This week, Fratello On Air returns to its normally scheduled slot with a look at some Haute Horlogerie that can be bought at a fair price. To be clear, we’re focusing more on high-end complications that usually cost an arm and a leg. This is the second half of an episode we recorded a week ago, and we hope you enjoy it!

Big-time complications often come with nasty price tags. However, we’ve identified some examples of Haute Horlogerie that may not break the bank. Come with us while we run through some specific references. Enjoy the show!

Opening thoughts

We covered the Handgelenkskontrolle in our last episode, so we jump into the topic of affordable Haute Horlogerie. We do mention the crocheted watch rolls now in the Fratello Shop as Mike’s mother-in-law created them. This inspires small talk about grandmothers and their focus on food and handicrafts. Also, just to be clear, Mike ends the show with a public service announcement: everyone who owns a car should own a battery booster!

Haute Horlogerie on a budget TAG Heuer tourbillon

Haute Horlogerie on a budget

New-watch prices may be escalating beyond control, but there are great deals on the used market. Specifically, when we discuss Haute Horlogerie, we have found some epic watches that bring incredible complications or features for less than the price of a steel Submariner. Some of the watches we discuss are:

  • IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar ref. 3750
  • TAG Heuer 02T Tourbillon
  • Omega Speedmaster Rattrapante ref. 3540.50
  • IWC Portuguese Minute Repeater ref. 524202 (this one isn’t inexpensive, but it is compared to other minute repeaters!)
  • Atelier Wen Perception, with its handmade guilloché dial
  • Horage Lensman 1 Tourbillon
  • Oris Depth Gauge, which brought back a depth meter similar to the vintage Nivada Depthomatic

We hope you enjoyed today’s eclectic mix of watches. Feel free to add your suggestions in the comments section. If you have future show ideas, please let us know. Thanks for listening!

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