The WS for the 13th of January - ‘Grails - achieved and still lusted after’ - is live

Jan 13, 2023,14:28 PM

As announced yesterday this week’s WS theme is Grails - achieved and still lusted after. 

We all have them, watches that for some reason have a special place in our horological Parthenon, some already residing in our safes and regularly gracing our wrists, others still on wishlists, on orders or being hunted or saved for. 

So it’s relatively simple - just show us what watches get the pulse raised, irrespective if you can already call them your own or if they are still a dream. 

The thread will run till Sunday evening GMT and I will put up a separate thread for judges and verdicts on Sunday. 

Looking forward to seeing your entries and wishing you a great weekend ahead!

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My grails to start the thread with…

 By: KMII : January 13th, 2023-14:41
While there are still a handful of watches out there I would most certainly like, most of them have in the meantime reached price levels I am not willing to pay for them 🤷🏻‍♂️ As for existing ones, it started with… Then the next one was this… And the thir...  

Oh that VC … ❤️

 By: hans_jorgen_1968 : January 13th, 2023-15:32
If you one day want to split up give me a heads up BR Hans

I hope that day doesn’t come…

 By: KMII : January 13th, 2023-15:59
But should it do so, I will not you called dibs 😊👍🏻

Well, we saw the same one on the same day 😊

 By: KMII : January 13th, 2023-18:46
What a piece 😊👌🏻

Absolute stunning masterpiece

 By: Watchonthewrists : January 15th, 2023-13:05

Yes , still think a lot about that week tbh .

 By: Watchonthewrists : January 15th, 2023-16:51

Words cannot describe your VHs! 🙌

 By: KCLQMULKU : January 13th, 2023-22:41
Too good for words!

I didn't know you got the 1921!!!

 By: InHavenPro : January 14th, 2023-01:52

Not quite yet…

 By: KMII : January 14th, 2023-08:31
It was under the still lusted after section - hopefully one day 😊👍🏻🤞🏻


 By: InHavenPro : January 14th, 2023-08:34

Hello dear KM!! Wonderful Theme! You have set the bar…

 By: Subexplorer : January 14th, 2023-03:40
… very high both with your Grail watches already in your collection and those in your wish list. Here my choices: The grails which I dreamed with for many years and finally caught: PP 5110g Breguet La Tradition Omega Speedmaster Moonshine Rolex GMT Cerami...  

I hope you will as well 👍🏻

 By: KMII : January 14th, 2023-08:33
Fantastic pictures and grails, both current and future 👌🏻👍🏻

Beautiful watches …

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 14th, 2023-12:57
Hello dear Abel, Your Patek 5110g is a beautiful classic design that will always look good, quality is never out of fashion. You know my thoughts on the Moonshine, it represents something very special. Best regards Captain

Agree!! Thank you dear KM!!

 By: Subexplorer : January 16th, 2023-18:28

Hello, my dear friend Abel !.. You did it again and presented several high class tic–tacs !

 By: hs111 : January 14th, 2023-15:15
I had known before that we both share our love for the PP 5110G and I lust for your lovely Breguet La Tradition. Also I liked your „mirror“–type pics. The Omega shots are part of your „horological identity“, I would say.. – As well your signature GMT Mast... 

Dear friend HS: I apologize for my delay in answering your so kind comments…

 By: Subexplorer : January 16th, 2023-18:26
… I’ve been in a plane and traveling for a few days vacations and this took me away for more participation in WS. Appreciate so much your kind comments on my Grails both already in the collection and those in my wish list. I’m happy to know you like my sh... 

Wonderful watches, dear Abel!

 By: MTR : January 15th, 2023-21:03
This static photo of the Breguet Traditionelle… A marvel. All the best Thomas

Thank you so much dear Thomas for your kind words!

 By: Subexplorer : January 16th, 2023-18:28
The Breguet has been haunting me for some long years and I felt so lucky last year when I could catch it. An extraordinary watch indeed!! Have a nice week my friend! Abel

Thx for hosting, KMII and for sharing a remarkable line–up !.. My favs are your VCs and I can relate to your wish & lust for the KV ! ;) ;)

 By: hs111 : January 14th, 2023-14:56
So let me just think what to chip in to play this week.. When I thought it over a bit, meanwhile quite a number of grail–likes have entered my stables, with quite some highlights for Humble Me and currently I am in a sort of „digesting phase“.. Furthermor...  

What a collection 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

 By: KMII : January 15th, 2023-10:49
The pieces shown are truly amazing - definitely fitting the definition of grails to a T 👍🏻 Glad you managed to reach so many of your goals 👍🏻

Thx for your kind looking & the nice words !.. And Yes, as mentioned I‘m now a bit in a „digesting“ phase..

