November 1, 2003:

Every so often, watch addicts love to ask among themselves, "If you could only have one..."

There are so many ways to approach this question - 

near perfection in finishing

technically intriguing

sculptural beauty

intriguing juxtaposition of contradictory styles

How often do we see, or even own, a watch, about which we can't shake the feeling, "It would be perfect, except..."

too small (AP RO TT open worked cal. 2003);

hands not the right length (most GO and Union designs);

perfect design, but the execution is so poor we can't get over the "cheap" feel, even if we love the looks;

in house movement but really not that great;

great movement, well executed, but not an in house movement (UN Marine Annual Chronograph).

But sometimes, if you are very fortunate, you will come across a watch so right in its totality, you actually miss it when it is not on your wrist; so harmonious and complete, individual weaknesses fade to insignificance.  It may not have every complication you might want.  It may not draw the oohs and aahs of friends or fellow watch nuts.

Yet, it is the watch you can't wait to come home to.

I have been very fortunate in my nearly 30 years of obsession with this hobby to have come to know, some intimately, the greatest watches ever produced by watchmakers, others not so great.

Wanna know which two watches I miss, and can't wait to get back to, regardless of what else is on my wrist at the moment?

ThomasM


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