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Hi all, long time lurker making himself known.
I currently live in the fine watch town of Schaffhausen, Switzerland and since I moved to Switzerland five years ago, I have developed an interest for watches that seems to go in the direction of passion.
I have a self imposed rule of purchasing only one watch per year (excluding gifts, naturally) to keep the missus happy, and for 2014 I can't for the life of me decide between the following candidates:
1 - Frederique Constant Worldtimer
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2 - Longines Master Collection
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3 - Baume & Mercier Clifton
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Now I wouldn't mind picking them all up at once, but then the missus would indeed put me in the dog house, so I need to make a choice. Any input, or other alternatives I might have missed would also be highly appreciated!

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HPJ
 

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You have them in the order I would pick by... That Frederique is delightful.
 
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Do you travel allot? I can't see #1 unless you spend 300 days a year in or out of airports.
Now #'s 2 and 3....I like #2 best....Great movement (have it in an EPOS) Longines is a mighty fine watch.
 

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I'd go with the Frederique Constant Worldtimer. Looks fantastic! The Longines looks nice too, though I prefer the FC. I don't find the B&M particularly interesting though.

Btw, quick question HPJ: I'll be visiting Basel, Switzerland next week. Any recommendation on what places are great for looking at watches? =)
 

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Out of those 3, FreddieC for me.

I don't exactly fancy that particular Longines within the Master Collection but if I must, this would be my choice:

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This is the only Longines I've been fancying for awhile.
 

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The Longines looks the best IMO
 

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I like B&M better,more simple,and the Longines comes in 2nd

Anyway,dog house shouldn't be that bad if you get to wear these three ;-)
 

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I'd go with the Frederique Constant Worldtimer. Looks fantastic! The Longines looks nice too, though I prefer the FC. I don't find the B&M particularly interesting though.

Btw, quick question HPJ: I'll be visiting Basel, Switzerland next week. Any recommendation on what places are great for looking at watches? =)
Basel has of course Baselworld, but this time of the year it's slow. Take the train to Schaffhausen and visit the IWC museum or to Geneva to visit most others.
 

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The FC for me as well. BUT im not too much for blue straps !!!
 

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Welcome to watch collecting! Of the three I would pick the B&M because of it's beautiful yet simple styling. It will look good in a wide range of dress and tbe blued hands and sub seconds display give it a slightly sporty feel. Save the complicated watches for later.
 

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I have the Longines and it always is fun to wear. The FC would also be a good choice.
 

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I see a blizzard of numerals with the Longines, and the Baume et Mercier looks unresolved in a way I can't quite describe.

Frederique Constant for me.
 

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study the 3 for long enough and one of them should eventually sing to you, that is the one you get, all things being equal.. comparatively, i don't recall if that FC has an in-house movement or not which might be something for you to consider.. if you travel a lot it's arguably your best choice. the longines is very nice as well, b&m comes in third for me. good luck
 

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Out of the three you posted I like the FC most, but I do really like the look of that retrograde Longines somebody posted.
 
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