Longines, Cartier and Breitling
Another update, two months later.Another update, a little over 2 months later.
I've since bought one watch that wasn't on my radar back then. No idea it existed even. The Zelos Nova, hand wound (of course), 38mm, available with 5 or 6 interesting dials, came in like a wrecking ball. Decided on a meteorite dial, which you can see below. This was to work as a 2-in-1 of the white dialed Stowa and black dialed fliegers, on top of the interesting nature of meteorite. Considered flipping it shortly after, as the crown was driving me mad with its lack of grip. Ended up asking my local watchmaker to replace the crown, and now it's almost perfect. Can't see myself selling it any time soon.
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The Zelos has also shown me that as much as I like looking at the Stowa Marine 36 small seconds on pictures, it wouldn't work on my collection. I was actually a bit underwhelmed when I unboxed the Nova, the dial wasn't as dynamic as I expected. It has since grown on me, I've learned that it's not lighting that makes the dial dance (like my Farer and anordain), but rather orientation. The heat blued hands and indices are also very very nice, and bring a welcome dose of depth and colour to the dial.
In other news, I've finally sold the HKED and the Seiko is listed for sale. The house is almost clean.
There have been major changes on my radar, though. The aforementioned enlightenment about the Stowa (same for the Archimede), the ever present fear about the lugs of the Laco, the outgrowing of the Newmark, I was kinda radarless for a while. I was (and still am) happy to enjoy my current collection. But then I saw a watch that changed everything.
I had already come across Fears a few times. I liked the looks of their watches, but couldn't understand the price tag. Asking 70% more than anordain does for their fume dials is... optimistic. They look like well made watches, sure, but didn't offer anything out of the ordinary.
Then, a few days ago, our good friend @Bradjhomes throws me a curveball in the shape of a salmon. Read the wornandwound review (excellent as usual) as well as fratello's. A quick look on youtube and bark and jack has just posted a video. And oh my god this thing's insane. Just look at it. That dial, those numerals...
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While I've always entertained the idea of one day having a FPJourne, ALS, Dornbluth or even Atelier de Chronometrie, I know that spending that kind of silly money on a watch just doesn't make sense. No matter if the watches are worth it, it's too much. Maybe one day I'll have so much money laying around that I don't know what t do with it, but that's highly unlikely. So I drew my imaginary line at 5k. If there ever was something truly special at that price, maybe it could be done.
Problem (not really a problem but whatever) is that there wasn't a watch I really liked between the <1k price point I dabble in at the moment, and the >10k price point of those utopic hand made beauties. There have been many contenders, but none I liked as much as my current watches, let alone even more.
So yep. I'll go full WPAC mode until either I get the 3k needed for the Fears, or I grow out of it. It's the only watch on my radar.
Tell me more about these “Angels”. I went on a blacked out buying spree this week. I think I need help.You definitely got the point of the thread, and that is a nice list. Windowshopping is a good way to put it. I would add that it is windowshopping with serious intent, and then your better angels pull your back from the brink! LOL.