Xetum Tyndall Limited Edition Watch

Xetum Tyndall Limited Edition Watch

Xetum Tyndall Limited Edition Watch   watch releases

Young San Francisco based watch brand Xetum now has their first limited edition piece - and it starts selling today (February 15th, 2011). Limited to 100 pieces, this is modified version of the Tyndall model watch. For the limited edition Xetum changed a few things, and the result is pretty nice - as you can tell from hands-on experience with the piece.

Xetum didn't want to radically change the popular Tyndall model for this limited set. Aside from offering a limited number of pieces, Xetum wanted to offer a new flavor for the watch. The most noticeable element is the carbon fiber dial. Xetum opted for a slightly glossy sheet of carbon fiber that works well with the design of the hands and numerals. The limited edition model is actually more sporty and formal at the same time.

Xetum Tyndall Limited Edition Watch   watch releases

The case is still 40mm wide in steel, but is reverse polished in comparison with the standard model. The case itself is all polished, while the two rings that go around the case are brushed. This look is quite handsome in my opinion, and I think it suits the look of the watch well. The last feature doesn't apply to all of the limited edition models - just the first few dozen. Those special models available to the first buyers will have an automatic rotor decorated with Cotes de Geneve polishing. While this type of polish isn't rare on timepieces, it is a unique touch for some of the pieces in this limited edition set.

Xetum Tyndall Limited Edition Watch   watch releases

For comparison purposes you can check out my review of the standard Xetum Tyndall watch here. There I go into more details about the Tyndall collection overall.Price for the limited edition is reasonable over the standard model it having a $20 premium over the unlimited model. As such, the Xetum Tyndall limited edition model is priced at $1,595. Those who are a fan of the standard Tyndall looking for something 'a bit extra' will likely enjoy this one.

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Xetum Tyndall Limited Edition Watch   watch releases

Xetum Tyndall Limited Edition
Swiss automatic timepiece
Individually numbered limited edition of 100 pieces
MOVEMENT
Swiss-made ETA 2895-2 elaboree-grade automatic movement with 27 jewels
Côtes de Genève rotor decoration on selected pieces
Hour, minute, and small second hand
Date indicator
28,800 vibrations per hour
42 hour power reserve
CASE
Polished finish 316L stainless steel case
Screw down crown
40mm diameter x 11mm thickness
10 ATM (100 meters) water resistant
DIAL AND HANDS
Carbon fiber dial
Recessed small second subdial
Super-LumiNova on 12, 3, 6, 9 hour indexes and
hour/minute hands
CRYSTAL
Sapphire front crystal with anti-reflective coating on interior of crystal
K1 hardened mineral crystal on exhibition back
STRAP AND BUCKLE
Naturally tanned leather strap with lining of Italian cork
Pushbutton-release stainless steel


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16 comments
Marcus
Marcus

I really like the look of this watch but I hate the "in your face" advertising of Xetum on just about every website you visit. Somehow this does away with any feeling of exclusivity and reduces it to a High St/mall level.

Which brings another thought to mind; just where did they come up with the price? Did they just pull it from thin air? A watch with no pedigree coming in at a similar price point to Tag Heuer or more expensive than Hamilton which I think would be a better comparison. With $1500 to spend, would I really go for a Xetum? I really don't know. If the £/$ exchange rate was stronger, perhaps. In all honesty it should come in at sub $1000 in my opinion, but then again, how would they then pay for all that advertising???

mrwill
mrwill

This watch is beautiful. I like this watch precisely because of the minimalistic case design. As far as "looking expensive," if there was one thing that struck me after the watch bug bit me, it was how aesthetics and price tag have generally no correlation in the watch world...at least one that makes sense. (To a point of course). But I am certain this is the type of watch that gets noticed....."Hey...nice watch!"

The fact its NOT the standards everyone has make it all the more appealing to me.

BreitlingSource
BreitlingSource

The watch looks like a bad rip off of Mazzuoli's Manometro design. It lacks the grace and execution of the Manometro, and the small seconds subdial is placed so high it looks like the movement choice was an afterthought. They could have used some design elements to make the subdial look less cramped towards the centre.

Dan B
Dan B

Agreed with most comments here.

Xetum's cases remind me of cat food cans. Just can't do it.

Watchmark
Watchmark

The Xetum has a better movement than the Dievas that you are referring to Dangeruss. Xetum watches in general are produced with better quality control and finish than the Dievas watches - hence the higher price.

