I like that the dials look a bit three dimensional. The chapter ring is applied, as are the hour indicators - where there is lume, in addition to it being on the hands. I feel that for a sport watch, the hands could have stood out just a tiny bit more, but overall the pieces are a good mix between style and legibility. The dials feel like they have just enough going on, without going overboard. Styling overall is fun, youthful, yet tasteful. While you don't get the impression that the watches have a low-rent look, these aren't luxury timepieces either. Best as casual sport watches that can take some abuse.
Let's go back to Spring Drive, the main event at this show. You notice some interesting differences when using the watch, even if you knew nothing about the movement. There is of course the "glide motion" seconds hand. Spring Drive has a seconds hand that sweeps smoother than anything you've seen before. This is because it is not based on a series of very small ticks like a normal mechanical movement. Instead, it moves forward in one continuous motion, without stop. It is a bit hard to return to less smooth seconds hands after having Spring Drive. Related to this is silence - the Spring Drive movement is silent. Like a car with an electric engine, you know it is working but you can't hear it. Some people enjoy the rapid "ticking" of a mechanical watch, and others are annoyed by it. Either way, you get pure serenity with this Seiko.
Turn over the watch and you’ve got my pulse jumping. One of the signs of high watchmaking is when the movement fits into the case like a hand slipping into a perfectly tailored glove. Breguet designed the automatic egg-shaped movement specifically to cozy up in this space. What’s so breathtaking is that the movement, visible through a sapphire crystal, is an artistic as well as mechanical achievement. The bridges and oscillating weight form an image of a dove, with the design extending to the engraving on the case. As you can tell I’m more entranced with the back of the watch than the front.
We talk about some new times, and new versions of old divers. The typical rants ensue as well.