A brand I would have never considered buying, but after handling one in person, I'm reconsidering.
OK, it's not a brand that shows up here often, and not a brand I would have ever considered buying in the past, but I stopped by my local AD and was immediately attracted to one specific watch.
The brand is Frederique Contsant, the model, a very attractive perpetual calendar that's amazingly affordable. Admittedly, if not for the low retail price (which is of course further discounted at the AD) I probably wouldn't consider it, but it's a rather attractive watch in person, much nicer than even the photos on the company's website, and I'm actually impressed.
42mm and 10.2mm thick including the domed sapphire crystal. It wears very well. Available in stainless, 18K rose gold, or gold-plated (no watch should be gold-plated IMO but who am I to judge?). I prefer stainless for all my watches.
Of course at this price point its movement is CNC made and decorated as are all the brand's models, but at least its made in-house and the movement is certainly not unattractive. The case and dial are also well made and simply styled, which I like.
So if I stick to my usual "buy what you love" philosophy, this watch fits the bill. But still not sure about the brand. Not necessarily a purist watch, but still a very nice perpetual for what it is. Opinions?