Well, in regards to your first statement, I think that you can be more than happy with something without that thing being perfect. I love my Speedmaster and my MUT Moon, but they definitely have what one could perceive as flaws. Neither are 100% perfect. But then, I think with me, almost nothing will ever be "perfection" (maybe this is why I have relationship issues )
And I completely agree with your statement regarding a design being quirkily asymmetrical. I think that this VC is an excellent example:
It depends what you see as an imperfection. Maybe when you do get over a certain price range, you stop seeing design errors or compromises as personality, and start seeing them as disrespectful to the customer....but I agree, VC is the daddy of quirk.
Anyway, you win a prize. This is just for you: I went and looked at the Arnolds. I'm afraid they didn't have any moons or tourbillons, or the collection with the miniature painted ships that I liked the look of. Also, I did find it a little difficult to keep up with what the sales assistant was trying to tell me. I'm not sure why they hire exclusively Filipina ladies to staff that place - maybe because it's a jewellery shop primarily, and they're all pretty and friendly. Not that I have anything against Filipinas, but I am wondering how they deal with local customers who don't have much English. And even with me, despite some of their best efforts to regurgitate the manual, I wasn't getting the feeling that she had either a deep understand or interest in the subject. But she was very nice. Anyway, here's my interpretation of what I was shown and told:
Arnie (Click to show)
After what we'd said about price, I was interested in the "entry level". Also, as I don't wear gold and they didn't have anything in platinum, this was the one that I immediately thought I might really like to wear. It has a regulator date, and a weird movement that ticks like a quartz, although as you can see it's an auto. And although there are four of us working today, the one who's best at Karaoke is off. Mai is also good, but she's in the other shop.
I kind of like it, although it's oversized like all of them. But do I really want an expensive dress watch that ticks? Well, it doesn't actually tick, it just looks like it ticks. You know what I mean.
Golden Arnie (Click to show)
This is a gold one. But i wanted to see it anyway because it's pretty, and of course reminded me of the Duometre, which I like a lot. As it's also large, the small dials are really quite legible. This one has two of everything and two time zones and it's all kind of "two", "double", you know what I mean. Also we don't even get commission here, it sucks. We have a Perrelet tourbillon if you want. From the back, this looks like a funny face,
Illegible Arnie (Click to show)
Thus one is really quite fascinating. It's pretty much impossible to read, is btoh bigger and heavier than my Orange Monster even on a strap, but it has all kinds of freaky shit going on like solar coffee maker, it looks really good on you and it has four crowns.
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