When I got my Patek Calatrava, I went and got a travel case for it. While protecting the watch, the thing is big enough to hold a bazooka. So, I thought I'd better get something a bit more compact; however, when I tried to get my OS 1 in it, the bracelet would not allow it. (See pictures.)
So while my Patek will lie as flat as a lizard on a warm rock, my VC OS 1 stands grandly on its metal bracelet. (My wife's JLC Reverso with a similar metal band, I imagine will have a similar problem.) So in looking for something smaller than a steamer trunk, are there any recommendations for a 3-watch case that will accomodate those three watches?
Secondly, what about watches on cruises? We're going on a Baltic cruise this summer, and it includes many occasions for the more formal Patek and sportier events for my Vacheron Constantin Overseas--virtually every other occasion. (My wife's Reverso will have to cover both occasions.) Here are my concerns:
- Ocean air and possible effects on the watches.
- Securing them on the ship. The curise line is Oceania, and while they cater to a more mature group, any recommendations for securing the watches while not in the cabin.(By the way, I'm relatively new to cruises, and so if you have any recommendaitons or warnings, I'm interested.)
- While I pride myself as not standing out as a tourist (and target) while on tour, it's difficult not to do so when you don't speak the language and you're with an excursion group. Should we leave the watches on the ship, even for dressier occasions, or keep them on and judiciously keep them unobtrusive.
- Is there a special watch insurance? Can you get travel insurance for watches?
I realize these queries stretch the limits of appropriate topics on this forum, but I hope to gain the collective wisdom and experience of this group.