The past couple of days I've been thinking of streamlining my collection, bringing the number of serious pieces to 4 watches. What a OCD driven nightmare this has been! My main reason for choosing 4 is that from experience, 4 is the magic number where each watch gets the most use. Also, with 4 I can keep them all winded on my wrist, as I usually change watches once a day after I change out of work clothes.
I've spent more than what one would consider a reasonable amount of time on this subject, I've been trying to compare and contrast the benefits of each piece I have, trying to quantify how much I like each piece using written notes, excel spreadsheets with pictures, trying each on daily, etc.
I've finally got a somewhat idea of what 4 pieces I'd like to have, but even that may change if I flip a watch and buy another to fill that slot. (This option makes the decision making process that much harder)
1.) Sporty aviation inspired luxury chronograph
The Bremont Alt1-C in Green
Maybe I'm still in the honeymoon period with this watch but I love the watch. In fact its very hard to find anything wrong with it. In real life, the green dial shines with radiance and looks very beautiful. I wear this with smart casual to casual attire. Sometimes even get to wear to office if my shirt cuff is big enough to contain it. In addition, the brushed hardened steel has a dark grey shine to it, noticeable different from regular stainless steel in a good way.
2.) The Dress Watch.
Patek 5110g World Timer
This is my dress watch. To be honest this is one of the pieces I'm thinking about replacing. To its favor, its a Patek, which to me a is a milestone in my horological pursuit. Beautiful white gold calatrava case. It also has an unusual world timer complication. In addition, the guilloche working on the dial is some of the most exquisite I have ever seen. All packed in a tradition 37mm case, and also I changed the strap to a Navy/Gray croc strap which looks fricking amazing.
Okay now the complaints: Firstly its too expensive. Its not outta my budget, but I'm always afraid I will lose it or have it stolen. I actively worry during the workday whether or not the watch is safe at home. Secondy, I feel it is a little smaller that I'd like, if only by a tiny tiny bit. Also, the time is hard to read because the time function is in the center subdial. The dauphine hands have no color contrast with the guilloche dial so its not very legible.
But then I look up her skirt and see this.... and forget all her shortcomings.
3.) The daily wearer
Rolex Milgauss GV
What can I say, this watch is ultimate in comfortable. I feel I can wear it to the office, downtown at a bar, or even naked in a sauna (maybe going to far here). No wonder its my daily office wearer. It feels natural no matter the environment, and its classic Rolex without any of the pretentiousness. Plus its green has a lightning bolt, how cool is that!
4.) The weekender/party watch
Calibre de Cartier
When the dress code says smart casual, I go to this watch. Its beautiful, and gold. Gets the good type of attention when going to bars or get togethers with friends.. Women compliment it the most (not the pricetag but the style!) I love the size, its big enough to be bold, but its a very thin watch that fits in most of my shirt cuffs.
Also I'm planning to sell a PAM 111 and Longines Evidenza. This consolidates the collection to 4 pieces. In addition, I have a G-Shock and another fashion watch which were gifts and I cant sell.