A dreadful scenario...

Imagine that you will have to live the rest of your life with only 3 watches. (It's only a scenario, don't kill me) 
Which ones would you choose? (I have an even worst scenario coming in a future post)

For me it would have to be:
A sport watch (VC Overseas dual time)
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picture from antiquorum. For now I substitute this one with my GMT Master II
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A casual elegant passe-partout watch (QDI date only Titanium and Rose gold)
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and finally a dressy watch  (Patrimony Contemporaine RG)
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Since my iphone picture is awfull, I'll post you another one from a lounger
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Actually what appears to many as a dreadful scenario looks like a pretty good goal for me.
Let's hear your options.
02/24/2011 - 10:28
I have yet to find a real sports watch I like but agree with
02/24/2011 - 12:00
you 100% on the QDI and Patrimony Contemporaine
George, you would KILL me with this decision
02/24/2011 - 12:06
I'm actually looking for one more VC, specifically a minute repeater pocket watch to fill in the empty (bottom left) space in my collection: My collection is almost complete in terms of meeting my collecting objectives!  And you want me to think about reducing it down to 3? I've never sold a watch yet, but if I really had to reduce things down to 3 watches I would keep: 1. the 31-day retrograde - this is the watch that started me off on my VC adventure AND it is a present from my wife for our 10-year wedding anniversary.  If I am ever forced to have only 1 watch - this would be it. 2. One of the two OS watches.  I need an everyday watch with a metal bracelet, especially during hot and/or humid weather 3. Either one of the Chronometre Royals or the minute repeater pocket watch that I am currently searching for. But I never want to get myself into the position make these choices.  Your going to give me nightmares. Best Regards, Dan
LOL :-)
02/24/2011 - 12:19
I have to say that the pocket watch that you already have looks like a keeper also. Amazing. I wish you to cherish your wife and your collection for many many happy years. George
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02/24/2011 - 13:46
I keep my vintage Rolex GMT, I thought to sell it recently when it was on service. Getting it back, no way. It is so charming Then a multipurpose and I think it will be a QDI date, still to decide in which metal, titan titan palladium or more "show off" rose gold... credit : Alex G As a dressy watch... hmm, complicated, as recent one, the historique 1955 no other watch fits better on my small wrist, the design is amazing when looking closely at it. I would prefer it in a white metal, stealthier.Or  credit Peter Chong Or as I am a case design addict, if I go to a dress watch maybe here I must say I would love some bold design of... Patek  , they are rare and rarely a success but this "Gilbert Albert 3413" could be a hjoly grail for me. I love 1972 too
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02/24/2011 - 16:04
There is something appealing at the GMT isn't it?
02/24/2011 - 17:43
It is incredibly charming, it looks perfectly modern but with an incredible vintage charm, special sports watch indeed  Till have to get the other now cheers Francois
I can come up with a perfect pair of VCs, actually
02/24/2011 - 15:54
I figured out that I could live with a "complete" VC collection consisting of the Historiques American 1921 and some iteration of the Overseas Chronograph.  There, done.  Yes, those two VCs could be a perfect small collection for me. Don't ask me to pare down to just one watch, however...the answer may get me kicked off the HL.  Best, respo
Re: I can come up with a perfect pair of VCs, actually
02/24/2011 - 16:09
Not as long as Alex is the Moderator. I admire your self restraint.
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02/24/2011 - 17:39


I hope you dont mind me giving my 2p, as I only joined yesterday but have been a long time follower of the HL.

Teasing question.  I have cheated a bit and have given my top three VC watches as well as my top three non VC watches.

link to the photos http://www.fototime/com/inv/57B7595B683FC5D

Both are in order of function, the first would be for the day to day wear - Overseas but it must have the black face with the rubber strap (photo from the HL but I downloaded a while back so I can not give the credit, apologies), the second the Patrimony World Time, when I saw the watch it just blew me away - what a treat.  Last but not least, the one that would make a dent in the wallet, the Patrimony Perpetual Calender with the grey dial.  Just perfect, dial is not too confusing and it oozes' of modest sophistication. With the non VC watches, in the same order Hublot All Black 2, Patek 5134G and the Urwerk 202. My list would be a lot longer for a collection. Cheers Steve

