I get you - the 6.00 date seems to be a bit of a German thing; same on the Nomos. But I just don't like simple dates in general - not particularly useful as they need resetting every few weeks, and they tend to unbalance a design quite frequently I think. The 6.00 date deals with the second issue to a point, but it's not for me. The discussion on ROs above reminded me of one of the reasons I like the RO chrono so much: it doesn't have the 3.00 date that the three hand models have, and shoves it down instead to 4.30 - a quirk I quite like, if there has to be a date at all.
A date at 6 really annoys me. My wife's automatic Cartier Tank Francaise has it there, as does my Pasha 950 Chronograph. I might be a bit better on a time only watch, but I'm not really a fan of when it cuts into a subdial (which often happens with watches based on the 1185 F.Piguet which happens on some Breguets, Cartiers, and BPs). Although AP and VC moved it to 4:30 and 12 respectively on their RO and Overseas Chronographs which use the 1185. I like the date at 4/4:30, its less disturbing to the dials symmetry if done correctly.
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That is absolutely absurd. Very beautiful watch though.
Hodinkee did an interesting article today:
Here is a picture for reference:
What do y'all think? Personally, I think I prefer the design of the second one, cut-off numerals aside. I cannot help but notice the homogenization of watches owned by Richemont in this price range. Maybe it is just me, but I feel like some of the Richemont brands are taking their tried and true designs, and substantially modernizing them. Making them bigger, thicker, etc.
For example, this new Cartier that we talked about a few days ago.
Maybe it is just my eyes, but I see a trend towards making everything look more similar.
I also think the new price for the IWC Chrono is absurd. $13,000 is a dangerous price category to play with. A Daytona is less expensive, and I would prefer that.
+1 on the Daytona.
As for the homogenization of Richemont brand watches, the public speaks through sales and if the public is still clamoring for really big thick watches, companies will modify classic designs to increase sales. Most companies have beefied up case sizes, if one considers Rolex super cases, Patek bumping Calatravas from what was once their large size at 34-35mm to 37mm+, Cartier increase the size of the manual wind Tanks, and AP increase the size of ROs. No one wants to give up sales to the competition. If the public tires of extra large thick watches, the companies will trim down case sizes again.
Yes a new model its the Tank MC.