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Yeah my parents gave me a TAG for my birthday...it's still in the regular rotation just because. And the quartz movement doesn't need all those fussy winders! biggrin.gif
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Hi everyone. I am new to the forum and posted yesterday for some advice about a watch purchase. The admins apparently delayed the post to make sure I am a 'real person'. Then it magically appeared back when I posted it but by that time the thread had moved on - so I suspect most people missed it. In brief, I am looking to purchase a rose gold watch with a budget of $30K. I have some ideas and would like feedback. Please refer to page 1923 for details. I have been lurking for quite some time and have come to appreciate the opinions here. Thanks much.
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any suggestions for a cute minimalistic sub-$200 watch with metal band?
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probably best to quote it so people don't have to go back and search:
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Originally Posted by Foley View Post

Hello everyone.
 
I have been lurking for quite a while and enjoying this thread immensely, so I figured it was time to contribute.  This is my collection thus far.
 










 
I will be receiving a promotion at work this September, which is somewhat of a landmark event.  So I would like to commemorate with a new watch in pink/rose gold.  I want this to be a ‘special’, long-term watch.  I have developed a list of possibilities and would like feedback. 
 
I realize the decision is largely based on my own personal opinions and my experience with the watches when I try them on, but I would appreciate any insights that may help with my decision.  Budget is $30K max unless the market nosedives, and I am only interested in new at this time (I suppose I could be persuaded to look at used, but it would take some persuading). 
 
I am also open to suggestions other than what are listed below.  Wrist size in 7 1/4”.
 
Glashutte Original PanoMaticLunar (Retail $22,800)  This is the current front-runner.  I tried it on with the Louisiana alligator nubuck leather strap, which was SWEET.  It is a bit thicker than I expected, but I love the unique dial design and the decorations of the mechanism.  Yes I know it could be considered a knockoff of the Lange 1 Moon Phase but that does not bother me, as the latter is above my price range.




 
Parmigiani Tonda 1950 (Retail $20,200).  It is very thin and the platinum mini rotor is a nice feature – permits a better view of the movement than most automatic watches.  It looked great on my wrist.  But do the lumed hands make it schizophrenic?  This is a lesser known maker but perhaps results in less of a premium for the name.




 
Lange Up-Down (Retail $27,400).  I have not had a chance to try it on yet but I expect to be smitten. I miss the lack of a date on my Daytona and might miss it on this as well (same for the Parmigiani above).




 
Patek 5296R sector dial (Retail $29K).  I have not seen this discussed much on the boards and have not tried it on yet but strikes me as more versatile than most of the Calatravas, and perhaps the most versatile watch on this list.




 
JLC MUT Perpetual (Retail $31,600 but I expect I could get a discount to below $30K).  Not tried on yet.  I am attracted to the idea of having a perpetual calendar within my price range.  Maybe this represents the best value?  But of course the better ‘value’ would be the SS version…
 




 
Thanks for reading and I look forward to the feedback.
just my opinion, but i would cross off the Parmigiani and Patek if it were my money. no accounting for taste, but i think both look terrible. the JLC would be in third place - love this watch and i am hoping to get it in SS at some point, but it just looks off in RG. second is the Glashutte - also a marvelous watch that i've lusted over, but i like it a lot better in SS with gray dial. which makes the Lange the winner in my book
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Originally Posted by Foley View Post

Hello everyone.
 
I have been lurking for quite a while and enjoying this thread immensely, so I figured it was time to contribute.  This is my collection thus far.
 










 
I will be receiving a promotion at work this September, which is somewhat of a landmark event.  So I would like to commemorate with a new watch in pink/rose gold.  I want this to be a ‘special’, long-term watch.  I have developed a list of possibilities and would like feedback. 
 
I realize the decision is largely based on my own personal opinions and my experience with the watches when I try them on, but I would appreciate any insights that may help with my decision.  Budget is $30K max unless the market nosedives, and I am only interested in new at this time (I suppose I could be persuaded to look at used, but it would take some persuading). 
 
I am also open to suggestions other than what are listed below.  Wrist size in 7 1/4”.
 
Glashutte Original PanoMaticLunar (Retail $22,800)  This is the current front-runner.  I tried it on with the Louisiana alligator nubuck leather strap, which was SWEET.  It is a bit thicker than I expected, but I love the unique dial design and the decorations of the mechanism.  Yes I know it could be considered a knockoff of the Lange 1 Moon Phase but that does not bother me, as the latter is above my price range.




 
Parmigiani Tonda 1950 (Retail $20,200).  It is very thin and the platinum mini rotor is a nice feature – permits a better view of the movement than most automatic watches.  It looked great on my wrist.  But do the lumed hands make it schizophrenic?  This is a lesser known maker but perhaps results in less of a premium for the name.




 
Lange Up-Down (Retail $27,400).  I have not had a chance to try it on yet but I expect to be smitten. I miss the lack of a date on my Daytona and might miss it on this as well (same for the Parmigiani above).




 
Patek 5296R sector dial (Retail $29K).  I have not seen this discussed much on the boards and have not tried it on yet but strikes me as more versatile than most of the Calatravas, and perhaps the most versatile watch on this list.




