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Have to say I was disappointed with it. Compared to the Concept Titanium it was much poorer.
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Enzo wrote: Thu Dec 07, 2023 4:23 am Do you think that the Bracelet is worth the price or should I get the standard black leather strap for the Viola Bel Canto. I initially ordered it one the strap, but I was told that I can change to the bracelet at the time of final payment.
I was a bit disappointed compared to the Concept bracelet

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Enzo wrote: Thu Dec 07, 2023 4:23 am Do you think that the Bracelet is worth the price or should I get the standard black leather strap for the Viola Bel Canto. I initially ordered it one the strap, but I was told that I can change to the bracelet at the time of final payment.
I'd say get it with bracelet and order the strap separately. As it is very easy to swap, I tend to change it quite often. I am happy with the bracelet but definitely feels different to a stainless steel bracelet. No issues with the quick adjust..
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Enzo wrote: Thu Dec 07, 2023 4:23 am Do you think that the Bracelet is worth the price or should I get the standard black leather strap for the Viola Bel Canto. I initially ordered it one the strap, but I was told that I can change to the bracelet at the time of final payment.
My opinion is to get it with the bracelet. If you don't like the bracelet, you can pretty easily find a replacement strap. If you don't get the bracelet and decide you want one, finding one in titanium later on may be difficult.
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Been a long time waiting!....looks like the Nero is starting to come through.

I'd definitely say more grey than black. But either way its a looker and very comfy Image

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^^^^Congratulations on a beautiful watch. I have wondered how this with a Vanta black dial would look. All that floating in an endless sea of black would be amazing IMO.
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watchaholic wrote: Mon Dec 11, 2023 6:48 pm ^^^^Congratulations on a beautiful watch. I have wondered how this with a Vanta black dial would look. All that floating in an endless sea of black would be amazing IMO.
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Spytap wrote: Tue Dec 05, 2023 10:56 pm A week on the wrist review

So it's been almost exactly a week since I received my viola Bel Canto, and I figured I'd give a little mini-review of the things I like, things I think could be improved, and my overall thoughts:

LIKES
* The looks. It's a great looking watch. I genuinely think the purple on gunmetal is the best colorway thus far, and they complement each other well. the design is excellent and the dial has real depth to it. The aesthetic of the watch looks as good in person as it does in promo shots, but the depth is much more impressive.
* The weight. Grade 5 titanium is light. I'm gonna have a real problem going back to my stainless steel watches. It's not a small watch, but it's easily one of my most comfortable watches to wear.
* The compliments. I've gotten about a half dozen in the week I've worn it. The first time I wore it was to a watch event, and within ten seconds of arriving, before I'd even checked in, someone was asking to see and hear it. Thus far it's been mostly watch people who already know about the product, but there was one person in Beverly Hills who stopped me on the street to ask about it.
* Ease of telling time. I actually find it relatively easy to check the time. Maybe not at night or in a dark room, but in 90% of scenarios, a quick glance is all that's needed.

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT
* If I'm being honest: the chime. It's too quiet. Even sitting in a my office just typing I'll often miss hearing it. I've left the chime on when putting it away at night and never once heard it. Other than when I'm intentionally turning the minute hand to show others, I've only heard the chime twice.
* The microadjustment. The amount of force required to get the tab in is ridiculous. I'm worried I'm going to slip at some point and drop it because it's a two-handed, full strength effort to get the tab back far enough for the bracelet to extend a bit. Maybe this will loosen up over time - I certainly hope so.
* Timekeeping. I'll be honest, I don't actually care that much about this one, but some people will. It's running consistently fast by about 15s a day, so over a week it's a couple minutes outside of accurate. I'm not that bothered by it; some will be. This also may settle in over time.
* Christopher Ward customer service. I have to say it again. There were multiple production and management failures along the way, up to and including forgetting to pay duty tax and sizing the watch incorrectly for delivery - which were supposed to be resolved and reimbursed, but despite acknowledgement still have not been. The shame is that as much as I like this watch, it will likely prevent me from buying another CW product. This *should have* been a true halo watch for the brand, that took it from microbrand to serious contender. But with so many persistent issues, failures, mistakes, and the like, it's most likely burning a lot of bridges as well.

OVERALL
I like it a lot. It's gotten the majority of my wrist time this past week. It's comfortable, beautiful, and makes an impression. And I've found it remarkably versatile, going from jeans and a polo to a three piece with ease. Would I buy another or recommend someone do the same? Probably not - and anything trending towards yes would require CW showing they've managed to fix a lot of their current production, delivery, and customer service issues. But for a watch I now own and have in my hands (or on my wrist) today, it's an easy watch to admire, wear, and feel comfortable wearing in almost any scenario. And I expect it will continue to get a lot of wrist time in the future.
Personally compared to my Claret minute repeater, the Bel Canto is not that much quieter. Keep in mind, a hour chimer usually sounds quieter than other striking mechanisms because of how it's armed.
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Any newer pics of the purple Bel Canto floating around?
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Enzo wrote: Thu Dec 14, 2023 5:15 am Any newer pics of the purple Bel Canto floating around?
I can snag a couple later today if you'd like.
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Spytap wrote: Thu Dec 14, 2023 5:52 pm
Enzo wrote: Thu Dec 14, 2023 5:15 am Any newer pics of the purple Bel Canto floating around?
I can snag a couple later today if you'd like.
Yes please! Waiting for my confirmation that mine is ready to ship. Still deciding if I should upgrade and pay more for the bracelet though. Might not be worth the extra $ if it's as bad as others say.
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^^^^ There's nothing wrong with the bracelet in my experience. It's well made, light (as you'd expect it to be), comfortable, and the micro-adjustment is invaluable.

If I could only have a bracelet OR a strap on my Bel Canto, I'd choose the bracelet.

One subtle point. The Bel Canto is grade 5 titanium, the bracelet is grade 2 titanium (with machining requirements, it would be disproportionately expensive for the bracelet to be grade 5). This results in a very small, subtle difference in the colour of the two. You, as the wearer, will know this difference, but I defy anyone to spot it at a glance.

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Can a purple/viola owner post some realistic photos of their Bel Canto please?
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Enzo wrote: Wed Dec 20, 2023 6:18 am Can a purple/viola owner post some realistic photos of their Bel Canto please?
Yes, sorry. I went down with a brutal cold, but I'll do this later today.
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