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What watch should my friend get? He has ~$40k budget

post #1 of 40
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One of my best friend & his wife just visited me here a couple of weeks ago. During their stay, his wife mentioned that she would like to buy his husband (who is my best friend) an expensive watch. But they know little about watches, yet they have loads of money smile.gif. They were asking me for suggestions.

Besides a Rolex, he was wearing a JLC master compressor this time. Apparently he is fond of big watch based on his wrist size. His wife mentioned that she would like to spend 200k -300k RMB ( 1$ = ~6.4 RMB) for his new watch.

My friend prefers a watch somewhat between dress and sports with a leather strap/band, round dial. I showed him my IWC Portuguese (IWC3717), and he said it was a tad smaller to his liking.

Some background info:

They live in China owing an export business. My friend knows little about watch. He didn't even know how to use all the functions of his master compressor:D. So mu guess is this new watch is more as a status symbol.

I am sure some of you here will have some good suggestions for my friend.
post #2 of 40
whatever patek phillipe is the biggest and showiest for $40k since he doesn't care about the watch itself.
post #3 of 40
Timex Easy Reader and donate the balance to UNICEF.
post #4 of 40
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Quadcammer View Post

whatever patek phillipe is the biggest and showiest for $40k since he doesn't care about the watch itself.

Obviously he also want some class and taste, and does not want to be overly ostentatious.

I forgot to mention that he doesn't like gold watches.
post #5 of 40
A Hublot or Royal Oak?
post #6 of 40
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Originally Posted by jtatknox View Post

Timex Easy Reader and donate the balance to UNICEF.

Apparently you don't know much about rich people in China, haha.
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post

A Hublot or Royal Oak?

Royal Oak is a good candidate. What specific royal oak would you recommend?
post #7 of 40
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Originally Posted by A Guy from Shanghai View Post


Obviously he also want some class and taste, and does not want to be overly ostentatious.

I forgot to mention that he doesn't like gold watches.

How is a $40k watch anything but ostentatious?
post #8 of 40
Patek Phillipe/End of thread.
post #9 of 40
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Originally Posted by jtatknox View Post

Timex Easy Reader and donate the balance to me.

FTFY

+1 for Patek.
post #10 of 40
Status watches that aren't ostentatious (bejewelled Rolex's for example) include:

Audemars P (many nice Royal Oak Offshore), Breguet, A Lange & Sohne (Platinum Lange 1), Frank Muller and obviously Patek
post #11 of 40
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Originally Posted by jonnyt View Post

Status watches that aren't ostentatious (bejewelled Rolex's for example) include:

Audemars P (many nice Royal Oak Offshore), Breguet, A Lange & Sohne (Platinum Lange 1), Frank Muller and obviously Patek

Franck Muller - this is a joke right?shog[1].gif
post #12 of 40
A. Lange & Sohne - german brand makes them in germany sels i euro
suisse franc is currently very overpriced
for 41k you can buy A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 in platinium
500
post #13 of 40
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Originally Posted by luckyhands View Post


Franck Muller - this is a joke right?shog[1].gif

I wouldn't buy and wear one myself but I'm not a Chinese guy who wants his watch to get noticed.
They're solidly build, expensive and distinctive, pretty much exactly what the OP asked for.
post #14 of 40
Sorry who's wanting to get their watch noticed?
post #15 of 40
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Originally Posted by luckyhands View Post

Sorry who's wanting to get their watch noticed?

this
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Originally Posted by A Guy from Shanghai View Post

Apparently you don't know much about rich people in China, haha.
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