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Brellum Pandial Black DLC Chronometer Watch

Brellum Pandial Black DLC Chronometer Watch Watch Releases

New-independent-on-the-block Brellum brings the first DLC-coated chronograph model to its catalog – the Brellum Pandial DLC Chronometer. Brellum and specifically the Pandial collection has historically provided a fantastic value considering its relative affordability for a COSC-certified chronograph and the Pandial DLC Chronometer fills that “tactical” gap in the collection with a very masculine design.

I’ve always found Brellum to be a watch brand by an enthusiast for enthusiasts. The founder claims to be a 4th-generation watchmaker with decades of watchmaking under his belt who finally decided, at 42 years old, that he was going to start Brellum with the goal of producing “products with timeless and durable lines, manufactured using high quality materials with reliable automatic mechanical movements, fully adorned and officially certified by the COSC.” I’ve been a fan since they first released the Brellum Duobox that we saw hands-on here, as I’ve found them to be a good value – and that’s refreshing to find among so many young watch brands trying to make it in the industry.

Brellum Pandial Black DLC Chronometer Watch Watch Releases

With that being said, let’s get into the watch itself. The stainless steel case measures in at 43mm x 15.9mm – making this watch a thick boy, especially with the pushers and integrated tachymeter. Now, that more or less comes with the territory when talking about many 7750 based watches, but it is important to mention because I feel the press images make this watch look rather thin. The watch features two “box-shape” sapphire crystals – meaning they’re raised and rounded at the edges, and it does add 4mm of thickness to the watch. The entire case is black DLC-coated and really brings a nice masculine element to the watch. I feel, in the press images anyway, that the DLC coating really drew my attention to the semi-twisted lugs, a nice feature I never really noticed before. The watch carries a water resistance rating of 50m.

Brellum Pandial Black DLC Chronometer Watch Watch Releases

The dial features the standard 7750 6, 9, 12 o’clock subdial layout with alternating colors. The dial comes in black or “silver-white.” I have to admit, when I first got the press release, I did a double take because I thought they called it the “pandadial” watch, and I would have been 100% on board with that. The most prominent feature of this watch is its contrasting monochromatic color scheme being panda-esque. The hands and indicators are legible enough. The integrated date window is in the 6 o’ clock subdial and features a matching date disc – a welcome inclusion. I’ve seen a couple of complaints that Brellum’s logo and subsequent text is too much, and I tend to agree here. I think the exclusion of “Swiss Watchmaking” under BRELLUM would make the 3 o’clock position less cluttered, especially since “Swiss Made” is at the bottom of the dial, though I totally support “Chronometer Certified” being prominently displayed here.

Brellum Pandial Black DLC Chronometer Watch Watch Releases

A major draw to this timepiece, and really Brellum in general, is the fact that you can get a COSC-certified movement in an attractive chronograph for a reasonable price. Are there cheaper COSC models out there? Yes. Do they carry the same overall design as Brellum? Not that I’ve found. Inside the Brellum Pandial Black DLC Chronometer is the Brellum BR-750-1 – a decorated and modified Valjoux 7750-based automatic chronograph movement. While we don’t have pictures of the movement yet (we will post them when we received them), the marketing material states it has perlage, blued screws, Geneva striping, 25 jewels, and a custom Brellum rotor – and if it looks anything like previous Brellum movements, it’ll be beautiful. As is typically the case with this movement, it beats at 28,800 vph (4Hz) and has a power reserve of around 46 hours.

Brellum Pandial Black DLC Chronometer Watch Watch Releases

Tying the watch together is a black Nebur Tec strap. This is a durable canvas-like material that looks sporty. There are a number of models in Brellum’s catalog that carry this strap, but this is the first model I have genuinely been excited about. It simply fits the watch well and adds to the rugged nature of the aesthetic. According to the website, it will also include a rubber strap, though I couldn’t find any pictures of it.

