Bryanboy’s US$788,266 Watch Shopping Spree

Here’s how I look at it: there are four types of judgmental people in this life — those who judge others based on their car (hello straight males and hello Americans), those who judge others by the shoes they’re wearing, those who judge people by their watches and finally, there are those, who, like me, simply don’t give a flying a fuck.

I’m currently having a little watch obsession going on, thanks to this Irish guy who told me he doesn’t really get excited by “fabulous” things and he’s all happy and satisfied with a good watch – nothing more, nothing less.

You see, I’m not really a big watch person. I see no point living my life based on numbers – seconds, minutes, hours, days, whatever. I always believed when something is meant to happen, it will happen, regardless of the time.

One of the first watches I had were those Swatch pop watches made out of plastic/rubber whatever you call em. Gawwwd, that was like centuries ago. My parentals forced me to wear em back in grade school in order for me to keep track of the time. I hated it. In fact, I deliberately destroyed my watches. I got them all wet, I gave a few to my schoolmates for “safekeeping”, heck, there was a time I’d cut the straps using scissors for shits and giggles. I just hated, hated wearing watches.

My watch ‘du jour’ obviously evolved over time with the help of gifts from family members. My first Cartier was a birthday gift from my dad whereas my grandfather gave me this really old piece from Vacheron Constantin. This was ages and ages and ages ago. It’s funny because I’ve never really thought of the “value” of watches at that time. I would go out clubbing until the wee hours of the day (keep in mind I started going out when I was 14.), expensive watch on one arm, cigarette and drink on the other. All along I THOUGHT watches are only some damn bracelet with two arms tick-tock-ticking away and nobody really would give a shit who made them and whatnot.

Until I’ve lost some of my watches. Oh yes.

There is no fucking way I’m gonna be able to quantify as to how many watches I’ve “lost” over the years. Let’s just say I’m not really someone who is meant to wear/keep a watch because really, I’m the poster child of carelessness. I just don’t give a fuck. Some watches got genuinely ‘lost’ (i.e. strap broke whilst dancing in a club with my hands on the air or I take my watch off, put it inside my bag or my pocket and it fell to the ground etc), some were blatantly stolen (I’d take my watch off and leave it on top of a table in a little “in-house” hotel room booze and drugs party with x number of people) and some… well.. I swear they just vanished from the face of the earth without me knowing it.

When you think about it, what is the point of wearing an expensive watch when the only purpose it serves is to tell you the time, which is something you can do with, say, a cell phone? I know it sounds silly because the same applies to pretty much anything, i.e. expensive shoes, expensive clothes, expensive handbags… the list goes on and on. But watches? Bah!

I have ZERO interest with watches and I’m not one of those people who judge anyone because of the watch they are wearing.

Besides, I know absolutely nothing when it comes to watches.

My personal style and my taste in fashion is already highly questionable there is no way I’m dedicate focus time and energy on silly things such as watches and make horology one of my "interests".

And then it hit me.

I felt really bad when my Irish acquaintance told me about the story of his stolen Rolex because I always joked around how Rolex is like the Louis Vuitton of watches – overpriced, overhyped, overproduced and overfaked. Anyway, in his own words: “for me it represented leaving my home and making a success of living elsewhere in the world , so it was HIGHLY symbolic for that reason and also because it was the most expensive thing I have ever bought in my life and it remains as much. When it was stolen less than a month after I arrived in London, I was devastated.”

Anyway, to cut this story short, I’m sure there are many, many people out there who are one the same boat as we are and got their watch/watches lost and/or stolen. I’m going to dedicate this blog entry to those people out there and officially make today, December 4, 2006, the International Bryanboy Watch Day.

And because I have a watch obsession going on (and it’s free to fucking daydream), I fantasized having US$800K to spend on watches… and only watches.

(Gawd, I reaaaaaallly look forward to the day

I become really wealthy and famous… I want to

be soo filthy rich I’d be flossing my teeth

with crisp, US$100 bills!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!)

Like that’s gonna happen. Whatever!

What kind of watch would I buy if I had US$800K to burn? Well… I spent an hour browsing watch websites and if I had the $$$$, these are the watches I’m gonna buy:

Chopard
Mille Miglia Limited Edition
US$6,076
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Note: This is one of my ultimate dream watches! I’m literally saving up for this gorgeous baby because I’ve been lusting for it for months! It’s a toss between my dream Chanel jacket or this watch! It really is nice and lovely!

Boucheron
Large MEC Watch
Price Unknown (but best estimate… I could be wrong though… around US$25,000)
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Note: I love, love, love Boucheron! This Large Mec watch is made out of pink gold with an alligator strap. This is my other dream watch — great for everyday use. It’s soooo pretty, absolutely pretty!!!!!
Photo credit: Boucheron

Vacheron Constantin
Malte Perpetual Calendar
US$98,400
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Note: funny how they are selling a US$98,400 watch but they cannot spell the word "calendar" right. Ooo look at me, little Miss English nazi when my English is soo bad and I couldn’t spell shit to save my life haha. Anyway, I really, really, really like this piece. Sooo elegant and timeless. None of those ridiculous bling bling zing zing bullcrap everyone seems to love (myself included).

Audemars Piguet
Jules Audemars 25936PT.0.0001CR.01
US$427,300 (nope, I’m not joking!)
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Note: Holy shit. Holy fucking shit. Who knew this hand-wound, platinum piece from Audemars Piguet is THAT pricey? The details are amazing… platinum, baby! This watch is DEFINITELY understated chic! I love it!

A. Lange & Söhne
1815 Chronograph
US$29,040
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Note: I like this watch because it’s soo chic!!! I bet you it looks really nice with a crisp white dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up till my elbows.

A. Lange & Söhne
Lange 1, ref. 101.031
US$25,300
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Note: Understated and painfully chic. Pink gold with croc strap. I love it! Why buy a car when you can get this gorgeous watch?

A. Lange & Söhne
Moonphase, 118.021
US$23,200
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Note: I’m officially addicted, can you tell? Yes, I LOOOOVE A. Lange & Söhne!!!!!! They REAAAALLY make magnificent and marvelous watches. Their watches are totally my style. Stunning! Absolutely stunning! Those Germans are good at it. Yellow gold with croc strap. I love the clouds/moon/stars details.

Breguet
Tourbillon Regulateur Automatique
US$97,300
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Note: It was only until this year that I got to learn about Breguet. Mrs. T, bag hag galore and lover of all things luxe and expensivo, introduced me to Breguet. This piece looks like one of those "heirloom pieces" that you can pass to family members for generations to come.

Marc by Marc Jacobs
Octagon MARC Watch
US$150
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Note: This watch is sooo cute and kitchy. I love the octagon shape and the patent leather strap. I’m sooo good at bullshitting eh? I only added this watch because everything else is sooo $$$$. I’m kidding! Nah, I really like this piece.

Girard-Perregaux
Haute Horlogerie a Complication vintage 1945 XXL Quantieme Perpetuel Chrono
US$56,500
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Note: Stunning!

And there you have it. Those are my watch picks of the day. Aren’t they all lovely? I’m really digging the pink gold/rose gold on black. Oh and I really love A. Lange & Söhne — they make the most beautiful watches ever.

You can have the most expensive watch in the world but ultimately, free time is still the most valuable commodity on earth and no expensive watch can compensate for free time.

I think that’s all for now! Email me and tell me you love me. My email address is bryanboy@gmail.com or SMS +63.915.785.1492.

I love you all!