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Watches & Pencils #16 - Panda DialsAnnouncement: Prints of Watches & Pencils artworksBefore we take a look at the panda I want to beginning of with the announcement. Last months I received a great deal of doubts about prints on the artworks presented in the Watches & Pencils feature. Unfortunately I wasn't capable of handling all of the individual requests and thus I made the choice to start an online shop. Within the shop I've placed a selection of my artwork watches , which is to be updated here and there. Since the payment, printing process and shipping is handled by the professional third party with quality products (RedBubble), buying a print really should be a breeze to any extent further (several materials and sizes available). Relax and take a shop around at the Watches & Pencils shop.Bamboo Loving DialsToday we discuss a subject matter that was on my small Watches & Pencils bucket-list for quit some time. But to avoid an overload on animal related nicknames I made a decision to spread this kind of episodes a lttle bit. You could even say that Watches & Pencils have their own animal-category (e.g. the very first episode, Wild Bullhead)Instead of reviewing some remarkable pandas (there are several fantastic articles on the interwebs) I'd personally wish to talk about it on the more analyzed and abstract way.I'm confident that almost every WIS knows that of a panda dial is, but why don't we check out my own definition…Definition of an Panda DialA watch that has a light colored dial and sub-elements in dark tones about it. The most frequent 'panda' setup is a chronograph with a white dial and three black sub-dials. But there is also a famous variation, called 'reverse' panda. A watch is usually called a reverse panda when the base-color in the dial is black as well as the sub-dials are white. Thus, precisely the opposite from the 'standard' panda dial. Although a panda is black and white the phrase has been used quite loosely these days. Setups with dark-blue and cream colored dials can be also being called 'Panda'. For this reason I said (variable) light and dark colors rather then white and black previously. I even encountered new terms for color and lay-out variations. For instance, 'semi-panda' for chronographs with contrasting subdials at 6, 9 and 12 including the Tudor Big Block.A panda Speedy (reference number 3569.31)Iconic Sixties and SeventiesLike many inventions and style statements in the realm of replica watches, the panda concept also emanates from the sixties and seventies. Throughout those years the primary pandas were born rather than with no success. Decades later those replica watches are still popular and extremely preferred. There are lots of examples. To name some big shots: Heuer Carrera (reference 2447SN), Rolex Daytona "Paul Newman" (reference 6263) and the Universal Geneve Compax "Nina Rindt" (reference 885103-02).Universal Geneve 'Nina Rindt'. An authentic legendary panda!Every price rangeOf course the famous brands and their pandas are quite pricey, but you will still find more affordable options. Since it is a cosmetic matter, you could find panda dials in just about every budget and watch brands continue to have it into their design-toolbelt for upcoming replica watches. How come as well as what attracts us to cute animals?Tudor Big Block: a reverse semi-pandaPure contrastBlack and white will be the purest contrast possible. Prior to a 1960's most of the best replica watches had a black dial with white numerals or perhaps a white dial with black numerals. Whether or not this would have been a plain hour-minute-seconds setup or possibly a triple calendar having a moonphase. Why did somebody introduce the panda ? What did motivate him/her? I've considered this for a while and invented a theory.Island TheoryAt the period chronographs were very popular and infrequently it was quite difficult to read through time instantly with those registers in the same background color. Occasionally, there was obviously a demand to build clearer and even more separated sections. I do believe this need, design experiments and tests generated what we should now recognize being a panda dial. I want to try to explain my theory i wish to call the 'island theory'. By defining solid filled sub-zones together with the ultimate contrast color you create (more) independent 'islands' which are in the middle of a 'sea' (dial) inside a contrast color. These islands will attract your attention plus your eyes will discover every section at glance considering that the boundaries are very well defined by the black|white contrast. Besides this optimized legibility in addition, it looks very balanced and since the setup is very recognizable the panda has find his personal spot from the 'forest' of dial designs.Please go through the illustration below trying to run through your eyelashes:Credits illustration: Teun van HeerebeekDo you agree how the subdials on the (reverse) Panda setup, those with 'islands', grab more attention?White on Black or Black on WhiteAs I pointed out earlier, form most commonly encountered setup, you might also need overturn one. But which one is the most optimal? Basically: what setup provides the best contrast you just read time? Quite often we focus on the watch itself, but to answer this question I do think we also need to look for the environmental colors and light-weight conditions. I really could attempt to explain it in words, since, please look at the following illustration:Credits illustration aviator watches : Teun van HeerebeekYou see? Maybe the reverse panda is more legible in most conditions. Along with black stays a similar in virtually any condition, while white 'absorbs environmentally friendly colors more normally. As you have seen above I'm discussing non luminous or vintage replica watches. Otherwise, it will be an alternative story.EpilogueSince I really like nicknames I embrace the 'Panda'. They are a visual spectacle and are very legible generally speaking. The alias helps the watch to become a cult object, which often also translates positively into your price. Nevertheless, there a few general accepted requisites for a watch to be defined as panda, the edge-cases are definitely more difficult and produce the landscape of pandas a tad blurry provided that we phone them pandas. But isn't this discussion in addition to flexible boundaries might know about love about our passion?Last question rolex vintage watches :Yema Rallye Chronograph: panda or otherwise not?