Scarcely any other than Michael Happé of Gavox Watches would understand a force save pointer as an action tracker. Yet, he’s right: if you’re not moving, the measure will advise you. Happé appreciates envisioning novel uses for conventional complications (alerts, for instance, can be utilized to time shifts in the driver’s seat on excursions ). To say that Happé is fixated on complications isn’t to deny Gavox’s tasteful accomplishments, yet couple of brands milk a development so completely for its potential stories. The new Legacy from Gavox is no exemption, as it desperately requests that we hold onto the occasion (stay fit; live long; have some good times) while its vintage marine chronometer styling praises the boldness of another era.
This 41.4-millimeter watch is very conventional from the outset: dials are blue, anthracite, or white with concentric dial etchings, markers are either painted roman numerals or lume-filled applied units, and the case is unadorned with customary carries. It’s so traditionally styled that—at arm’s length, anyways—it’s barely noticeable how whack-a-doodle the Legacy is.
Review: Gavox Legacy Power Reserve
Case Stainless steel. Development Miyota 9130 Dial White, blue, anthracite. Lume Markers and hands on blue and anthracite variants. Focal point Sapphire Strap Various calfskin decisions. Water Resistance 50 meters Dimensions 41 x 48.8mm Thickness 12.1mm Lug Width 20mm Crown push-pull Warranty Yes Price $675
A date window at seven o’clock that slices that marker down the middle? You’ve had the opportunity to mess with me. A force hold pointer mounted in the one o’clock creator that crosses over the two and twelve o’clock markers as it moves? The brand’s logo along the internal dial spreading over from five to three o’clock? The crown at four? This watch should trigger each and every annoyance I’ve got .
And yet, wonderfully, it works. If you somehow happened to gather the date, power hold pointer, logo, and crown together into a solitary picture (as one does in, say, a plan program), and you were to pivot that picture counterclockwise precisely 30 degrees (or one five-minute position), everything would land in a customary detect: the date would be at six; the crown and logo at three; the force save at twelve. You’d have a “normal watch.” By positioning these highlights en masse, Gavox has kept up customary evenness while at the same time contradicting show. This messed up plan is the visual simple to calling a force hold pointer a movement tracker; it is another curve (in a real sense) on something very traditional.
Happé is from Belgium, and his magnificent English is sprinkled with exquisite expressions conceived of etymological non-equivalencies. For instance, in the depiction of the Legacy Power Reserve, we discover this pearl: “Of Huguenot and maritime progenitors, the maker strolls through a world of fond memories while utilizing current techniques.” These fifteen words are as strangely behind the times yet present day as the actual watch. All the more significantly: they’re fun.
And this is the reason Gavox can name the white model Carpe Diem (“seize the day”) and the blue and anthracite adaptations Ultima Necat (“all hours wound you; yet the last kills you”). Truth be told, such Latin expressions once embellished public timekeepers, which individuals saw as inauspicious tokens of their mortality, and, hence, likewise as suggestions to get as much from life before it’s gone. All in all: look for fulfillment.
That philosophical earnestness is controlled by a Miyota 9130, a confided in programmed mechanical development with hacking seconds, a force save pointer, 40 hours of force, a date complication, and an advanced pace of 4hrz. On the Legacy, the movement’s attractive Geneva stripes and exceptionally beautified rotor are obvious through a back sapphire gem. The caseback is somewhat tall, and the hauls don’t very land on the table when the watch lays level. However, regardless of its 12.5-millimeter thickness, the Legacy wears comfortably for a particularly huge watch.
The case includes vertically brushed sides and hauls, the rest cleaned. It’s not a big deal, however this case suits the watch. The tight domed bezel leaves the face totally open for Happé to play. For instance, the rehaut is one of the biggest I’ve found in some time. Indeed, this is one of only a handful few rehauts I’ve had the option to peruse properly at arm’s length, and I extol that.
Visually, the white-dialed Carpe Diem is a marine chronometer; its Roman numerals, conventional lollypop hands, and graduated force hold measure returning us to wooden boats and the journey to explore precisely. The anthracite and blue renditions convey a dress watch vibe, their lume-filled markers, blade hands, and plain force hold measure proposing the Jet Age more than one of old-school oceanic adventure.
Straps are authentic cowhide, Gavox-marked units, and there are numerous to look over. Our examples looked great on earthy colored softened cowhide for the anthracite, smooth tan for the blue, and a compelling croc-finished profound naval force blue for the white model. The different joints of the marked deployant fasten are somewhat messy when opened, yet it closes effectively and firms straight up. I’d probably trade in a standard pin-buckle.
The Gavox Legacy Power Reserve faces challenges, and with its mortality-fixated Latin expressions and messed up plan, it urges us to do that equivalent. I envision some will boo and murmur at the unevenness of this dial, yet I urge anybody to think about this inquiry: do we truly require another “normal watch?” Gavox