I have recently decided to upgrade from my basic watch to something significantly nicer. Unfortunately, as I look at whats out there and all the features available I have come to the conclusion that I needed to significantly up my budget which now stands in the $3,000 range. I have also realized that with the thousands of options out there, if I am going to spend that much money it is going to have to have to meet many requirements. First, I have I tiny wrist so 44mm+ is out and 41mm may be the max. Second, I really like the moon phase complication so that is a requirement as well as the date (while the day of the week is not required I do want that too. Third, Chronograph, I initially said no but, based on what I have looked at I definitely want this feature (but could sacrifice it for something else, either price or other complications). Finally, an added bonus would be an annual calendar and/or a retrograde dial for one of the complications but I have not seen anything I like thats small enough and in my price range.
With a leather band being a must I am currently looking at two options and need brand advise and will take any suggestions on others to look at.
Both are practically identical in terms of complications and their arrangement on the face with subdials at 12, 6 and 9. They are:
1) Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques chronographe phases de lune automatic with the silver dial. Model: LC6078-SS001-13E
2) Longines version in their Master Collection. Model L2.6220.127.116.11
Please let me know what you think.