The new design is pretty handsome. The fluted bezel is "grasped" by a claw type of caliber. It is just for show, but looks nice abutting the internal steel strip with screws in it. The watch parts of the dial are recessed giving a great looking three dimensional appearance which enhances the visual power of the hands (and at the same time makes them more legible). Orange accenting is in response to an "in" color which hasn't quite been beaten to death yet. The overall idea is to make this watch look as close to some high tech analog instrument panel as possible. Emphasis on the large seconds display probably adds a welcome degree of movement to the watch as the constantly moving part is always noticeable. And for those select few who are more concerned with the seconds elapsed each minute than the time, this watch is meant for you!
Actually, I went to a Tiffany & Co. store here in San Francisco to inquire about this. Remember, the instruction manual has no mention of fitting the watch yourself, even though doing so is really simple. Ah, and what a terrible experience visiting Tiffany was. Once I was instructed to visit "customer service" on the second floor, I had a feeling things were going down hill. There was no wait, and I got to sit down at an available desk station (think Lenscrafters) where a woman asked if she could help me (as though there was some other reason I was there). I then attempted to explain to her in as simple terms as possible, "can you find out if a half sized link is available for this watch, as there is no other means for precise fitting; and the watch is just a bit too loose or tight on me." What ensued was utter confusion at how I could possibly have this question (perhaps it was filtration of my words through her limited mental capacity). Apparently, it was too complex a notion that perhaps I was able to size the watch myself at home, given the fact that I don't work in the back room at Tiffany's. She of course had no idea what I was talking about and said the watch would have to be sent to the service center in New York. An idea that appalled me. "Look, I just want to know if such a part is available, and how much it costs." She then committed the biggest offense. I don't care who you are, but you don't take someone's expensive watch from them, and walk into another room and close the door. You just don't do that, especially without asking. So I sit there, extremely impatient and upset at her ineptitude, and ask someone else to go in and inform her that I am in a need to depart. A minute later she reappears and in no direct manner, says that no such part is available. I concede that I was stupid for even asking her, and left Tiffany & Co. in shame. Little lesson, don't ever go to a corporate store; A) expecting that they will place any value in your possessions, and B) with any hope that they will properly answer your watch related question, or even harbor the knowledge necessary to answer your watch related question.
Lets get a few things straight, the watch industry is mostly the luxury industry. Meaning that the items are mostly expensive and well made. The fake watch industry is the complete opposite, as the items are typically cheap and ill-made. Are these two really serving the same market? The bottom line is that there is no real proof that the fake watch industry really hurts the luxury watch industry. The same people who are buying fakes watches are not the people who can even afford the real ones. Thus, you are really not taking away from the luxury market. If anything, fake watches only enhance the desire for the real, quality authentic watches that faces cannot truly replicate. And if the fakes can replicate them easily, then they aren't luxury watches worth their high price.Read more ›