The new Ernest Borel Jules Borel Collection is a series of limited edition watches that are available both in rose gold and in more affordable stainless steel.
While the rose gold version of the Jules Borel Retrograde is limited to only 288 pieces, the model in stainless steel is issued in 688 numbered pieces either with black or white guilloche dials.
Although the version with a black dial offers undoubtedly better level of legibility, the one with white dial looks more elegant thanks to a set of blued hands.
My only complaint here is the shape of the hour and minute hands. This style may look good on a pilot’s watch, but on dressy model they look somewhat awkward.
You may have noticed that the timekeeper has a dial layout that is very similar to those of the Ebel Classic Hexagon Retrograde Power Reserve automatic and the Cimier Retrograde Automatic watch, both presented in 2009.
Well, the reason behind the similarities is the ETA caliber 2892-2 automatic movement that comes fitted with the Soprod module 9094 that allows the watch to display a retrograde date and power reserve indicators at 3 and 6 o’clock respectively, as well as a day of week sub-dial at 9 o’clock.
The movement is placed inside a compact stainless steel case 40 mm in diameter. Sporting a set of rather long horns, the case will probably look good even on a bigger wrist.
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Ernest Borel Jules Borel Retrograde Automatic in Stainless Steel watch specification
Movement: Automatic, ETA 2892-2, Soprod 9094 module, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Rhodium-plated
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, power reserve, retrograde date, day of week
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 40.00 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: N/A
Dial: Black or White
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Transparent