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Watches & Pencils #15 - Date WindowsBeing interested in the perpetual discussion about date windows I decided to dedicate a chapter of Watches & Pencils to it. Relating to the lines I'll participate to the present by offering my personal opinion, but let's mainly give attention to a tour around several remarkable 'windows':On this episode we are going to only center on date windows, so pricier date indicators with subdials, tag heuer replica watch pointer date-indicators, etcetera.General introduction: variations and propertiesBefore we start our trip and check out some fresh Baselworld 2016 windows I'd like to introduce a number of categories and quickly summarize a few bits about date windows.Date windows and variationsRoughly, since there are so much variations and possibilities it is very difficult to protect them all:Grande Date or Big Date: two big windows from the base just for this impressive window. Underneath houses a nifty technique formed by two, sometimes overlapping, separate discs. Together they form the date. Just about the most famous ones is probably the Lange & Sohne big date.Day-Date: with this variation the date is accompanied by the morning of the week. Often two windows next to each other (DAY - NR).Panorama date windows: A big stretched (curved) window providing the viewer more visibility around the date disc. Thus, it exposes to start dating range at the date. The particular date is usually shown by a caret nearby the window.A-symmetrical date windows: date windows with increased dynamic shapes. A trapezium shaped date window for instance.Round date window. Self-explanatory.Instance of a 'Big Date' with a Lange & Sohne 1Character: chameleon or spotlight?Some date windows go like chameleons among others like to let every dial-viewer understand that they are there. What is to your taste? In my opinion the treatment depends around the kind of watch/category and the way the contrast or blending is executed. One of the most heard irritations I hear is wrong color combinations and contrast. For instance: a creme colored dial that has a virgin white colored date window Most of the cause are economic arguments and out-house movements.Sinn U212 EZM 16 date window: minimalistic but legible.Position of date windowsBesides color there's also more choices for the watch brand to select from. Whether they have a choiceHuh? Unfortunately, most of the low and mid-segment watch brands are restricted to third party movements from ETA or Soprod for instance. That is putting an amazing restriction/challenge on the design of the dial, since date disc position is static and linked to the movement. Often brands have to 'work around' the date window, causing oddly placed date windows and cluttered dial designs with mismatching colors and typefaces watches . But, a work-around is most of the time better then forgetting this element and make the infamous 'afterthought' looking date window. Ok, let's admit, with outsourced movements it can be quite a challenge. But, you will discover often options left. The positioning for example. As opposed to the very popular 3 o'clock position, 4 o'clock can occasionally develop a more balanced and viable choice. More unorthodox positions like 11 o'clock can be very original, but aren't that practical and accepted generally speaking.Position with the window at 6: design choice or restriction? (new Longines Heritage 1918)SizeBy choosing an ideal contrast it is possible to trigger attention, however, there is another parameter inducing the same effect: size. We've already talked about the fundamental date. The "natural" way. Besides this watch brands may also greatly increase the shape with the magnifying aftereffect of a cyclops within the glass. You hate them or love them, but it is a method to increase exposure and legibility from the date window.Magnifying cyclops within the new Rolex Yacht-master 40 in Everose goldReviewing date windowsThere's no accounting for taste, but with this foundation and each of our opinion/preferences we will review and analyse and review date windows on a more solid and detailed way. Let's sum it up and look at some Baselworld novelties from not too long ago:Variation and general dedication to the thought of the watchColorPositionSize(Numeral) typefaceSpecial additions (e.g. cyclops)Baselworld 2016 reviewsAlpina Seastrong DiverThis date window fits the watch for me. Alpina did decide upon the most common 3 o'clock position in the 'chameleon' setup. Concerning aren't many numerals around within this dial it fit's other typographic elements and it nicely extends the rounded hour indicator. It's actually a dive watch so when not diving this watch says to you the date with a subtle way.Clerc Hydroscaph H1 ChronometerA panorama setup using a blue matching caret indicating the actual date. There is something special about it example. In many in the cases when referring to bright white dials, brands choose for a (matching) white colored date disc. In such cases Clerc implemented the purest contrast / uncommon rolex replica watches setup: breitling replicas watches a black disc with white numerals on the white dial. But could it be, along with the panorama setup, probably the most legible and fitted option? If there were options throughout the design process: is three o'clock the most effective position considering that the characteristic numeral '3' should be take off a great deal? In my opinion things are all bold about this watch, aside from the date…Eberhard ContografA slightly a-symmetrical date window. A few things i really like with this window is Eberhard made a eating habits study elements by providing it the same crimson color. The date window included. At 6 o'clock it complements the appearance of the dial and balance with the dial. Every element gets enough space. Also, the date window is nicely aligned when attempting to make an imaginary line between 5 and seven o'clock indicators. The stainless frame across the window fits ideal and provides issue a more lavish and refined look.Glashütte Original Quintessenz SenatorGlashütte only produces and uses in-house movements. Designers get each of the room and space to generate perfect dial and matching date windows. Take a look at visit a beautiful example of a big date. Although it's a big date it lets other elements speak and blends in. Its numeral Roman typeface matches the other numerals (e.g. the numerals about the small seconds track) every number is perfectly aligned within the window. The rounded recessed extra level across the date results in a border which has a depth relation to a subtle and well-thought way. The date is formed by to discs next to each other rather than overlapping setup where I spoke about earlier on. It exposes the strategy leaving off the 'separator frame' like Lange & Sohne does.Open (or closed) endLast 1st of April there were jokes about date window masks inside watch scene. Although I really don't like the idea for being your very own chef adjust "carefully" crafted designs by an additional ingredient (date window mask in this instance) We are very interested in the future. Will a date window be a more offered option amongst watch brands or are we able to need to accept choices produced by brands we enjoy? Might you pay a little more for just a watch with two dials: one with and another without date window? As we try to create a bridge with "smart" replica watches it isn't really unthinkable. These replica watches consist of a lot of dials out of your boxTaste can alter through time and achieving options is sweet. Or not?I'm hoping you've enjoyed reading this episode. Please let me know what you think about date windows. Have you been the person who loves stealthy 'chameleon' windows or do you prefer luxury 'spotlights' with white gold borders by using an onyx black dial?