The Swiss watchmaking company Rama Swiss Watch has recently introduced a new version of its RSW Consort (Ref. 6140.BS.L5.5.D1) ladies timepiece.
I am not really familiar with RSW and its, well, legacy when it comes to watchmaking, but I have to state two things before going further with this brief review.
First of all, the pics don’t really do this timekeeper any justice. While clearly not a piece you would want to put into a museum of modern art, it is still a well-designed accessory although it has its own share of minor annoyances.
The second thing is the price. For some $1500 (depending on your market), it looks a bit pricey for a timepiece that is powered by a quartz mechanism and is manufactured by a rather obscure brand.
As it is often the case with this sort of timekeepers, RSW doesn’t go into details regarding neither its technical specification nor its name. The only thing we know is that the movement is made in Switzerland and probably belongs to that rapidly growing throw-away kind that, judging by the look of its case back cover, will need you to visit your local service station even for such a simple task as replacing the battery.
This somehow reduces the value of the timekeeper if you are all into mechanical manufacture-made calibers. However, if you treat a watch more as an accessory rather than a complex gadget and value precision of a quartz mechanism more than technical refinement of a mechanical movement, then this must not be an issue.
Like the rest of the members of this elegant series, the watch is comes in an oval-shaped stainless steel case.
This somehow reduces the value of the timekeeper, if you are all into mechanical manufacture-made calibers. However, if you treat a watch more as an accessory rather than a complex gadget and value precision of a quartz more than technical refinement of a mechanical movement, then this must not be an issue.
With a major diameter of 40 mm, the RWS Consort‘s case takes a lot of real estate on a normal wrist. However, being quite slim, the watch doesn’t look bulky (although the oversized setting crown could have been a tad smaller.)
While the watch is mechanically simple, it is still a pleasure to look at. Mainly, thanks to its art-deco-styled grey and white dial that features a well-done subsidiary seconds display.
A finely crafted bezel set with 62 diamonds that together tip the scales at 0.65 carat finishes the picture.
Build quality: 4.5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 1/5
Value for money: 3/5
Overall Rating: 3.5/5
RSW Consort quartz ladies watch (Ref. 6140.BS.L5.5.D1) specification
Price: Approx. $1500
Movement: Quartz, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds
Power reserve: A couple of years
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel, set with 62 diamonds
Case shape: Oval
Bezel shape: Oval
Case size: 40.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: No data
Dial: White and grey
Hands: Steel, dauphine-shaped
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: White leather strap with double security buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Solid