Picked up my Stowa Partito after the usual few months of wait (as can be seen from my recent photo in the Stowa forum) Today however, I thought I would post a review of not just the watch but the overall experience with buying from Stowa as this is now my second Stowa watch.
My first Stowa was the Antea KS which I picked up last autumn and was pretty impressed with. I always had an eye for the Partitio however and loved some of the posted photos around the internet of this watch and just knew I would pick it up one day.
I placed an order early in the year with an expected delivery date of June (My birthday being in June I thought I would treat myself) As usual there is the wait of a few months which personally I don't mind at all as it gives me a bit of time to put some money aside for the watch and arrange other things. The thing I do like about Stowa is they are very professional in how they deal with you and if you do have a question during the waiting period within business hours you always get a response.
My watch was actually ready a few weeks before the expected date which caught me a bit off guard as I had arranged other things. I contacted Stowa and asked them if they could hold it for a couple of weeks which they did. Again, calm reasonable and professional I just love dealing with Stowa!
Probably the only "Negative" I could possibly say would be I didn't realise it was sent until I got a FedEx e-mail (Now I am being really petty here!) It took about 2 days to arrive in the UK. One other thing I should mention that's a bit different from when I got my Antea KS last year is now when you get your e-mail that your Stowa is ready you pay your money and wait a couple of weeks for dispatch. In the past you paid your money and the watch was sent, no big deal for me but just something to mention.
Anyway the watch arrived in a huge FedEx box and inside the usual Stowa box which personally I love and still have my Antea KS box. From what I understand its based on the old Stowa pocket watch boxes and I love the retro look of it.
My first impressions of the watch were very good indeed, in fact I must confess I have took a bit of a preference to this over the Antea KS. The watch is 37mm but the 10mm case means its bigger than the KS and feels heavier than it too. The round simple case is lovely and I do like the black strap which even though I am sure is the same as the brown one on the KS it feels nicer than it too. I may get a croc strap for the KS in the future (I had intended to wear the original strap on it until it needed a service then send it back to Stowa to change for a croc strap)
Some people have suggested the Partitio is a bit of a military watch. Presumably because of the black dial and lume on hands and numerals. I personally don't see it and too me looks every bit a nice gentleman's watch for daily use. The lume is very powerful though I have not tested it for any period of time nor in any extreme conditions. The best watches I have come across for lume have been my old Pulsar G10, a couple of Seiko's and one of Eddies Precista watches (18Q)
The fact the second hand is long is also nice. I hate those stubby seconds hands in the centre I almost wish they hadn't bothered you need a seconds hand that goes to the case edge it just makes it more accurate.
I chose the automatic option though I know hand wind is available. I didn't go for this as the dial has "automatic" on it so I thought having a hand wind movement inside would make it a bit daft. In spite of worry about smudges on the dial I chose black over white as I didn't like the "vintage" look of the lume on the white. Had they chosen normal colouring I may have changed my mind. Also the black one is in the Stowa museum so this looks more faithful to the original. I prefer that there is no date on the watch, it makes it more of a casual watch and I do think these days, a date is a bit redundant on a watch and is just another thing to potentially go wrong.
All in all I have been very impressed with this watch. I was planning on wearing it today to a family photo shoot with my son but my wife insisted on the Antea KS. The watch goes very well with a nice casual jacket or shirt or even a suit. Aside from following orders I chose the Antea today over the Partito because I was wearing a blue tie and a summer jacket and the silver dial and flame blue hands looked a better combination!
Don't be put off by the supposed small size of the watch, I am 6ft 2 and it certainly does not appear small on my wrist.
Just one photo for now (Because of the larger polished case its a nightmare to photograph!) I will try and take a few more later.