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    Rant : wtf Cartier prices?!

    Mainly because my wife reckons the Tank Francaise is the one and only watch she wants, I am keeping my eye on them.

    Fair enough.. Iconic, timeless, stylish.

    I may be able to rationalise their price for an automatic based on arguments such as
    * it is tiny and
    * difficult to engineer and
    * high quality movement with great accuracy

    ... Even though the thing has been around for nearly a century, so surely the costs have been recovered, and economies of scale have kicked in by now!


    But why the heck are they 2000 for a stainless steel quartz? To add insult to injury, the bigger the case (I.e. easier to get a movement to fit in it), the higher the price!

    Sorry, had to come out.

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    Movement costs are incidental when you talk watches like Cartier. You pay for the bling and the history. You'll get a pretty good quartz movement though. Cartier knows their watches.
    Another example of the theory that watches today are more jewelry than time machines.


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    Quote Originally Posted by T1ck View Post
    Mainly because my wife reckons the Tank Francaise is the one and only watch she wants, I am keeping my eye on them.

    Fair enough.. Iconic, timeless, stylish.

    I may be able to rationalise their price for an automatic based on arguments such as
    * it is tiny and
    * difficult to engineer and
    * high quality movement with great accuracy

    ... Even though the thing has been around for nearly a century, so surely the costs have been recovered, and economies of scale have kicked in by now!


    But why the heck are they 2000 for a stainless steel quartz? To add insult to injury, the bigger the case (I.e. easier to get a movement to fit in it), the higher the price!

    Sorry, had to come out.
    Moderate supply meets infinite demand. At least, en passant, a decent watch is built

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    Market Supply and Demand Economics 101.

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