I must admit I am a teensy bit disappointed in the boxes, if only because delivery was touted to be in "new and exclusive Black Forest wood cases", which kinda got my expectations up. I was expecting a beautiful polished solid wood box that I could pass on to my son with the watch when time came. Still, as you say, it's a box, and certainly not a deal-breaker.
Truth be told, MDF (medium density fibreboard) is very strong and suitable for a stable shipping vehicle. It is easy to work when building the box & the solid wood reinforcing at the edges provides for good joint construction & adequate shock absorption protection against transport mishap. The felt composite for inside box protection is, Im sure, also a wise choice for the served purpose. AND...."Black Forest wood cases" has a certain charm to it, where "MDF shipping container" doesn't quite slip off the tongue the same way.
I would agree with the comments about the mismatched hands if this was the only example of it, but as this thread alone has shown there are plenty of watches historically and from other manufacturers that offer different colours. Where is the horological guidebook that says hands and numerals should match? Some of the comments imply that a rule has been broken, but some very old models show the same disparity. Ultimately it isn't an argument about whether it is right or wrong but rather whether you like it or not. If you don't like it then you are lucky as you can buy a standard flieger at any time with the common lume. Personally being face to face with it, I love it, it has a far more vintage feel than the standard flieger, without going down that horrid 'pretend' antique finish that some brands offer.
As for the box, I would hate a large polished piece of walnut, gratuitous nonsense, the new box is perfect for purpose (that is to protect the watch in transport) I don't wear the box so it is largely irrelevant to me. I only wish it was smaller because I have to store the thing.
Commanche I will look at the lume tonight, I couldn't compare last night because the new one had been in a dark box for a week. I have also swapped the new watch to my old strap which looks fantastic, the old lume watch looks good with a well-worn strap
^ I agree flappylove regarding the box, as well as the fact that no rules have been broken, it's just a question of whether you like the mismatched lume. I also agree that there are historical examples of watches with mismatched lume, though it's hard to know what they looked like originally. The reason I'm not sold on the mismatch, despite liking the watch very much overall, is that the colors are close but not quite the same. A perfect match works, as do colors that are complementary but different, but when colors are close but slightly different it's natural to wonder whether this was intentional or accidental. Would be great to hear from Jorg on this. Regardless, I like the LE and plan to keep it
Intentional or not, you are quite right, only Jorg really knows. But having spent a day with the watch now I am loving it, the warm vintage feel sits very well with a 'classic' watch style. The standard lume has begun to look so stark and modern in comparison
^ well, I am slightly colorblind flappylove, so you may have a point Glad you're enjoying your Flieger LE -- same here.
Commanche, it is now dark enough to check the comparative lumes. There is very little difference, the standard lume is maybe slightly brighter, but not to any extent where you feel there is less clarity or readability. The lovely thing about the limited edition lume is that it is applied to each minute mark, whereas the standard lume is only on every 5th marker. ...really enjoying this watch
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