Thursday, January 28, 2010
REVIEW - Tourby Watches Open Heart Black
What makes a watch beautiful? The dial? The case? The lugs? The crown? The right strap? What if we combine everything? Well, thankfully the guys at Tourby Watches did it for us and came up with the Open Heart. There are two versions of the Open Heart - Open Heart Black like the one above and the Open Heart White which is perhaps more appealing to women. The only difference is the colour of the straps.
The watch was well packed in a huge box with a LOT of styrofoam to protect the outer cardboard box of the watch. There weren't any signs of damage which is great :)
Though the review is about the watch, I just have to mention the beautiful Maple wood box that the watch came in. Its by far one of the best watch boxes I have seen. I mean just look at it.....
See what I was talking about?
Of course, opening that beautiful box revels another beautiful object - The Tourby Open Heart. I kid you not when I say this is one stunning watch.
The boxThe box also came with a really nice key to lock it. It just shows the extra effort these guys went through just make people like us really appreciate the watch even more
The watch features a 37mm SS polished case. The size might seem a bit small, but IMO its perfect for what it is - a dress watch. The lugs come with screws instead of spring bars which is a real nice touch the to the overall looks of the watch. This watch also features a sapphire crystal and a screw down crown, which I think is sweet even though its not a diver watch. Here is a pic on my 7 inches wrist:
The first thing that catches your attention is the stunning guilloché dial with black roman numbers for the hour markings. Of course the main attraction here is the open heart window just under the 12 hour marker. It gives us a small glimpse into the beautiful SOPROD finish movement behind and really does feel like the heart of the watch. The Tourby name is above the 6 hour marker instead of the regular 12 hour place making the open heart window even more special. Even people who just say "nice watch" for my other watches actually said "nice dial" for this one
This watch is simply so beautiful from the front, but what about the back? Can it match the dial? The answer is yes!!
As their website states, this watch features a SOPROD finish Swiss made ETA 2824-2 automatic movement * 25 jewels * 28.800 A/h * skeletonized * engraved * perlage * sunburst rotor *. And thanks to the display case back, one can really marvel at the beauty of it and truly appreciate the effort and care taken by Tourby while working on this movement.
Accuracy - Although its not a certified chronometer, this beautiful movement keeps the watch at +4 secs a day
This watch features a lovely black genuine Louisiana Alliagator strap with a deployment buckle which IMO really helps complement the beauty of it. Its pretty comfortable on the wrist too
The lume on the hands (hour and minute) is not too bright unfortunately, but since its a dress watch, I guess it really doesn't make too much of a difference.
Honestly, I had my eyes set on this watch for a long time and got really lucky to actually win it. The watch has been on my wrist at work, while sleeping and even at times when I have gotten pretty drunk and so far it looks just as beautiful as the the day it arrived . I would again like to add that this is truly a beautiful watch and would make a lovely addition to any collection .