Ritmo Mundo Carnival 241 Watch Review

Ritmo Mundo Carnival 241 Watch Review

Ritmo Mundo Carnival 241 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Different people buy watches for different reasons. I find that little fact very interesting. Fashion, function, formality, the list goes on... As a city dweller, I enjoy scoping out the types of watches people have on their wrists. It fascinates me as to what people choose. Especially the 30 under crowd who see watches more as fashion items, even though you see a lot of Rolex and Omegas. Each of these people will choose a watch that they can afford. So what "luxury" is will really depend on the person. As long as they want a "nice watch."

Ritmo Mundo Carnival 241 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Ritmo Mundo Carnival 241 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

This Ritmo Mundo watch, for example, retails for $500. A price in a strange gray area between "not enough" and "too much." I find this range to be one of the hardest for people to stomach. I recommend to brands to be either $350 and under or $800 and over. Maybe you disagree, I am clearly not on the sales floor all the time. Anyhow, for $500 you can get this Carnival 241 Swiss quartz chronograph watch. Aside from Carnival being an awful name for a men's watch, the piece certainly has a bold showiness that I consider fun. This version is in black and gold tone with a dial that I can only refer to as a cross between camouflage and mother-of-pearl. Ritmo Mundo also makes it in a variety of other tones to best suit your picky, picky tastes.

Ritmo Mundo Carnival 241 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Ritmo Mundo Carnival 241 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

At about 50mm wide, this watch is on the larger side of what most might want to wear but Ritmo Mundo managed to make the beast bloody comfortable. This is in thanks to sloping lugs and a silicone strap that has a bit of stretch to it. However, the down side of silicone is that it is a dust magnet - so wash frequently. The top and bottom parts of the watch are steel and sandwiched in the middle, with large screws, is black plastic. Some people will never buy a watch with plastic, and others don't care. By the way, each time you see a really high-end watch with the term "resin" anywhere in the technical details ... Yea, that's plastic. For $500 I would like a bit more metal - or perhaps ceramic - but the plastic does translate to weight savings. This watch really is not as heavy as you'd think by seeing it on my wrist.

Ritmo Mundo Carnival 241 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Ritmo Mundo Carnival 241 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Also, it is only 14mm thick which isn't as thick as it looks, either. I, personally, would have liked more than 30 meters of water resistance, for this price range, in a unit that appears to be a sport watch. The dial is clear and the best part of the watch; I like the large Arabic numerals and colorful display. I don't, however, believe that the hands needed to be skeletonized - that just doesn't feel necessary. This piece has a mineral crystal which is just barely acceptable on a watch at this price point; any more and I would certainly demand sapphire crystal.

The case, especially bezel and screws, looks very industrial. Ritmo Mundo is certainly aiming at a youthful customer who seem to surf and own a wrecking ball. The brand is quite popular and I can see how that is so among the right audience. Seasoned watch enthusiasts might be looking for a bit more, but those interested in unique designs, and fun-focused timepieces that don't require excessive cognition to understand, will feel at home here with Mr. Mundo.

Thanks to Ritmo Mundo for the review unit. Opinions are 100% independent.

5 comments
MichaelG
MichaelG

Thanks for posting this Ariel. It's always interesting to see what's on the other spectrum of the watch industry. Items that would probably be missed by most of us. I concur with what has been said previously. The first thing that crossed my mind is Richard Mille, not a bad source for inspiration. Unfortunately, there isn't much more to say. A watch for a young dude thats seeking to wear something cheap and somewhat flashy.

Ulysses
Ulysses

This is a $100-$150 watch at best. That is by today's standards. Ten years ago I could get a well-made Seiko chrono-alarm for less than that, but they've doubled or tripled their prices nowadays to keep in line with the increases by other makes. The chrono' might well be useless, although i've seen many so-called high-end watches that are just as poorly designed so that isn't something uniquely bad about Gitmo... sorry, Ritmo. The dial looks pearlescent, but in an unnatural half-assed sort of way. Oh, and plastic breaks and scratches easily. In a $10 Casio LCD watch this is acceptable - not in a $500 timepiece. What I find most amusing is that they had the balls to print the depth rating on the dial - a rating so low as to be deemed merely "splash proof" by the likes of Seiko, and a rating that all their watches have by default at minimum. Maybe it would get a "whoa!" from Bill and Ted (their target market) but not from me.

kris c
kris c

Meh, I couldn't wear this, so I won't have much good to say. The case looks like it wants to be a Mille when it grows up, and Ovidiu is right - the chronograph is almost useless considering that when it stops, you are left with your best guess as to what minute, etc, it fell on.
Green and gold? No thanks.

Ovidiu
Ovidiu

First of all I'm sorry for my negativism but I see way to many design flown on this piece. The dial first of all the quite unfortunate - a chronograph dial crowded by big numerals?
So what is the purpose of this watch: it definitely a diver looking watch (as far the plates bolts make me think) that is not even water proof , is using a chronograph movement but there are no minutes markings at all, it using plastic and golden plated bezel; and case back (I bet it will not be so shiny after wearing it one year).
Also the spanish names does not work well in watch industry and, sorry again for being cheap, but it is way to expensive for something that lacks style so much :(

TW Steel seems a more reasonable choice - if you really must go for something like that.