The new a.b.art Chronograph OC151 once again demonstrates that you do not need to waste tons of money to get yourself a discrete and elegant watch. If you have no prejudices against quartz-powered timekeepers and looking for something that is different from the mainstream, this new specimen may be a good choice.
Designed in their signature Bauhaus style, the OC151 features a black-and-white monochromatic, high-contrast design. Sporting an interesting combination of matte-black textures and streaks of bright-white across the dial, the gadget draws attention to itself.
Its clean and simple lines bring you not only a high level of legibility and elegance: they also make the watch look like it belongs to a completely different price category.
Of course, looking at the high-res photos, you understand why the price is so low (you can find it below €500,) but, if you do not use a magnifying lens, the timekeeper looks absolutely gorgeous in its own, deliberately simplified kind of way.
Its Swiss-made Ronda RQ 5030 D quartz chronograph movement is hidden inside a slender black PVD-coated stainless steel case 40.50 mm in diameter. While the mechanism is not particularly remarkable in terms of design or list of functions, it is still a good mechanism with strong metal chassis and long battery life that can go for as long as 54 months if you don’t abuse the chronograph function. It is also classified as “repairable”, so, if you tend to emotionally attach to things or just plan to keep the watch for a long period of time, this may help.
The dial is protected from dust and the elements with a sapphire glass that stoically withstands occasional contacts with hard and sharp objects. As far as I can tell, there is no anti-reflective treatment on the crystal, but that doesn’t worry me at all: in this price range you are probably better off without one.
As usual, the OC151 Chronograph is available on different kinds of straps. It may be a black PVD stainless steel bracelet (pictured) or a more practical silicone or black leather strap with stainless steel buckle. Beware though that the strap is offered in a rather rare 21 mm size, so finding a replacement that would suit your tastes may become a problem. Of course, you can always get a 22 mm band and simply have it cut to size, but, well, that may be a bummer.
Pricing is still to be officially revealed, but it would be safe to assume that the watch will go on sale with a recommended price of no higher than €800.
See also: A.B.Art Special OA All Black
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 1/5
Value for Money: 3/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
a.b.art Chronograph OC151 specification
Movement: Quartz, Ronda RQ 5030 D, 13 jewels, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes seconds, date, chronograph
Power reserve: 54 months
Case: Stainless steel, black PVD
Size: 40.50 mm
Lug width: 21 mm
Case height: 9.00 mm
Dial: Black, with white accents
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black PVD stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp; silicon or black leather strap with buckle