5170G looks too close to my Daytona
J/K! It's amazing.
The thing that pushes that watch out for me is the hour hand. It makes the hour and minute hands look like 1/2 a pair of scissors.
+1 to this.
For example, I admire JLC's recently introduced perp cal in steel. Great price range. But the dial, subdials, and moonphase aren't anywhere near as well executed as Patek's IMHO. Patek does a fantastic job cramming in a ton of complications into an aesthetically pleasing package that (in NewC's words) really draws you in and comes across as lovely versus... too busy.
Would you guys mind sharing some pics?
If you look a few pages back you will see there was a recent discussion about the Milgauss, and several people here seemed to like it a lot.
Belli really raises the bar to new levels when it comes to analyzing the dials on watches!
One of the most important things about a watch is its dial, as we look at it several times a day. Yet its often one of the most overlooked aspects of a watch. Something as simple as going from Arabics to Romans or vice versa can have a dramatic affect on a watch. Years ago there were 2 similar Pateks the 5015 and the 5054 (its successor). Whether one likes the size, bezel, or officers case is a separate matter. To me the dial on the 5015 was far more elegant and whimsical using much more stylized numbers, while the Romans on the 5054 looked a bit stodgy and you lost all of the hour marker numbers on the bottom half of the dial.
I don't agree with everything Patek does with its designs or dials, but they generally get it right with many of their perpetual calendars and perpetual calendar chronos. I'm not sure I'd say Lange doesn't not create pieces that are as refined, unless maybe you are solely referencing their own perpetual calendars. As for the quality of their workmanship, its top notch, and some would say exceeding that of Patek. However, if its solely, about dial design, I agree that some of theirs are just off, at least in my eyes. I don't love their perpetual calendar watches, and many have heard me rant about not loving the original Datographs which had a dial containing Romans, Arabics, and sticks. Lange makes great watches, but some of their dials are hit or miss IMHO.
Does it have to be new or could it be pre-owned. I'd probably consider some of their perpetual calendars if going pre-owned. I've tried the 5170 on and overall its a very nice watch, but I can't say I walked away loving it. Not sure why.
To me the curvaceous applied Arabic numbers seemed a bit too dressy/fussy for a chronograph, and the case seemed a bit too dainty (especially compared to previous chronos Patek has produced). I may have preferred the case if it were used for a time only dress watch. However, overall its lovely watch, and if it makes you smile go for it.