Claimed to be inspired by the famous district in the center of Paris near the Eiffel Tower, the new Saint Honore Trocadero Automatic Open Dial wrist watch is a nicely decorated, yet understated timekeeper that, while being powered by a completely unimpressive, mass-produced movement and featuring very limited functionality, still brings you an interesting, pleasant to look at design of its open-worked dial.
It looks like the guys from the French fashion brand Saint Honore know a thing or two about making a cheap thing (okay, a reasonably priced thing) look beautiful or, at least, extravagant.
Although watchmakers that offer us timekeepers with skeletonized dials usually go into a great trouble of painstakingly skeletonizing their movements or, at least, buy skeletonized versions of base movements from serious ebauche makers like ETA, Saint Honore didn’t bother with all the extra work.
They simply cut out four holes in the matt black dial of the piece giving us view at the base plate of the good old ETA caliber 2824-2 automatic movement and at its slowly rotating calendar wheel that, too, comes as is.
Surprisingly, the result looks quite interesting or, at least, amusing showing us that there indeed is a certain beauty even in an undecorated ebauche, which is produced and sold by the millions.
The effect partly goes thanks to the applied silver Roman numerals and nicely shaped luminous hands that seem to be rhodium-plated.
Purists will probably snort contemptuously at this artifact, however if you are primarily looking for a fashion watch that is reliable, looks cool, and doesn’t cost like a Ferrari (well, the official price is yet to be announced, but the Saint Honore Trocadero Automatic Open Dial is said to be modestly priced around $1000-$1500), you should probably take a second look at this item.
Photos: Saint Honore
Saint Honore Trocadero Automatic Open Dial watch specification
Movement: Automatic, ETA caliber 2824-2, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 25
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 40 hours
Movement decoration: No data
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 41.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Numerals: Roman (chapter ring) / Arabic (calendar wheel)
Hour markers: Silver, applied
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Black leather strap on special deploying buckle
Case back: Transparent