The Swiss watchmaker has recently introduced a scaled-down version of its cushion-shaped Malton Coussin family. Re-designed in a smaller size and better proportions specifically for women, the Marvin Malton Mini-Cushion Moonphase (Ref. M022.12.39.12) is even more laconic, compact, and features an attractive design for a piece that costs less than €600.
Like many timekeepers in this price range, the watch is animated by a quartz movement. The caliber Ronda 708 that powers the watch is a close relative of the caliber Ronda 705 and is therefore reliable and relatively easy to repair. However, the mechanism features an additional moon phase module with a large central disk that allows for making timekeepers almost as beautiful as this Arnold & Son HM Perpetual Moon at literally just a fraction of the price.
Of course, the guilloche-style pattern on the chapter ring looks simply stamped and the hands, as well the three Arabic numerals, are probably not heat-blued, but anodized for the sake of cost-cutting. However, while not offering much in terms of high watchmaking, the wristwatch does the job: it looks great and delivers on its promises.
There is a great number of people that hate quartz watches for their dead-beat seconds hands that immediately make everyone see that his or her timepiece (however sexy it looks) is not a high-end job. Probably, this was partly a reason why Marvin’s designers decided to remove the seconds-hand from the dial.
The latter, by the way of speaking, looks terrific (well, it at least looks terrific in these promotional photos) with its pair of diamond-shaped skeletonized hands, guilloche-like stamped dial, and a great white-and-blue color scheme that makes the device look especially imposing. Even the stock moon disk seems to have been modified to better match the chosen colors.
Surprisingly, even the railway-style minute track looks home here nicely separating the dial from the bezel.
Perhaps, the only thing that makes me raise an eyebrow here is the relative size of the “MARVIN” logo to other elements of the dial layout. I mean, is it some sort of compensation for the brand’s virtual obscurity?
The design of its cushion-shaped body looks like just a seriously scaled-down version of their popular M119 line of timekeepers: the thick round bezel, the nut-shaped setting crown, even the crown-lugs that look like small chronograph push-pieces are here. Still, it doesn’t look as brutal. In fact, you can wear it with something more feminine than a business suit. Perhaps, part of the effect could be attributed to a more elegant bracelet joint that makes the watch look considerably lighter.
Thanks to the choice of a quartz caliber, this beautiful trinket that measures just 30 millimeters wide managed to stay relatively thin and thus proportionate: an important feature for a timepiece designed with female customers in mind. Not only it will look great on almost any female wrist, but it will also feel comfortable in most circumstances of daily life.
If the choice of the quartz technology over a good old mechanical movement doesn’t scare you and if you are into this new “oversized moon phase display” fad, I can’t recommend this wristwatch strong enough.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 3.5/5
Value for Money: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
Photos: Marvin Watches
Marvin Malton Mini-Cushion Moonphase M022.12.39.12 specification
Price: $760 (MSRP)
Movement: Quartz, Caliber Ronda 708, Swiss Made
Power reserve: 60 months
Functions: Hours, minutes, date, moon-phase
Case: Stainless steel
Bezel shape: Round
Size: 30.00 mm
Numerals: Arabic, blue
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated
Hands: Open-worked, blue
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with brushed and polished elements
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Back: Solid, engraved