Originally Posted by Eustace Tilley
^ Interesting. Agree with you on the Panny's and the Sax ultra-thin, but I like the JLC Navy Seals and dislike the Gruebel Forsey. Dislike the whole GF collection really. Same w/ Urwerk. Haven't focused on Cartier, but will check it out.
Thoughts on the Zeitwerk Striking Time? Not a fan - ridiculous case size, and would rather buy a regular Zeitwerk.
GF invention piece 3 in platinum is my ultimate grail tourbillon watch, if I had the cash to burn. I love the overall execution of the time display, especially the interlaid hour and minute markers along with the beautiful engraving. I wished they'd make one without the tourbillon.
You can probably tell that I am not a fan of haute complications like tourbillons and minute repeaters. I can appreciate them though. But ultimately, my interest is highly focused on time only pieces. There is a purity about that and I get excited when a watch maker attempts to change the way we read or interpret time. Hence you will see a rather consistent theme in what gets me excited. I find tourbillons and minute repeaters to be redundant functions. The most functional complication for me would be the GMT.
That will probably answer your next question on the Zeitwerk striking time. I like the digital display concept. This was a rage a few years ago but I think Lange's execution was great. I had little interest in the striking time based on my comments above. However, its an interesting evolution of the Zeitwerk. I do like the way Lange has found a harmonious way to display the striking hammers. Agree on the case size. IMHO, Lange should never have broken the 39mm barrier.
Originally Posted by gdl203
I agree on the PAM line-up. I almost regained hope in the brand. First good year IMO since they introduced the 1st in-house movement and started heading down the toilet. Not a fan of ceramic Radiomirs but everything else is pretty impressive in a retro kind of way.
So have I. For me, the 372 represents the quintessential modern day Panerai - classic 1940's vintage design supported by an in-house movement. I love the Lumiradio hybrid 47mm case and have no issues with the Plexi. I also loved the fact its not a domed crystal like the 127. There was just too much distortion. This was the piece I was hoping for since Panerai announced the move towards in-house movements.
As for the ceramics, they are a PVD-like maintenance time bomb about to happen. Just remember not to spill any alcohol on them