Revised link to photos....
02/24/2011 - 17:56

I cant up load the photos and now the links are not working. Anyhow, I will try one more time, if it does'nt work you know the watches anyway.http://www.fototime.com/inv/9A028CD21CE73DD Cheers Steve

I never said it had to be VC
02/25/2011 - 09:15
What I like the most of our lounge is that everybody starting with Alex is very open minded.
thanks for thr kind words George :-)
02/25/2011 - 19:17
Sorry, can't do it...
02/24/2011 - 17:49
I could perhaps forsee having just three watches, but they would be in a constant state of flux.  As soon as I got one "grail" watch, another would draw my attention...you know the story.  Right now, if I won a lottery, I believe that I'd target a Ref. 6087 Cornes de Vache chronograph, a Ref. 6213 World Time wrist watch, and a 1931 V&C Reverso...but then I would immediately lust after a 4261 Minute Repeater....ARGHHH
I understand but...
02/25/2011 - 09:25
isn't there a special watch for you that you wouldn't separate from?
Nope! (nt)
03/02/2011 - 17:15
My choices
02/24/2011 - 19:01
1. My day to day dressy watch. I'm fortunate enough to have found that already. It's my white gold Patrimony Traditionnelle date self-winding. Gorgeous, elegant enough for anything, yet discreet enough to wear pretty much all the time. 2. Something a bit more casual and sporting, with a chronograph. I currently have an Omega Seamaster (no chrono), but am considering a VC Overseas chrono. 3. It gets tougher to pick a third one. I started out looking for a VC by falling in love with the watches with calibre 1003. I would still like one of those. Perhaps the skeletonized $20 coin watch would do.
I've been considering trimming down my collection for some time now
02/24/2011 - 23:01
But if I had to keep only three pieces they would be: 1. Jubilee 1755 Platinum - milestone piece in the VC history 2. Patrimony Bi-Retro Cortina 3. QdI Only Watch I guess I would have to do without a sports/vacation watch then but hey that's just hypothetical, right?
02/25/2011 - 09:21
02/25/2011 - 14:31
not to follow youon these ones.
a nightmare! But if I REALLY had to choose it would be
02/25/2011 - 10:35
for everyday: Jubilee 1755 It has day and date so its useful and it is a milestone in VC design and history scan courtesy of Bill Lind For dress: American 1921 Its elegant and subdued yet love the twist and yet another VC icon For casual: Quai de l'Ile VC's coolest collection showing out of the box thinking from the brand
02/25/2011 - 14:37

All three killers. George is awful , you have to avoid a Saltarello in Rose Gold, a Mercator , a Salmon platinum Historiques or a vintage chronograph like a "corne de Vache" or a cushion monopusher or a 1972 or a "ciocollatone" or holy grail extra flat minute repeaters...

If I had to keep only ONE watch it wouldn't be a VC but
02/25/2011 - 19:22
this Patek! It used to be my father's and the sentimental value is immense. I would prefer to sell my house than part with this watch!
I completely understand
02/25/2011 - 22:32
And how surprising to see a Patek :) ! This 3445 is maybe the most simple and at the same time most evoluate Vintage patek. The unmatched automatic movement, here with the date, the most basic design possible but with perfect fitting normally. Maybe the complete opposite of the more poetic watches of VC but a fatastic watch too. Your father was a man of taste. cheers Francois
Breathtaking Watch!
03/02/2011 - 17:14
27-460 movement?
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02/26/2011 - 18:29
Hard to imagine, but i think mine would be: 1. Rolex 1675 GMT Master - Gift from my Dad and most cherished watch. If I only had one to choose, this would be it. I can wear it every day. This would be my casual watch. Looks like I'm in good company here.... 2. Vacheron Constantin Ref. 46009 Moonphase - This as well as number 3 would be dress watches. 3. Cartier Tank Louis -  18K mechanical before the 70's Must de decline, I've always been fond of these and I can wear it anywhere I don't feel comfortable with the first two.
very cool shot!
02/27/2011 - 18:26