Faberge Alexei FAB-197

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Faberge Alexei FAB-197

Post by jason_recliner » February 24th 2023, 8:37pm

To be clear, I’ve never had a watch like this. My photography skills can’t capture how beautiful this thing I so you’re going to have to use your imagination to fill in the gaps.
Starts off pretty straightforward – grey cardboard box. Ok. Printing’s pretty nice, I guess.

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There’s a little book inside – probably details etiquette when getting blown by a girl fancier than you – I dunno, I haven’t read it. A little cloth, unbranded, which is mildly disappointing.

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Then you get to the actual wooden box. Fuck me dead. WOW. It’s probably more expensive than any watch I own. Maybe more than any other watch I’ve ever owned. Look how the printing somehow floats above the wood! But okay, okay, it’s just a box. Let’s keep going.

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Oh, shit! Okay, this is just nuts. Ok, I’m fuming at the reflections and dust! But seriously. Oh. My. LORDY-lord. How the fuck did they machine the dial that finely and intricately and perfectly? It shimmers and glows and dances and… oh my god… Smellody was right… I’ve become a fancy boy.

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Fucking reflections! But, that said, wow. It’s REALLY nice. Like, exquisite. Note to other manufacturers – if you’re going to include indices, you might as well use black diamonds. I mean, why the fuck not?

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Normally I like display backs when there’s a decent movement inside. This one has an old movement from the 80s – a Breguet or Piaget or Piguet or something. It’s a 1150, it has twin barrels, it’s probably pretty good. But in this case, I’d rather have 18k white gold than synthetic sapphire. I can look at a movement in another watch, or in the toilet bowl, if I have to.

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The strap is just fucking luscious. No other word for it. My first croc/gator/foreskin/whatever strap. Look at that grain. Look at that stitching. Just LOOK AT IT!!!

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And then there’s the buckle. A fucking work of fucking art. Fuck! Dan Henry, take note! Like the box, probably worth more than any other watch I’ve ever owned.

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Things you may not know? Hands are flame-blued, dial is machined on 100+ year old machine, crown cabochon is a natural sapphire (unlike Cartier), dial is polished using argent grene, a silver powder that “buffs the surface to a soft sheen”, strap is made by hand, the numerals are created “using the exacting hand-worked process of decalque”. According to Faberge, this “produced precise definition, density and volume”. You know what? I think it does. A couple of wristys:

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Yeah, this watch is fucking nice. Way nicer than anything I’ve had before. Gonna give it a solid 8.5! Take a look at Faberge if you haven’t already.
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Post by jason_recliner » February 24th 2023, 11:54pm

conjurer wrote:
February 24th 2023, 11:40pm
Why, gosh darn it, this makes my peepee hard!!
Yes, Mr Owner, if this one doesn't do it for you nothing will. Time to tap out. I look at it and am in awe that people can make it. If I tried, it would look like the watch equivalent of Homer's car.
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Post by jason_recliner » March 8th 2023, 7:48pm

OK, I've worn this a bit now. First real complaint: the crystal has no (or indequate) AR. In the kind of bright outdoor light needed to activate the sparkle of the black diamond facets the crystal is usually a mess of reflections.
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Post by conjurer » March 8th 2023, 11:35pm

jason_recliner wrote:
March 8th 2023, 7:48pm
OK, I've worn this a bit now. First real complaint: the crystal has no (or indequate) AR. In the kind of bright outdoor light needed to activate the sparkle of the black diamond facets the crystal is usually a mess of reflections.
What the fuck? No AR? This will not stand, man. Even the fucking Germans put on a decent AR coating. Fucking mooks.
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Post by Mark1 » March 9th 2023, 10:23am

Stunning dial. Can't make it out clearly in the pic, is that a Faberge` egg on the buckle? Congrats.
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