So, I spent a good hour at Tourneau today, trying to figure out which Omega I want to get next month. I was dressed quite normally; stylishly, for sure, but casually, wearing jeans and sneakers. I'm young though, a lot younger than most people wearing Omegas. My Volkswagen didn't impress against the half dozen Ferraris I saw in the parking lot, either. But when I walked in, on a busy Saturday, I was greeted immediately by two salespeople and given personal attention for about an hour. So the King of Prussia location gets a big thumbs up for service from me.
I tried on a Speedy Pro sapphire on bracelet and truth be told, it did feel too small. I think it would feel better on a strap, but they didn't have one. I'll have to try some of my local jewelers to see if they have one. Then I tried the Planet Ocean XL on rubber, and man...I thought my Hamilton had a good rubber strap, but this blew even that away. I guess that's what the extra 10 fold in the price buys you. The PO XL definitely fit my wrist better, but it definitely wears smaller than its size. They didn't have an Aqua Terra chrono GMT for me to try, so I'm not sure what to do.
I did want the Speedy Pro with the manual wind movement, but I think I might have to go up a size and get the automatic Co-Axial movement to get the extra size. That is, unless small really is going to be in within the next few moments.
The saleswoman was quite nice and surprisingly knowledgeable (certainly not par for the course when it comes to Tourneau), and we were able to converse for a bit. She wore a smaller Breitling chronograph that's out of production, and mentioned that she wore a man's watch because Breitling doesn't make any automatics for women. It was sales incentive promotion item from where she used to work. While I was there, I took a look at some of the other watches they have.
IWC: Nice watches, but nothing really jumped out at me. The Aquatimer is really a very nice watch, but the PO just felt better to me and looked better finished. Their dressier watches look nice as well, but not really the thing I'd drool over. Some of the price tags on these watches are exorbitant, too, and nothing really made me feel like the $10,000+ was just quite worth it.
Breitling: Damn, the SuperOcean Heritage line is one of the most stunning in person. Gorgeous work in every form; the standard, the three dial chronograph, and the limited edition two dial chrono as well. The anadigi Breitlings just drip with that certain "this watch is meant to be used" that you don't get from a lot of watches. I really, really like these Breitlings, and I definitely see one in my future.
Panerai: I was a huge fan of Panerai in the past, ever since I first saw one at a local jeweler's in high school. But standing there in front of them today, handling a few, trying on a few, after handling the SuperOceans, they just failed to light a fire. I remember, even a few months ago, having to collect drool when looking at pictures at the base model with a 6497 and no seconds hand for $4000. But wearing it, wearing the ones that cost two times as much or more, I didn't really feel it.
Bremont: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. What amazing watches. Gorgeous, substantial, tool watches that are just that bit far from perfect. I know they take some heat, but for $4000-6000, they look and feel worth every penny. The cream dial ALT1-C....I looked over, saw it, and went weak in the knees.
I'm thinking of planning a bank heist so I can afford everything I want.