Today I went shopping for HAQ watches and I have to say the more I look into quartz watches, the more interesting they become.
First I went to the official Citizen boutique. There I tried on the Signature AQ3001-54A. What a beautiful watch. I heard that Citizen can't be compared to GS in terms of finish and quality, but I couldn't see that.
The watch looked gorgeous. The applied markers made the watch sparkle and the white dial had a really nice presence to it.
I was especially surprised how the power reserve indicator added to the overall look and did not come across as distraction.
Then the lady showed me the Eco-drive One AR5030-59L. That's definitely a watch one has to see in the flesh. It looked stunning.
The Signature looked beautiful, but the Eco-drive One looked next level, the thinness was much more impressive than I had thought and it wore fantastic.
However, it isn't technically HAQ, so that's a drawback. When I mentioned it, the sales staff immediately mentioned the caliber 0100, and confirmed
that they still had allotment, which was also very tempting.
Next stop was Longines where I tried the Conquest V.H.P. line and was rather disappointed. It is super big and chunky, yet not very distinct.
I hope they will design some smaller version at some point until then I would not consider them, especially in comparison to Citizen.
Even though they were of course a lot cheaper.
Then I went to Grand Seiko. I'm not a huge fan of the fact that most of their HAQ watches have a non-perpetual calendar function. The only model without a date window was an old model still with Seiko at the top and in comparison the Citizen watches looked so much more appealing. I like the branding behind GS, but after the visit to Citizen the watches themselves lost a lot of their appeal and the GS watches were more expensive.
The last stop was Omega and their Z-33. One of the chunkiest watches I have ever seen, but so unique and cool looking. I didn't find its chunkiness as annoying as Longines`, simply because it is so over the top that it would look huge on everybody. Having only 30 meters water resistance in such a huge watch is pretty disappointing, though. Not very practical.
After today it has become more unlikely that I will buy a mechanical watch. What really appealed to me was that within my budget I could shop for the best quality and accuracy out there and would not have to compromise. What is your favorite and would you spend a couple of thousand dollars on a HAQ and have ease of mind, knowing you got the best thing out there?