I was leafing through old watch catalogs from my former years and started wondering at just how much my tastes have matured over the past eight or so years that I have been collecting. What I once found boring, now I find inspiring, for I am better able to properly appreciate all of the minute details that our hobby calls for. Nonetheless, until very recently I did not have as much as a direction to my collecting, mainly purchasing pieces I liked, but I have now taken a strong quality over quantity approach, as I even further discover my tastes and mark out pieces that I want to add to my collection at some point. This adds a practical touch to the collecting, for while there are so many watches I would simply adore to have, having a direction means that while I can marvel at many pieces, I know what it is that I want to be adding to my collection. I have found that I have a strong liking to pieces on bracelets as opposed to straps, and sport watches with a dressy aspect to them. As such, I've drawn up a list of timepieces that I'd like to add at some point in the future...
Now, I suppose the point of this thread is to allow all of you to share what you particularly like collecting, if there is a method to the madness, but perhaps more importantly, how have your tastes matured, and what pieces do you have marked down for the future? What pieces, if any, did you like initially that now horrify you? \
I had personally liked the Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Chronograph which scares me somewhat with my current tastes... also, while my Raymond Weil is a very solidly built piece with a lovely bracelet, it doesn't do much for me in the present day and as such gets very, very limited wristime.
The watches I have marked out for the future are as follows:
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15400S
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A (Blue Dial)
Rolex Submariner 5508
Rolex Submariner 114060
Obviously I plan to acquire them over a considerable period of time through which my tastes could very well change.