The Swiss watchmaker has recently introduced a scaled-down version of its Malton Coussin family of cushion-shaped watches. Re-designed specifically for women, the Marvin Malton Mini-Cushion Moonphase (Ref. M022.12.39.12) watch is even more laconic, compact, and even features a very attractive design for a piece that costs less than €600.
Like many timekeepers in this price range, the watch is animated by a quartz movement. The caliber Ronda 708 that powers the watch is a close relative of the caliber Ronda 705 and is therefore reliable and relatively easy to repair. However, the mechanism features an additional moonphase module with a large central disk that allows for making timekeepers almost as beautiful as this Arnold & Son HM Perpetual Moon at literally just a fraction of the price.
Of course, the guilloche-style pattern on the chapter ring looks simply stamped and the hands, as well the three Arabic numerals, are probably not heat-blued, but anodized for the sake of cost-cutting. However, while not offering much in terms of high watchmaking, the wristwatch does the job: it looks great and delivers on its promises.
There is a great number of people that hate quartz watches for their dead-beat seconds hands that immediately make everyone see that his or her timepiece (however sexy it looks) is not really a high-end job. Probably, this was partly a reason why Marvin’s designers decided to remove the seconds hand from the dial.
The latter, by the way of speaking, really looks terrific (well, it at least looks terrific at this promotional photos) with its pair of diamond-shaped skeletonized hands, guilloche-like stamped dial and a great white-and-blue color scheme that makes the device look especially imposing. Even the stock moon disk seems to have been modified to better match the chosen colors.
Surprisingly, even the railway-style minute track looks home here nicely separating the dial from the bezel.
Perhaps, the only thing that makes me raise an eyebrow here is the relative size of “MARVIN” logo to other elements of dial layout. I mean, is it some sort of compensation for the brand’s virtual obscurity?
The design of its cushion-shaped body looks like just a seriously scaled down version of their popular M119 line of timekeepers: the thick round bezel, the nut-shaped setting crown, even the crown-lugs that look like small chronograph push-pieces are here. Still, the watch clearly doesn’t look as brutal. In fact, you can wear it with something more feminine than a business suit. Perhaps, part of the effect could be attributed to a more elegant bracelet joint that makes the watch look considerably lighter.
Thanks to the choice of a quartz caliber, this beautiful trinket that measures just 30 millimeters wide managed to stay relatively thin and thus quite proportionate: a really important feature for a timepiece designed with female customers in mind. Not only it will look great on almost any female wrist, it will also feel quite comfortable in most circumstances of a daily life.
Photos: Marvin Watches
WWR preliminary verdict
Build quality: 5/5
Value for money: 5/5
Marvin Malton Mini-Cushion Moonphase (Ref. M022.12.39.12) watch specification
Price: $760 (MSRP)
Movement: Quartz, Caliber Ronda 708, Swiss Made
Power reserve: 60 months
Functions: Hours, minutes, date, moonphase
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Cushion
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 30.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated
Hands: Open-worked, blue
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with brushed and polished elements
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Solid