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      09-29-2013, 09:24 AM   #1
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The Perfect Watch for a Businessman

So this weekend I've been seeking out what I want next. I'm far from reaching a decision, but I stumbled across something that instantly qualifies for my short list: Breguet Reveil du Tsar Enamel. (There is also a silver guilloche version, but it's not nearly as elegant and it costs more.)

It tells the time of day in two timezones, has an alarm, and lets me know how much power is left before I'll need to take action. Inasmuch as I have no need for dive, drive, stopwatch, moon phase info or any myriad of other functions, but I do travel nearly every week, this bad boy is perfect. Leave it to the company founded by a man who is a seminal figure in the industry, inventing both the tourbillion and the minute repeater, and who created a wristwatch long (50+ years) before Patek Philippe did. (1812 Breguet watch No. 2639 -- early as that is, it follows the very first by some 300 years or so.)

I don't at all care for watches that have more than three hands on the dial because mostly I don't think them attractive, and I, until now, always think them busy looking and hard to read. So here I am now craving a watch having seven hands. The grand feu enamel dial is simply gorgeous, as is everything else about this watch. It's really true that one can never say never.



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That is a beautiful time piece, I think that just kicked my watch obsession back in. I Absolutely love the blue hands. Very classy
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tony i like the porcelain version also. i am with you that i tend to like simple faces without a multitude of hands. that being said i can see the appeal of this timepiece. looks sharp. like the blue hands and white face. just ordered a stowa marine as you know with both those features.
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tony i like the porcelain version also. i am with you that i tend to like simple faces without a multitude of hands. that being said i can see the appeal of this timepiece. looks sharp. like the blue hands and white face. just ordered a stowa marine as you know with both those features.
Stowa Marine is a wonderful watch.

I'm still quite surprised that upon seeing the Breguet I immediately cottoned to it. Realizing that it has a ton of hands was a secondary thought.
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the thing im not a fan of is any gold besides white.
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the thing im not a fan of is any gold besides white.
That won't be a problem. You can have it in white gold knowing Breguet, if you are willing to pay for it, they'll make the case in whatever metal you request so long as it's in keeping with their principles. They'll surely do it in platinum, maybe stainless steel. They make a table clock + wristwatch assemblage that recharges and resets the wristwatch when you place it in its spot on the table clock. That object is made of bronze.
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That won't be a problem. You can have it in white gold knowing Breguet, if you are willing to pay for it, they'll make the case in whatever metal you request so long as it's in keeping with their principles. They'll surely do it in platinum, maybe stainless steel. They make a table clock + wristwatch assemblage that recharges and resets the wristwatch when you place it in its spot on the table clock. That object is made of bronze.
pretty fancy. not something i will ever aspire to.
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My dad's colleague has that watch (the top one). It's nice. It's elegant but understated. I had seen him wear it before but never thought much of it (I'm not really a watch guy), but my dad once asked me "guess how much Jack paid for his watch?" and I guessed what I perceived to be an exorbitant number at the time ("$25,000? $30,000?"). I think it's actually like $40k retail.

But I think that adds to its mystique. I like watches that look less expensive than they are (except to the discerning eye).
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Dude! I had no idea. Baller status and I'm out, no group buy for me.
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My dad's colleague has that watch (the top one). It's nice. It's elegant but understated. I had seen him wear it before but never thought much of it (I'm not really a watch guy), but my dad once asked me "guess how much Jack paid for his watch?" and I guessed what I perceived to be an exorbitant number at the time ("$25,000? $30,000?"). I think it's actually like $40k retail.

But I think that adds to its mystique. I like watches that look less expensive than they are (except to the discerning eye).
I don't care what time it is, yesteryear, this year, now, or next decade, I think and will continue to think $25K, $30K and $40K are all exorbitant sums for a a watch. But my kids are all headed firmly into adulthood and self-sufficiency, so what else and I supposed to do with that kind of money?

