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    Something with Movement Visibility

    I want something that shows off the movement a little on the dial. Right now I'm probably going to grab a JLC Duometre because the flying seconds + partially skeletonized dial tickle my fancy. Is there anything else in the same price range (pref under $35k used) that I should consider before I pull the trigger? Not huge on fully skeletonized faces as I find it a little much.

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    Re: Something with Movement Visibility

    Arnold and Son makes a very interesting piece with visible balance springs, the DBG. It can be had for a much lower price grey market and if you like the design, it's pretty unique.

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    They have other pieces with a lot of the movement visible (like the Dial Side True Beat).

    Ulysse Nardin has the Freak (not the Freak X!!!) which is a beast, and an absolute triumph in horological meaning and significance. Many different iterations were made, and in my opinion, getting a used Freak for around $35k is probably one of the best bargain in high end watchmaking. You get a flying movement on the dial side moving with the hour and minute hands, and no crown. It's incredible. There are many models in all colors and shapes you can want. The Freak Out, Cruiser and Vision are my favorites.

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    Re: Something with Movement Visibility

    And, of course, I forgot to mention it, the Breguet Tradition line, which has a tradition souscription type movement on the face.

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    Also the Piaget Altiplano 910P with visible peripheral rotor and movement mounted on the caseback for thinness purposes.

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    Re: Something with Movement Visibility

    Have you ruled out full skeletons?

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    Re: Something with Movement Visibility

    +1 for the Freak, Tradition, and Altiplano 9p. The Duometre is also an extremely worthy choice!

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    Re: Something with Movement Visibility

    If you’re prepared to throw $35K at the solution, you really need to take a very long and hard look at all the available options.
    JLC’s Duometre are nice watches, don’t get me wrong, but there are many another brand worth considering as well.

    Bovet
    Chopard L.U.C.
    Armin Strom
    Glashutte Original
    Hautelence
    Angelus
    and a good many more.
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    Re: Something with Movement Visibility

    It's only 4x your budget, but this....

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    Re: Something with Movement Visibility

    GO Pano-inverse, much less than your budget
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    Quote Originally Posted by ar7iste View Post
    Arnold and Son makes a very interesting piece with visible balance springs, the DBG. It can be had for a much lower price grey market and if you like the design, it's pretty unique.

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    They have other pieces with a lot of the movement visible (like the Dial Side True Beat).

    Ulysse Nardin has the Freak (not the Freak X!!!) which is a beast, and an absolute triumph in horological meaning and significance. Many different iterations were made, and in my opinion, getting a used Freak for around $35k is probably one of the best bargain in high end watchmaking. You get a flying movement on the dial side moving with the hour and minute hands, and no crown. It's incredible. There are many models in all colors and shapes you can want. The Freak Out, Cruiser and Vision are my favorites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ar7iste View Post
    And, of course, I forgot to mention it, the Breguet Tradition line, which has a tradition souscription type movement on the face.

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    Also the Piaget Altiplano 910P with visible peripheral rotor and movement mounted on the caseback for thinness purposes.

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    Thanks. I'll have to see if I can find some of those in person!



    Quote Originally Posted by mlcor View Post
    Have you ruled out full skeletons?
    Yes. I find them to be a little much most of the time.

    Quote Originally Posted by xherion View Post
    GO Pano-inverse, much less than your budget
    I really disliked them in person. It was actually originally the watch I was going to go for

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    Re: Something with Movement Visibility

    Also @ar7iste, any reason you specifically mentioned staying away from the Freak X?

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