A few new (and very big) life changes are occuring, and I'm thinking I need to commemorate them with a watch purchase.
Despite loving watches - looking at them, reading about them, learning as much as possible - I rarely... and I mean rarely buy them. The last watch I purchased for myself was back in 2008, to celebrate my Bar Call. It was a Hamilton Khaki. Since then I've been gifted a Doxa, and purchased two watches as gifts for others.
Long story short - over the next 6 months I'll be getting married, and starting a new job.
This new job is more formal. I'm currently a lawyer working on mega-litigation. This means that my average day is spent in an office reading and writing. I can get away with wearing an orange faced Doxa to work and no one blinks twice. This new job, however, involves much more in-court work, and much more client interaction. To my mind this, as well as my impending wedding, justifies the purchase of my dressiest watch yet.
I have around $2000 to spend. I could go more, I could go less. It doesn't need to be 100% formal, but it should be slim, elegant, simple and subtle.
My thoughts (and the front runners) so far.
Nomos. Obviously. I particularly like the Ludwig - though both the Orion and the Tangente are beautiful in their own right.
RGM. Limited by price. But the entry level Aviators (107 - 151) look great, and are dressy enough - especially if I get a white / silver dial. Stretching a FAR way (but not theoretically too far), the 250 really appeals to me.
Frederic Constant. I love their dress watches. Especially the manufacture models. Slim, elegant, beautiful. There is, however, something about their aesthetic that doesn't appeal to me personally. I'm not sure what it is, I may simply need to view them / try them on in person before I can rule it out. So much is distorted online, afterall.
Grand Seiko. Probably have to limit myself to the quartz models - which isn't a problem. Still, I'd rather a mechanical, and I'm not sure I can justify the jump to the price ranges that GS mechanicals command. That said, from what I've heard, GS's quartz models are works of art just the same as their automatics and their hand winds.
I've also looked at models from Zenith (Their Hand Wind Elite models), Omega (quartz), preowned Rolex (Especially the Air King, mabe even in vintage fair - I worry that at 33 mm it might be too small), and Montblanc.
What am I missing? Thoughts? Feelings? Personal experiences with watches I'm thinking, or should be thinking, about?