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    Re: Review: Magrette Moana Pacific Professional Black & Steel

    Tale of two watches...

    Having seen so many new wristers I felt compelled to put the integrated rubber back on the Black. Wore that earlier today. Went out tonight and had on the Steel paired with RIOS Burnt Chestnut. For all their similarities it struck me how differently these two watches can present. The Black on rubber has a very purposeful appeal. The Steel on nice leather can take on a more formal vibe (not dressy by any means.) That bare steel bezel adds a bit of zing.

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    Re: Review: Magrette Moana Pacific Professional Black & Steel

    Quote Originally Posted by mitchjrj View Post
    Tale of two watches...

    Having seen so many new wristers I felt compelled to put the integrated rubber back on the Black. Wore that earlier today. Went out tonight and had on the Steel paired with RIOS Burnt Chestnut. For all their similarities it struck me how differently these two watches can present. The Black on rubber has a very purposeful appeal. The Steel on nice leather can take on a more formal vibe (not dressy by any means.) That bare steel bezel adds a bit of zing.

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    These pictures, man... is it true you're just using an iPhone? Or what setup? Sorry to hijack ;)

    On topic: is there a reason you all wind your Autos by hand? When I want to start my autos (eta/miyota/stp) I just whirl them around a bit to get the rotor turning and that's it...I never used the hand winding mechanism on them...


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    Re: Review: Magrette Moana Pacific Professional Black & Steel

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarak Trisaltuol View Post
    These pictures, man... is it true you're just using an iPhone? Or what setup?
    Hah. Yes, it is true...partly.

    No different than a $40K medium format camera back, an iPhone... or an old flip phone for that matter, is nothing more than a light capturing device. The only difference is fidelity and convenience. I have a link in my signature that explains this in more detail. That said, in the case of most of the photos on this thread and review I have used a Fuji XT-1 for a few reasons. As mentioned above is fidelity, the quality of the pixels is better. There is more dynamic range, less noise, and so forth. Plus I capture in RAW which has exponentially more data that I can manipulate in post. Secondly is convenience; while an iPhone is more convenient to just grab and shoot, the Fuji is more convenient to lock down and position as I have a tripod attachment for it (or rather an arm.) Other than these reasons there is no practical difference about what you can and can't photograph. For example, in the photos I just posted the solo shot of the MPP Steel is on the Fuji. The MPP Black, wrister and handful are with an iPhone 6. Both are capturing the same light source and setup. And the key...

    They have all been post-processed. Not one of the photos you see here is straight out of camera. That doesn't happen. You need a fundamentally good starting point - you can't create the light afterwards. But the shots are cleaned and then local contrast is selectively applied. And for that solo shot it's actually an amalgamation of I think three different exposures (the virtue of having a fixed camera position and static subject) where I couldn't get all the parts lit as I wanted so just segmented them. Oh, and closed down the crown which had been otherwise pulled to stop the hands.


    Quote Originally Posted by Tarak Trisaltuol View Post
    On topic: is there a reason you all wind your Autos by hand? When I want to start my autos (eta/miyota/stp) I just whirl them around a bit to get the rotor turning and that's it...I never used the hand winding mechanism on them...
    I never fully wind an auto, I'll just give it a few turns until it starts going. It's just as likely that I'll do the same as you, give it a few spins in my hand.
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    Re: Review: Magrette Moana Pacific Professional Black & Steel

    Quote Originally Posted by mitchjrj View Post

    I never fully wind an auto, I'll just give it a few turns until it starts going. It's just as likely that I'll do the same as you, give it a few spins in my hand.
    This ^^^. The only reason I wound the watch on receiving it was to quickly gauge how accurately it was running.

    I normally give my automatics 5 - 10 turns if stopped before putting on my wrist to give them a good jump start. Have found in the past if I get them ticking by movement alone, if I'm then not overly energetic first thing they can lose time !

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    Have found in the past if I get them ticking by movement alone, if I'm then not overly energetic first thing they can lose time !
    Constant force. Watch loses accuracy as winds down.




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    Re: Review: Magrette Moana Pacific Professional Black & Steel

    You had to know this was coming. A bit of green for St. Patrick...

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    Thanks for the explanation, Mitch!


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    Re: Review: Magrette Moana Pacific Professional Black & Steel

    Going a bit more rustic with the MPP Steel, this time with a leather NATO...

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    Great new shots Mitch.
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    Re: Review: Magrette Moana Pacific Professional Black & Steel

    New pairing, on a Panatime Classic "Desert Dweller" Golden Vintage. Works great this combination of light tones.

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