Lifestyle different people like different watches

Lifestyle  different people like different watches

In general I would say, yes. Above I tried to show several people with their own style.

Is it possible to find a “cool” watch for them all?

There are not many choices from my point of view, but one I would like to share:

Lifestyle  different people like different watches

One of my favorites in 2011: the Aronde 1954.

Somehow bold, somehow subtle and somehow puristic & understated - at least the version in WG.
Unfortunately the latter is a limited edition for Japan and I have no idea how much there will be.

Maybe Alex can help?!

Was it love at the first sight? To be honest, no it was not. But it grows … and grows …

Lifestyle  different people like different watches

Lifestyle  different people like different watches
The sculptural curves on the case are very appealing and the “austere” guilloche dial reminds me to Japanese gardens, which I like a lot.
Lifestyle  different people like different watches

The watch felt very comfortable on my wrist, which is a BIG plus on my list. I tried only the RG version, but photoshop does the job Lifestyle  different people like different watches

The thin leather strap shown at SIHH was perfect – the look and the feel.
The (real – mine shown here, are all photoshoped) pictures I saw from the Japanese version, showed a more common strap Lifestyle  different people like different watches
Lifestyle  different people like different watches

WG – some may say it looks like simple steel, only. So what?

To me the “stealth look” makes it even more sexy and wearable, even for business Lifestyle  different people like different watches Lifestyle  different people like different watches

The caliber 1400 looks beautiful and yes it is small, but no problem in that case – at least for me.

Lifestyle  different people like different watches

Some more questions for Alex:

  • Will there be a regular version in WG, in the (near) future?
  • Is it possible to get the official prices for both versions?

For closing I will show you one more lifestyle example I could imagine and hope you don´t mind.

Lifestyle  different people like different watches

A smart (sometimes) casual guy, with a very special watch, living in a great house made for art collectors …

Daydreaming Lifestyle  different people like different watches Lifestyle  different people like different watches Lifestyle  different people like different watches



The Aronde
05/02/2011 - 23:07
Thanks for reminding us of that beautiful watch Oliver.  Your "lifestyles" approach is refreshing too!  It seems the current fashion palette of soft greys and pastels favors the WG version, as you demonstrate so nicely.  Sounds like those Lips may soon be caressing your wrist?
Did you know The Aronde was a car (by Simca) ?
05/03/2011 - 01:35
You can have a look on this site: all the best to my fellow loungers, Berny
Not until Foversta
05/03/2011 - 03:04
mentioned it in his SIHH write-up.  Most of us North Americans wouldn't know Simca from Formica, but it so happens my dear Great Aunt had one back in the 1960's.  It really stood out among all those Detroit battle wagons .
Thanks for your kind words ...
05/04/2011 - 13:15
my friend. Oliver
My first impression was a nimble and modern
05/03/2011 - 03:00
look, based on a classic design. I think after some consideration that I really find the WG version to be profound and raises the bar on the artistic side. Thanks to your leading visual presentation, a classic Oliver technique--very thought provoking. Now you have me thinking about the World Time and how it might look in WG--just something to dream about for now. Many thanks. Tim
Tim, my friend ...
05/04/2011 - 13:17
welcome in the club of daydreaming Thanks for your kind words! Oliver
agree 100% even though I have a preference for the
05/03/2011 - 12:49
rose gold as I believe the guillochage stands out better. The WG model for Japan was not a limited series but a pre launch of about 20 sold only in Japan. For the moment this version will be available only in Japan but who knows if somewhere down the line it will not be launched worldwide in WG. Both the WG and RG models are at CHF 28600 Great house in the last photos
Alex, we all know your preference for RG ...
05/03/2011 - 13:49
German´s are (maybe) more stealthy than Parisian´s Thanks for your info´s and finger´s crossed for the WG - worldwide. If you like the house on the left, maybe you like the house on the right as well. Both are in the same street, in Berlin. Love them both Oliver
in terms of architecture Berlin is definitely one of the
05/03/2011 - 14:10
coolest places I'm planning a week end there soon
your allusion to a japanese garden is illuminating
05/03/2011 - 16:18
thanks for sharing your thoughts J
Thanks J ...
05/04/2011 - 13:37
four your kind reply. Oliver
Nice post Oliver !
05/03/2011 - 20:31
I understand this Lips is very charming, not only beautiful. I had the same thing with the 1955, nothing at first sight and then the try , the more time passed with it on my wrist, the more details I discovered the bigger it grows. cheers Francois
"the more details I discovered ..."
05/04/2011 - 13:40
God is in the detail ... the devil as well Thanks my friend! Oliver
my favorite SIHH 2011 novelty as well!
05/04/2011 - 23:29
I absolutely agree with you on each point with this watch. I just have one more comment to add. Not only does it wear comfotably on the wrist, it also looks large for today's standards which is quite unusual for a form case. I just wish it would have been fitted with a form movement to compliment its case. But hey, 1400 is a great little piece of art and I guess VC has to squeeze the most out of it as far as the financial gain.  Actually, I had a chance to wear the RG Aronde for a while last weekend in New York. I have to say it's a great watch. Your photoshop alterations rock. Unfortunately, I asked the very same question you did here of Hughues de Pins - head of VC North America, there is no plan for a regular WG production for now. By the way, how have you been, Oli?
Hi Radek ...
05/05/2011 - 06:06
thanks for your kind reply. A fitting form movement for the form case would have been the cream on the top, indeed. But that would push the price tag even further ... these days WG - plans can be changed, hopefully Travelling to NY is always great. Lucky you! No chance to do so (at the moment), so I can practice photoshop Cheers Oliver
Thank you, Oliver
05/05/2011 - 18:45
Very nice posting! It is quite lovely and does grow on you. Yes, a form movement would have bee the icing on the gateau. Mais, alors, its still a beauty and one of the nicest rectangular designs anywhere. Regards, Joseph