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Hands On with the Roue Collection

Hands On with the Roue Collection

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Like most undertakings, first year recruit endeavors in watchmaking are infrequently the most grounded. Fashioners are as yet sorting out their brand’s language, parts are difficult to source and much harder to plan, and there’s the basic certainty of cash to be thought of; it takes a great deal of money to begin your own watch image, and most new companies aren’t precisely abounding in it. Occasionally, nonetheless, there’s a newcomer on the scene who appears to have these issues pretty much sorted out. The sort of new brand that appears to be bound for future significance. Alex Iervolino and his debut contributions at Roue appear to highlight shocking things as it were, however does this upstart brand’s “first album” warrant getting tied up with on its own?

On paper, there’s something for pretty much everybody here. In this first group of four quartz pieces are a ‘70s-motivated chronograph (the CHR), a car arched sub seconds (the SSD), a field watch with genuine Braun vibes (the HDS), and a new interpretation of the moderate three-hander (the CAL). All things considered, expansiveness doesn’t consistently compare to quality, so let’s jump somewhat more profound with a portion of the case and dial combinations we have here.

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$160

Hands On with the Roue Collection

Case Stainless steel (Black PVD or impacted) Movement Miyota 6S10 Quartz (CHR), Seiko VD78 Quartz (SSD), Miyota 2315 Quartz (HDS & CAL) Dial Black/Gray (CHR), Black/Silver (SSD), Gray (HDS), Black (CAL) Lume Yes Lens Sapphire Strap Leather/Nylon/Silicone Water Resistance 50m Dimensions 41.5mm x48mm Thickness 10.9mm Lug Width 22mm Crown Push/pull Warranty 2 years Price $160

One of the manners in which Roue has kept a solid brand character (and minimized expenses too) is in their cases. Each of the four of these pieces share a common case design–a 41.5mm impacted pad case. The lines are kept straightforward here, with just a solitary angle along the upper edge of the case/hauls to separate the shape. This permits the completing to truly come to the front, and to Roue’s merit, the all-over impacting is stunningly even with a rich matte dark on the PVD renditions (the CHR, SSD, and CAL). The Roue crown at three, while unsigned, is pleasantly itemized with both a coin edge and an indented ring for simpler pulling. Around back, the case backs are done with a well honed carving portraying a checkered banner example, encompassing the Roue logo itself. Like looking into it appropriate, the completing here would be amazing for multiple times the cost, particularly with this being the brand’s first attempt.

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The genuine gathering piece of Roue’s cases, notwithstanding, is directly on the boundary between the steel and the dials–in an irregular trademark move, each of the four compromise the conventional dark gem gasket for a rich, profoundly noticeable one in brilliant yellow. It’s a basic, simple change, however this minor touch completely changes the personality of these watches. The yellow adds an energetic sprinkle of shading in with the general mish-mash, however this doesn’t just add visual fervor. By encompassing the actual dial in this splendid, eye-getting shading, Roue rapidly and effectively builds up the dials as the central purposes of these pieces.

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And what central focuses they are! There’s a secret stash of polished contacts here, each with its own unmistakable personality. The CHR chronograph is plainly implied as the leader here, and keeping in mind that such countless brands are utilizing ‘70s hustling chronographs as an inventive wellspring, Roue has taken things a shockingly extraordinary way. This piece might be the first at any point to draw motivation from the strange and wild Valjoux 7765.

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This similarity, obviously, is promptly evident from the odd nine and 12 o’clock sub-dial positions, yet there’s more here than at first meets the eye. While the sub-dials are not really where you’d expect, the dial by and large remaining parts outstandingly adjusted gratitude to both the three o’clock date window and the larger than average printed Roue logo at six. There’s some pleasant differentiating profundity at play here too with the external list ring sitting marginally over the principle dial plane and the sub-dials cutting in profoundly in differentiating dark. Talking about difference, the shading play on this specific CHR variation is superb–both the files and the hour/minute hands pull in the profound yellow of the gasket ring, and the primary dial’s dim matte completion stands out barely enough from the dark of the sub-dials and external ring.

Next up would be the shocking SSD. There are clearly car topics at work here, as well, however compared to the CHR the motivation is a touch more established (think the early ’60s) and altogether more exacting. As opposed to reworking another exemplary watch plan, the SSD effectively deconstructs the exemplary Smiths check. Given the measure of material in Roue’s press bundle devoted to the Smiths check group of the amazing Jaguar E-Type, it’s no mishap there’s a similarity. I’ve expounded on auto enlivened plan here at Worn & Wound ordinarily previously, and my overall assessment is that attempting to bring an excessive number of strict car components into a watch comes off as awkward and whimsical. In any case, Roue deals with the accomplishment of riding the razor’s edge with the SSD–changing barely enough to not quickly read as a dashboard component, while simultaneously saturating enough of its own character to make it distinctive.

