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May 24, 2012

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Angelo

The company I work for took some key clients on a "fantasy drive" where an agency provided exotic cars----Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, etc., and they also had a Nissan GT-R on hand---for those invited to drive on winding roads and straightaways. I wasn't invited to the event, but a friend of mine (Account Executive) had clients there, so he was involved with it----and said he enjoyed the GT-R as much as the best cars there and enjoyed it more than some of them that cost tens of thousands more. I understand the fact that it doesn't have the image and reputation of a Ferrari---but I do think it has soul. As far as intangibles go---something like a used Porsche 928 might have a lot of those, but I don't see Ferrari having any intangibles---it's pretty much what you see is what you get and it costs an awful damn lot. I wonder what the next generation Acura NSX will be like?

Doug T.

No, I disagree. I cannot afford a Ferrari, but if I could, I would not buy one -- I don't like flashy cars and I would constantly be worrying about something happening to it.

Bringing it back to watches -- until I bought my current watch, I never had a watch that lasted more than three years.

Six years ago, I bought a Casio G-Shock MR-G 7100. I've given it a lot of tough treatment, but it still is in good shape. Now, it is solar powered (like most Citizen Eco-Drives) and impossibly accurate (it is a so-called "atomic" watch) -- but I happen to think it has a personality.

In fact, I would claim that Casio G-Shocks have just as much personality as Breitlings, Omegas, and Tag Heuers -- just as I would claim that a Jeep Wrangler has just as much personality as Ferrari. (Guess which car I use on my off-road expeditions.)

Rick

Speaking of watches, I'm thinking of getting my son a watch as a graduation present. Any ideas? I haven't worn a watch for years, but I am thinking that a manly watch would be a good way to mark his commencement. I like the Casio g-shock in some ways because he might find it useful but it doesn't seem special enough for the occasion.

herculodge

Rick, I recommend this gunmetal Ocean Reef for under 180 dollars or any all stainless steel Reef at that price point:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-MSRP-1395-Invicta-6761-Reserve-Ocean-Reef-Swiss-Chronograph-Mens-/280885916643?pt=Wristwatches&hash=item41661af3e3#ht_2891wt_1398

Angelo

Rick: I'm partial to a big, chunky, WWII submarine themed "Tauchmeister" which you can find on E-Bay and through other online sellers and some retail outlets. I have two Tauchmeisters and two Aeromatics (the Aviator themed sister division to Tauchmeister). As for G-Shocks, some of the more expensive ones are special indeed and collectable. And Jeff's suggestion for an Invicta Ocean Reef is a good one----many watches in the Invicta line are nice and the presentation boxes are great for gift giving. I gave my brother an Invicta when he served as best man in my wedding.

Rick

Thanks for the helpful suggestions, I appreciate them very much.

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