Brellum Pandial Black DLC Chronometer Watch Watch Releases

Overall, this is a solid offering from Brellum. While yes, this is a relatively minute refresh with a fresh coat of DLC, the watch feels uniform and masculine, and that makes it attractive. At less than 3 years old, the young brand has always been a great value proposition, whether a COSC certification is a “must have” or an added bonus. Now there is another option for an enthusiast with a penchant for a DLC coated “tactical” look from a solid, but agile independent brand that won’t cost as much as some of the bigger players with similar specs – and there’s plenty of room for that in the industry. Price for the Brellum Pandial Black DLC Chronometer is 2,405 CHF. Learn more at brellum.swiss.

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  • Beefalope

    This company seems to make solid, well-designed, reasonably priced watches. Nothing spectacular, but just good stuff.

  • Independent_George

    By the way, Travis, really digging the Aikon Chrono. It’s presence in my collection has altered future purchase plans.

    • Travis Cannata

      Isn’t it awesome? I’m wearing my Aikon Gents as we speak. Really looking forward to taking a look at the 38mm Les Classiques here pretty soon. Very understated watch that’ll likely scratch my itch for a dress watch. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3a896a0c95b6c4901c7cb012391a22c019a5e17180b030010d25fa4d3a3e5094.jpg

      • Independent_George

        Not to go off topic, but ML’s design sensibility can be derivative. But then, if GP can have the Lauretto Chrono pre-selected for a GPHG, I feel it’s unfair to blast ML for producing a similar watch and using the same process at about the same exact time: looking back to their mid-90’s collection and updating for today.

        Anyway, the secret weapon with ML aren’t its designs, but case construction and finish. It helps that they make their own cases, and if you compare the Aikon Autos side by side, loupe to loupe with, say Longines, Hamilton, really almost every watch in its price point, it isn’t a fair fight. Design aesthetics? Yep, they are derivative. Case construction and finishing? It punches above its weight. But people just look at pictures of the dial, case details aren’t apparent until you fondle them, and there aren’t a lot of ML ADs, so . . .

        Now, back to your regularly scheduled post.

        • Travis Cannata

          I’m with you on that 100%. It’s one of those brands that press image can’t and don’t do justice. Playing with them in person is really (IMO) the only way to get an appreciation for them. There are a lot of brands that fit that mold, Chronoswiss is another, so is Montblanc.

          I was seriously amazed at the construction of the Aikon Gents Collection, and the new Automatics surpasses that already high expectation.

          Which is a main reason why I would love to play with their dress watches – something I wouldn’t have said based on marketing material.

          Glad you’re enjoying your Aikon! Was a great choice!

      • Sheez Gagoo

        doesn`t all that gugus on your wrist scratch your watch?

        • Travis Cannata

          I normally don’t wear them, I was really just in a mood today. But the short answer is no because the leather and meteorite don’t really scratch steel. Plus, this watch was my daily beater for a hot minute so it’s beat to hell already.

      • egznyc

        Looking forward to it. Are you talking about one of ML’s three-handers in that collection?

        • Travis Cannata

          Yes sir! Looking at the 38mm two tone Les Classiques (LC6027-SS001-131-1) for my personal collection. I’m typically not a two tone dress Watch guy but digging the subtle look of this one.

  • Gokart Mozart

    The normal steel versions look better.

  • Independent_George

    I generally agree with “telling us SWISS WATCHMAKING in conjunction with the omnipresent ‘swiss made’ at the bottom of the dial just reeks of desperation.” And if Brellum rationalized this as a signal to other watchmakers, then yes, it is a bit thirsty.

    Another reason might be to calm the fears of consumers that if they need to sell the watch in a pinch, they will not take a bath. The class of consumer that is going to buy this watch, rather than a Breitling Premier 42, which uses the same base movement and has an identical dial layout and case dimensions but is approximately three times the price, is going to be extremely price sensitive. It’s often the first time they have purchased a watch more than $500, and they aren’t sure if they want a nice watch or just an Apple Watch and a weekend Seiko Diver. They want to know that in a pinch, if they need to liquidate assets in the case of an emergency, or, in my specific case, if they decide they aren’t into “fancy watches”, they will get more than half of their money back. And perhaps the “Swiss Watchmaking”, and all that entails, helps alleviate this concern.