Andrew C
Andrew C

This watch doesn't have to "look" expensive to be a watch worth $1,600. Look at the Bell and Ross BR123, that costs $3,000 and has a similar simple look to it. This watch has the same movement. In my opinion, it's a great quality watch for a great price.

How can you justify Hublot's minimum $10,000 pricetag that has the same Valjoux 7750 movement as a Hamilton timepiece?

Dangeruss
Dangeruss

I share Kris' grumpiness. This is one of the least expensive looking $1600 watches I've seen. Not that the basic design is poor, there are just some things that don't help justify the price. The essentially flat non-dimensional dial with printed indices, a rotor, that despite the CDG finish looks almost stamped instead of engraved, the spartan case design, (it's a circle for Zeus' sake), conspire to make it look like an inexpensive watch.

There's an ad flashing temptingly below this entry box as I write this, for a Swiss movement, nicely designed, titanium, 500Meter WR, for half as much. Why the twice-the-price disparity?

kris c
kris c

Maybe I'm just grumpy this morning, but this is just silly. Don;t get me wrong, I like the watch - I still think the case size is off in both directions, but they definately have thier own "look", which is good. The carbon fibre dial is done well, no readability problems.
But how is this $1600 worth of watch? And I'm not the first to say this, and won;t be the last, but why do we need a LE for a brand that basically no one knows about?
I'm sure I'll be tasting my foot later when it's announced that all 100 pieces were sold in record time, etc, but I stand firm. I'm getting tired of Limited Editions. Everyone has a pile of LE models, so it's really not that exclusive to own one.

Tarak
Tarak

The numeral design and carbon fiber reminds me of U-boat Flightdeck Steel Bezel

admin
admin

I can't speak for other websites but I know Xetum's owner personally so I don't feel like their advertising on this site is out of line.

admin
admin

Speaking of the Manometro - there is a watch that really dropped the ball when it came to designing proper length hands!

Dangeruss
Dangeruss

No I cannot justify those prices either. You're making my argument for me. If the Hublot looked just as nice as the Hamilton, or was less appealing, would you still appreciate the price difference, and why?

A watch certainly does not need to look expensive to feature a high price tag. Since I vote with my brain and wallet, a needlessly expensive watch that is the functional and aesthetic peer to a less costly one will always suffer in comparison.

Marcus
Marcus

Of course you'd expect to see watch advertising on a watch website but here are just a few websites that have nothing to do with watches but throw up Xetum advertising. Personally I think it's advertising overkill but it's only my opinion.

jguitar.com
www.joinmyband.co.uk
users.telenet.be/african-shop/recipes_for_whiskey_stills.htm
news.lalate.com/
www.pneyman.com/gallery/v/Trips/ArataFarms/RomanSoldiers.jpg.html
www.military-propaganda-posters.com/russia-world-war-propaganda-posters/allied-victory-russian-soviet-military-poster-ww2/
http://vintageprintable.com/wordpress/vintage-printable-color/color-blue/design-graphic-engraving-heraldry-duke-of-linster/

Chris
Chris

Totally agree about the hands. They were just too short. While the failing doesn't annoy me as much as tiny movements in large cases or use of unique lugs/strap interfaces, it's glaringly obvious every time you look at the watch.

admin
admin

Sorry Marcus - you misunderstand how that all works. Xetum isn't directly advertising in any of those places. They use Google Adwords to advertise, and Google contextually places ads based on stuff you've been looking at. This isn't a Xetum thing, but merely an Adwords thing.

Chip Douglass
Chip Douglass

I borrowed a friend's Tyndall for a couple of weeks to see if I should get one. I'm not a big fan of the lugless look, but I think it works really well for this watch. I have to say I absolutely disagree with the point that the small seconds subdial was an "afterthought" or "failure". When wearing it, I appreciated how the small subdial was offset by the inner circle (made from the 24hr scale). The center didn't appear cramped IMO, and I liked how everything appeared right were it was supposed to be. IF the small seconds subdial was used in the plainer Stinson model (there's no 24hr inner scale) you might have a point.

Ironically, I decided against purchasing a Xetum. Though it only has a 40mm diameter, it still looks big because of the thin bezel/ large dial. I never got into the big watch trend especially for simpler/minimalist looking watches. I got a 7.5 inch wrist and it looked a bit large for my taste. I think the watch would have looked classier if it was a 38-39mm.

And yes, I realize this reply is over 9months too late. I couldn't help but reply after reading that "grace", "execution", and "Manometro" were used in the same sentence. The Manometro's small hands are a complete afterthought and @ 45mm it's oversized. The watch looks like a silver doughnut on a strap. To each his own i guess.

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