Re: Yet another tourbillon question
- From: Olaf Peuss <me@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 08:20:52 +0200
I really can't defend desiring one, but agree that it would have no social value to anyone except myself. [...]
First of all, you needn't justify anything. You aren't answerable to anyone of us. So if you wish to get yourself a tourb watch, go for it and be happy with it. :-)
The reason I asked about a Chinese tourb being reasonably waterproof is that I occasionally forget to take off a good watch before showering or jumping into the pool out back.
Well, you're asking for something that isn't going to be found easily - if at all. ;-)
You want a type of watch that is usually designed to sit on the wrists of the filthy rich, and so as to save pots of money, you are going Chinese instead of Swiss. You should know that neither the product quality in terms of precision nor in terms of ruggedness can possibly be as high as in a high-end Swiss watch. I would even go as far as to say that any Japanese Seiko 5 for $50 will be more rugged than any Chinese tourb watch at ten or more times the price.
You want a tourb watch to be robust and water-proof but remember that we're talking about an elegant dress watch with a leather strap, not a sports watch with a metal bracelet or rubber strap. Elegant dress watches aren't made to be used in swimming activities. And Chinese tourb watches don't particularly enjoy the reputation of being exceptions to that rule. ;-)
I'm afraid it's more a case of "either...or" rather than "both...and". I, for one, haven't heard of Chinese tourb watches being suitable for taking showers or going for a swim, and I haven't heard of leather straps that will survive regular immersion in water for an all-too-long time, either.
HTH and best regards,