Presented in a two-tone body (the choice of colors that is especially popular among buyers on a tight budget, but with expensive tastes) and sporting a reliable Swiss movement, the new Saint Honore Carrousel Moon Phase delivers three most useful complications without all the hassle that accompanies them when it comes to a timekeeper powered by either an automatic or a hand-wound caliber.
As beautiful as they are, multifunctional mechanical watches are often a real pain in the head to maintain in good order: the more complex a movement is, the higher probability that it will break down and the larger your repair bill will be. Although not as sexy as mechanical calibers, quartz-regulated mechanisms give you the same functionality at just a fraction of the price and trouble.
Judging by the layout of its dial and claimed functionality, this new Saint Honore Carrousel Moon Phase seems to be powered by a well-known Ronda 706.1 quartz movement that is often used by smaller watchmaking brands as Hanowa / Swiss Military and the like. Having a power reserve close to six years, it allows you to just use the watch without keeping in memory (or in an Excel spreadsheet) service intervals and other stuff that usually accompanies owners of expensive timekeepers.
As simple as it is, the mechanism offers a very nice set of functions, like moonphase indication and an expanded calendar display with day of week and date sub-dials.
At 42 millimeters in diameter, the new wristwatch nicely fits into the “mid-sized sporty full calendar” category. With its relatively short lugs, the watch will look natural on a normal wrist, yet the size of the nicely finished stainless steel body allows for a larger dial opening that makes reading time on the traditionally mildly cluttered dial even easier.
As usual, setting the calendar and chronograph is not particularly easy: the correctors of the sort the Swiss brand uses on this timekeeper will require a pen or, preferably, a wooden toothpick to adjust the sub-dials. Still, this isn’t really a problem for a device powered by a quartz caliber: set it just once and it will continue giving you correct data until the battery dries off and when that happens, well, your service person will probably set the calendar and moonphase indicator himself.
Although the watch is not terribly expensive and the “rose gold” parts of its body and dial is in fact PVD-treated steel, it looks quite noble with its nice combination of polished and brushed surfaces.
The “rose gold” is nicely mixed with egg-shell white dial with a high-contrast black and light-grey chapter ring and that familiar Clous de Paris pattern that watchmakers seem to like so much. The Arabic numerals at 6 and 12 o’clock are well-balanced with other elements of the face and the open-worked hour and minute hands look quite at home here.
I am a bit displeased that the gadget doesn’t have even a tiny dot of Superluminova on its indicators, but that isn’t really a serious flaw for a timekeeper that is supposed to be a strictly dress watch. Subjectively, I really like this model even though I wasn’t able to give it an overall rating higher than just 3.5 stars out of five.
Photos: Saint Honore
Build Quality: 4/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 1/5
Value for Money: 4/5
Overall Rating: 3.5/5
Saint Honore Carrousel Moon Phase specification
Movement: Quartz, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, day of week, moonphase
Case and Crown: Stainless steel
Bezel: Matches case, rose gold PVD-treated
Bezel shape: Round
Size: 42.00 mm
Dial: Egg-shell white
Hour markers: Applied
Hands: Open-worked, rose gold PVD
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Black leather strap on a deployant clasp