The Glycine Watch F104 Review
Friday - 15 July 2016
Watch enthusiasts will be very much aware that Glycine are devoted to aviation and the evolution of aircraft. The brands history is closely linked to flight since the early days dating back to 1953. All watches bare references to the development of aviation, including the exquisite F 104; the very instrument that is todays focus. The elegant design hosts a classic presence yet remains just as powerful as some of Glycine’s more bold pieces. The well considered, thoughtful design is incredibly stunning due to the intricate features and beautiful dial proportions.
Let’s begin with the subtle yet impressive dial. Inspired by a cockpit instrument, the face possess a purity that embraces functionality of a pilot watch. The wing-like hands dominate the silver white dial demanding attention along with the black bold hour numerals. The finer minute indices and numbers provide a softer edge to the dial framed by the stainless steel case. White minute circle markers and watch name are barely seen against the off-white background yet a delicate touch to the classic dial. The date display at 3 o’clock fits seamlessly into the dial layout providing a functional purpose without disrupting the harmony. The manual wound pocket watch movement that ensures precision can be admired via the domed exhibition back.
A favourite feature of mine is the refined pyramid-shaped double o-ring crown that provides an elegant antique look; a beautiful continuation of the slick case as is the articulated lugs that conform to any wrist. The choice of calf brown leather strap adds to the traditional, nostalgic aesthetic taking influence from a pilot jacket. Secured with four rivets and fastened with a buckle, the F 104 is a refined classic that oozes sophistication.
The execution of the Glycine classic is exceptional with an exquisite design and excellent craftsmanship; a subtle yet stunning piece that many would be proud to fasten to their wrist!