 By: hs111 : January 15th, 2023-11:20
.. also consolidating, what has entered my stables, which give me pleasure and joy. Thus, at present there are no „burning wishes“. – Thx again and HAGWE to you & yours !

That is actually quite a satisfactory state 😊

 By: KMII : January 15th, 2023-22:45
Meaning the wishes have been fulfilled for now 👍🏻 I guess eventually something might come along that will spark desire again 😁

Your JLC Geophysic Universal Time

 By: MTR : January 15th, 2023-21:04
is especially beautiful. Cheers Thomas

Very nice watches.

 By: MTR : January 15th, 2023-21:01
This VC American 1921 is especially beautiful.

Many grails on my list and i think some will stay dreams unfortunately

 By: Watchonthewrists : January 13th, 2023-17:05
Here a small wishlist of grails A man got to have dreams 🙏🏻 Hagwe 🤗 ...  

And what amazing dreams they are 👌🏻

 By: KMII : January 13th, 2023-18:47
A host of epic pieces, all 🙌🏻👏🏻

We share the same dreams 😉

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 14th, 2023-12:58

A small list? 😁

 By: KMII : January 15th, 2023-10:50
Sublime pieces, all - even if I have the strongest weakness for the last one 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

Many thanks for hosting this weekend KM

 By: Timeout : January 13th, 2023-18:21
As I have progressed on my collecting journey I’ve had to reassess my approach. I’m fortunate to be able to access my grail watches - within reason - and had to rethink why I’m interested in a particular wristwatch before I purchase. In this regard my gra...  

That I can well understand 👌🏻👍🏻

 By: KMII : January 13th, 2023-18:48
Kari is a wonderful person on top of his talent and I can definitely understand, why your thirst has lessened after this experience 😊👏🏻


 By: Timeout : January 13th, 2023-21:04
My problem is I’m incessantly thirsty. I’m trying to curb my addiction by slowing down the process of purchasing. Right now I’m working with Artisans de Geneve on a project which will keep me distracted for the next 6 months or so - hopefully.

Interesting to hear your thoughts …

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 14th, 2023-13:05
Especially as I have similar feelings about the journey and reassessing my approach along the way. Kari is the “dial master”

Many thanks Captain.

 By: Timeout : January 14th, 2023-19:43
I have a number of watches right now under consideration but I’ve assigned a price to each at which I would consider. This meant that I purchased a few watches last summer when the prices fell dramatically on some FPJs and Pateks. I’m really attracted to ... 

Wow, what a piece and truly a “grail” ! :):)

 By: hs111 : January 15th, 2023-09:55
Sincere Congrats to this KV, whereby I suppose your heart is still pounding,when you take it on ! - thx also for your exquisite Macro shots. To make a long story short, I expect you truly have reached a summit and there won’t be anything that reaches that... 

Many thanks HS.

 By: Timeout : January 15th, 2023-10:45
I had thought not - and then I “discovered” Denis Flageollet - hiding in plain sight! I’m not sure I could pull off the DB28 range, but the DB25 is quite spectacular too. ...  

A wonderful Voutilainen!

 By: MTR : January 15th, 2023-21:07
All the best Thomas

I have my grail since many years ....

 By: Marcus Hanke : January 13th, 2023-18:29
... but still have not stopped buying watches since. This is my favourite pic of my grail years ago, I treated a photograph I shot of it with so many Photoshop filters, that I completely forgot how I made it. So this is more or less an original, that nic...  

Back from the days when watchmakers still dared to dream!

 By: KMII : January 13th, 2023-18:49
What a shot, too 👌🏻👍🏻

Awesome Photo of a great UN

 By: hans_jorgen_1968 : January 13th, 2023-19:53

A Horological Icon.

 By: KURT_DAVID : January 13th, 2023-22:25
In the 80’s I became aware of this watch. At the time I had little knowledge of watch complications let alone grand complications. Probably viewed it in a magazine. It still stirs me every time. Thank you. Kurt


 By: Weems@8 : January 13th, 2023-19:52
Lucky as i am, grails are archieved. Not that i want no more watches, i become more calm. My last wished watch is guilty of the fact that it is not necessary to add more watches. I am happy what i have. ...  

That is a nice place to be in 👍🏻

 By: KMII : January 13th, 2023-22:53
And I admire anyone in it already 👏🏻


 By: Weems@8 : January 14th, 2023-03:55
Wishes and grails still there. Albeit the wishes and grails become more and more exotic. Some here achieve their goals with very exotic ones like rare minute repeaters. For me a handy inspiration source. The watch of the watches. When there is one winner,... 