 
JLC MUT Perpetual (Retail $31,600 but I expect I could get a discount to below $30K).  Not tried on yet.  I am attracted to the idea of having a perpetual calendar within my price range.  Maybe this represents the best value?  But of course the better ‘value’ would be the SS version…
 




 
Thanks for reading and I look forward to the feedback.

Congratulations. As you stated, this is more of an emotional decision than anything else but here are my thoughts.

If i had to choose from your list, it would be between the PP and JLC. On the one hand you get a lot more for your money with the JLC but on the other hand a Patek is a Patek and every collection kind of needs one. in terms of future value (if you care about that) I would expect the Patek to hold its value better. I also love the railroad track dial. I would probably choose the JLC when all is said and done. Can't beat the perp complication IMO

As for the others, the lange would be my third choice. Have you checked out the Richard Lange BTW? I don't care for GOs in general and the parmigianis does nothing for me so I would cross those two off.

If you haven't tried or handled all these watches you may not be making fully informed choices. You may be surprised to find the watch you think you like really isn't (vice versa).

In your price range I also really like the IWC Portuguese auto in RG. It is dressy but casual at the same time but it is a little big. Another watch i love is the Vacheron 1921, very unique look also in your price range.

Happy hunting.
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Originally Posted by dan138zig View Post

any suggestions for a cute minimalistic sub-$200 watch with metal band?

http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNKL41-Stainless-Winding-Automatic/dp/B008EWSA6W/ref=sr_1_56?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1391747351&sr=1-56&keywords=seiko+5+automatic

 

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Foley, welcome and congrats on your pending promotion.

You have compiled some nice watches already! I can see why you're looking for something dressier though.

Personally, I agree with HRoi and would also go with the Lange, amongst those lovely pieces that you have listed.

That's not in any way to disparage the others, which would be great additions for anybody.

If you've got until September, then relish the thrill of the chase, and try on as many as possible, maybe even check out what the gently-used market might have to offer in your price range.

Excellent recommendation from robw on the Vacheron 1921 as well....it's different in a very good way IMO.
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Some fabulous watches there!

 

From GO, perhaps also consider the Senator Chronometer Regulator?

 

 

And there's also the beefier Master 8 Days Perpetual from JLC.

 

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The 1921

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Long story short: liked this so much when I was a kid that I managed to convince my dad to hand it over to me for my graduation 13 years ago.
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Originally Posted by Foley View Post

Hi everyone. I am new to the forum and posted yesterday for some advice about a watch purchase. The admins apparently delayed the post to make sure I am a 'real person'. Then it magically appeared back when I posted it but by that time the thread had moved on - so I suspect most people missed it. In brief, I am looking to purchase a rose gold watch with a budget of $30K. I have some ideas and would like feedback. Please refer to page 1923 for details. I have been lurking for quite some time and have come to appreciate the opinions here. Thanks much.

This.

 

 

Of your list, I'd take the Lange.  Actually, any Lange!  

 

But this one you can probably get on a big discount (maybe someone here can help?), it's already within your budget, it's got the moonphase (a really nice one with symbols in relief), the date (perpetual calendar), the rose gold and a distinctive, cohesive look.  I've seen it in person, exactly this one pictured, and it's stunning.  Also available with a white dial.  And/or with a rubber strap, if you're insane.

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Foley, congrats on your pending promotion. You wouldn't happen to be a medico now, would you? wink.gif

Anyway, IMHO the Lange is the clear winner. Sober, clear, elegant, timeless. Perfect to mark a career milestone.

Honest opinions ahead, which may or may not offend. Proceed at your own risk... nest.gif

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The GO is a $22,800 hockey puck that is the uglier cousin of another watch. You know in your heart that something which you find thick at first glace is only going to annoy you with time. In a way, it is not really a knockoff, because it possesses none of the grace of its cousin. You already know that it is not as pretty as the Lange, and buying it would be like buying a Camry because you like the design cues they took from the S class. Which is... erm....

Parmigiani... well, it's a Parmigiani. It's nice, but consider a Laurent Ferrier if you want to travel the less well trodden path. Above your budget though.

MUT perpetual is very nice. I know you are set on PG but the WG of this is spectacular. And I mean spectacular. It also flies under the radar in a way which I like.

Patek is an unsuccessful vintage re-edition IMO. It looks better in the flesh but is still very... "meh". The date is particularly egregious in its lack of elegance.

If you are dead set on PG, here is another suggestion - which is within your budget new.

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Lange of your list followed by the GO. The GO will get little respect because it's derivative despite having the superior dial layout to the 1 (though I'm likely the one of the few people with this opinion who truly believes it). I also like Mimos suggestion of the perpetual from GO. But regardless, if I'm going precious metal I'd likely go Lange, plus I love that particular watch in general. You'll find the GO's with deeper discounts though. I'm just not a fan of that perpetual from JLC even though I want to be.
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Going even further back, I've had this for half my life. I think my parents gave this to me when I was 15 or 16. I hardly ever wear it anymore, yet still keep it going.

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Cleav FTW with the 1921 American suggestion.

Not a fan of the Parm, or that particular Patek. I love that GO though. But a Lange is well.. A. Lange! and JLC always makes beautiful watches. no clear winner/loser here. Congrats again

ps - get the VC!


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