You'll know what I mean when you have your own and one minute you are shelling out ~$200K/year on school, clothes, trips, and "stuff" for your, and then almost as suddenly as the expenditures had begun some 20+ years before, they stop. There will be all sorts of retail satisfaction you won't mind.
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-Any GMT watch will tell the time in two different time zones so that's a moot point.
-Plenty of watches much lower in cost have a power reserve meter another moot point.


If I'm spending $30k on a watch, I want it to have value beyond many of the points you noted:

1.) Rich history- Breguet certainly has this
2.) Investment Potential- You may not care about selling it, but any good watch should be attractive in this category
3.) Intricacies of the movement- This timepiece certainly has this

My point is that this watch is not a bad choice at this price point, but don't kid yoruself into thinking it's worth the pricetag because of its function. If you're after the features you mentioned, you can find them in timepieces well below $5000.
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Beautiful watch, tony.

Can't wait till I can afford a watch that costs as much as a decent car...on my way...
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My point is that this watch is not a bad choice at this price point, but don't kid yoruself into thinking it's worth the pricetag because of its function. If you're after the features you mentioned, you can find them in timepieces well below $5000.
I'm under no such false notion. I have a Reverso Duo. I know quite well there's no requirement to spend that kind of money to have a very fine watch that tells time in two zones. I will say I haven't run across many mechanical watches that have an alarm function, yet I haven't looked for one either. Hell, I wasn't looking for that one either. Indeed, the only reason I even learned of the Breguet pictured is that a watch salesman in NYC sent me a brochure about it.

But it's not any one of the funtionalities that makes me think this a good businessman's watch. (And perhaps I should have said business executive's watch instead.) It's that as a frequently traveling business executive, the alarm, dual zone and it's being elegant and a rather "quiet" brand (i.e., most folks will not recognize it) makes it just right for the well turned out businessman. Also, I have yet to see a watch that appeals to me more so than does the Breguet.

The alarm strikes me as incredibly convenient. I can certainly see myself using it on long flights. Yes, I know the attendant will wake me if I ask. But I also know that if something come's up that occupies her/him, s/he may forget, and frankly, I'd just as soon not bother. I don't really need or want someone at my beck and call, at least not on a plane. It's one of my few moments of solitude. The fewer folks and less often I see them, the better.

Lastly, I think Breguet watches of this caliber have at least some investment potential. That said, I'm not of the mind that a watch -- any watch -- is a good investment, at least not at the price points I can afford. But you are correct, I have no intention of selling it later. I buy and keep.

I appreciate your contribution. TY.
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Beautiful watch, tony.

Can't wait till I can afford a watch that costs as much as a decent car...on my way...
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Oh, sh*t!!! I just discovered this watch and now I'm torn between it and the one I initially listed. I still think the Breguet is the better pick for functionality, but this one is so damned gorgeous. I wonder if any of the 40 they made still are available? If not, the brown version would do too.
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I'm not as much of a fan of the new choice. Cool but not my taste.
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I'm not as much of a fan of the new choice. Cool but not my taste.
NP there. I totally respect that POV.

I called VC today to see if one of the 40 limited edition pieces is still available. One is. Perhaps your dislike of the styling is shared by more than just a few folks, and thus the reason why one can still be had. (they were released several months ago)

I was surprised to find though that the LE version (black strap) is but $1K higher in price. I was expecting it to be at least $5K higher. That may be a sign that it's the one I should get....
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NP there. I totally respect that POV.

I called VC today to see if one of the 40 limited edition pieces is still available. One is. Perhaps your dislike of the styling is shared by more than just a few folks, and thus the reason why one can still be had. (they were released several months ago)

I was surprised to find though that the LE version (black strap) is but $1K higher in price. I was expecting it to be at least $5K higher. That may be a sign that it's the one I should get....
if its 20k less than the first watch you posted then maybe. i like the brown also. i have twice as many black watches as brown but have 3 times as many brown shoes as black go figure.
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if its 20k less than the first watch you posted then maybe. i like the brown also. i have twice as many black watches as brown but have 3 times as many brown shoes as black go figure.
The Breguet and the two VCs are the same price.
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