A couple of years back, I surveyed the Mark I 001 chronograph from Le Jour , a brand that had been renewed a long time after it had gone the method of the dodo because of the Quartz Crisis. My takeaway was that it was a truly slick watch, and unmistakably the group behind this new time of Le Jour needed to do things right and weren’t simply depending on a name.
Singapore retailer and Le Jour AD Gnomon Watches as of late put out a restricted release named the Skipper, an undeniable gesture to one of Heuer’s more celebrated chronographs. Most clear is the 30-minute aggregator at twelve delivered in red, white, and blue, and the running seconds at nine which is portrayed via simple line of sight, similarly as it was on the first (for this situation, the Autavia-cased Ref. 15640 ). Completing the Valjoux design is the twelve-hour aggregator at six.
There’s a date window at three close by some marking, which together feels a touch swarmed. Moreover, I feel that the date window would have been exceptional off without a casing, however by and large it’s not very prominent. For the lume nuts, there’s C3 Super-LumiNova on all fours.
Other than the quickly engaging shading plan, the Le Jour Skipper is, basically, a pleasantly spec’d watch at the cost. The 200-meter-evaluated case estimates 42.5 millimeters across, 45.8 millimeters haul to-drag, and 16 millimeters thick. It’s additionally 22 millimeters at the hauls. Up top is a level sapphire gem, around back is a strong screw down case back, and controlling the watch is a Valjoux 7750, a reliable workhorse. To learn more about the type, click here .
There are two editions—brushed/cleaned and matte (alluding to the case finishing)—and as of this composing the previous is sold out. The Matte release is as of now available, however I envision not for a really long time with it being restricted to only 20 units.
In my experience, these cases are very much wrapped up. The head alone weighs around 111 grams. On the bracelet, which can be bought independently for $400, the watch comes in at 218 grams, which is very weighty, albeit still comfortable. The bundle here comes with two vintage-style leather lashes.
Coming in at $1,280, the Le Jour Skipper addresses an excellent incentive at retail for a delightfully executed chronograph with a Valjoux type. I was truly intrigued with this arrangement when I had the Mark I 001 in for audit, so if you’re on the lookout for a retro-motivated chronograph that doesn’t (generally) burn up all available resources, at that point you should give this one a look. Gnomon and Le Jour
All pictures via Gnomon’s website.