It sounds like the specialized saddles are finally coming into their own. When I used to work in shops they were heavy and ugly (bad combo's). Specialized only gives good pricing to those dealers that hawk all their crap. I always resented having to fill our shelves with a bunch of specialized branded crap and then not have room for accessories and clothing from companies that "specialize" in what they do.
I rode Selle italia flite saddles with Ti rails for the better part of two decades. Then they stopped making them. Cromag saddles hurt. Wtb were ok. My resentment towards specialized never subsided to the point where I could give them a go.
Recently they reissued the flite (now called the 1990 - God am I that old? Yes). I have three of them and an sdg falcon that is a surprisingly great fit.
Sharp edges on a saddle are lame.
Not sure what to say about wanting to ditch a chamois so much. $300 bibs are a dream though. If you haven't tried them, don't go bashing chamois shorts. I will agree with you that <$100 chamois suck. But if you haven't tried an expensive Bib short, you haven't lived!!!!