I know salespeople will typically look at watches/shoes to determine how much attention a client should be given at a high end shop.
You know that this would count for crap in SoCal. Pretty much everyone is wearing sneakers except for the industry execs and their *assistants* and that lots of rich people are wearing the latest novelty watch (Dean, Red Monkey, etc... rather than, say, a Patek Phillipe.)
Well, just like in clothing most salespeople wouldn't know a Blancpain from a Tag Heuer if their life depended on it. I can't recall how many times I have worn +$30k watches and still received horrible attention. Just because things are expensive, they don't A) look expensive and B) are widely known or understood. Really, how many people have seen ultra thin white gold perpetual AP's? Or WG Breitling Rattrapantes? Jon.