I've been a regular lurker in this thread for quite a while and I must say the knowledge presented in many people's posts is astounding and so incredibly interesting. This is by far my most frequented thread on SF.
I do have a question for those more knowledgeable on the subject though; I'm aware VC, AP and PP are regarded as the 'Big Three', however having seen ALS' watches I'm curious why it isn't included in this grouping of prestige watch companies. Is ALS regarded as higher or lower on the totem pole than the Big Three? And on the same note, I notice that Breguet is rarely discussed in this thread. Where do they stand among these four other watch companies?
Old School Big Three: PP, VC, AP
New School Big Three: Philippe Dufour, F.P. Journe, ALS
In my mind, Breguet, Girrard Peregaux, and JLC are first tier but not first rank . JLC has some great values.
Other marques worth considering: Voutilainen, Speake-Marin, Becsei, L&H, and others