Bryanboy's US$788,266 Watch Shopping Spree

Written By bryanboy

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
Click here more information.
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)
Click here more information.
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
Click here for more information.
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!)
Click here for more information.
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
Click here for more information.
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
Click here for more information.
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
Click here for more information.
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
Click here more information.
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
Click here more information.
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
Click here for more information.
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!

30 Comments

  1. Maura Mars

    Wasn’t there just a typhoon killing 1000 in your country. It would probably behoove you to memtion it. Noone is THAT shallow.

  2. Maura Mars

    Wasn’t there just a typhoon killing 1000 in your country? It would probably behoove you to memtion it. Noone is THAT shallow.

  3. Maura Mars… don’t blame Bryanboy for not knowing 1000 people died. I am from Manila and we were bracing ourselves for the super-typhoon. Since it didn’t hit Manila…I had assumed there was no devastation. I had thought the 1000 people who died were from another country.

  4. Remember my typhoon warning a few days back? I’m sorry people were killed but glad Manila was spared. To the subject of watches, good ‘ol Seiko has done me good all this years I don’t think I can ever switch.

  5. Im glad my hometown wasnt affected by the typhoon but its nothing new to me. It always happen in the third world.
    I do love watches but i couldnt afford those uber luxurious watches, i could travel the world with that and buy a house or a mansion in the third world. hahahaha agree BB? With all the watches that i saw in this post the ones from Marc Jacobs is nice and affordable. I can just close my eyes and not indukge myself with food for a day. I love BB>….Bbaoossshhh!!!

  6. Have you ever seen Full Metal Jacket? I was watching it the other day and when Joker goes into the field, and meets Cowboy and Animal Mother, and that guy is sitting next to the dead NVA soldier and pull his hat off, well the NVA guy looks like you. If this comes off as racist I’m sorry, I didn’t mean it, but I just see you everywhere I am so obsessed.

  7. Kapeng mainit

    My dad passed away last May. He loved watches. Your blog entry reminded me of how he used to tinker and read about his watches. I miss him.

  8. darkchild501

    why the hell thosefreakn watches are so expesive except for the marc jacobs one. are they incrusted with diamonds or u will get a dozen of super hunkyboys who are greek gods look alke when u get those watch? damn!!!! it could feed the whole starving nation of afrca and the fabulous third world of philippines…..hhmmmmmm im sure they’re available in shanghai and beijing in the street market hahahahahahahid better watch my eyes on those when go to bumfuck china again next month.im sure it would only costs 5 sucky sucky dollar….lolz

  9. Nina D' Lizard

    I still would like a classic old Rolex, I hope my dad gives me his big gold one. Nothing beats old genuine gold. Love it!!!

  10. Hi there. I just wondering what song it is in your video at granny bee, at the end ? :)

  11. And to LESLIE.. OLD MONEY simply means you’re the one bathed in wealth while your ancestors who worked so damn hard for it is rotting away infested by maggots.

  12. I hope ur comic/illustrated logo above would be more “solid” looking. It’s kinda distracting…But the reals pics on the left are fabulous!

  13. olander badaso from ph

    I could only dream with you, bryanboy… only dream…
    love your blog as always. i was dumbstrucked when i saw how the Piguet watch was priced. God! Are they really serious!?
    i was never into watch, coz i don’t have one… well, that until now.

  14. erin jude

    yeah! A Lange & Sohne makes good watches. But I think AL& S watches are way too pricey for an ordinary..or should we say impoverished… Filipino gay guy like me, hehe.. I couldn’t even afford to buy that MARC watch of Mr. Jacobs as well. :(
    Nevertheless, I find all your picks beeeeaaaautiful!!!

  15. Watches are just the one accessory I cannot indulge in they don’t interest me, and I agree my phone does exactly the same job.

  16. Kristal Ball

    boo hoo. My husband got a Tag Heuer for graduation and someone broke into our apt. and stole it! We were dirt poor at the time and it was the ONLY thing of value in the place.

  17. We’re on the opposite end of the spectrum on this one Bryanboy.. I love watches.. I only have one and that’s all I need.. a simple Guess watch
    I’ve never liked bracelets, diamonds, gold necklaces, rings.
    Watches are the best accessories for Guys

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