So people that really know me also know that one of the few things I like as much as handbuilt bicycles are fine watches; not commodity watches like your typical Rolex or Omega (although I wouldn’t turn down either one of them), but craftsman watches like the Philippe DuFour Simplicity … not that I expect I’ll ever be able to afford one; in 2002, the delivery price of a Simplicity was 42,000 Swiss Francs (approx. $28,400 at the then-current exchange rate). You can count on the fact that the current price in Swiss Francs is even higher, and the exchange rate is currently about par (1:1).
Thankfully, there is another option, a bit closer to home … yet, in my current economic situation, still out of reach … for now. Roland G. Murphy’s RGM Watch Company has been handcrafting watches in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area for almost 20 years, and has been the primary sponsor of the RGM Watches-Richard Sachs Cyclocross Team for the past 6 seasons. A year or so ago, RGM introduced their limited “Richard Sachs” edition North Pointer Model N.254-S, which at a mere $3,500.00 is not completely out of sight.
Richie posted the following video from RGM Watches on his Facebook page today … so of course, I now have a line of drool rolling down my chin and dripping on the floor.
A Philippe Dufour Simplicity is a dream … but one day, I will own an RGM watch; perhaps not the limited edition Richard Sachs model … but an RGM nonetheless.