RSW has introduced yet another –the twelfth, to be more precise– member of its High King collection. The new Dark Knight High King Power Reserve & Retrograde Date (Ref. 3502.MS1.A1.1.00) offers a matte black PVD-treated stainless steel case with elements made of contrasting satin-finished steel. As usual for this type of “sporty” timekeepers, the body is large and, being whole 44 millimeters in diameter, will not suit a skinny wrist of a typical hipster. The good news is that hipsters usually don’t buy this kind of stuff.
The black PVD coated version was previously available only in different combinations with 18-karat pink gold reserved for hands, hour indexes, and some elements of the case.
Now they sell it with the aforementioned parts made of stainless steel.
Like the rest of the High Kings that are capable of displaying the retrograde date and of course, the power reserve, the new edition is powered by the RSW 1120.04.1 automatic caliber.
Being almost 30 mm in diameter, the movement has enough space to place two mainspring barrels that provide the mechanism with a whole 120 hours of uninterrupted power supply.
The design may come especially handy if you plan to wear the watch only on weekends, putting it into a safe place for office days.
The movement is protected from vicissitudes of life with a screw-down sapphire crystal case-back on the rear and a sapphire crystal on the front.
Although the watch boasts a resolutely sporty aura, the stainless steel case is only waterproof for some 30 meters, so you surely do not want to go to a swimming pool party wearing the expensive gadget.
By the way, RSW plans to sell the 3502.MS1.A1.1.00 for more than generous HCF 8650, that is around €6800 at the current exchange rate.
What I really like here are the screwdriver-shaped hour and minute hands that perfectly match the arrow-shaped hands for the retrograde date display and power reserve indicator located at 1 o’clock and 5 o’clock respectively.
To my taste, the new member of the family offers the most balanced look with its matt black dial and case and satin-finished stainless steel hands and hour indexes.
I could surely live without the “patented fold-out crank system” for its setting crown that only makes the process of winding the mechanism unnecessarily complicated, but that is the part of the package, I suppose.
See also: Concord C1 Radar Chronometer
RSW Dark Knight High King Power Reserve & Retrograde Date (Ref. 3502.MS1.A1.1.00) specification
Price: CHF 8650 (MSRP)
Movement: Caliber RSW 1120.04.1, automatic, diameter, 29.9 mm, 43 jewels, 28,800 vph, double-barrel, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, power reserve, retrograde date
Power reserve: 120 hours
Case: Stainless steel, black PVD-treated
Size: 44.00 mm
Dial: Black PVD treatment
Hands: Steel, polished
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Alligator strap with double security buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Back: Screw-down sapphire crystal case-back