Fear not - it is just the photo, or rather the photographer !
Did I mention the reflections ?
The dial is a thing of lustrous beauty, and luxurious colour.
As stated on the website;
"A convex sapphire glass [did I mention the reflections] protects the intricately embossed dial. The date feature is the result of some extra effort: apart from the 8-fold embossing, another combination of embossing and punching is necessary to create the date display."
Here are a couple more shots, with a 100% crop, which I hope you can see the 'raised' numerals.
These shots also give an idea of the thickness of the watch [not slim, but then again with a Valjoux 7753 movement it was never going to be].
There is a perfectly good side on photo on the Stowa website.
I'd like to reassure viewers that it fits perfectly on my wrist despite the wrist shot suggesting otherwise - simply a combination of a poorly adjusted strap with wrist contortions attempting to get a reflection free pic - did I mention the reflections ?
I'm in love with this watch.
The regulation seems to be absolutely bang on too .