Opinions Needed for High Horology Piece

Watch fam,

I need some opinions. I've been saving and continue to do so, for a high horology piece to add to my collection. I'm not in a big hurry, and want to obtain what will be the crown jewel of my collection. 

Below are the 4 brands I'm looking at, but I'm open to other options. I want this piece to be versatile (suit & casual, and timeless).

Which would you consider? Any thoughts on a great all around model? Do you own one of these pieces or all? What do you like/don't like? Other thoughts?

*Vacheron Constantin

*A. Lange & Sohne

*Audemars Piguet

*Patek Phillipe

Thanks for the help!

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I'd wear the heck out of a VC 1921 or the new 222.

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Good luck with your saving thoughts and choosing. I like readable faces with interesting complications, perpetual calendars and moon phases. So, for me the A.Lange & Sohne 1815 does it all. I’m sure though there are many great choices here. For this type of purchase, hope you love it!

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The question I have is how to even go about acquiring one of these?  From what I understand waitlists can be 5-8yrs, and that's usually after you have purchase history with them.

Unless we're talking about grey market prices....

I personally love AP, sporty and versatile.  but any on the list are winners!

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Don't forget H. Moser

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You can't go wrong with those brands; I'll vote for AP Royal Oak ( just personal preference; stunning finishing; really comfortable bracelet;  I've been owning  an AP Royal Oak ref. 25730BA ) 

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I've got a love for Moser ("l'enfant terrible" of Swiss Watchmaking 😂).   JLC and Cartier seem in the league as well.  I don't ever put on a suit, or much formalwear for that matter, so maybe can't relate to that necessity.

IMHO Patek is the most 'prestigious' name among the group you name.  All of the hallowed brands mentioned brought stunning releases at W&W 2022.   

https://www.hodinkee.com/packages/watches-and-wonders-2022

Skim that page and see what jumps out at you?

Can't really go wrong choosing among icons and grail watches.

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Kaladin

The question I have is how to even go about acquiring one of these?  From what I understand waitlists can be 5-8yrs, and that's usually after you have purchase history with them.

Unless we're talking about grey market prices....

I personally love AP, sporty and versatile.  but any on the list are winners!

In general, yes, but you don't have to go to your boutique. If you have a good AD they can source one for you. I recently found out that many of those grey market dealers are buying/selling to dealers, which is why we can't get the pieces we want. :(

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Fieldwalker

I've got a love for Moser ("l'enfant terrible" of Swiss Watchmaking 😂).   JLC and Cartier seem in the league as well.  I don't ever put on a suit, or much formalwear for that matter, so maybe can't relate to that necessity.

IMHO Patek is the most 'prestigious' name among the group you name.  All of the hallowed brands mentioned brought stunning releases at W&W 2022.   

https://www.hodinkee.com/packages/watches-and-wonders-2022

Skim that page and see what jumps out at you?

Can't really go wrong choosing among icons and grail watches.

Thank you, I'll check it out. Patek's are amazing and I did see some of their new novelties that were definitely attractive.

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donchoco

You can't go wrong with those brands; I'll vote for AP Royal Oak ( just personal preference; stunning finishing; really comfortable bracelet;  I've been owning  an AP Royal Oak ref. 25730BA ) 

I've had my eye on them for a while. Saw a few videos of them and they look amazing!

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Justintime

Don't forget H. Moser

Good call! They make exquisite pieces as well.

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Robcollects

Good luck with your saving thoughts and choosing. I like readable faces with interesting complications, perpetual calendars and moon phases. So, for me the A.Lange & Sohne 1815 does it all. I’m sure though there are many great choices here. For this type of purchase, hope you love it!

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A. Lange and Sohne is simply amazing! Great choice!

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ds760476

I'd wear the heck out of a VC 1921 or the new 222.

That is a beautiful piece for sure!

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I would really like a traditionelle world time. This is my grail watch as of now, hope someday I can afford it. If you can afford it, this would be my suggestion.

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Vacheron Constantin all the way some are still very under rated and undervalued. Quality wise they are on par with or better than the others in the holy trinity in my opinion. in full disclosure I own 3 VC and one AP... 

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How about the A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater?  High horology, fun and definitely a timeless, statement piece!