That's on my wish list too, but down the road after my Overseas 4500. Well...what's the difference in price between one of these beauties and a brown dial OS 4500V?
I find the lug design disappointing, as it esssentially precludes the use of any leather or third-party straps.
It comes with metal, rubber and leather bands that you can pinch on and off. Third-party will have to adapt to this innovation.
Thanks Bill, but from my perspective the "innovation" is reminiscent of cell phone companies having once used proprietary chargers and connectors. Which is to say that it is intrinsically limiting, and smacks of penny-wise, pound foolishness.
To be fair, I haven't seen them in person, but rather doubt that I would change my mind.
Then nothing can ever be improved or changed? (My friends who are Cobol programmers still have lots of jobs...and would probably agree with you.)
It won't be long until a thrid party comes along with bands for this line of watches, and I don't think it'll be long before other watch companies copy the idea of easily changing bands. But you're right, for now. We're stuck with getting bands from VC. (Remember when Commodores couldn't run Apple, Atari, or IBM software and vice versa?)
Your first line is a straw man.
Changing straps more easily than with the use of a springbar tool may seem like a clever idea, but the likelihood of this eccentric design carving out a meaningful niche, let alone displacing 100 years of largely consistent proportions (where the strap meets the case/lugs), is extremely small.
I suggest that teh project be nicknamed "Betamax 2.0".
The same arguments were used against the Mac.
However, Tony, you may have successfully talked me out of getting any of the Overseas line.
though of course I was far too dumb to buy any shares in the company decades ago, in spite of the clear superiority of its OS to PCs.
In any case, I don't believe that that your analogy is taut, Bill.
I have seen it and i would not be surprised if VC has patented the design.
Anyway, apparently it will be limited to a few watch models.
Perhaps it can be adapted to different styles or "licensed" to other manufacturers. There is, however, a major difference. A "toolless" swapping mechanism, may be something could catch on, but this implementation of it (or any, really) would likely never become a standard. The types of standards we have talked about so far, have been technological ones only. While watches are, certainly, remarkable pieces of technology, they are also very artistic and expressive. The lug contruction, the bracelet width at the lug, the very construction of the bracelet itself... all of these things are as integral to the watches aesthetic as they are to its function. The very reason that you want simply interchangeable bands (as a means of varying the aesthetic expression of a single watch) is the same reason that there could almost never be a near-universal mechanism for swapping straps/bracelets. It is too limiting in the expression across multple watches. Just my 2 cents, but I would imagine this would be a VERY challenging endeavor - near-universality without severe aesthetic limitation.
have a metal insert to fix to the lugs: I guess this is a common issue for these monobloc constructions where there are no lugs. The Royal Oak and The nautilus do not enable the owner to switch from bracelet to strap and the Offshore can only have specific straps also with metal inserts