Originally Posted by mimo
Hmm...nice thread, shame about the casual racism.
(Belligero - well said)
I just want to echo Stitchy's sentiments here. I meant no racism in my posts, but I apologize if they came across as such.
But kind of building on this a little bit. I have spent a good deal of time in Kuwait, Egypt, Jordan, and the UAE in the course of my fairly short life, and it is just undeniable that there are those select few who live in opulence that honestly could not even be dreamed of by many. My ex-girlfriend of several years lived and still lives in Jordan, and her father frequently took me to Kuwait and the UAE for business trips. I have been to many weddings over there, and have spent many weeks traipsing around one of the most beautiful, interesting, and culturally rich areas in the world. He was in the business of selling (a) military boats, and (b) super-yachts. Quite the profession, to say the least. I guess what I am trying to say is that I was not in any way trying to bring any sort of racial statement into my post--but rather, just highlight that there is a 'class' (and I use this in the loosest sense) that really does live in a way I could not possibly imagine.
But you are right, we do make assumptions that may or may not have some tie-in with culture. Thus the notion of the "Texas Timex." And to pick up again after Stitchy, I would same the exact same thing if this collection were stateside. Being a billionaire allows you to spend some serious dinero, and they have a right to spend the way that they want.
I was trying to make a comparison between the assortment of watches that were at that event, and the collections that some of the members, on say, the TPP have. Some of the collections on TPP, although they are undeniably expensive and extensive, are almost works of art in the way that they are assembled. There is clearly so much thought and expression going into the collection. I just thought (albeit this is merely through looking at pictures) that there was a lack of... curatorship in the collections. For example, I remember one collector owned the RM011 and the Patek 5550. That is all my statement was trying to communicate.
, back on a more light-hearted topic. That Tank looks delicious. Did you have a chance to try the Solo XL with automatic movement? The quartz does look very nice on your wrist though. As for the Ballon Bleu... eh I would prefer to keep that to the womenz.