Following my post a few days ago regarding the addition of this tiny bundle to our little family:
I decided to follow the - very wise (??) – advice of my fellow Loungers to celebrate the event by getting a 2ndVC... Well, truth be told, I had been wanting to add to my one-VC collection for a while, the QdI time-date only model in palladium being at the top of my list.
So I decided that I would buy this palladium QdI as a Christmas present to myself later this year.
But things never go according to plans, do they? A few weeks ago I came across an offer that was simply too good to refuse. A QdI time-date only model that had been bought a month ago was offered to me at a significant discount. Only problem was, it wasn’t the palladium version, but rather the tantalum limited edition. I had loved it when looking at it on the pictures, but this still felt that the palladium model remained my ideal QdI (especially the first version, with the light hands) – Alex’s picture is worth a 1,000 words:
The offer was so good, I felt that I didn’t have much time to make a decision – if I didn’t act quickly, somebody else would. I was faced with a dilemma: I didn’t want to buy the QdI that was not the ‘perfect’ one for me, but at the same time value gap was so big between this one and a new palladium version, was it really worth spending all that extra money to get the palladium version (not to mention that prices are expected to increase further in the US on 1 October...)?
So I frantically went surfing on the internet to find as many pictures of the QdI tantalum as I could, so that I could make a decision. I had seen the tantalum version ‘in the metal’ once in Vegas, but that was almost 2 years ago and I didn’t really remember what it looked like.
Browsing the HL and the other usual watch forums, I seemed to find 2 different types of pictures – in some of them, the tantalum had a soft sheen to it, and looked slightly bluish. In some others, it looked almost black, matte and contrasted a lot with the palladium.
Tantalum as bluish seen:
Tantalum as dark and matte:
Well, I loved the tantalum looking bluish, and not as much when it looked darker.
I went to bed that night, and I couldn’t fall asleep, twisting and turning, obsessed by my dilemma. I got up an hour after, and decided to place the order!
I have to say thanks to Bill for helping me and making sure that the watch got safely into my hands, which it did 2 days ago... And the good thing in all of this is that I finally got to meet face to face with Bill. Although I was a bit tired from the London-Boston flight, I had a really good time with him. And I left a very happy camper...
I have to say that I’m very happy to have gone ahead with the deal – the tantalum looks a lot better in real life than in most pictures, it is a lot lighter, and it does have this bluish sheen feel to it. And after two days of wearing it and looking at it, I am now convinced that I prefer the tantalum model to the palladium one, and that I did end up with my ‘perfect’ QdI!!!
So here are a few quick n’ dirty pictures of the watch. The watch is hard to photograph, it looks a lot darker in pictures than what it is in real life... Will try to take some more photos...
Good news is that my wife, who wasn’t very happy when she learned I was getting a new watch, now seems pretty happy about the purchase and says that it is my nicest watch (she did find the moonphase on my 47212 ‘cute’, but thought that overall the watch looked to conservative and boring. I tried to explain to her that in fact it has a post-industrial look and all the good stuff, but it goes in one ear and out the other...). She preferred my Hublot to my 47212, but the QdI better the Big Bang!