After leading the way at several micro brands over the last 10 years, the creators of the recently debuted Bornova watch brand have set out to create an elegant, hand-wound watch that’s easy to wear and easy to love. While it can be tricky to pull off a “dress watch” design without seeming overly-conservative or boring, the designers have managed to pack enough personality into these new watches without creating something gaudy or exaggerated. The Bornova Watches Aegean is a svelte and attractive timepiece with a variety of eye-catching design touches, high quality hand-wound movement, and a price tag that makes it easy for watch enthusiasts to get in on the fun. The key here is variety and quality in a watch that can easily serve as a formidable everyday wear piece.
The Bornova Watches Aegean features a range of finishes found throughout the dial and case surfaces. These details aren’t often found in watches at this price point and the brand has managed to perfect the design so that it complements the range of dial options available. One of the most important points concerning the case architecture in the choice to utilize the Peseux/ETA 7001 hand-wound movement. This simple, yet very reliable movement lets Bornova keep case thickness down to just 8.50mm. Other touches on the case include a nicely polished bezel, fully polished surfaces along the caseband, a pronounced crown for easy operation, and a double-domed sapphire crystal.
Case details aside, the Aegean’s best features can be found in the dial itself. Available in black, white, anthracite, blue, and rose gold, the watch’s dial provides a nice backdrop for the color options thanks to the layered design. The layers are embossed onto the brass dial with IP plating and an array of simple polished indices adorn the periphery. The running seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock flows seamlessly with the textured, innermost layer and the pronounced ‘Mountain Hands’ make the display highly legible, even with the variety of polished details.
- Case: Stainless Steel 316L
- Dimensions: 38.50mm diameter, 8.50mm height
- Crystal: Double domed sapphire crystal
- Caseback: Solid stamped caseback with fixation via 4 screws on the lugs
- Water Resistance: 50m
- Dial: Embossed brass dials with IP plating, applied indexes
- Movement: ETA/Peseux caliber 7001
- Hands: Mountain hands
- Strap: Calfskin
- Buckle: Dorn buckle
With the Bornova Watches Aegean, the brand hopes to deliver a watch that is both attractive and affordable. The combination of visually interesting finishes, reliable Swiss movement, color options, and accessibility makes the watch a fine choice for anyone seeking a dress watch with a little more personality. Currently, the pre-order is set at €290 for the first 50 watches. Smaller batches will then be released at prices ranging from €320 to €350 and full retail price will top out at €490. The Bornova Watches Aegean ships on a calfskin strap with a dorn buckle and you can learn more by visiting Bornova’s official site. bornova-watches.com