In this regard you are the luckiest and most fortunate collector here

 By: Brandon Skinner : January 14th, 2023-17:52
Enjoy your enlightenment😇

Anyone who has seen a few of my posts recently

 By: Thomas_3 : January 13th, 2023-19:57
may know I want a Cartier, thought it was the tank, now a Drive has entered my mind. The time is coming soon for me to have one. ...  

The Drive is certainly a lovely series!

 By: KMII : January 13th, 2023-22:55
Mine gets plenty of wrist time so I fully see where you are coming from 👍🏻 ...  

This Cartier…

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 14th, 2023-12:47
So stylish especially with your choice of straps.

Cool straps for a superb watch.. really liked the Stingray and that textile structured one !

 By: hs111 : January 15th, 2023-10:07
You are always a sort of king to eclectic “shoes”. BTW: which material (Canvas ?) is on the second pic ? Best to you & yours, hs.

Thanks for the kind words, HS111 🙏🏻

 By: KMII : January 15th, 2023-22:47
Actually cashmere - a strap from Chopard’s LUC collection 😊👍🏻

Achieved… For now…

 By: Aquaracer1 : January 13th, 2023-21:54
Love these creative themes. Thanks again hosts and judges ! ...  

Fantastic grail pair 👏🏻

 By: KMII : January 13th, 2023-22:56
And nice that you have achieved what you were looking for 👍🏻😊

This one....

 By: InHavenPro : January 14th, 2023-03:54
I have Proudly achieved. Next will be the 1921 .... ...  

A fantastic piece!

 By: KMII : January 14th, 2023-08:34
A concept watch in regular (if limited) production 👌🏻 The 1921 would be a great complement 👏🏻

Hello KMII

 By: KURT_DAVID : January 14th, 2023-12:28
I actually achieved my grail when I purchased my Rolex Explorer 2. I had longed for a steel professional GMT since I first set eyes on one when I was a teenager 😉 This GS GMT is hopefully my next watch of 23/4 the high accuracy quartz fascinates me. And f...  

Beautiful grails acquired and likewise amazing ones still ahead!

 By: KMII : January 15th, 2023-10:52
Dornblueth is definitely a path I would like to take at some point, too 👌🏻👍🏻

This Dornbluth

 By: MTR : January 15th, 2023-21:09
Is really a right grail watch. All the best Thomas

Grails, a personal view …

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 14th, 2023-13:52
Hello dear KM and friends ! Grails are a very personal and thought provoking subject. My opinion is that it’s an ever moving and evolving process that will never end and that’s the fascinating and challenging part. The point is that for me “the grail” is ...  

Wow !.. Really love your first 3 shots & tic-tacs !

 By: hs111 : January 15th, 2023-10:18
And your “Moonshine” - pic is a splendid collage into a “still-life” of add-ons ! Best & Cheers !! hs.

Thank you dear hs ….

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 15th, 2023-11:50
for your kind words. The Moonshine photo was a lot of fun, taken as I was about to go on vacation.

Was actually referring to your wedding PP 😊

 By: KMII : January 15th, 2023-22:48
But the Nautilus can certainly not be faulted 👌🏻

Oppps 🙄…

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 15th, 2023-23:01
Yes that one 👍

That PP is a truly signature piece for you…

 By: KMII : January 15th, 2023-10:53
With great significance, too. I see a strong Speedmaster theme, too 👌🏻👍🏻

Yes, I have to admit that I have always loved my Nautilus …

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 15th, 2023-11:49
and enjoyed using it regularly. The Speedmasters became a very pleasurable journey that still continues to this day.

Dear KM, what a list you have there!

 By: S F : January 14th, 2023-15:35
I don't have any "grail". However, I am glad to have acquired these 2 last year. Lets see what comes along in 2023. ...  

Wonderful additions in 2022 👌🏻👍🏻

 By: KMII : January 15th, 2023-11:17
The L&H is definitely a piece I would like to bet better acquainted with and the Omega was another hit out of the ballpark for them - very much like what they have been doing lately 👌🏻👍🏻

This Lang & Heyne is a marvel!

 By: MTR : January 15th, 2023-21:12
You did everything right, S F!

Sorry, guys, I still haven't been able to recover my photo files . . .

 By: Dr No : January 14th, 2023-17:37
. . . even though they were rescued from my old computer; they're on an external drive but I'm unable to integrate them into my new iMac. The only grail that's eluded my collection is an original Rail or Ranchero. Should Omega see fit to issue an homage, ...  

Now you truly are ready for everything, Art 😁

 By: KMII : January 15th, 2023-11:18
Suits you very well! How does it wear given the size?

How does it wear? Rod . . .

