Yes the Santabbondio is one places we were looking to try given its affliation with Relais & Chateaux ... but one Michelin star, wow, pretty impressive rating system.
Villa Principe Leopoldo was also one of the places we were looking to stay at, but opted for the Splendid Royale due to location. But if you recommend the restaurant, we will give it a try. That and you and Lord Arran both recommended the Al Portone.
As for watch buying, that is all a matter of negotiation with the wife. When I get a watch, she gets earrings, tennis bracelet or something ... so a watch is unfortunately twice as expensive as the list price
Thanks for the well wishes. I'll be sure to take photos.