow. Allow me to be the first to admire and offer congratulations. No reason to be shy about the photograph either.

I think you made quite the inspired choice. The Dornblueth DNA is quite clear, and the theme of "silver & gold" is striking. I can imagine, as you say, that in the light this watch must really shine.

You and Dornblogger should figure out a way to juxtapose your most recent watches for a photo.

-Tom

Tom:
Thank you for the positive comments. Yes, and I just saw Dornblogger's photo of his "Stealth" for the first time today, and it instantly resonated with me as a perfect blend of understatement yet elegant, traditional yet unique.

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4 Re: 99.1 with a Touch of Gold on Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:19 am

Anyone that owns a Dornblueth is probably just of proud of the back of the watch as they are with the face. Below is my feeble attempt at taking pictures of the beautiful movement displayed in the back.

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5 Stunning! on Wed Nov 18, 2009 1:52 am

Vince, thanks for posting those fabulous photos. Your watch is an original. Wear it proudly and often in good health!



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6 Re: 99.1 with a Touch of Gold on Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:06 am

dornblogger wrote:Vince, thanks for posting those fabulous photos. You're watch is an original. Wear it proudly and often in good health!

Thank you Dornblogger, it is appreciated.

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7 Re: 99.1 with a Touch of Gold on Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:18 am

Two more pictures.

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8 Congrats, vincesf! on Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:37 pm

Looks great! Did you ask for the calibre and date engraving in the movement? The additional sunbursts and the unusual dial/hand combination make this watch a true original! Enjoy it! Cheers! Very Happy

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9 Re: 99.1 with a Touch of Gold on Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:39 pm

Congratulations, Vince - I hope you feel it was worth the wait!

I really like the additional sunburst detail on the back - looks fantastic!

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10 Contrasts on Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:24 am

Nice photos of the back too.

At the risk of gushing, I'll say again that you and Dirk have collaborated on a superior look. As much as we (and I definitely include myself) tend to fetishize the beautiful blue hands of the standard Dornblueth, I think you have found something special here. The contrasts: gold and silver, polished and matte: gold hands paired with shiny gold numerals, and grainy silver dial paired with matte steel case. The balance between the two has yielded the "ultimate Dornblueth" (if there is such a thing!)

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11 Re: 99.1 with a Touch of Gold on Thu Nov 19, 2009 5:00 am

Candle7:
Thanks for the very kind post. Yes I did request the calibre and month/year of the watch's manufacture to be enscribed on the 3/4 plate. I specified the gold hands and quattro arret center pin, as I thought it would ve a good match with the gold applied hour markers. This forum was quite helpful as I viewed pictures of other watches and spoke with forum members, before ordering. You never know how these items will come together and look when ordering the watch, but I am extremely pleased with the end result.
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12 Re: 99.1 with a Touch of Gold on Thu Nov 19, 2009 5:17 am

tee530 wrote:Nice photos of the back too.

At the risk of gushing, I'll say again that you and Dirk have collaborated on a superior look. As much as we (and I definitely include myself) tend to fetishize the beautiful blue hands of the standard Dornblueth, I think you have found something special here. The contrasts: gold and silver, polished and matte: gold hands paired with shiny gold numerals, and grainy silver dial paired with matte steel case. The balance between the two has yielded the "ultimate Dornblueth" (if there is such a thing!)

-Tom

Tom:
Wow! Thank you for your complimentary post. I felt great about the watch when it arrived, and even better now with all the positive comments. I thought I was going to get slammed for not having the traditional blue hands, but the design of these watches is so fundamentally timeless that it looks great in a variety of combinations. Makes me want to work on another 6 month Dornblueth project!

Thanks again,
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13 Re: 99.1 with a Touch of Gold on Thu Nov 19, 2009 5:34 am

vincesf wrote:

Makes me want to work on another 6 month Dornblueth project!

Yep, looking at the your and dornblogger's watches, I started thinking how good the combination of the montego blue dial, polished silver numerals, and polished steel hands would look...

-Tom

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14 Re: 99.1 with a Touch of Gold on Thu Nov 19, 2009 7:21 am

Mark wrote:Congratulations, Vince - I hope you feel it was worth the wait!

I really like the additional sunburst detail on the back - looks fantastic!

Mark:
Thank you and yes it was well worth the wait. I also appreciate that you noticed the sunburst patterns on the wheels, you have great attention to detail.

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15 Re: 99.1 with a Touch of Gold on Thu Nov 19, 2009 7:28 am

tee530 wrote:
vincesf wrote:

Makes me want to work on another 6 month Dornblueth project!

Yep, looking at the your and dornblogger's watches, I started thinking how good the combination of the montego blue dial, polished silver numerals, and polished steel hands would look...

-Tom

That would be beautiful, as the dark contrast of the dial with the lighter hands and numerals would look great.

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16 Re: 99.1 with a Touch of Gold on Fri Nov 20, 2009 6:39 pm

Any suggested combinations for a Dornblueth with an enamel dial?

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17 Re: 99.1 with a Touch of Gold on Sat Nov 21, 2009 5:18 am

I tried to shoot the watch with a different camera and pick up the concentric circles in the subdial and better detail on the back.

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18 Re: 99.1 with a Touch of Gold on Sun Nov 22, 2009 3:47 am

vincesf wrote:Any suggested combinations for a Dornblueth with an enamel dial?

vincesf

Maybe it's unimaginative, but I think the combination of blued steel hands with the enamel dial is too classic to mess with. All of the pocketwatch designs I like pair these two.

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19 Re: 99.1 with a Touch of Gold on Sun Nov 22, 2009 5:08 am

tee530 wrote:
vincesf wrote:Any suggested combinations for a Dornblueth with an enamel dial?

vincesf

Maybe it's unimaginative, but I think the combination of blued steel hands with the enamel dial is too classic to mess with. All of the pocketwatch designs I like pair these two.

-Tom

Agreed.

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20 Re: 99.1 with a Touch of Gold on Mon Nov 23, 2009 3:11 am

More camera fun.
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21 Re: 99.1 with a Touch of Gold on Mon Nov 23, 2009 3:17 am

Even more camera fun.
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22 Re: 99.1 with a Touch of Gold on Mon Nov 23, 2009 8:02 am

And More
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23 Re: 99.1 with a Touch of Gold on Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:20 am

One of my favorite traditional large watches with a subdial is my Stowa Marine Original Limited Edition watch with enamel dial. One of the best aspects of this watch is that it introduced me to Dornblueth, as there is a cross section of fans from both camps.

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24 Re: 99.1 with a Touch of Gold on Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:34 am

Then there is the IWC FA Jones, which also is one of my favorites. I must admit the movement looks rather plain in comparison to the Dornblueth.

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25 Re: 99.1 with a Touch of Gold on Fri Nov 27, 2009 12:16 am

I love both your Stowa (especially the LE with the red 12) and your FA Jones. I came within a whisker of buying an FA Jones but ended up buying a Portuguese 7-day Automatic instead. Looking at your photos makes me wish I could have both!

Your collection is really, really after my own taste - so I think you have superb taste! Very Happy

Thanks for sharing those fab photos.

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