At the current moment, I'm considering this purchase for a loved one. I was smitten by the dress-appropriate size (and price). But one or two things threw me off it.
i popped by the boutique to have a look at the RG version. For a variety of personal reasons, the watch didn't have that jazz factor i anticipated after poring through various forums discussing it. But whatever, maybe I owe it to the restraint in German design philosophy.
The second thing that made me think harder about this purchase, was a comment made by a Hodinkee reader on the Saxonia Thin, in response to another reader's opinion. I quote in verbatim:
"I'm sorry, but I saw the Saxonia this week, and it is absolutely NOT a $15k watch. That price is absurd for a dull, quarter-plate watch with decent -- but nothing more -- movement finishing and flat-out terrible case finishing. That watch was completely unimpressive in person. I'm a big ALS fan, but they need to be called out when they're resting on their laurels, and that watch is overrated and overpriced garbage."
Im trying to see past the strong language, and I'm still wondering why the disparaging comment was made considering that the watch is held in such high esteem (quality and price-wise) by both aficionados or watch-geeks. It's been mentioned time and again by Hodinkee as one of the best haute buys in recent time but nothing negative otherwise, except for the lack of a more contemporary free-spring balance which can be argued on the grounds of traditionalism.
In a similar vein, someone else on Hodinkee commented on a particular Patek model:
"The 5327, what happens when you upsize a perfect 36mm watch (3940), but can't be bothered updating the 30 year old movement, so you just fill in the dial space with Breguet numerals.
Lazy, cynical design, basically the perfect example of today's Patek Philippe."
i cant help but think something fundamentally similar is going with the Lange Saxonia. I know these are just merely opinions and there will always be a few haters.
But am I really missing something here? Obviously we can't be comparing this watch with the more complicated models but Is this opinion justified even in the slightest? I'm no expert but I'd like to hear some thoughts on those of us here who are in the know.
Thanks in advance guys.