Available both in glossy stainless steel (ref. 886020 1NRFN) and in dressier rose gold PVD (ref. 886020 8ARF) versions, any member of this new Saint Honore Trocadero Chronograph collection could be a timepiece of choice for a person searching for a classic-styled “Swiss made” chronograph wristwatch, but on a very tight budget. And never mind the purists: after all, you are buying a watch for yourself, not for a bunch of snobs who believe that anything below an Omega or Rolex is not even worth considering.
As the other members of their Trocadero family, this watch features the familiar set of boldly styled Roman numerals on its silver-toned dial that are neatly lined along the railway-style minute track. Although the classic Clous de Paris motif is clearly stamped, not engraved by a hand of a skilled artisan, the face of the timekeeper still looks very elegant and even classy, especially the one on the PVD-treated version with rose gold-plated hour and minute hands.
While many watchmakers still think that a chronograph must be “sporty” and thus offer the timepieces in oversized bodies, Saint Honore really got it right and presented the Trocadero in a compact case only 41 millimeters in diameter. Quite slim and sporting a set of relatively short lugs, the watch will probably fit nicely almost any wrist, even the skinniest one.
Although the watch is powered by a mass-produced quartz movement (there is currently no information regarding the engine, but, like with most quartz-powered pieces in this price range, it will probably give you years of hassle-free operation with no need to do anything about it beyond changing batteries every couple years or so,) I can’t really call it a deficiency, since for many people starting their journey with luxury timepieces a true mechanical caliber can often be too costly to maintain. From this perspective, a simple quartz mechanism that usually needs no special care besides changing a battery once in a couple of years (if you don’t use the chronograph function too often), can be very handy.
Frankly, besides a relatively low water resistance rating of just 30 meters (3 ATM means that you would have to wash your hands with some care,) I can’t find any significant problem with this watch. Now, all we really need to know is the price. As far as I understand, the MSRP will be revealed in a matter of weeks either during or after Baselworld 2013 show where the SH plans to take the wraps off the timekeeper.
See also: Longines Conquest Classic Chronograph
Photos: Saint Honore
Saint Honore Trocadero Chronograph watch specification
Price: €580 (ref. 886020 1NRFN in stainless steel) / €650 (ref. 886020 8ARF with rose gold PVD coating)
Movement: Quartz, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: No data
Movement frequency: N/A
Power reserve: A couple of years or so
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph, date
Case material: Rose gold PVD steel / Stainless steel
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 41.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Dial: Royal Blue
Hour markers: Railway track
Hands: Match case
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Brown leather strap on steel deployment buckle with finish matching that of the case
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Solid