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It is presented really nicely in a velvety round casing
on January 6, 2015
I got this for my boyfriend as a present after lots of browsing and research. He likes to sail so I wanted to get something he could use. After the unboxing I knew I made the right choice.
It is presented really nicely in a velvety round casing, with lots of plastic protection on the casing and the watch parts.
The size is great-- not too big, but big enough to be eye-catching. It doesn't overpower his wrist or look bulky. I was surprised at the weight-- it is heavier than I thought it would be. It's not unwieldy. It's just what I'd call a "dignified weight," given the functionality and quality of materials it makes sense.
The finishes are absolutely beautiful. I'm new to men's high-end watches, and was amazed what a step up in quality this is. The stainless steel is flawless. It reflects every little bit of light, which highlight the different finishes on the watch. The stainless steel is a bright, white starry color that provides beautiful contrast on a sailor's tanned wrist. The crystal isn't overly reflective, it's pretty but understated so it's easier to see the watch face. From the picture it might be hard to tell, but the outer ring (bezel), which can be used for the compass function, is a dark blue. I like it but it's hard to get a feel for the finishes in the pics, I recommend this vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtmwfhjTSHk Overall the look of the watch is, in my opinion, just right. It's complex enough to be intriguing, simple enough not to give you a headache looking at it, and it has just a splash of nautical theme. It's versatile enough for either everyday use or going to a nice restaurant.
I like that this watch is solar-powered. For my bf who likes the idea of self sufficiency and being powered by the wind and nothing more, it seemed like a good choice. It also has a built-in compass and a race timer. Plus being able to set it to any time zone with a button push is pretty cool.
The only problem is that the print inside-- the port, tack, windward lag, etc. is pretty small! I have 20/20 and can see it, but sadly he cannot. To be fair he probably needs glasses. He plans to memorize the print, which shouldn't be hard since it is intuitive anyway and there's not that much of it, and go from there. He did say that the placement was opposite of what he was expecting, i.e. it seems to be reflected. We're going to look into that more.
Overall, this is a gorgeous watch that feels both high-end and understated. (Would it be ridiculous to compare this to Audi's philosophy?) He loves it!