What watch should my friend get? He has ~$40k budget

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  1. A Guy from Shanghai

    A Guy from Shanghai Senior member

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    One of my best friend & his wife just visited me here a couple of weeks ago. During their stay, his wife mentioned that she would like to buy his husband (who is my best friend) an expensive watch. But they know little about watches, yet they have loads of money :). They were asking me for suggestions.

    Besides a Rolex, he was wearing a JLC master compressor this time. Apparently he is fond of big watch based on his wrist size. His wife mentioned that she would like to spend 200k -300k RMB ( 1$ = ~6.4 RMB) for his new watch.

    My friend prefers a watch somewhat between dress and sports with a leather strap/band, round dial. I showed him my IWC Portuguese (IWC3717), and he said it was a tad smaller to his liking.

    Some background info:

    They live in China owing an export business. My friend knows little about watch. He didn't even know how to use all the functions of his master compressor:D. So mu guess is this new watch is more as a status symbol.

    I am sure some of you here will have some good suggestions for my friend.
     


  2. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    whatever patek phillipe is the biggest and showiest for $40k since he doesn't care about the watch itself.
     


  3. jtatknox

    jtatknox Well-Known Member

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    Timex Easy Reader and donate the balance to UNICEF.
     


  4. A Guy from Shanghai

    A Guy from Shanghai Senior member

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    Obviously he also want some class and taste, and does not want to be overly ostentatious.

    I forgot to mention that he doesn't like gold watches.
     


  5. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    A Hublot or Royal Oak?
     


  6. A Guy from Shanghai

    A Guy from Shanghai Senior member

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    Apparently you don't know much about rich people in China, haha.


    Royal Oak is a good candidate. What specific royal oak would you recommend?
     


  7. jtatknox

    jtatknox Well-Known Member

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    How is a $40k watch anything but ostentatious?
     


  8. usctrojans31

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    Patek Phillipe/End of thread.
     
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  9. musicguy

    musicguy Senior member

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    FTFY

    +1 for Patek.
     
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  10. jonnyt

    jonnyt Senior member

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    Status watches that aren't ostentatious (bejewelled Rolex's for example) include:

    Audemars P (many nice Royal Oak Offshore), Breguet, A Lange & Sohne (Platinum Lange 1), Frank Muller and obviously Patek
     


  11. luckyhands

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    Franck Muller - this is a joke right?:embar:
     


  12. ejzojeden

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    A. Lange & Sohne - german brand makes them in germany sels i euro
    suisse franc is currently very overpriced
    for 41k you can buy A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 in platinium
    [​IMG]
     


  13. jonnyt

    jonnyt Senior member

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    I wouldn't buy and wear one myself but I'm not a Chinese guy who wants his watch to get noticed.
    They're solidly build, expensive and distinctive, pretty much exactly what the OP asked for.
     


  14. luckyhands

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    Sorry who's wanting to get their watch noticed?
     


  15. Thanks SF (a new me)

    Thanks SF (a new me) Senior member

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    this
     


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