- Apr 26, 2008
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Czapek just dropped a green dial Antarctique LE similar to their Abyss.
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Agreed about the perpetual calendar. Love that triple register and hate the case size.New perp cal, new movement - but the size . Still, think the triple register is pretty darn cool and happy Patek has introduced a new movement. Just wish it was 38-39mm:View attachment 1591658
New Calatrava hobnail, new movement - pretty darn nice and my favorite of the new references (particularly G) but I wonder if sector dial and RR track is too much? I’ll reserve judgment for later, but I think this is a great contemporary take on the traditional hobnail dial, which can look very staid:
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Then an AC in a Calatrava case in steel on a bracelet. This one looks off to me:
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The Octo Finissimo is a great watch. I would consider adding one to my collection at some point. I love the case shape. It wears larger than it's dimensions suggest, but that is common with non-round watches. I've tried it on the titanium version and a skeleton version. My only criticism is the bracelet. I don't like how the bracelet feels, I don't love it's looks, or that it uses I believe push pins to size it. So if I bought it, I'd probably take the bracelet off. Actually I like how it looks better on a strap anyway. I think the lug design is much more interesting and is displayed better when it is on a strap. You definitely need to try it on to decide if it is the right watch for you.So, if you dig really deep into this thread, you would find that I have always been a big fan of the Patek 5711 and AP 15202 - and those two were always my reasonable-ish grail watches. Well, I have since given up on both of them, and am aiming for something else - which is outside of the luxury SS sports watch category.
That said, I'd like to fill that gap one day, and think that the Bulgari Octo Finissimo is pretty damn amazing and a great candidate. Unique design, looks to be solid quality, horologically interesting, and all for the price of $12k retail (looks like you can get for 15-20% less). I am kind of shocked these have not become more popular, particularly given the trajectory of the luxury SS sports watch category. In my view, it really makes you question the "value proposition" of some other options out there.
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