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04-15-2012, 09:11 AM #11
I do agree that for real sports watches, there is some validity to go bigger. See how Rolex made the Sea Dweller and it took them a very long time to upsize their watches.
Its the other watches that do not fall within the realm of being sports watches that are big for almost no other reason but to be opulent and being a piece of jewellery to enhance one's look rather than being a tool to tell the time.
I do agree 36mm and even 38mm may never return to the standard but I am also of the view its not just the absolute measurement. There is also the element of the size of the bezel and dial. A 40mm thin bezel thin watch like a Portuguese Jubilee will always look bigger on the wrist than a 40mm Panerai Marina. Its the proportions. So if watches keep growing to 46mm, the height of the watch needs to be correspondingly raised and the bezel enlarged to prevent it from looking too large.
Fans of brands need to be aware of such design issues. But if you are right that regardless of all these, if fashion prevails and we may have to wear our pants in a horrible level, then such pants will be made. But as consumers, we do not have to become slaves to fashion - which are in turn dictated by the brands themselves.
04-15-2012, 09:46 AM #12
Another very good point. Proportions, dial size, bezel size, lug size etc. all greatly affect the look and feel of the watch. As most of my research and appreciation is done via digital images and print media, It took me quite some time to be able to look at all these elements and discern how they would translate on a wrist.
I agree, one should not forgoe taste and practicality simply because the major labels are trying to impose their current opinion on what is and or should be fashionable at that particular moment in time.
04-15-2012, 03:00 PM #13
After vising your site, I would like a Tandoori Burger. Great stuff there.Don't argue with idiots...they will just bring you down to their level then beat you with experience!
04-17-2012, 04:31 AM #14
04-17-2012, 04:37 AM #15
Here are a few more of the IWC 5454. Took time to process some of the remaining images that I had thought were not good enough earlier -but now realised that they are worth sharing.
Here is one shot of the current 5454 (44mm) next to a Portuguiser Automatic (36mm) belonging to a IWC collector who joined me for the photoshoot. An illustration how far taste has moved on.
04-17-2012, 05:10 AM #16
Even your cast-offs are better than mosts best photos. Excellent and thanks for posting.
04-17-2012, 08:24 AM #17