Available both in stainless steel and in rose gold PVD versions, this new Saint Honore Trocadero Chronograph could be a timepiece of choice for a person searching for a classic-styled “Swiss made” chronograph watch on a very tight budget. And never mind its quartz movement: it just works.
As the other members of their Trocadero family, this watch features the familiar set of boldly styled Roman numerals on its silver-toned dial that are neatly lined along the railway-style minute track. Although the classic Clous de Paris motif is clearly stamped, not engraved by a hand of a skilled artisan, the face of the timekeeper still looks very elegant and even classy, especially the one on the PVD-treated version with rose gold-plated hour and minute hands.
While many watchmakers still think that a chronograph must be “sporty” and thus offer the timepieces in oversized bodies, Saint Honore really got it right and presented the Trocadero in a compact case only 41 millimeters in diameter. Quite slim and sporting a set of relatively short lugs, the watch will probably fit nicely almost any wrist, even the skinniest one.
Although the watch is powered by a mass-produced quartz movement, I can’t really call it a deficiency, since for many people starting their journey with luxury timepieces a true mechanical caliber can often be too costly to maintain. From this perspective, a simple quartz mechanism that usually needs no special care besides changing a battery once in a couple of years (if you don’t use the chronograph function too often), can be very handy.
Frankly, I can’t find any significant problem with this watch. Now, all we really need to know is the price. As far as I understand, the MSRP will be revealed in a matter of weeks either during or after Baselworld 2013 show where the SH plans to take the wraps off the timekeeper.
Photos: Saint Honore
Saint Honore Trocadero Chronograph watch specification
Movement: Quartz, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: No data
Movement frequency: N/A
Power reserve: A couple of years or so
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph, date
Case material: Rose gold PVD steel / 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
Dial: Royal Blue
Hour markers: Railway track
Hands: Match case
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Brown leather strap on steel deployment buckle
Case back: Solid