Originally Posted by in stitches i think you should head to PP and commission your very own MR, tourb, perp cal split seconds chrono. if ever there was an end game piece, that would be it id think.
as to maker, you love PP so i see no reason to venture to another maker, if you do, youll just end up back on the hunt for a PP MR. also, i would wager your MR comes in 2014.
Interestingly they rarely do such commission-based work anymore. A ton of work and not enough scale for profitability; yes, they'll charge the client enough to cover the costs, but with limited resources they could have put their watchmakers to work on pieces that could be "mass produced" (to the extent that 53,000 watches a year, 25% of them quartz pieces, is "mass production"), sold potentially for higher margins and help build the brand versus being relegated to one person's private collection. The kind of people for whom PP feels "compelled" to produce special pieces also tend to be savvy negotiators who rarely allow them to charge high margins. There is one collector in the West Coast who has over 400 Pateks and who keeps the pieces in a safe, employing one person part-time to catalogue and update his collection. There are Sultans in the Middle East who demand a visit from Thierry Stern every year or so; these are the folks for whom PP might do commission-based work. Unfortunately, "Sultan No Frills" doesn't quite make the cut. Heehee.
Originally Posted by wurger
Thanks for the explanation, No frills, and now I am reading up on PP MR, I actually didn't know what MR stood for,
They are strange beasts and are fiendishly rare and difficult to execute, at least at the level of finishing and decoration that PP usually requires. I am not completely convinced that the complication is (a) really to my liking or (b) worth the LARGE premium versus the stuff I already have. But there may be little ways for me to own some nice complications without completely breaking the bank.
I know Nuke posted this a while back but here's a little video from Hodinkee showcasing the current PP minute repeater collection:
Even cooler if you could actually have been there to try one on, right?
Originally Posted by in stitches
themoreyouknow.jpeg. TWAT cares.
Originally Posted by Newcomer Cares about ridding you of all your money, that is
: thank you much for the response, I really do find it very interesting! And you know, you certainly picked the right brand to sing to you! Does not get much better than that!
And I completely understand what you are saying. You don't really have any desired that need to be sated at this point in time, so there is no real "need" to go out there and pick up that DRSD. I am glad you have reached--to an extent--a sense of calm within your collection. I too have reached a state of relative calm, although that might be a function of currently having no income
. It does feel nice when you are OK with "window shopping." I guess it is like being happy in a relationship, but taking the odd glance every now and then
. It sounds like the DRSD may have been close to causing you to stray though...
Hahaha, that too.
I am sated and I'm happy I can say no. The Hunger(TM) is a truly terrible thing to experience and feed. I'm glad you brought up the relationship analogy. This analogy is going to be horribly flawed, but here goes: I'm quite happy with my wife and family, immensely so. That doesn't mean I don't do a double-take every single time I see your avatar, Nuke.
Originally Posted by mimo
Or at least, you will be when that new watch arrives...for a while...contentment is a most elusive mistress.
Don't I know it.
Originally Posted by NonServiam
One of my watch goals for 2013 was being content and happy with my collection. It is a difficult exercise. I have already found a candidate for leaving my watch box (Omega Planet Ocean) and a candidate for taking its place. For some reason, the monetary diff of out and in is never in my favour. Why is that?
An admirable goal to be sure. The hunt and the attendant adrenaline and endorphin rush is I'm sure part of the process why we still look around for "that next piece." I'm just happy I feel somewhat sated right now.
With that said, I've exchanged about 15 emails with a couple of dealers over the last 48 hours for my "2015 plans."