Different black label versions?

Jan 12, 2021,16:37 PM

Following on from a post of mine below on Black Label editions and the possibility of changing the hands from silver to cream, I stumbled across the following images on the web:

The first two images look to be a Centigraphe with cream hands, whereas the third and fourth look to be the version with the classic silver (rhodium plated hands). 

Does anyone know the story behind these cream versions? I'm very interested in the possibility of cream hands on a BL CS - think the legibility is greatly enhanced!

Many thanks for any help in advance.


Cream Hands

Cream Hands

normal Silver hands (rhodium plated)

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The cream hands do contrast nicely with the dial

 By: xiu laba : January 12th, 2021-16:55
We’re they lumed too?

Don’t think so - think they’re the same as the Havana hands.

 By: markkeenan : January 12th, 2021-18:25
I found these pictures on the internet - so so not see the watch in person.

That is correct. FPJ calls them "ivory" hands.

 By: India Whiskey Charlie : January 12th, 2021-18:30

thanks for the info MK and IWC

 By: xiu laba : January 12th, 2021-18:33
I personally would opt for the rhodium plated hands, sacrificing some legibility but maintaining the overall harmony of the dial.


 By: Gelato Monster : January 12th, 2021-18:33
Thank you India Whiskey Charlie for the name


 By: India Whiskey Charlie : January 13th, 2021-03:19

Exactly the first thing in my mind but

 By: Gelato Monster : January 12th, 2021-18:34
Maybe FPJ thought it would be too much of a red


 By: Gelato Monster : January 12th, 2021-20:47

LOL, big +1 🤣😂

 By: holdemchamp1225 : January 13th, 2021-07:57

I believe this is a special order.

 By: ChristianDK : January 13th, 2021-10:51
FPJ will sometimes do this for their biggest clients. The silver hands are beautiful and, according to my taste, nicer. However they can sometimes be less legible. I’m assuming this is the reason for this modification?

Thanks Christian - appreciate the insight.

 By: markkeenan : January 13th, 2021-14:04
Having only seen a Black label minute repeater in person (that I thought was just incredible) - I did however notice the hands were quite hard to see at certain angles. As an idea, and having the cream hands on the centigraphe, that maybe there was the po... 

I’ve seen this CT in the metal

 By: cmmnsens : January 13th, 2021-19:45
The one with white hands was custom ordered. It’s definitely more legible, but the rhodium hands looks more “correct.”

Thanks Alex 👍

 By: ChristianDK : January 14th, 2021-07:40

Thank you - great to know!

 By: markkeenan : January 14th, 2021-08:18