That's a beauty! I love vintage watch ads!
I've never owned anything but a PMW, so I guess I can't compare. When I first had my old Omega (true PMW by virtue of age and scruiffiness rather than brand I suppose) fixed up and posted (fatally!) here, it gave me great satisfaction too. Just that simple thing of making it work and finding a strap I liked - which, as of yesterday, now has a deployant clasp in the hope that I will stop dropping it on the floor and breaking the glass every few months. I still enjoy the way the whole thing looks. But what I suspect, as with any junk habit, is that the hit gets harder to maintain: I have seen all manner of wonders over the last few months and understood to some degree how they are what they are. It's hard to go back from that, just as I don't think I can ever buy a pair of glued-together shoes, even if I like the look of them. Once you know what's "better", you can't ever go back.
First Mimo, I've been away and didn't realize that you bought a Monster. Belated congrats! I am sure you will enjoy it. Its a very cool watch.
I think we learn more and expect more from certain brands. However, certain watches, shoes, cars are intended for different purposes. I see a need for good but not crazy expensive shoes for rain and snow. So I can appreciate and enjoy a good but reasonably priced pair of shoes for bad weather just as much as I need or can appreciate a beautiful pair of EGs etc.
When I bought my first VC I was enamored with it. To have such a beautifully crafted, finely finished, and rare piece (one of 600 in rg), it made a tremendous impression on me. It was certainly more finely finished than my Rolex watches. However, when I got a call that my 50th Anniversary Green Sub had arrived, I was very excited about it and I adore that watch too. Its a different design, purpose, and price point, yet it fits into my collection well, and it doesn't compete with my VCs. So I think its possible to choose pieces in different price and finish categories and still be excited about them and enjoy them.
Wore my old vintage JLC Master Mariner from circa 1958. This thing keep excellent time. Solid gold case, 883 movement, newer gator strap (not JLC). I had a hard time finding a solid gold JLC buckle that was the right size so I had to settle on a Blancpain one. Just realized that I forgot to set the date.
Love the color and finish of those shoes! Wow! Not sure if the toe is normally my taste but it really works beautifully in that color.
New one came in! On the topic of whether you can go back down the scale this watch is, arguably, a step down from my Nomos, Cartier and Omega but it's no less exciting for me. I'm not in the same price point as you gents but I agree that there's a threshold that you reach where certain quality isn't acceptable but anything above that is enjoyable in its own way. This hits my threshold
Congrats on your latest addition!
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Except Belphegor is kind of a demon. One of the princes of Hell or something like that.
So now it is named "Fantomas."
Pure AWESOMENESS! I guess I'm lucky there are no retail sellers of Corthay near me tonight ...it could be very dangerous for my wallet.