Milus Limited-Edition Zetios Chronograph Watches For Brazil

Milus Limited-Edition Zetios Chronograph Watches For Brazil

 

Milus Limited Edition Zetios Chronograph Watches For Brazil   watch releases

We often see sports stars endorsing watch brands (as ambassadors), or specific models (within advertising). It’s something a bit more on the rare side for a brand to create an edition in honor of a specific athlete – but that’s exactly what Milus has done.

The athlete in question is the footballer Roberto Carlos (wiki), who retired from the sport just last year. Starting with their Zetios Chronograph, Milus has incorporated, in a subtle manner, the colors of the Brazilian flag. And it’s a welcome bit of color, set as it is against a carbon fiber dial and 45mm DLC-coated case.

Set within the CF dial, you of course have the chronograph and small seconds subdials. The 30-minute chrono and small seconds registers are encircled in yellow, while the 12-hour register features a blue circle; all three sport color-matched hands. Rounding out the accent colors of the flag on the dial, you’ve got green appearing on the chapter ring to mark out the minutes.

Milus Limited Edition Zetios Chronograph Watches For Brazil   watch releases

Depending on which of the three editions you want to look at, other colors come in via the alligator strap – either black, green (with yellow stitching), or yellow (with green stitching). And that is the extent of this edition – only three examples, one of which is committed to Mr. Carlos himself. Why the number three? Fittingly, it’s the number that Mr. Carlos wore on his jersey.

The watch, while simply styled, is cleanly put together, and looks to be easy to read. I’ve also become a big fan of CF dials, as they add quite a bit of dimensionality to the dial (look closely at one if you have a chance – indices and numerals appear to be floating over the dial). If the watch was all show and no go, though, wouldn’t be worth taking a look at, would it?

Milus Limited Edition Zetios Chronograph Watches For Brazil   watch releases

Fortunately for us, the Zetios lineup (on which this edition is based, if you recall) has the technical chops to match the design. Tucked away within the case you have a DD 4500 automatic mechanical movement with a 40-hour power reserve, which drives the aforementioned chronograph, as well as the large date display. On top of the case you have a curved sapphire crystal; around back you’ve got a flat sapphire set into the screwed-in case back. Lume is present on the dial and hands (apologies, we weren’t able to locate a lume picture), and you do have a limited bit of water resistance (rated at 30m, so don’t go swimming with this one).

With any extremely limited edition, such as this ZCRC3, talk of pricing is a fairly moot point – the watch is going to be scarce, and pricing will be set accordingly. We can, however, talk about the base model this watch came from, which is in the low to mid four figure range. The base model is also a much more refined (in appearance) watch, with dressier tones and finishes.  If anything, this LE may point to some sportier models that could be realized.

Milus Limited Edition Zetios Chronograph Watches For Brazil   watch releases

In the end, exercises like this (which are primarily styling) don’t generally get us as excited as the technical innovations that we’ve seen in other models. That aside, there is something to be said for these experimental treatments, as you can see how something as minor as adjusting colors can change the character of a watch. If nothing else, it can give you some food for thought on changes you might want to try on something in your own collection, be it a new strap, or something as extreme as dial swaps and case refinishing.  milus.com

5 comments
SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

To be honest, I like it. The dial layout is great - this is the best chronograph layout, and the grande date with seperated windows is lovely, and I'm a fan of the polarizing straps. The case design is interesting, with a  nice crown and good little protectors for it. The pedigree on the movement is obviously excellent (although the wimpy power reserve is a bit strange). I'd say the worst part on this is the lugless design.

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

Seriously this is just awful... I don't mind fun and I don't mind color: if you want to do it right (IMO) look at Corum bubbles or Alan Silberstein's chronos...They are totally tongue-in-cheek yet are fun and serious at the same time. And they just look plain good!

Just because someone pays hommage to their flag it doesn't mean the flag colors are suited for any iteration. They look good on sandals, tshirts, ice-cream and swim shorts, but I have yet to see a Brazilian flag themed watch I like. This watch feels too "fake" with missmatched elements: classic case with neon colors and strap, classic big date & delicate hands with CF...just a mess...

On a similar note, the Hublot Mexican Aniv. watch was rather tastefully done--with more subdued colors and a rose gold case that didn't contrast as much with the Red/Green colors of the dial and hands. Now if the Hublot Red/Green were neon and the case was PVD, then I would have a problem with it ;)

Lesthepom
Lesthepom

I think this would be the watch to put on if you were having a bad day with those in your face colors you couldn't help but smile when wearing it don't know what the yellow strap would look like after you had finished the gardening

The date window is nicely dun and the rotor is a nice touch if you hadent pointed out the Brazil link I like most people wouldn't put 2 &2 together and come up with Brazil

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

I like the slightly curvy date window.  Hate the rest of it.  It looks like it was hit by a bunch of tiny multi-coloured paintballs.  Were they to remove the garish colours this watch would look quite respectable but then it wouldn't have much to do with Brazil any more so I guess they can't. 

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@Ulysses31 So Mr. Carlos should have had the foresight to hail from a country whose flag has more soothing colors, ha ha ha. I loved the paint ball comment - spot on (pun intended).

I believe the DD 4500 is a module that sits on top of an ETA 2892 movement (and is not a 'movement' is its own right) just to be picky about it. But I do like the tri-compax layout plus big date combination of the Dubios Depraz 4500 module. I like the Milus custom rotor and movement finishing on these watches also.

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