Technomarine Steel Evo Carbon Watch Review

Technomarine Steel Evo Carbon Watch Review

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The Technomarine Steel Evo Carbon is the first quartz watch that I've picked up in a long time. Being the watch snob that I am, one of the first filters that I apply to a watch to decide if it will merit my interest is whether its a quartz or a mechanical. Therefore, for me to even consider a quartz watch to purchase or review, it has to have something really cool about it above and beyond its battery driven heart. I'm not made of stone after all.

Well, the fact that this review exists obviously tells you that this watch has made the grade and gotten past my filter. I'm willing to hazard a guess that because this has happened, this watch will be a strong seller for Technomarine.

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After-all, when Ariel sent me pictures of this watch, I was immediately drawn by how cool it looked. Don't tell me that this watch isn't at least pretty! Just look at all the carbon fibre elements spread throughout and the mean looking blackness of the entire watch. In fact, I only found this out later but Ariel told me how he found the watch to be very pretty as well. So, thumbs up on the looks then from two ABTW reviewers.

The first thing that it reminded me of were the Hublot Ferrari carbon fibre watches that I got to see and handle recently in Geneva. Aside from the carbonfibre-ness, (is that even a word?) these watches share an unmistakable sportiness and masculine feel and most of all, a fun factor which really cannot be quantified.

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I was told recently that designs filter down from the high-end brands, designs that have become popular and so attain an aspirational feel, making them coveted as well by the masses. This might have happened with the Technomarine, admittedly a more mass-market brand, resulting in the adoption of stylistic traits that share a similar feel with the high end Hublot. I do not know for sure though. Carbon fibre, as a material, has been steadily increasing in popularity, making their appearance in the collections of many brands.

The feel of carbon fibre is different from traditional stainless steel or precious metals like gold and platinum, not having the cold touch of metal or the smoothness. It is a little difficult to describe, having some of the tactile sensation of plastic, but with extreme rigidity. Whatever the case may be this watch certainly looks on trend, and I wear it feeling all cool and technical at the same time.

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At $950 USD, the Technomarime Steel Evo Carbon has a respectable list of features that make for a satisfying watch purchase. For starters, we have a Rhonda quartz caliber 5040D chronograph in a 45 mm case that wears well even for a thin wrist-ed person like me. Furthermore, the case is accented by a unidirectional bezel and offers 200m water resistance helped by a screw-down crown. Don't get too excited if you're a diver however, as this is not a dive watch despite these specs and the word "marine" in the brand name.

6 comments
SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

To each his own, but I don't know that they could have made this much uglier to my eye: co-brand it with some other company to put the icing on the cake I guess (just like Hublot/Ferrari). I do enjoy overlapping sub-dials, when done correctly (i.e. Zenith), which is something that turns a lot of people away, but this "kicked-over snowman" frame thing is awful. Also, for $1k I am rubbed the wrong way by a CF watch that also incorporates fake CF: aint nobody got time for that. 6or this money, I could do much better in the quartz world, get more style points, and have money left over.

Ryan B
Ryan B

Love the carbon look and yes, I'm a snob.

Chr0matin
Chr0matin

A  quartz watch costing this much needs to have sharks with lasers coming out of it for me to consider it.   Ok, I jest, but seriously a Citizen chronograph with a perpetual calendar and a bunch of other features can be had for $300.   I've been temped by Technomarine many times, but have always ended up buying something else (Orient, Hamilton, Android, etc).  Technomarine makes some cool watches, but they need to either really go crazy with their design or lower their prices.

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

I think technomarine is an oft misunderstood brand. They are playing in the fashion category, but quality-wise their stuff is much better built than 80% of fashion watches. 

Take this watch (which i don't care much for) and compare it to an $850 Burberry quartz chrono or a Ferragamo quartz that goes for 2K and the T.M. quality is obviously on a different level, even compared to much more expensive watches (again in the mostly fashion category).

Case in point: on a $300 TM chrono that I have, the hands align PERFECTLY with the indeces, including all the chrono hands. 

The same cannot be said about my $5000 Breitling superquartz on which the hands align with the indeces about 60% of the time. And hand alignment is kind of a big deal for HEQ freaks like me :)

So I say give TM a try up close and it might surprise you!

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Technomarine make quite a few attractive pieces but I prefer the good old fashioned heft of real metal.  It's funny you should take pleasure in the lethargic zeroing of the average quartz chronograph.  As an owner of a couple of watches with similar properties I find the "hey i'm quartz, look at my stepper motor's excruciating return to zero" a constant reminder that this is an unsophisticated thoroughly electronic timepiece.  Considering you can get instant-resetting mecha-quartz chronographs in a $150 watch that are considered higher-end, I would balk at paying $950 for a watch that doesn't have this feature.

Lesthepom
Lesthepom

At first glance this watch looks really cool but i am not sure about that carbon cover over steel??? living in the tropics as I do it looks like there is plenty of hiding places for all the nasty things that live under your watch when it is 30 degrees everyday but at less than a grand you get a very cool looking watch 

thanks for the review Adi nice to see some more affordable watches been reviewed but that may have something to do with it having a battery in it yes I am a bit of a watch snob all my watches are mechanical but if a quartz watch was super cool it could make its way in to my collction