Here's an expensive Breguet that I was fortunate enough to play with a while back:
Love those enamel dials, though. And to be honest, with the $250k this runs at, I'd be looking at a whole lotta Lange...
The Hodinkee article mentioned hits 3 great watches. Also look at the ALS 1815 up/down.
The FP Journe CB is an unbelievable watch and actually a great 'value' for that price, but not sure if its too casual for you.
I went through a similar search recently and ended up stretching the budget to get the FP Journe CS with gold dial.... It just blew me out of the water and felt great on the wrist. While I was also looking very close at some VC and ALS models (after going through all the brands and narrowing it down) in this range the FPJ won the day. I'll use this as an excuse to post pics of it again :) Excuse my crappy camera work.
Great work, @pmeis, just such a perfect object.
Thanks guys.I resisted the urge for far too long, part of me still yearns for something a little more colorful/unique, but this is hard to beat as an everyday piece.
I actually sold my Nomos Ahoi and the Grand Seiko GMT to cover this (should end up ahead by $500 or so.). The GS was probably bigger than I like, but it wore smaller than its 43.5mm size would suggest. The lack of the micro-adjust on the clasp and the 15mm thickness were the deal breakers. I love the Ahoi, but I realized after 6 months that it was just a little bigger than I wanted. Still have the Breitling SOH, love the design, but I'm not sure I see myself wearing it with this Sub on hand and will probably look to move it as well.
That would leave me with just my old Nomos Tangente 35mm watch. It makes a decent dress watch, but I would still prefer it to be a little larger. Will wait to see what Nomos comes out with at Basel and pick up one of their 38mm watches as a replacement. Will likely be going with just two watches for the near future.