...and you are sure not the first to post this frustration.
I have no answer, but consider one thing. The brand is about money. If you managed a boutique, who would you sell the best watches to? You would take care of your best customers, right? Now enters the mystery of the list. This list is truly a mystery, but imagine again you are that boutique manager. You have 300 people on a "list". Who are you going to sell to? No one will see the list. No one really knows where they are on the list?
I have experienced the mystery of the list personally for good and bad. I know people that were put on a list within minutes of me that have gotten a special piece that I did not get.
I try not to think about this much, as I also try not to think about the SciFi movies I watch or the fact that we may be hit by a meteor any minute.
Anyway, for me, this is the answer...
I will continue to enjoy the watches I have and this forum. I will occasionally put my name on a list. As with my lottery playing I will not expect anything, because when you expect, you will surely be disappointed.
Now I'll reveal the real secret...
Buy lots of watches or know the right people.