Never forget that Frilly has to have his watches in pairs - because part of his justification is that they are an investment for his two daughters to inherit! So I never doubted for a moment that he would have to complete the DSSD with the SD4000, of course having bought the ND and green Subs, and already had the Daytona and the Explorer. All twosies, see?!
I love that cordovan strap. Considering the "worn look" strap on the Black Bay is such a part of its style, changing it out straight off was pretty bold - and successful. Beautiful.
My goodness, I do not think that there is any three-hander that is more spectacular than a Ferrier.
Galet micro rotor...drool...yes, I'd love to see the LF product in person.
But I can't agree on the Montblanc, and not just because of the name. To be fair, the movement looks interesting and the case is interesting, but there are three things bothering me immediately: first is the proportions on the dial - sure, it's supposed to be unusual, but all that space top and bottom makes the writing feel like it's inserted as padding. And once you see those subdials as eyeballs, it develops an imbecilic smile that is impossible to un-see.
Second is how clumsy and heavy all the print seems to be: I get that there's a bit of a retro pocket watch/ clock face thing going on, but all those heavy black lines make it look cheap. Worse, those red numbers at the four points are a great idea when they're an almost imperceptible additional of colour to warm up a monotone dial. But here, they're just big red numbers. Below, an example of a large gold watch with an unusual dial layout working more subtly:
Or a cheaper example - also copied in another Montblanc model, but less well:
And here's what I mean about the red numbers: this watch would be a little cold in platinum, with just simple black markings on a white dial. But the addition of a subtle blued second hand and those red numbers at each compass point you would hardly notice - only that the dial seems to be warmer somehow. This is called design subtlety - Montblanc, take note!
And thirdly: it seems to me that what Montblanc are lacking is a house style. I was just looking at their website, and they have dozens of models already. But they resemble cheap knock-offs of everything from Lange to Omega to Chronoswiss - not to mention of course their ill-balanced Patek-a-like calendars. It's a pity, because whatever their status or not in TWATland, they are a strong brand with a clear and simple design identity, and have the resources to design and promote a distinctive style ethic of their own. Maybe it will be empty space on the dial, heavy lines, and writing in fonts that will probably annoy @Belligero, and if it is then so be it - at least it will be theirs. But for now I just see a mish-mash of ideas, based hurriedly on not just somebody else's, but everybody else's.