Dean, at times I really feel like we are peas from the same pod,
. I also totally understand Joseph as well.
I think that many of us try to find the balance, or is it the confluence, of both Beauty and Truth? (Both of which are more relative than absolute than most people like to admit...which also makes it subjective and "in the eye of the beholder").
I need, to my own eyes and values, both the truth and beauty in a watch. That is also one of the major things that attracts me to VC - their watches past and present, have provided more offerings that meet my standards of both "Beauty and Truth" (they are not the ONLY choice/brand that I enjoy, but are consistently the best in what I am looking for and enjoy).
Over time I have developed my own process: I always look at the movement first and decide whether or not it represents one of the best that has stood the test of time (ironic for a watch movement, isn't it?
) . If it is not vintage, I'll compare the movement with the best vintage ones to see if it is comparable, again all of this is really more subjective. Then I look at the external aesthetics to see if it is something that I will love looking at all the time.
Here are my best movement detail picture, but not necessarily my most favorite (i.e., Steve G, Deniz, and others have posted amazing movement detail pictures in the past). They are from a Chronometre Royale pocketwatch: