Which hands for this dial?

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Which hand set fits this dial best?

Poll ended at Tue Oct 10, 2023 5:45 am

1
3
30%
2
2
20%
3
0
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4
2
20%
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2
20%
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1
10%
 
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Which hands for this dial?

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I am looking for opinions on which set of hands best suits a dial I have just made.

The dial has no lume, so hands will probably not have lume either. What ever lume is on the hands in the photos can be substituted by any color, or just left skeletonized. The hands themselves can also get painted different colors...

Please take some time (I understand that can be hard to do considering all the other awesome posts to be commented on) and give me a thoughtful opinion on what seems to be the most esthetically pleasing combo to you.

I will also entertain ideas you might have for something that is not in any of my choices

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Re: Which hands for this dial?

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I’m really drawn to the gold colored moon you have there, maybe emphasize it with some gold colored dauphine hands?

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Perhaps something ornamental like these?

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Re: Which hands for this dial?

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This watch looks like it will be all about the dial and the artwork, so you want something that’s visible but won’t detract from the main feature of the watch.

I like no 1 but I prefer the minute hand and how it’s lume has been removed to show the dial below, the hour hand I’m not sure about, it might be too thick with the lume included.

I also like no 2 but without the red accents. I’d prefer them hollow like the rest of the dial or with a very pale colour, possibly white.
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I’m not sure that any of the ones you illustrate are really right for that dial, Dan. I’m thinking more old-fashioned and marine chronometer in style.

Fleur-de-Lys, as in @MistaFroggyG’s second suggestion, but blued steel.

What size case and what movement do you anticipate?
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Re: Which hands for this dial?

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Amor Vincit Omnia wrote: Tue Oct 03, 2023 8:18 am I’m not sure that any of the ones you illustrate are really right for that dial, Dan. I’m thinking more old-fashioned and marine chronometer in style.

Fleur-de-Lys, as in @MistaFroggyG’s second suggestion, but blued steel.

What size case and what movement do you anticipate?
I am limited to this Panerai style case 42mm (made to accommodate a thick dial, which this is, and an automatic movement). Movement wise, the only thing I have with a high enough canon pinion is a Chinese automatic with the calendar complication removed, or a high hand Miyota quartz.

Gilted Hamilton chronometer style hands would look great, but very hard to find small enough for a wrist watch
I will try on a set of black fleur-de- Lys hands once I get a chance to take them off one of my pocket watches...
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Thank you to all who participated in my poll!
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I do believe I have settled on a modified #1. Hopefully they will survive the necessary broaching... 😬

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Re: Which hands for this dial?

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^^^^ That's an interesting variation, Dan.

The tips of the hands go well with the 'Sun'.

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Looks great!
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That looks fantastic! I'm always in absolute awe of your work!
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Amor Vincit Omnia wrote: Tue Oct 03, 2023 8:18 am I’m not sure that any of the ones you illustrate are really right for that dial, Dan. I’m thinking more old-fashioned and marine chronometer in style.

Fleur-de-Lys, as in @MistaFroggyG’s second suggestion, but blued steel.

What size case and what movement do you anticipate?
I’m with Steve and Lindsey on this one, Dan…best of luck however…it’ll be nice to see what you decide though 👍
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