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    Blancpain releases 2019

    I think the Blancpain have been pretty good so far. Definitely deserves its own thread.

    Let us start with the new Air Command (bloody brilliant) though totally out of reach at CHF18,500 - https://www.ablogtowatch.com/blancpa...nograph-watch/



    Next up the Barakuda - 40mm and again lovely with the FP 1151 movement (unusual choice).
    https://www.ablogtowatch.com/blancpa...arakuda-watch/



    I also believe there is a new FF in Titanium (seen on IG). When information comes out I'll update this post (and anything else!)

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    The Barakuda will fly off the shelves at 40mm


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    Hopefully should have a Barakuda incoming to join my Milspec.

    Only annoyance is... why didn't they put the date at 3, and add the coin edge bezel to the Milspec :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by endo View Post
    Hopefully should have a Barakuda incoming to join my Milspec.

    Only annoyance is... why didn't they put the date at 3, and add the coin edge bezel to the Milspec :(
    Jup - this elevates it beyond the Milspec. Whats the UK pricing? I really like the Barakuda, but would require me to sell some things off to acquire.

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    Some nice looking watches, shame they are way out of my price range


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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyp View Post
    Jup - this elevates it beyond the Milspec. Whats the UK pricing? I really like the Barakuda, but would require me to sell some things off to acquire.
    £10.8k is what i was told this morning when I was chasing it up.
    (£300 more than the Milspec was if IIRC)

    The strap is cool too, hopefully it comes in human and size and not for a 4Ē wrist, lol

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    Barakuda looks pretty cool .Too expensive for me sadly

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    Quote Originally Posted by endo View Post
    £10.8k is what i was told this morning when I was chasing it up.
    (£300 more than the Milspec was if IIRC)

    The strap is cool too, hopefully it comes in human and size and not for a 4Ē wrist, lol
    Ok, a fair enough conversion. Has the strap size been an issue in the past?

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    Both look fantastic but at only 500 of each I doubt I could get either .

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyp View Post
    Ok, a fair enough conversion. Has the strap size been an issue in the past?
    Ahhh The Milspec strap saga...

    Short version is, the Milspecís sailcloth is super short (almost as if it was intended to have a deployant clasp)
    I donít exactly have large wrists and i was on the 2nd to last hole, which isnt ideal or secure.

    Iím hoping the ďtropicĒ is better sized so its wearable out the box. :)

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    Chrono looks very decent on the website. I'd be happy with the standard FF if it was reduced to 42mm and came on bracelet.

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    Iíve got the Barakuda on order. Looking forward to this but it will have to replace my 16610 in the collection.

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    Both of them look really smart


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    If I didn't already have the Mil-Spec I'd definitely be going after that Barakuda... gorgeous watch.

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    Iíve had no joy ordering, any advice by pm would be appreciated.

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    Lovely watches, the Barakuda ticks a lot of boxes and I would imagine will sell out quickly.

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    The chrono is great but at 30m water resistance not really a sports watch unfortunately...


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    That Barakuda is sweet!

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    The Air Command is one of the nicest chronographs I've seen in a while. As mentioned, not cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j111dja View Post
    The Air Command is one of the nicest chronographs I've seen in a while. As mentioned, not cheap.
    Eddie comes close with the PRS-45 - best alternative for us paupers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAFKARM View Post
    Iíve got the Barakuda on order. Looking forward to this but it will have to replace my 16610 in the collection.
    What ETA youíve been given please?
    "These populist, nationalists, stupid nationalists, they are in love with their own countriesĒ - Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the Tariffs Free Economic Zone aka EU

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    I have the option of the Barakuda from a dealer (which is great as I missed out on the Mil Spec!), but they have requested an immediate 50% deposit. Is this the new norm? 50% seems a tad steep. I have another option at 20%, but much further away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jukeboxs View Post
    I have the option of the Barakuda from a dealer (which is great as I missed out on the Mil Spec!), but they have requested an immediate 50% deposit. Is this the new norm? 50% seems a tad steep. I have another option at 20%, but much further away.
    Seems high - when will they get the watch to you, and is it refundable if you decide you donít like it?

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    looks like delivery of these is November

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    Seems like a very long time to be hanging on to that much cash

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtagrant View Post
    Seems like a very long time to be hanging on to that much cash
    The deposit seems to be becoming a worrying trend - especially at 50%. I can understand for some micro brands where cashflow may be an issue, but don't get the reasoning here. Surely 10-20% is enough for 'registering' an intent to purchase. 50% seems really high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyp View Post
    The deposit seems to be becoming a worrying trend - especially at 50%. I can understand for some micro brands where cashflow may be an issue, but don't get the reasoning here. Surely 10-20% is enough for 'registering' an intent to purchase. 50% seems really high.
    I paid for the Milspec in full when it was announced.
    Admitedly this was more of a gamble to avoid bexit related price fluctuation.

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    Thanks for the replies. Yes, delivery in November, so 6 months. Admittedly any lost interest is relatively low (say 3% in offset mortgage) and cheaper than a trip to London or Guernsey. Itís more the principle than annoys me, where RRP is no longer the price you pay. I could pay on a 0% card I guess.

    On the payment in full point, I didnít think this generally avoided future price increases prior to collection (e.g. if paying 6 months in advance)?


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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyp View Post
    The deposit seems to be becoming a worrying trend - especially at 50%. I can understand for some micro brands where cashflow may be an issue, but don't get the reasoning here. Surely 10-20% is enough for 'registering' an intent to purchase. 50% seems really high.
    Might stop the flippers, if they have to put down 50% on every watch they have their name down for.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jukeboxs View Post
    Thanks for the replies. Yes, delivery in November, so 6 months. Admittedly any lost interest is relatively low (say 3% in offset mortgage) and cheaper than a trip to London or Guernsey. Itís more the principle than annoys me, where RRP is no longer the price you pay. I could pay on a 0% card I guess.


    On the payment in full point, I didnít think this generally avoided future price increases prior to collection (e.g. if paying 6 months in advance)?


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    Yes I agree on principle it annoys me. As I said, understandable with a micro brand where it is likely to be a cashflow issue. As for avoiding future increases, I think it very much depends on brands as well.



    Quote Originally Posted by optix View Post
    Might stop the flippers, if they have to put down 50% on every watch they have their name down for.


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    Deposits are generally refundable. So you could shift money around or use 0% cards, but I guess it may make a few profiteers pause. Though a lot of them do this pretty much as a business so they likely have enough cash to play the game.

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