I am also getting some new cookware after using my parents' 20 year old pots and pans my whole life.
After a lot of googling around and research, I found it came down to two "top" brands: All-clad and Demeyere.
I am going with the Demeyere Atlantis line. By all accounts, there are appreciable improvements over All-clad. One of the most notable is the lack of rivets inside the pots themselves. This makes cleaning easier and seems more sanitary to me. Also, to me, All-clad handles are uncomfortable. Demeyere are very heavy and feature a real copper disk. They have a "pouring edge." They are dishwasher safe.