I don’t know about the rest of you but I can go a long time just enjoying the little random assortment of watches I have collected over the years; then suddenly I’ll get the bug and start looking around again.
I’d seen the announcement of the Alpine Eagle and thought “hm, that’s interesting...I’ve always liked Chopard - independent, built their own manufacture, the beauty of the original LUC 1.96, sustainable materials sourcing...maybe it’s worth checking out”. Passed by the boutique, saw it in the window, popped in to try it on and was pretty impressed. Leaned toward the grey over the blue on first try. But the bug hadn’t bit me. Yet.
Must have been a slow burn because it was only maybe a month later that I found myself somehow compelled to go try it on again. This time I took Mrs E with me, and she swooned over it.
Posted here...spent the weekend looking around the shops, new and grey and used, to see What Else. Was I just scratching the itch for something new or was this something that I really wanted?
I’m a bracelet guy... tried everything from no-date Subs and the GO SeaQ and GS diver to Breguet XX and old JLC Reverso Squadras and Gran Sports, Zeniths, UNs, GPs, the JLC starburst blue dial Polaris Date (ok that one is something special!) and now-discontinued Geophysic Universal Time (so tempting, gorgeous), 5711s and 15202s (you can get anything in HK if you know where to go and have deep pockets. I know where to go but my pockets ain’t that deep!). In the process Mrs E nearly cajoled me into getting her a lady Aquanaut which she fell in love with, somehow I was able to dissuade her...
Then went back to check out the Alpine Eagle. With Mrs E and a friend in tow.
Roman numerals with an Arabic numeral date window? No problem.
Design a mash-up of others? Not in person.
Proportions? Spot-on, perhaps even better than the 5711 or 15202 in person on my wrist (your mileage may vary).
Finishing? Metalwork is amazing; movement is competent - not out of this world but very clean and some nice details.
I wish I could just say that I bought one but that’s not actually quite what happened...
Will follow up soon with impressions after some time on the wrist. For the moment everything else is staying in the box!