One such critic was Dr. Marcus Hanke, at ThePurists.com, who was present at the original launch. The first version of the Sonata was, like the present version, technically fascinating but the ovoid, skeleton hands in particular did not strike him as sympathetic, so to speak, with the rest of the design; he wrote: “The reason for my doubts are the hands. These are unlike anything I have seen before on a wristwatch; elegantly curved, they seem to connect architecture with music, their pointed heads featuring luminous mass…I like the hands, but they transport a completely different feeling than the cutout dial/Geneva stripes combination underneath. Together, they do not harmonize, but step on each other’s toes, to express it freely.”
Over the years, other versions of the Sonata have been produced, with somewhat more sober interpretations and the Classic version is very attractive, with its handsome blue-striped dial. It’s also considerably less cluttered looking than the original, thanks to the replacement of the original analog countdown dial with a graduated, colored countdown sector (rather like a power reserve indication) which, although it no longer shows the precise remaining time, makes for a cleaner look.