Cases

Is case design underrated? A dial is the normally the thing I notice first and usually has the important information on it.

Subconsciously, a case will let me know what purpose the watch is for. Is it brushed or polished? How thick is it? Does it have facets/steps? How is it constructed? From what material? What shape? How do the lugs look? DOES IT HAVE DRILLED LUG HOLES (sorry for the capital letters btw)?? Lets all appreciate and show the humble watchcase some love!

In my hand today: Vario Empire Seasons (handwound) - Autumn Edition

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That Vario is gorgeous!

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HotWatchChick69

That Vario is gorgeous!

@Omeganut Thanks. Just a well thought out piece. Also the handwound miyota movemnt is quite a looker

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Can you post a photo of the movement?

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I love what Vario is doing.  The numerals are mid-century.  The design of the hands appears to be their own (like a vintage piece with missing lume).  The color is more Creamsicle than salmon. And then you notice the texture.

Wait, your question was about the case?

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HotWatchChick69

Can you post a photo of the movement?

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That Vario looks wonderful, both the dial and the case.

Case design (and build quality)  is every bit as important to me as the dial. Even  subtle differences can have a huge impact on the overall feel of a watch. The Rolex Submariner is a great example. At first glance, the latest generation looks pretty much identical to the previous gen, but upon closer examination, the newer model is much less "chunky" looking than the prior version with the maxi case. Those subtle changes often result in the "can't quite put my finger on it" feelings, where you have a preference for one item over another, but can't explain why.

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@tempus Thank You.

The sub is a good example. Lots of iterations to get to where it is today. Also other makers produce something similar but can’t get that magic mix of proportions

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I find it a bit ironic that your post is about case design and my only comments want to be how much I love the typography selection on this piece 😂 

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Case design and finishing is really important in luxury watches. GS and Omega, you can see the expense in finishing a case with those features and details to such a high standard.

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Agree! There are some watches with fantastic dials that I just can't get myself to like because of the lack-luster case design (ex. AnOrdain) 

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Very nice, the dial is exquisite 👏👏

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bevelwerks

I find it a bit ironic that your post is about case design and my only comments want to be how much I love the typography selection on this piece 😂 

I did purposefully use this example. Obviously the dial design is the the major star here but the case design is also what elevates it further. Neither should be taken in isolation (along with other factors too)

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jason_recliner

Case design and finishing is really important in luxury watches. GS and Omega, you can see the expense in finishing a case with those features and details to such a high standard.

I think consciously or sub-consciously it adds value to our perceptions of a watch’s worth. It’s definitely not as obvious as a well finished dial. With that said: on a GS you do notice it because it is SO different

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street.credor

Agree! There are some watches with fantastic dials that I just can't get myself to like because of the lack-luster case design (ex. AnOrdain) 

AnOrdain are almost the perfect combination of everything I want in a watch/brand.

Just waiting for the email from them….

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Mens_Watches_And_Style

Very nice, the dial is exquisite 👏👏

Thanks - it is lovely