I recently purchased an RW "Parsifal"; beautiful gray dial, it will be my "Datejust". After examining it for 4 minutes, it brought about a natural, and obvious, comparison to my BALL Engineer Hydrocarbon II diver (no longer made). I am not picture capable and am too lazy to post stock pictures, but they are not necessary for this "review".
I purchased the Ball a couple of years ago, and like the RW, it was bought from an authorized dealer. Given the usual dealer discount, both watches are within a few dollars of each other. That one is a sports diver watch and the other is not, is also not important for my "review".
Ball Wristwatch Design Philosophy:
The Ball Company took a...say, $2K concept, and turned it into a wristwatch that is easily worth 2X that, and given today's foolish retail pricing from a number of watch companies, probably more like 3X, and even 4X.
Raymond Weil Wristwatch Design Philosopy:
The Raymond Weil Company took a $2k concept, and turned it into a $200 Fossil wristwatch. This is especially true of its ostantatious bracelet and its too highly polished links amoungst the major "brushed" stainless steel ones which resemble sandpapered aluminum.
Disclaimer: Please understand that the above comparison is my subjective one and of course, somewhat unfair, because I say nothing about movements, or other functionalities which certainly are as important as looks (although "looks" is exactly what I am talking about here). Also, I haven't even worn the RW yet and will not do so for 10 days.