Thanks for including my quote from the other forum. I often try to understand what I like and what I do not like but have found the only answer to be an emotional response. I have included my original post to ensure proper context.
I too have a number of watches. Most of them are Patek (3800, 5115R, 3940R, 5070R, 5350R...). I also have a WG Langematic with date and a Vacheron Patrimony Extra Plates RG with the 1003 movement (NOS circa about 2000 with display back and Genève seal).
My passion lies with Patek.
The Lange is wonderful, reliable, but somewhat austere. I have held a number of Langes and they all have a very similar feel. More so than VC and Patek the genetic heritage of Lange is most palpable in ALL their watches. My feeling is if I have one I don't need another. I really appreciate my Lange but I guess I do not love it.
Vacheron is the Bedouin of the group. Not because it was once owned by a Sheik (although these were the years it was most lost) but because it seems nomadic. The company lacks definition outside of the "oldest watch maker in the world...blah. blah,blah...". They have a number of lines but they seem uninspired. Don't get me wrong, each line has some wonderful watches which I would be proud to own but they are missing something.
The exception to this (except for some incredible vintage pieces) is my ultra slim little beauty. It is soft, slight and feminine in almost every detail. It is the antithesis of watches today. Up against my 5070 or 5980 is downright childish. But I cannot help but love it. The warm white face with painted lines, the soldered lugs, the Maltese cross on the tiny crown which seems too small to grab but winds with buttery smoothness, the extreme thinness of the case which almost seems to vanish on profile and the Genève Seal hallmarked extra thin movement. It is the movement which is the soul of this watch. It is fifty year old design, out of fashion small and way cool beyond words. The fact they have replaced this watch with their own in-house only enhances this watch to me. The 1003's are a dime a dozen on the secondary market and I hope all watch lovers take the time to pick up one since there is nothing else like it, not the JLC ultrathin watches nor the Patek 175/177 based watches.
I know I might get lynched on this forum but the Overseas model line does not float my boat. I like the basic automatic OS in the vein of the original RO or the Nautilus but the other models just seem like they are trying to be something they are not. True enough, Patek has FINALLY made the Nautilus work but it took THIRTY FRICKIN' YEARS! Do you think Richmond has the "balls" to stand by a "me too" watch for thirty years without pulling the plug? Will the Overseas be another 222 or Phidias? I think the 222 has got real mojo like the 3700 at one quarter the price. I am concerned that VC will jump ship on the OS line and leave the old line orphaned as they move on looking for something new/better/profitable(!). Time will tell (no pun intended ;)).
As for my Patrimony it does nothing spectacularly and yet I love it as much as my 3940, which is my favorite Patek (I guess I like em thin).
Vacheron seems to be a watch of emotion rather than logic, Lange is purely logic, and Patek is a little bit of both. Perhaps if I gave other VC's a chance I would be converted. I have been eying that Patrimony Tradittionelle self-winding....
Other emotional watches for me besides my Vacheron Patrimony Extra Plates include IWC 5251, Patek 5115R and 3940R.