Alex's comments about value and cost, and long term value to the customer have got me thinking. I have a number of watches that I've collected as I've had the time/interest/disposable income. Each addition is better than the last for the most part. I started with an Omega Seamaster for diving, then added a Rolex Exp II, then a white gold JLC Reverso Duo, then a Panerai (for fun, fashion), then a limited edition IWC pilots watch, then a Vacheron Patrimony Contemporaine. The manner in which I was raised really makes it difficult for me to spend large amounts on a watch - but I'm clearly starting to get over it. My next purchase is around the corner - a more complicated watch. I do like bigger watches so under 38mm is probably not in the cards. The short list is the IWC Perpetual Calendar and the Patek 5712 Nautilus (rose gold). The Patek is clearly the stronger brand, but the IWC really has value features for money (has been in business for a long time, and this is an in-house movement that is highly accurate). In this price bracket (and I'm looking for a sportier watch rather than a dress watch; note they are both dark faces as well), what Vacheron should I be considering? Doc suggested the Regulator and I do like it, but it's not on this short list right now.
Any input (however harsh :) is welcome on my decision making and current choices as well. I have to say that the IWC is winning right now b/c the Patek is quite blingy. I love my Vacheron, and love the brand - but I'm having a hard time seeing a competitor to either of these two alternatives.
All the best and I hope there is enough Vacheron in this for it to be acceptible for this forum.