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The external applied silver minutes file is one of these unmistakable components, adding a metallic sheen to the dial and genuinely kicking up the pop factor. The hours lists are striking printed Arabic numerals, honed and made right barely enough from the first Smiths typography to cause them to feel tight and current. At six is the little seconds dial, delivered in a shocking combination of matte and gleam dark that lone further adds to the visual dynamism at play here. The handset is a couple of instrument-style tightening white sticks with a dark tipped moment hand for contrast against the silver minutes track, and it’s clean and quickly discernible. Lume-wise, the SSD is wonderfully hearty with all hands and hour markers putting off an enduring, if unspectacular, green, however the genuine amazement comes from the weak ruddy lume treatment of the external minutes track. It’s an eye-catcher in low light, and one more illustration of the cleaned configuration work in plain view from Roue.

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The SSD’s stablemate, the HDS, is an altogether different creature, however it’s barely less amazing. The overall feel here is a deft mix of mil-watch and German moderate (particularly Dieter Rams’ work at Braun) components, with an intense larger than usual external minutes ring encompassing two separate hours tracks–one clean Arabic numerals, the other line markers.

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All these different concentric rings emit a nearly ventured impact, which is just upgraded by the quietly more obscure dim of the external minutes ring. While the entirety of this appears to be somewhat spotless and direct, Roue again separates this one with its own fine contacts. The hands, rather than sullen straight pieces, are naturally tightened in similarity to the exemplary Marc Newson Ikepods, adding some differentiating bend and energy to the mastery of straight lines here. What’s more, the Roue gasket yellow is repeated through the dial token and seconds hand of the HDS.

Finally, we have the CAL. “Less is more” was without a doubt the way of thinking here, with no lists put something aside for an external minutes ring. Truth be told, the lone thing permitted to deface the totally matte dark dial surface is the Roue seal at 12 and the date window at six. The handset is imparted to the HDS, with the naturally tightening lumed sticks here delivered with a splendid orange seconds hand.

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Yes, each of the four Roue pieces are quartz, however in light of the fact that they’re battery controlled doesn’t mean the brand hasn’t required the work to guarantee quality. Every one of the four are driven by quartz motors from Miyota (for the CHR, HDS, and CAL) or Seiko (for the SSD), and are heartily worked with two-year guarantees. Without a doubt, they may not be pretty much as sentimental as mechanicals are, yet they’re all strong entertainers. Also if Roue at any point finds time to put customary developments in these pieces, particularly the CHR and SSD, they’ll have some genuine competitors on their hands. All things considered, Autodromo began a similar way. Quartz is a fine venturing stone for another brand.

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While each of the four Roue contributions may share a case, the brand surely hasn’t adopted similar strategy to ties. The line is dispatching with three amazing alternatives: a smoothed out current interpretation of the jungle tie, a calfskin lined nylon, and a splendidly graceful large opening convention tie that suits the CHR better than everything else I can envision. The put-togetherness on the actual lashes are great, also, with marked liners and a forcefully scratched twofold sided clasp on each of the three alternatives. All things considered, it’d be intriguing to see Roue’s take on an arm band, particularly in their impacted PVD finish.

In terms of wearability, the 41.5mm breadth is on the high side of my sweet spot, yet even on my 6.75-inch wrist, the cases feel totally estimated. An enormous factor to this is the manner by which thin these watches are–most check in just shy of 10mm, while the additional complexity of the CHR knocks is up to 10.9mm. When compared against comparative mechanicals, the Roues look decidedly svelte.

Overall, at that point, it’s unquestionable that Roue has created a heavenly opening salvo with their underlying four watches. While there are minor indications of first-time nerves here and there–the marginal misrepresentation of the CAL’s dial and the quartz developments, for example–there’s an entrancing mix of thoughts and craftsmanship at play here. In the event that you’re not the sort to disapprove of quartz, this green bean collection is loaded with extraordinary pieces at significantly more prominent costs. I without a doubt, can’t stand by to perceive what their second round may look like.

The CHR is estimated at $230, the SSD at $190, and the HDS and CAL at $160. Past the case and dial combinations appeared here, different alternatives are accessible. For the full spread, visit Roue .

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