The contention that mechanical watches are completely unfeasible in the cutting edge world is the most seasoned, most exaggerated cliché in watch reporting. Yet, in the event that that’s the case—and I won’t get into it too profoundly here—then why not hug the difficulty, all things considered, Watchmaking stays one of the most perfect, most engaged design practices for an item designer paying little heed to a watch’s (at any rate practically) pointless nature. 22 Design dove carelessly into this domain of unadulterated design with the fourth Dimension Concrete Watch Minimal Edition. There’s a ultramodern engineering feel at play here, further complemented by the strange concrete dial surface. Yet, how can it stack up as a genuine watch? Let’s burrow in.
Hands-On with the fourth Dimension Concrete Watch Minimal Edition from 22 Design Studio
Case Stainless steel Movement Sellita SW200-1 Dial Concrete Lume Yes; on the hands Lens Sapphire (front and back) Strap Leather Water Resistance 30m Dimensions 45mm x 45mm Thickness 14.5mm Lug Width 22mm Crown Push/pull Warranty Yes Price $760
Let’s move this privilege at the beginning—the 22 Design fourth Dimension is genuinely thick. While the case estimates 14.5mm profound, its chunk sided and shortened cone shape combined with a completely level gem and case back with no wrist-embracing bend causes it to show up and wear a lot taller. Setting it close to a comparably tall case with angling and forms makes this much more apparent.
However, for all its bumpy tallness, it’s not ugly. The case sides highlight even flat brushing in general, and the undercut incline close to the base aides the 45mm lugless width from feeling tremendously wide just as tall. Similarly negligible is the crown at three o’clock—a average sized octagonal jolt without a mark. The solitary genuine interference of this absolutely obvious moderation is the content around the showcase case back, offering a liberal perspective on the workhorse Sellita power plant. This pattern of structure before-work insignificant innovation proceeds to the dial, where the watch flaunts its unmistakable dish. This stand-out, twisting flight of stairs dial doesn’t simply resemble a piece of engineering, it truly is. Made of uncommonly relieved concrete, this dial feels grumpy, cutting edge and wouldn’t watch strange in an advanced workmanship exhibition. Without lists, it’s up to each progression of the flight of stairs to fill in as markers, something that functions admirably in even low light conditions. The fourth Dimension is prominently clear for a particularly pared-down design, yet toward the day’s end this dial is about appearances. The outrageous tallness of the case begins to bode well with regards to this comically tall dial, and it leaves a pleasantly brushed rehaut that feels a mile deep on the base step.
The hands are adjusted to this deep profundity too, growing upward from a focal center point at the base layer of the dial before forcefully bowing outwards to their more conventional positions. This offers much more remarkable light and shadow play in evolving conditions, something I frequently found myself halting to admire.
Ironically, the solitary significant issue with the Minimal Edition’s dial is that it’s not exactly negligible enough—the date window pushes upward from the three o’clock “step” like a good old well, intruding on the consistent progression of the flight of stairs and offering a fairly jolting profile from a point. The opening of this well dives down to uncover a huge portion of the date haggle fragment of the development itself—almost an open heart. Be that as it may, it languishes over its uncertainty: excessively wide for a date window, however not wide enough to show anything of substance in the development, it comes off inclination practically messy amidst the engineering request of the remainder of the dial.
A no-date would have served this watch much better. Also, the watch would be appealing with a sterile dial, yet the bas-help 22 seal finds a way into the general stylish pleasantly without almost a similar disturbance as the date.
Inside this huge case lies a recognizable motor: the respected Sellita SW200-1. With ETA’s progressive withdrawal from the development market, Sellita has moved to get a lot of that slack, and has become the transcendent decision for those searching for a reasonable Swiss three-hander. The specific model inside the 22 Design fourth Dimension is explicitly practical notwithstanding the design-driven outside, highlighting no genuine beautification to discuss. It’s a straightforward steel building, yet it’s consistently a delight to see the thumping heart of an equilibrium wheel at work. As far as usefulness, it has the standard clothing rundown of highlights: 26 gems, a 28,800 bph clear, and a 38-hour power hold. It’s completely strong for the money.
22 Design offers the fourth Dimension Minimal Edition on an appropriately insignificant dark cowhide tie, with coordinating dark sewing. The thick calf cowhide is flexible and comfortable here, yet it’s in the subtleties that this lash separates itself. Scratched into the inward coating is 22’s insignia on one side and “Time, the fourth dimension” on the other. A fascinating decision for a carving, certainly, and a decent connection to the model designation. The inconspicuous “22” scratching on the clasp merits unique notice too, as a spotless and unpretentious piece of branding.
Now to the extent wearability goes, the fourth Dimension is a mishmash. At a lugless cycle 45 millimeters, the case really wears amazingly compact, feeling more around the 42 blemish on the wrist. Then again, the piece is still inconceivably tall, making it difficult to fit under shirt and coat sleeves. Wrist presence, at that point, is typically monstrous, yet as a watch so without streak that’s not really a terrible thing.
Realistically, notwithstanding, the uniform brushed surface appears to be a magnet for scratches and with its staggering tallness it’s just a short time before that conelike case slams into something.
Overall at that point, the 22 Design fourth Dimension Concrete Watch Minimal Edition is a mishmash. There’s no denying the fourth Dimension is a fascinating idea with some heavenly execution in spots. It is, notwithstanding, a design practice first and foremost—a paragon of structure over function.
Do I like it? Definitely so. Would this at any point be an every day wearer? No way on earth. This piece bodes well, at that point, more as a piece of utilitarian figure than a watch. It’s a beautiful one at that, however outside of a periodic unique occasion it simply feels like a container sovereign. At $760, it’s in rather competitive domain, however for a watch this exceptional there truly is no substitute. 22 Design