 By: Dr No : January 15th, 2023-17:00
. . . says it best:


 By: KMII : January 15th, 2023-22:48
Always answer in verse 👍🏻

Dear Art, your new acquisition is

 By: MTR : January 15th, 2023-21:13
very intriguing! And no date… Perfect! 🙏

Hi! Not sure if those that I already have are grails

 By: aWtchslvr : January 14th, 2023-20:46
but they made and make me happy. Right now I am waiting for another grail to come. And two grails for dreaming The ALS 1815 Rattrapante Honeygold Homage FA Lange Source: ; And the JLC Hybris Mechanica Quadritryptique (4 in 1) Nice week...  

Ah, the Reverso 😍

 By: KMII : January 15th, 2023-11:19
True grail piece, that! As for the ones you have - happiness is. What finally counts, not anyone else’s opinion so they definitely qualify 👌🏻👍🏻

I had a chance to photograph my grail chronograph recently

 By: Brandon Skinner : January 14th, 2023-21:46
The magnificent Lang & Heyne Albert ...  

Really beautiful photographs!

 By: timerider : January 15th, 2023-03:21
I have been leaning towards German watches lately too. Timerider

The movement is sublime…

 By: KMII : January 15th, 2023-11:20
But those hand shots from the front are really mind boggling - what a piece 👌🏻🙌🏻

Wow, Brandon!

 By: MTR : January 15th, 2023-21:15
A wonderful Lang & Heyne. All the best Thomas

Grails over the years

 By: Wachnut : January 15th, 2023-06:14
Hello KM , very interesting topic - grails for me are those watches where I either put in a substantial amount of thought and / or effort to obtain , as opposed to a “ normal “ acquisition . So here goes in order of importance … ( the first 2 especially w...  

I have always wondered about the square wheel ML

 By: KMII : January 15th, 2023-11:32
And I guess you are the only person I know having one. If you have any additional impressions to share that would be great! As for the to get list, put me down for that Zeitwerk as well 😁👌🏻👍🏻

Ha yes

 By: Wachnut : January 15th, 2023-16:01
Thanks KM , I am also the only person I know who has the ML square wheel for that matter 😂. It’s not exactly very popular ! However , I do love this piece - can watch the interaction between the square wheel and clover leaf for a long time - ideal for a s...  

Owned & still waiting for

 By: jml_watches : January 15th, 2023-09:37
Hi All One of my grails is both! I already have one, but look forward (hopefully) to when it gets reissued. My Futurematic waiting for it's younger sibling! Here's hoping Cheers JML ...  

A reissued Futurematic…

 By: KMII : January 15th, 2023-11:34
Would be quite the thing! I guess it’s been a while since winding wheels at the back but it would be truly great if it came back as a reissue 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

A wonderful watch, this Futurematic!

 By: MTR : January 15th, 2023-21:11
All the best Thomas

Thanks 👍

 By: jml_watches : January 15th, 2023-23:22

Love the caseback shot 👏🏻

 By: Brandon Skinner : January 15th, 2023-23:14

Thanks ! Remember the legend - slide do not lift!

 By: jml_watches : January 15th, 2023-23:24
Cheers JML ...  

What a difference a dial makes 👌🏻👍🏻

 By: KMII : January 15th, 2023-14:16
Lovely pair and keeping fingers crossed for you 🤞🏻

A fantastic wrist shot theme again, dear KMII!

 By: MTR : January 15th, 2023-12:37
Ok. ☺️🙏 We talk about our grail watches. Perhaps you might remember that this is an easy decision for me. I just show you my personal grail watch that took me 24 years to get. The IWC Minute repeater was first released in 1995. It was love at first sight....  

Thank you so much for your kind words,

 By: MTR : January 15th, 2023-16:18
dear aWtchslvr! 🙏

Fantastic watch…

 By: KMII : January 15th, 2023-14:18
And so thoroughly understated 👌🏻👍🏻 Great story too - and I fully understand your decision process 😊🙌🏻

Thank you, dear KMII!

 By: MTR : January 15th, 2023-20:56
Thanks for reading and your nice comment. Cheers Thomas

Great topic and one I hope I am still in ‘time’ for

 By: sc16 : January 15th, 2023-13:40
During the course of years I have come across and read a lot about watches, and some stay in your mind for whatever reason. I consider myself fortunate to have been able to acquire some nice watches which I had hoped to own someday. Till date however, the...  

It’s the ones we keep returning to that are the real grails!

 By: KMII : January 15th, 2023-14:20
And the pair in your post is epic, to say the least - would gladly add them myself 👌🏻👍🏻

Another trip to the water fountain!

 By: Timeout : January 15th, 2023-16:32

Fantastic macro shots, dear Timeout!

 By: MTR : January 15th, 2023-21:16
Cheers Thomas

Those water fountain trips of yours…

 By: KMII : January 15th, 2023-22:50
Amazing - wish a water fountain of a similar kind existed around where I live 😁👍🏻