Originally Posted by Concordia
There's a watch snob blog somewhere that says Piaget is not top drawer-- don't know if this is a universal opinion. For some reason, their name doesn't come up a lot when discussing expensive stuff.
Some watch snob's blog means absolutely nothing! Saying they are not a top quality brand is nonsense. Yes, there are watch snobs who won't consider a watch unless its a big name in the industry such as Patek, AP, VC or Lange. I know guys like that, and they are idiots. I am also familiar with people that can afford any watch well into six figures and yes, they have some PPs, APs, VCs and other big names, they also have a fondness for and respect Piaget. One of the guys I know has actually owned more than 30 VCs, some APs, and a toubillon from an independent, and is one of the most knowledgeable watch guys I've met in the last 20 years. He is of the opinion that Piaget is a top brand that just isn't that well known, and because its under appreciated it results in a better price for collectors (than if they went with PP, AP, VC). Also, he has had a lot of experience examining VC and Piaget movements. I've also compared Piaget movements to those from VC, AP and others, and the finish is on par.
There are people that dislike every brand out there. Possibly the blog you saw, the person doesn't like Piaget. That person is entitled to feel that way, even if he just doesn't like they way they look. However, I've seen guys that know very little bash brands and without a clue about the quality of the watch. I'd want to know what the basis is for someone saying Piaget is not a top brand. In addition, I'd suggest anyone with doubts about Piaget's quality do some research on Puristspro watch site http://piaget.watchprosite.com/?show=forumlist .
Originally Posted by dopey
My initial preference is for the manual because I don't want a subsidiary seconds dial on a dress watch. I also think 43mm is likely too big. My ideal version would be a manual, no seconds hand, 38-40mm and with a two-level dial like the automatic (but no third level, obviously, since no seconds dial). But I am open to seeing how the different sizes look on me and automatic won't be a deal killer.
Also, I don't need a watch.
They do make a 2 hand time only manual wind. It used to be 38mm, not sure if its still in production or if it has been bumped up to 40mm.