Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gdl203, May 20, 2007.
I'm with you - all the way. Excellent post.
I have had a similar experience in my personal life. (cf. Beyonce post a few pages back, although not actually with Beyonce...)
Or starting an independent? How 'bout it Frilly?
Personally, I like my, erm, watches both thick and thin, wide lug to lug and short lug to lug. Nondiscriminatory, I am.
I hear you, but when it comes to investing heavily in just one special one...I insist on certain proportions* .
*(and dial colour)
For me, it looks like this:
I've had friends who have sold off big collections (Panerai and VC), and each went on to build smaller but more focused collections. The Panerai guy went on to buy VC and Langes, while the VC guy bought a tourbillon from an indy and a few high end VCs. Each seems happier with their smaller collections, as they now really wear all of their watches a lot.
I hear a lot of PAM owners have trouble wearing anything under 44mm after owning one. However, a good friend of mine bought a Panerai several years ago, and has since decided he prefers more average sized watches.
Entertaining story, however I find it pretty common for people with high end watches to wear a sporty, less expensive watch such as an IWC, Rolex or PAM for daily wear. As for burgers (or any other food), you would be tired of them if you had to eat them every day for every meal. There is something to be said for variety with any thing, whether its food, watches, cars, or even friends. Friends who collect often say, "Watch X is their grail and when they get it, they are not buying any more watches." However, very few follow through with that statement...they like having choices and variety (and watch collecting is a tough addiction to break).
I've tried on several PAMs over the years. I really like the case shape, as its a nice change from the sea of round sports watches on the market. However, I've never fallen in love with one enough to make me pull the trigger. By the time I consider their cost I almost always find something I'd rather own for the same money. I've looked at them, tried them on numerous times, researched them, etc, so I think I get it, but I also get that its just not for me.
Interesting as it is, at the end of the day that's still a production model, and not that crazy a price (especially for you big shots). I think the interesting bit, if we take Mr Murphy as the example, is when you start coming up with your own ideas and specs. Bespoke is where it's at! Today RGM, tomorrow VC...?
No Limited Edition or Antique step in between?
That seems like it would take something really amazing...although I have to admit I really like Kai's choice of RGM as a response to your question.
If one is going to outgrow Patek and Lange, perhaps it is for a one of one bespoke watch. VC offers everything from simply working with you to make a customized version of a current production model to something that starts from scratch, with your limits being merely your bank account.
kai - do you see an RGM in your future?
So what if my bank account already precludes me from 90% of the VC production catalog? Do they answer the phone?
Wow you guys go with crazy stuff really...
I'll post my daily one, even though it's never somewhere near any of those you guys show off!
Yes exactly. And I love what RGM is doing too. I think if one were "going bespoke" in watches, RGM might be a great place to start - especially if you're East Coast American. A great chance to be involved in the process.
That's cool. And not everyone around here is a high-roller; me I'm just a bum. My "collection" is one scruffy vintage Omega, a Saddam Hussein-themed curiosity and a couple of quartz beaters. So you're definitely one level up! This is the thread where it's all above the desire for beauty, whether you're getting laid or not, so to speak...
Nice Seiko noco - I do hope you will feel free to post going forward - all are welcome.
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