Here's a brief update: after a couple months of research and tirelessly looking at different vendors, I pulled the trigger on a Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec. Up until the date of purchase which was yesterday, I had been eyeing the 106487 with the white dial, so I did a lot of homework and called a lot of places for the right price and right warranty package. In the process of that, I lost out on a couple of opportunities which, looking back, was a blessing, since they wouldn't have come with the manufacturer warranty. Then out of nowhere, I found a deal on the 108790, the grey/black Rising Hours!!! I was stoked and ambivalent because, to me, the Rising Hours seemed like a no brainer since the price would have been similar, but functions and aesthetics were better to me. But then the idea of forgoing the 106487 almost seemed like infidelity!!! I was lucky that it didn't get snatched while I waited for a couple hours to research on the Rising Hours.
Honestly, it is still premature because it might be a few weeks before I get the watch. Of course, pix will follow then and so will more details about the purchase. I'd like to thank everyone for the different suggestions and things to look out for. Wish me luck with it!!!