I just love 1911's and would like to have the top of its kind with out going to a safe baby in gold or silver plating.
Whether it's a safe queen or not is totally up to you. Wilson doesn't do gold and silver plating - so you wouldn't have to worry about that. I have a Wilson Supergrade and it gets shot more than any other pistol I own.
The problem with Wilson right now is the demand for their pistols is so great they are backed up 12-24 months on deliveries. When I ordered my Supergrade, the wait time was 8 months. The gun has been worth every penny I paid for it in performance and handling.
The two pistols I own that are suprisingly close in performance and fitting are the Wilson CQB Elite and the Dan Wesson Valor. However, the CQB has a number of features that the Dan Wesson does not have, and if you paid for the gun smithing required to make the Valor have the same features as the CQB - the cost would be nearly equal.
How much of the cost is for a "name"? That's sort of a specious argument. What's the cost for the Colt name, Kimber name, Springfield Armory name, etc.? If you're buying a gun from a known manufacturer - you can always make the argument you're paying some cost for the name.
If the argument is that you're paying a larger percentage for the Wilson name than another manufacturer's name - that total speculation as the only people that know the true markup over materials, production costs, etc. are the manufacturers themselves. Maybe Colt would be well advised to reduce the markup on their name and include metal mainspring housings instead of plastic? Speaking of manufacturers who appear to value their name at the expense of the actual product....