Buy watches in a store is a lot like buying a car. Someone approaches you while you are just trying to browse to ask if you would like any help. Yes, they are working on commission, but they need to give you some place. Sometimes, I really just want to look. Other than asking "need any help today," maybe they could offer some interesting information based on the watches I am checking out. I'd rather know about a special edition, sale offer, or fascinating technical detail, than how interested they are in how likely I am going to buy something that day. What this all means however is that you can bargain.
Next is the customization. Each watch has various pieces that are customizable, which Vacheron Constantin will do for the customer. You need to go to one of 100 points of purchases around the world to do this, which actually makes no sense as you just sit there and use a computer tablet to choose everything. You could just as easily do it from your home. But why do that when you can fly to Geneva to use their computer, and have a snobby "brand consultant" explain how people of your ilk lack appreciation for the finer things in life? Other than engraving your name on the back of the watch, your choices are pretty simple. There are three different case materials (rose-gold, palladium, and titanium), which you can mix and match on the seven main pieces that make up the case. For the face, you have a few options, and of course there are various strap options. Vacheron Constantin likes to boast that there are over 400 possible combinations, which utterly does not excite me. As though the user is engaging in a total leap of personal creativity by making these simple decisions. I am not impressed. No matter what changes you make to the case, it still basically looks the same.
The Limes Integral watch is instantly an homage to the popular style of watch master Franck Muller whose watches present an instantly recognizable numbering font. Difficult to describe, the Franck Muller numbers are classy while whimsical, and effective while expressive. The Tonneau (barrel) shape of the Limes Integral has been borrowed from the classic Franck Muller watches and is represented will in a slightly Teutonic and muscular fashion. Limes added a bit to the design by adding a date window and an internal ring to allow for more accurate readings of the time.
Wearing a suit to the event, I assumed correctly how I am supposed to dress. To the left is a picture on their website of me staring in some aficionado's watch case. What I wasn't prepared for was being one of the only guys not "double wristing" it. A watch on each arm, that's right. Furthermore, the combined value of most of the watches on people's two wrists was worth more than my law school education. I wore just the Temption, nice and understated, but rare enough that no one knew was it was.
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