Hi everyone! I've been lurking around this forum for a while but I'm a fairly new member.
I wanted to post my (steep) assencion to high end horology and encourage others to do the same as I'm curious as to watch afficionados journey to watch heaven.
I started with a simple IWC Pilot UTC at a very young age. At the time I didn't think it was so simple. I didn't dive into it too deep and thought this was one of the most beautiful classic watches I could get.
Years later I started understanding there are so many layers even within each brand and after some research I fell for the IWC Portuguese 7 Days, mainly due to its stunning look. I originally bought it with the black dial, but then changed it to the ardoise.
My next step in horology was to better understand the hierarchy luxury and high end watch brands. Thats's when my focus shifted to Jaeger Lecoultre with its rich and famous history and still reasonable pricing. After longing for a master calendar and perpetual calendar I ended up buying the Master Geographic in Rose gold.
Finally, my (currently last) step is a steep one. I started to look into the really high end brands with well decorated movements. After looking at the likes of PP (too pricy for what you get) and Vacheron (came close to the Traditionnelle SS RG but eventually thought it was a tad too conservative), my heart started to beat really strong whenever I saw the Journe watches. I settled on the Journe Chronometre Souverain RG 40mm with the guillochet dial. I didn't get it yet, but it is on the way. So excited!
1 - IWC Pilot UTC
2 - IWC Portuguese 7 Days
3 - Jaeger Lecoultre Master Geographic RG
4 - Journe Chronometre Souverain RG
I encourage all you watch enthousiasts to post a short (or longer) version of your journey to high-end watchdom.