[Senior Patek Moderator]
Hi Volker, if your AD is unable to keep his (repeated, explicit, written) promises, and disappointingly shows to value emoticons and incompetence over substance and dedication, then you totally made the right choice! 😂
Seriously, I can feel your disappointment regarding Patek, and I'm sure you gave it a serious thought before moving on. As far as price increases are concerned, it's no secret that a big driver was the secondary market, since the allocation of several Pateks had almost become synonymous with receiving (along with the watch!) a check in the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars... ;-) Also note the recent choice of G over A for the flagship Nautilus, which overtly goes in the same direction. I obviously can't predict whether these bold and *very* noticeable measures will work as intended in the long term, but for sure they had the (anticipated) result of annoying quite a few collectors in the process!
I just sincerely hope you will reconsider Patek at the right time in the future, since I know Patek has been keeping you in high regard.... Plus, let's face it, at the highest level (artistic, historical, horological), there's simply no brand like it!
But I wish you all the best with RM in the process, and I'll be curious to see what your first choices are --- I'm sure your taste and intelligence will quickly show itself with this very interesting brand as well
Their boutique in the "Quadrilatero" has been a mandatory stop of mine for several years in the past, even just to have a chat over a good coffee, though I obviously never purchased anything (at least yet)!