Originally Posted by Belligero
Although I lack enough of a self-preservation instinct to get much use out of a Patek Philippe myself, I’d be keen on the 5070 if for some reason I was seriously considering getting one of their chronographs. What are your thoughts on that model, or Lange's newer Datograph?
And to you too
Enjoying your summer? Well, you definitely have some thoughts on the matter
Thank you for the elaborate and educational answer. My approach is usually more intuitive, and I appreciate being given a more ... intellectual ... perspective.
The 5070 is an amazing chrono. Proven and classic chrono movement, and probably with a whole lot of wrist presence. Never tried it on myself. At 42mm, it's rather un-Pateky though? Maybe that is more than half of its appeal.
Tha Datograph is a watch I would want to wear inside out. What a movement. But the dial just does not do it for me. I prefer the more austere dresschrono
look of the Pateks, never mind the typefaces or minor visual fuckups. Also, it's not a Patek. What can I say, I am a brand whore when it comes to watches. At that price level, I want the whole parade, the history and the name recognition and all the bells. I think perhaps I would choose a Vacheron before a Lange, just for those silly reasons. I want old money vibes with my watch.
I am constantly debating my collection, which has grown far beyond what I ever planned. It only seems prudent to consider what options I would have if I put a few more of my horological eggs in one basket. Every watch was bought thinking: "This is a farthest forray into horology I am ever going to make. Wow, lucky me!" And then I go again and get another piece. I never dared dream this big from the beginning. What if I had, what could or would I have gotten?
But the thing is that I am quite happy with every watch I already own
There is nothing wrong with my JLC Master Chrono. Far from it, I find it an wonderful dressy chrono, even compared to the above pieces. And at a comfortable price level, permitting an actual collection, not only one single piece. Today I have a collection
(of sorts, maybe just a accumulation, no real focus). With a Patek chrono, I would just be a guy with a Patek. On one level, that is way cooler. I would much rather inherit "my father's Patek", than "my father's box of watches". On the other hand, "watches" is an actual hobby to me. I spend a lot of time writing drivel such as this, meeting fellow enthusiasts and going to events. I'm not sure I would be as active if there were no dynamics, no collection to cull and repopulate again. Not that I am very good at that, but I have done from time to time. With a single expensive timepiece, it would just be another thing I own. It would still please me immensely, but probably not give me as many unique experiences.
A Submariner, gold or not, might not be haute horologie, but as a companion for a leisurly breakfast of banana pancakes, sour cream and blueberry jam, I am not sure it can be beat