Originally Posted by Dino944
Ha, this is a very good point. Fortunately, I do have thick skin. However, my skin is less thick when I am forking over several thousand dollars. After reading Apropos' response, I think that my rationale falls somewhat more in line with his, although moderately less misanthropic. I do find the boutique experience kitschy, and it is disconcerting that I often know more than the salesperson. However, I really enjoy shopping at smaller operations (I have worked with Myron Glaser, Stephen at Leffot, the guys at The Armoury, Leather Soul, George Bass at his store in town, and I have spoken with Dirk at Dornbluth). The people at my local AD just kind of ruin the experience in my opinion. For example, being told that a base PAM had an in-house movement, and better finishing than my JLC (regardless of the truth of the assertion), just kind of makes me not want to deal with people. Thank you for the points though, it is tough line between being polite, and not taking shit--but I am a diligent, hard-worker, so I have faith in myself!
Those are some excellent choices for your first forays into shaped movements. I am excited to go for the whole square look, although I would like to see how it looks before I make any rash decisions. It will be nice for a change of pace though, and I think will provide me with a lot of versatility.
And I will of course post pictures the minute anything arrives at my door! Of course, it is still a good ways in advance... alas.
Originally Posted by apropos
I agree with much of this.
Originally Posted by culverwood
Thanks very much for your kind words.