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    My Journey to High-end horology

    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!

    To summarize:
    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.
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    Re: My Journey to High-end horology

    Wow, awesome journey. I'm also a huge JLC fan for the value and was able to handle that exact FPJ at a boutique in Chicago. I especially love JLC's perpetual calendar and Ultra Thin Moon, both in white gold and rose gold. A. Lange & Söhne is also another brand to look into. PP is a grail brand for most but at about double the cost of JLC for similar complications in gold, it's still a bit hard for me to justify.





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    Re: My Journey to High-end horology

    Congrats in advance. The FPJ has a very special feel when you see one in the metal. The dial and movement are unique and beautiful.

    Your journey has been very impressive. Excellent choices along the way.

    Congrats. Looking forward to more photos when it arrives.
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    Thank you! It does feel amazing in the metal, like none other watch I ever tried.
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    Re: My Journey to High-end horology

    Quote Originally Posted by wiseMenofGotham View Post
    Wow, awesome journey. I'm also a huge JLC fan for the value and was able to handle that exact FPJ at a boutique in Chicago. I especially love JLC's perpetual calendar and Ultra Thin Moon, both in white gold and rose gold. A. Lange & Söhne is also another brand to look into. PP is a grail brand for most but at about double the cost of JLC for similar complications in gold, it's still a bit hard for me to justify.





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    Thank you! Those are all beautiful pieces. Which ones did you get?
    I liked the Langes too and was very into the 1815 Up & Down but at the end it lost out to the more refined design of the VC and ultimately to the more interesting design and magnificent movement of the Journe.

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    Re: My Journey to High-end horology

    You will definitely be in "small" company with your FPJ. I understand he only makes about 800 pieces a year. I am a fan of his watchmaking, although I do not own one.

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    Re: My Journey to High-end horology

    I'll let picture speak.

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    Re: My Journey to High-end horology

    That Breguet is stunning.

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    beautiful watches, thanks for sharing

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    Re: My Journey to High-end horology

    My own--Rolex , Omega , blah , blah , Panerai blah blah , Breguet , JLC , Hublot, blah blah , FP Journe C Bleu, blah blah......sold several of these and got a VC Overseas and an AP RO. The CB and the AP RO were/are grail watches. The rest are subject to sale or trade, tho I am loving me that VC.

    Next grail.......................????? ALS , PP, my brain is mush.

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