With its new DOXA Grafic Mistero (ref. 359.10S.101.20) quartz chronograph watch, the Swiss watchmaker makes the first step into the uncharted territory of hi-tech-styled timepieces.
Definitely Bauhaus in its style, the new DOXA Grafic Mistero tries to find a perfect balance between the gorgeous Porsche Design Worldtimer P’6750 and the recently introduced Vogard Datezoner automatic chronograph.
From the first, it borrows the clean lines and contempt to excessive embellishments. From the second, it takes the car dashboard-styled layout for its laconic dial.
As you can see on the photos, both hour and minute chronograph totalizers as well as the small seconds sub-dial (located at 6, 9 and 3 o’clock respectively) are only partly visible through a pair of cut-outs in the upper and lower parts of the dial.
Thanks to this kind of design, the layout of the watch looks not as busy as most chronographs do, while at the same time preserving the usability of the watch.
Judging by the looks of it, the hands on the sub-dials are stationary while the disks with infinitesimally small Arabic numerals are rotating around their axes.
The only thing that bothers me a little is the way that the small DOXA logo is placed.
For some unknown reason, the emblem was put between 4 and 5 o’clock, right below the date aperture, visually tilting the design of the dial off-balance. The only explanation that comes to mind is that they simply wanted to make the watch look cleaner and thus removed any visual distractions from the “dashboard”.
According to the Swiss company’s press release, the watch will be presented in two versions: one in a round 44 mm black steel case (pictured) and the other in a 40 mm x 43 mm rectangular stainless steel body.
No info on price yet, but I can guess that it will be priced around €1000 mark.
See also: Armin Racing Chronograph Automatic
Photos: DOXA Watches
DOXA Grafic Mistero Quartz Chronograph (ref. 359.10S.101.20) watch specification
Price: Approx. €700
Movement: Quartz, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph, date
Power reserve: A couple of years
Case material: Black IP steel
Bezel material: Black IP steel
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 44.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: No data
Hands: Steel, skeletonized
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Black rubber
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Solid