When you see a glass half full, do you...I'm underwhelmed. My AD was holding a watch for me, and I called him yesterday to tell him to offer the watch to someone else.
High level my opinions are quite negative:
-1) The watch just doesn't feel very inspired. I was hoping for something bold and daring like the Lange 1 and Zeitwerk, something with potential to become a Lange icon. I would have liked to see an imaginative case shape with a unique bracelet that mirrors the design language of the case. Instead we got a variation of a Saxonia Automatic with a ho-hum bracelet (reminded me of the Raymond Weil Tango I got at my Bar Mitzfah).
-2) Too dressy to be a sport watch, but the pseudo-integrated bracelet make it too sporty to be a dress watch.
-3) I don't like the bracelet. The longer I look at it, the less I like it. In fact, I'm quite certain if I bought this watch I'd put it on a chestnut brown or navy calfskin strap with white contrast stitching. But I'd sooner buy a black-dial Saxonia Big Date and put it on a black Nato than buy this watch. (Side note, I actually think the latter would look pretty decent).
There are a few thinks I like:
+1) It does look like a Lange. It fits well within the lineup of the brand. I just would have liked it to push the boundaries much much more.
+2) I bet expect the chamfered edged of the bracelet look great. And I like the contrast of brushed and polished details of the pushers.
+3) The symmetry of the dial is kind of nice. Though the big day of week does seem to be "screaming at you" as one other poster said
I considered just buying the watch and hoping it would "grow on me" and speculating that it would be cool to own one of the earliest case numbers of a future icon. Maybe if this first run would have been a limited edition, I'd have bought one for that reason. But then I realized, there are plenty of other watches that I want passionately, and rarely do watches grow on me. Sure, I have watches that I've come to appreciate more and more after years of wear, but I always "had to have it" from the start. And secondly, I just don't see this becoming any sort of icon. It's just not interesting enough.
I don't see this watch doing especially well. It's not really clear to me who it appeals to. I guess people who want a finely finished "luxury sport" watch but want something less flashy than a AP, can't get/afford a Nautulus, and don't like the Overseas. While the Lange finishing is better, the Overseas definitely has more personality and is better priced. That'a a small niche. I don't see this watch performing well on the secondary market.
In all seriousness though, the claim that they were holding the watch for you is unlikely. The first hundred have already been spoken for and that’s all that’s being released over the next ten months. Nice try though ;)
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