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Old 17.11.2010, 13:22
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One funny shop in Lausanne

I've thinking of getting a Breitling watch lately and found out that there are 2 shops in Lausanne that sell them, one near Georgette and another just near Rue du Pont in the center. I figured to pass by today and see what they have got, prices and if what kind of prices they have for refurbished ones, since they come with factory warranty.

I went by couple of times this small shop near Georgette and it was never open. Today as I was walking by, I stopped to look at the window and 2 guys approached me. I told them I didn't speak French and we started to speak Italian, they were Italian btw. I told them I was looking for a Breitling and they said, no who told you that we don't have Breitlings here! (And on the window there were Chronomat etc). Anyhow I said, I'd like to see what you offer or what you can find me and at what price. He started to look at me and asked me what was my name, where I was coming from, what am I doing in Switzerland and if I would pay cash or card. After I said that I will pay cash he said call me at this number and make an appointment for next week, bring your passport or ID card to enter the shop and bring 4000 CHF and I will get you a Breitling. He said he wasn't opening his shop for anyone unless you brought the money, ID card and made an appointment.

If he thinks I don't know how Italian business is done, he is so wrong. I lived years in Italy I know them how they breath and think, I learned how to live day by day from their scams and daily life business solutions. I'd rather bye breitling from ricardo.ch than from this guy.

After this I went to the another shop at Rue du Pont, a very nice gentleman accommodated me with lots of examples of what he had to offer in the shop, what could he find for what price, how they weer depreciating over time, what kind of checks were done by the factory for their used watches sold with 2 years warranty etc etc.

I think this was extraordinary, even for Italian standards. Ha-ha.
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Re: One funny shop in Lausanne

V, that is quite a story!! Good thing you had lived in Italy, I think it would really have freaked me out.

Can I ask the name of the watch shop in Rue Du Pont? I am buying my other half a watch for his birthday and am trying to find the best watch shop in Lausanne to visit to look at options.

Thanks for your help,

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