Old school today: Curvex on black lizard strap.
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Very nice. Love the case and dial.
Thanks. If you found a Tank XL for only $5K and not a standard Tank, that was a steal ! I've have gotten unsoliticted emails to buy it, from people that have seen me post pix of it on another site.
I think your missing the point, and no Ferrari doesn't have anything similiar to what Patek offers, I can pretty much gurantee that.
I'm not sure which watches you actually consider lesser models, but most enthusiast don't tend to look at it this way.
It's more of a journey, than anything else.
Besides Patek is not the only manufacture of luxury watches to reserve certain models for their more loyal clientele.
It's the way things are done, besides it's not like they have to worry whether it will sell, because it will.
If you are saying Ferrari does not have an application process for its special models, then you are incorrect. For specialty models (F50, Enzo, FXX) there was an application process. Your dealer had to submit an application on your behalf, put in a good word for you, and demonstrate you have a long history of Ferrari ownership with several rare and special Ferraris in your collection. In addition, on some of the cars they required you to lease them for at least 2 years, before you could purchase them. This was to prevent speculators from buying them and flipping them for a substantial profit the same day they take delivery. Being able to lease and then buy one of these very specialized Ferraris is sort of a reward to their loyal clients (the same as say the AP boutiques supposedly only selling the "Boutique Edition" watches to people that have already purchased watches at the boutiques).
I love fine watches and automobiles, but I find the application process a bit of pomp and circumstance to help make the experience of buying a rare and ultra expensive item a bit more special. Maybe its intended to make the buyers feel that they are more special than other multi millionaire collectors because he/she was accepted through the application process for the honor of buying one of these pieces. I don't find the idea of going through an application process for the "Honor" of giving them several hundred thousand to million dollars adds to the experience...but maybe I'm in the minority.
Patek makes some amazing watches, but this application process if I'm not mistaken is essentially involves pieces Patek designed and made without any input from the buyer. I am not aware of Patek truly involving the customer in designing/commissioning a watch (unless they recently started offering that service). So I don't reallly see it as a journey. To me it would be more of a journey if it were something like going through Vacheron's special order process whereby the buyer might request a small detail be customized such as a special dial or a different case metal, or where the buyer can go all out and commission a one of a kind watch from beginning to end. To me that is a real journey which is truly involves the buyer.
The Pilot Chronographs are my favorite IWCs. Very nice.