The new Marvin Malton M160 Rectangle Flying Hour (ref. M024.14.41.64) looks great. But why isn’t it powered by a mechanical movement? Perhaps, the answer is that someone at Marvin wants to believe that two quartz calibers are actually better than just one self-winding movement. On the other hand, a pair of quartz calibers plus a mechanical movement (yes, I’m talking about the 2010 Dussert Tri-Zone DW400 GMT) could be even better.
The Swiss watchmaking brand Marvin has recently expanded its Malton family of round and cushion-shaped watches with a new timekeeper that sports an even more elegant rectangular body.
Inspired by vintage watches of the brand that, in the 1950s, were sold in bulk to Air France and the Dutch air carrier KLM, the new watch sports an undoubtedly classic and well-executed body.
However, being 50 millimeters in length and 35 millimeters in width, the watch is clearly designed with a contemporary customer in mind: there are still lots of people who believe that a watch must be as huge as a smartphone.
The pair of regulator-style sub-dials that are aligned along the vertical axis of the watch, too, makes it look daringly modern.
As you can see on the photos, both sub-dials look like miniaturized instruments gauges from a classic airplane.
The sub-dial on the upper half of the timekeeper’s face offers you a nice “jumping hours” complication, which is inspired by the Marvin Jumping Hour model that was launched around 35 years ago. And the other one is for a subsidiary seconds display.
Since Marvin clearly lacks resources for developing such a complicated movement, the Swiss brand decided to go a short way and to employ a pair of simple quartz calibers, each powering its own function.
Well, there is a good Russian proverb for that: “Simplicity is worse than theft,” but guys at Marvin probably have never heard about it.
Judging by the M160’s technical specs, it uses the same pair of Ronda 751 (jumping hours and minutes) and Ronda 753 (seconds) quartz calibers as the Marvin M014 ladies watch that was presented almost three years ago and featured the same bi-compax dial layout.
Each movement is operated with its own setting crown located at 2 and 4 o’clock respectively.
Frankly, I don’t know what to think about this watch. For those customers who simply search for a cool-looking watch, this timekeeper may be of some interest: the new Marvin Malton M160 Rectangle Flying Hour indeed looks great. However, those, who search for an unusual watch powered by an unusual movement, will clearly be disappointed.
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Build Quality: 4.5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 1/5
Value for Money: 3.5/5
Overall Rating: 3.5/5
Marvin Malton M160 Rectangle Flying Hour (ref. M024.14.41.64) specification
Movement: A combination of Calibers Ronda 751 (jumping hours and minutes) and Ronda 753 (seconds), quartz, Swiss Made
Functions: Jumping Hours, minutes, seconds
Case: Stainless steel, polished and sandblasted
Size: 35.00 mm x 50.00 mm
Case height: 11.00
Lug width: 25.00 / 22.00 mm
Dial: Vertical-brushed rhodium grey or engine-turned black
Hour markers: White
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Black “Jack calf” leather, cream-colored overstitching with steel pin buckle (folding clasp available)
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective