I looking to spend some serious dinero on a
watch three questions come up:
Is the dial compelling enough to keep my interest e.g., I know it's going to tell
time, so what else can this baby do? Is the dial/hands layout well designed and
unique or possibly, classically elegant?
Is it designed well enough to look good on my wrist and feel good. I once had a 44mm
Panerai Submersible in SS that fit me like a glove due to great lug design and
a superb (wide) strap that held it in place. Blancpain's X71 bracelet is so
well designed and hefty, it makes me feel like a millionaire when I wear it.
The dial on my Zenith Chronomaster was a work of art incorporating many complications
(tachymetre, moonphases, triple date, flyback chronograph, and subseconds)
with applied Roman numerals. However, when I wore it, it was uncomfortable, so
it had to go!
My Dubey & Schaldenbrand Aerodyn Duo draws more compliments than
any watch in my collection possibly due to the art deco numerals with cathedral
hands. The pride of my collection, a military dial (tritium
Arabics) IWC Ingenieur 8541B has a little of everything. Depending on who you
believe it is one of 10 or 25 ever made. However, outside of gatherings of watch
aficionados, it draws absolutely zero attention in public (which is my personal
Another of my favorites is the Blancpain
red gold perpetual calendar flyback chronograph. It is one of only 50 made and
it shows the day, date, month, year, moonphase as well as perform the chronograph
function of recording time's passing. Additionally, it has a beautiful display back that
shows the beautifully finished movement. This watch is made out of 395 parts,
every one of them polished and angled to remove as much friction as humanly
Is the movement visible and sufficiently finished to tempt me to take the watch
off my wrist at least once a day to peer inside. Obviously display backs are
practically essential for watch collectors. If a company designs and manufactures their own movements,
that is a plus, but not a necessity in my book.
You do not have to spend alot of
money to find a beautiful watch. Some in my collection cost as little as $100.