It's not only the gloating about the "pricing power of image" that turns me off, but it's also the results of this contempt for customers. I just plain don't trust IWC.
Case in point:
original photo: tonny b on iwc.com/forum
This is the inside of a watch that costs five figures.
The apologists say "big deal, it's a closed back", but display backs are a relatively new thing (and a silly one in most applications) and it's a bit of an insult to the tradition of watchmaking. A decent watch should have something better than a cheaply bead-blast-finished movement. The principle is the same as the Panerai 318, which was another limited edition with corners cut.
Maybe it's a Richemont thing, just like the triple date window (thanks for pointing that out, Dino!).
This is fascinating to me as I am admittedly very naïve and green re: watches. Could someone please show me a pic of the movement of an "exceptional" five figure watch? I would like to see the difference and if anyone could briefly explain the nuances (or point me to link or other source material).
I don't want to derail the thread.