With its exaggerated styling, the new Saint Honore Euphoria Quartz (Ref. 721108 6AYDR) may scare away a lot of women looking for a subtle, inconspicuous timekeeper. However, if you are not afraid of getting your fair share of the limelight, this eclectic but beautiful accessory may be a nice choice.
Revealed together with the glittering Euphoria One Carat at Baselworld 2014, the Saint Honore Euphoria sports the same dimensions and basic styling, but looks a lot more modest compared to its more expensive sibling. Although the lack of precious stones on the body makes numerous design flaws a lot more visible to the naked eye, I must admit that the watch certainly doesn’t look cheap. In fact, it makes a strong impression, if you don’t look too close.
The 35-millimeter cushion-shaped body’s only decoration is mirror-like polish, while the use of diamonds is limited to just 11 (and also rather small) precious stones. Serving as expensive hour markers, the gems are presented in elegant rose gold PVD-plated claw setting.
The same PVD plating is used to decorate the sword-shaped, luminous hour and minute hands and the single Arabic numeral at 12 hours. Regrettably, someone at the Saint Honore design department got convinced that that wasn’t enough and added a gold-plated bracelet link and setting crown, which is further decorated with a black onyx cabochon.
Saying that they ruined the watch would probably be a serious exaggeration. However, I feel that the choice of colors and textures a bit detracts from the model’s beauty. Perhaps, replacing the diamonds with a set of 11 onyx stones would be enough to remedy this minor mistake.
Another thing that worries me a little is the quality issues with the otherwise beautiful white dial of the timekeeper. Even on these promotional photos disseminated by the brand itself, you can see something that looks like glue bleeding right where the central mother-of-pearl part is attached to the outer ring. The flaw may not be as visible when you look at the gadget without a magnifying lens, but for a timekeeper that bears the sacred “Swiss Made” inscription, this is absolutely, completely unacceptable.
Otherwise, the new Euphoria two-hander is handsome with its cushion-shaped steel case looking surprisingly lightweight and elegant. The two-tone bracelet, too, looks quite organic with its gently curved, finely polished surfaces. Judging by the looks of it, it must be quite comfortable on a lady’s wrist.
At 35 millimeters in width, the device is certainly not tiny, but, thanks to the choice of movement, its case is slim enough for the trinket not to look excessively massive.
As usual, the company doesn’t offer much information regarding the name and technical specs of the quartz caliber that animates the piece, but they often use mechanisms manufactured by Swiss-based Ronda, which basically means good quality at an affordable price. The fact that, unlike a mechanical movement, a quartz caliber also demands a lot less attention besides changing the battery every two or three years, also helps.
Photos: Saint Honore
Build quality: 4/5
Value for money: 3.5/5
Saint Honore Euphoria 35mm (Ref. 721108 6AYDR) specification
Price: €895 (MSRP)
Movement: Quartz, Swiss Made
Power reserve: A couple of years
Functions: Hours, minutes
Case: Stainless steel
Crown: Rose gold PVD steel
Size: 35.00 mm
Dial: White mother-of-pearl
Numerals: Arabic (12 hours)
Hour markers: Diamonds
Hands: Rose gold-plated, luminous
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Two-tone bracelet in steel and rose gold-plated PVD with deployment clasp