A few questions for collectors and a picture of my grail!

Aug 13, 2020,00:58 AM

Hi all!

I wanted to know, how many of you have bought their holy grail watch and how did it feel, initially and over time?

I'm a younger collector and I've set myself the goal of acquiring a first generation datograph in platinum. However, I'm an engineer and it seems with the salaries in my field, with the path I want to take through life, it would not be financially responsible to buy one, not until I'm in my 50s or 60s perhaps.
I've already bought the lovely Chopard LUC 1860 pictured with this post, and to me it's the perfect watch. If I could only wear one watch for the rest of my life, it would be this one. It ticks all the right boxes and to top it all off, this particular reference is a birth year watch. When I bought it, I was ecstatic, the honeymoon period lasted a long time and looking at the dial and movement still brings a smile to my face.
The only other watch I see myself viewing in a similar way is the datograph.
I don't have an expensive lifestyle and tend to be good at saving up money, I just can't see myself in a situation where the money would be better spent on something else, such a larger house deposit.

So my next question, for those of you lucky enough to have acquired your dream collection, was it worth the money? Did it bring satisfaction? I'd love to hear your thoughts and whether or not it's better to admire dream watches from a distance.

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First off your Chopard is gorgeous

 By: Rcgoddu : August 13th, 2020-04:55
I have not purchased a true grail watch myself so I may not be the most helpful here but one thing I would point out that many people seem to forget is once you buy your Datograph you haven’t lost all the money you spent on it, you still have the watch wh... 

This is very true

 By: Johnokoen : August 13th, 2020-19:08
and I agree, buying second hand is the way to go. I definitely get caught thinking of purchases as commitments rather than something that can be reversed to regain the money. Thanks for the response, and the good points!


 By: pmh6000 : August 13th, 2020-07:16
You have an outstanding watch but to answer your questions I think the dream watch is a dream watch until the next dream watch comes along. For me utopia in a watch is a living moving object that is constantly changing. The trick is to find your comfort z... 

This is one of the things I'm afraid of...

 By: Johnokoen : August 13th, 2020-19:11
I guess in some ways having a constantly revolving collection would be one way to experience the best watches out there. I think I would feel guilty though after spending so much money on a precious object, to over time grow bored and want something new. ... 

Grail in my collection

 By: Weems@8 : August 13th, 2020-14:38
From my side. I own my grail watch. Very rare watch from my favorite brand Longines. But when time goes bye, new grail watches arise at my horizon. One of them is the Vacheron Constantin twin beat perpetual calendar. A member here have one. Second grail w... 

The Excalibur Diabolus is something else!

 By: Johnokoen : August 13th, 2020-19:16
Stunning when I saw a review of it! Interesting, do you force yourself to wear different watches in a rotation? Or is there a different way you approach wearing the different pieces in your collection? Cheers!

If the Chopard didn't have a date window...

 By: mdg : August 13th, 2020-19:37
...I would own it...

Beautiful Chopard, definitely a grail-status piece that I'd consider on par with a Datograph!

 By: jleno : August 13th, 2020-22:14
Your question is difficult and it requires a lot of self reflection. The answer will be different for everyone depending on a lot of factors like how much you will enjoy the watch, what else might you spend the money on that might bring you more enjoyment... 

That’s a very nice watch you have there, and a rightful grail

 By: rnaden : August 14th, 2020-00:31
That word, grail - I think it’s an elusive thing and maybe doesn’t exist A dream watch will be a dream watch until it becomes reality and then the next dream will start, at least that’s how it has been with me for the last 20 years. After some time, there...