I liked the look of it mainly and how shiney it was 😄
In all seriousness I was initially looking for a pavoni, but then remembered they aren't ideal with little kids around. I put out some feelers and was offered this from Chris at Conti.
Unfortunately I have only used a Londinium once so I feel I can't really give a fair comparison between the two machines.
As for this CC101 though, as my first go at a big lever machine, I'm totally smitten. Its mains fed and I've got it hooked up to a BWT bestmax V that @hasi supplied. The espresso is tasting absolutely superb so far.