So I was fortunate enough to check out a SpidoSpeed and the new SpidoLite II at a AD and I'm curious on why there is only one model in the Spidospeed that is in Ti?
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought the whole philosophy behind the "Spido" line with the skeletonized casing and dial was to save weight? Doesn't make sense to me that the only SpidoSpeed with a Ti case is the one that's offset with the "heavier" gold pieces.
Further more, all the SpidoLite II cases are Ti, so it can't be an issue with working with Ti?
Does anyone have any insight into why not more of the SpidoSpeed range is in Ti?
So some impressions of the two watches -
SpidoSpeed Chrono in DLC Steel - Very nice piece, the DLC is much darker than I expected and the white dials actually work super well with this watch. My only gripe (you guessed it) is weight. The thing is hefty in weight and would greatly benefit on a diet of Titanium. I'm hoping that the next run of these may include more Ti options so I'm holding out on this. Finally on this piece (and I'm sure this might have been discussed to death on some other thread) - I really wish they did a better job with the pushers. The round buttons just look awkward as opposed to extending the trapezoidal push pieces out. I had a long discussion about this with the AD and he didn't really know the reason either for the design change.
SpidoLite II in DLC Ti - I was pretty much ready to pull the trigger on this from the pictures I saw floating around. However, when I got to the store - they had the DLC version of the SpidoLite II, I was disappointed with date display implementation. I think some others have mentioned that the contrast may be better with the regular Ti version, but on the DLC version (only one the AD had in stock), it was almost impossible for me to see the date. The cut-out just seems to be too small on the disc and the contrast just isn't there. I have pretty good vision too (20/10) and unless I was directly underneath the store spotlights and I had the watch less than a foot away from me, could I barely make out the date. Finally, it seems to me that the hands are a little short on the SpidoLite II compared with the SpidoSpeed. Has anyone else noticed this or is it me just being too picky?
So where does this leave me on LW? - I really love the brand and the pieces - wish the new pieces were a little more "thought" out. I am assuming the current combos leave them room for improvement and variations (maybe later on this year at Basel?) I hope they do improve them because I think the new Spido cases are really nice and I would love to try and find one with the right combination. Some folks had suggested a custom build option - that would be amazing if you could do something like what Vacheron allows with it's Quai de l'ile case build system. It's not instant gratification from the AD, but you could get exactly what you want.
Food for thought...