Only a few months of existence and already a big success for Brellum Swiss Watchmaking. The Duobox Chronometer has been officially unveiled in December 2016 with a blue and a silver version and was received by both watch enthusiasts and press with an extraordinary welcome.
The ingredients are simple: a high-performance movement, a vintage design, quality finishes, the whole Swiss Made and made with great passion.
Now, and just before Baselworld, it’s time for the brand based in Porrentruy to present a new version of its Duobox : The Black Edition.
Since approximately 100 years, the wristwatches are, let’s say, the same: mainly, a round or quadratic dial and some hands rotating clockwise and I consider that it is hard to come with something new to bring originality to this. The only thing that you can do, as a watch brand, is to bring some interesting details that will catch the eye of any observer.
This is what Brellum Watches did – they brought something so interesting that caught immediately the attention of all watch lovers. But this is not all: their watches come with a price that caught the attention of any gentleman in search of a special watch.
The Brellum Duobox Chronomètre “Black Edition” is a really special watch: an excellent executed watch with a lovely dial, a COSC certified chronometer, a microbrand’s child with a killer price tag.
An excellent executed watch: a 316L stainless steel case (surgical steel that guarantees robustness and no issue for people with Nickel allergies) with a diameter of 41.80mm and a total thickness of 16.20mm. The satin brushed finishes with beveled and polished lugs and the highly polished bezel with a mounted “box type” sapphire with anti-reflective treatment, together with the slender, classical shape make the case an excellent eye catcher.
The case-back also comes with “box type” sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment, which is not often met in this price category (most of the brands use a non-treated sapphire crystal). The case-back is fixed with 6 screws and it is nicely built with a lot of small details: brand and watch name, water resistance (50m/5atm – enough since it is not intended to be a dive watch) and the watch number – the number is very important because there will be produced only 299 watches per year.
The crown and the beautifully shaped chronograph push buttons are also in steel.
A lovely dial: domed curved with a sunshine pattern black, distinct sub-dials for the small seconds and chrono functions, a good contrast date window at 6 o’clock and the lovely Brellum logo at 3 o’clock, together with name and “Chronometer Officially Certified” in red paint.
A very nice touch and a detail that I particularly love is the Pulsometer Chrono outer dial that can be a fun function or a life saving tool. The inner printed dial serves as seconds’ indication for chronograph function and minute’s indication for the time. For the hour indexes Brellum used 3D diamond-cut applied baton indexes with luminescent material that have the same design theme as the hours and minutes hands, also with luminescent material – That’s an interesting detail.
A COSC certified chronometer is a must for those who use this function on regular basis and the BRELLUM BR-750-1 is a Chronometer Officially Certified by the COSC with 25 jewels and 28,800vph or 4Hz heart powered for approximately 46 hours. Based on the Valjoux 7750, a precise and robust chronograph, the BR-750-1 movement features a frost finish with spotting decoration, Côtes de Genève and a rotor that stated with pride “Chronometer Officially Certified”.
I consider the Duobox Chronomètre “Black Edition” a wining hand, an opportunity to have a great looking watch with a special movement inside at an affordable price: 2,212 CHF for the leather strap (total weight of 120g) and 2,262CHF for the 316L stainless steel bracelet (total weight of 170g).
Please visit the Brellum Watches Website for more information.