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.
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.
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.
Xetum Tyndall Limited Edition
Swiss automatic timepiece
Individually numbered limited edition of 100 pieces
Swiss-made ETA 2895-2 elaboree-grade automatic movement with 27 jewels
CÃ´tes de Genève rotor decoration on selected pieces
Hour, minute, and small second hand
28,800 vibrations per hour
42 hour power reserve
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
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