October 30, 2008
by Ariel Adams
It is no surprise that RSW (Rama Swiss Watches) presents another very cool looking watch. The company has been releasing very cool watches for a while, Including their Outland, Puzzle, Nazca, 7th Sense, and Lady Liberty collections. I can also say that they do men’s and women’s watches with competence. They are still a boutique maker by most means of the definition, which means you’d only know about the company by accidentally stumbling upon them, or if you sought them out directly.
Well one of their new watches falls in their Nazca line. A watch featuring an interesting facet cut hexagonal case. The new Power Reserve model makes a sporty line, even more sporty by adding number around the bezel, and featuring a more aggressive dial design. RSW puts a lot of emphasis on the attention to detail in the cut and design of the case, which includes very well cut edges (“chiseled”) and contrasting polishes. Like most RSW watches, the crown is a special crank system that one twists out and turns (like a crank) to adjust the time). It is an interesting quirk at the least.
Make of the dial design what you will. Love it or hate it, you can appreciate the different textures as well as use of symmetry and asymmetry on the same palette. Interestingly enough, they place the “+” and “-” indicators for the power reserve on the opposite side from the actual power reserve hand. This allows for an unbroken view of the sunburst array stemming from the power reserve hand; an interesting compromise between design and function.
Inside the Nazca G Power Reserve watch is a modified ETA Valjoux 7750 movement that has a power reserve function. It is a good work horse, and has been known to work well with a power reserve modification. The actual power reserve for the movement is 42 hours.The case itself is water resistant to 100 meters. You also get a number of strap options. Black or brown calfskin strap with either orange or red stitching, or a rubber strap option; both with locking steel clasps.
This is a very large watch, with a case width of 49mm (the actual dial is 32mm wide). You’ll have to be prepared for a watch that takes up most of your wrist, but you do want to show a watch like this off. If you aren’t in love with the black on gray palette on the dial, there are a few other colors available with white, red, and of course the black. Be aware that this is a limited edition watch of only 50 pieces in each tone. Not to worry though, because if you like the Nazca collection there are many other models (a bit different and without the power reserve). Each shares the iconic looking chiseled case. This particular model will run you about $5000. Check them out and enjoy.