Inspired by their 2011 Saint Honore Coloseo Flower ladies watch, the new Saint-Honore Trocadero Lady «Magic Flower» model takes the idea on a completely new level by offering a degree of refinement that I never really expected from the Swiss-based brand. I can only admire this beautiful timekeeper: even despite the fact that it is powered by an anonymous Swiss quartz movement (like many other “fashion-oriented” watchmaking brands, Saint-Honore doesn’t bother about specifying names of the calibers that they use,) this new wristwatch doesn’t look like yet another fashion accessory that will be forgotten by next Christmas.
Clearly influenced by traditional Japanese objects of art with their laconic forms and restrained color combinations, the new Saint-Honore Trocadero Lady «Magic Flower» will soon be available both in modest stainless steel and in a more daring PVD rose gold body. While PVD-treated “gold” watches rarely look convincing enough to justify spending hard-earned cash on them, this particular model somehow makes the gold-coated surface actually look nice. Also, it plays really well not only with letters engraved on the mirror-polished bezel (hello, Bulgari,) but with the sand-blasted (well, it looks sand-blasted, I don’t know what kind of tech was actually used to make the finish) dial, too.
By the way, as you can see on the photos below, each version of the watch has the dial color-keyed to the color of the case (gray for steel and rose(ish) for the PVD-plated gold) and decorated with very nicely executed white mother-of-pearl flowers. Dominating the face of the timepiece, they make the timekeepers look unique and surprisingly refined. The “flower” on the rose gold-plated version looks more interesting since, thanks for more contrasting color, it nicely accents the main color of the piece, although the one on the steel version, too, looks great if you prefer all elements of the piece to blend nicely into the grand scheme of things.
The smaller, shuriken-style flower at 6 o’clock is in fact a small seconds indicator. Equipped with a sweep second module, the mechanism allows the tiny metal flower to rotate in such a flowing, smooth, un-quartz fashion that I even wonder whether the watch can be used for a meditation practice, while on the go.
Case & Bezel
At 30 millimeters in diameter, the watch is deliciously small, especially if you put it next to modern monstrosities that are sometimes more than 40 millimeters wide. The proportions are carefully thought-after with relatively thin bezel and short lugs, although the setting crown is still a bit too small for my taste.
To be frank, I am not really happy about the “Saint-Honore” inscription on the bezel. This way of decoration is just too strongly associated with Bulgari for, let’s face it, a minor watchmaker to use it without being accused in shameless plagiarism. Well, at least, the inscription doesn’t draw too much attention to itself.
Build Quality: 4.5/5
Overall Legibility: 3.5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 1/5
Value for Money: n/a
Overall Rating: 3.5/5
Saint-Honore Trocadero Lady «Magic Flower» specification
Movement: Quartz, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: No data
Movement frequency: N/A
Power reserve: A couple of years
Movement decoration: No data
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds
Case material: Stainless steel / PVD Rose gold
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Bezel shape: Round
Size: 30.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Dial: Coppery-Brown / Grey with white mother-of-pearl insert
Hour markers: None
Hands: Steel or PVD rose gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: High-gloss taupe brown or olive patent leather strap