I don't think I'll ever be in a position to afford a Patek Philippe watch. Spending $50,000 on something that doesn't come with anti-lock brakes and dual side airbags is not in the cards for me. However, Breitling has been knocking it out of the park lately with vintage-inspired watches that are a bit more affordable.
Logan Baker for Hodinkee:
Breitling provided Concepto with a series of guidelines and attributes that they wanted the B25 caliber to meet, including an improved calendar drive mechanism for enhanced accuracy and reliability, increased points of lubrication, and various cosmetic updates including detailed finishes and a never-before-used design of the oscillating weight.
At $12,950 for the stainless steel model and $25,650 for the red gold, these are still way out of my price range, but they're a lot closer than similar offerings from prestige brands like Patek and Vacheron Constantin.
And hey--it doesn't cost anything to dream.