    One thing I have learned while trying to sell my Stowa through work and social connections is that the $1k to $3K watch consumer takes resale value into mind when making a purchase. Just about every inquiry who is new to this and isn’t versed in the brand asks two questions: Is it a Swiss Watch, and what is the resale value (they do this by politely asking the purchase price, then comparing to to my asking price). You would think that they would read the bottom of the dial. Its says “Made in Germany”, and the back of the movement says “Swiss Made”, but they don’t, and these are highly-educated attorneys with degrees from fancy law schools, trained to read and write fine print! Plus I have to remind them that I am the one taking the biggest depreciation hit. So perhaps the “Swiss Watchmaking” helps answer this — you won’t take a bath if you want to part ways with it.

    • SuperStrapper

      I don’t disagree, but I also would compare it to a similar circumstance as an effort to gain perspective. If this were a discussion about a car, would a beautiful one need to say GERMAN AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURING across the doors in order to make sure people knew it was a nice car and have confidence in a used one? In resale, there an implied due diligence effort and it would come out on the table immediately under even brief inspection that the watch is swiss without the need for a billboard. Just a thought. Are they appeasing their customers, or themselves?

      • Independent_George

        They are appeasing themselves, clearly, but with the added benefit, perhaps unintended benefit of appeasing their customers.

        In my case, I guess if I were selling my Stowa over the forums to collectors, I wouldn’t have to ‘splain what’s obvious. But most purchasers are not collectors. At the same time how many non-watch collectors have heard of Bellum, or would know where and how to purchase one? Not many, I guess. But I have found it the level of obtuseness from non-collector/non-Rolex owning attorneys with Ivy League law degrees jaw dropping, to say the least. Here is a typical exchange, or due diligence, in your parlance.

        “So this watch is Swiss made?”

        “No, it’s assembled in Germany. But the movement is made in Switzerland.”

        “The movement?”

        “The part that makes the watch work. See . . .” Points to display caseback. “This. And see here? Says Swiss Made. This fancy part with the spinning wheel and the blue screws, what’s inside, that’s the movement, and it’s made in Switzerland.”

        “And the watch part?”

        “The watch part? You mean the case? I dunno. Germany? Could be China?”

        “China? I thought you said it’s made in Switzerland.”

        “No. The movement is Swiss. The parts, the hands and dial and movement and case were assembled into a working watch in Germany. I am pretty sure the dial and hands are made in Germany. I dunno where the case is made. Maybe Germany. Maybe China.

        “So is the watch made in Switzerland, or China?”

        “Forget it.”

        If that watch said “Swiss Watchmaking” in big letters in the middle of the dial, I would have sold the watch a week ago. As it stands, the only person in my office who can make sense of this is a legal assistant, and she can only afford about 60% of what I am asking, and I am not asking a premium as compared to MSRP. And she might get it, because she just likes the watch and could give a rat’s ass about resale, perceived value, whether the case is made in China, etc.

        • SuperStrapper

          If you even have that conversation for real please record it and update this thread ?

  • Raymond Wilkie

    It’s got one of these tackymeter things, so it’s a yes from me.

    • Gokart Mozart

      Tackymeter on a bezel is well …just tacky.

      Only five watches should have anything on the bezel.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        That many!

  • Steve_Macklevore

    A nice looking chron but wide and waaaaaaaaay too thick.

  • Nello Alexandri

    I like everything but the short story written on the dial. They should add the brands home town, founded date, and the founders birth weight. They should change “certified chronometer” to “certifed chronometer chronograph”. I think they could cover every mm of open space on the dial that way.

    Those applied indices are the probably the coolest I have seen. Very nice.

  • Steve

    Decent attempt at s Chrono, yet agree with the majority of commenters, overly thick, dial too busy – too much unnecessary branding.
    I really prefer a “Hands-On” reviews, rather than something based on a press release.
    As has been previously mentioned you really need to get your hands on it to have a true sense of the watch itself.

  • This is another watch I like (a minor quibble or two aside) quite a bit, but for the price there are so many others I’d spend my money on instead. If I saw it on someone else’s wrist I’d no doubt say “nice-looking watch,” but there’s nothing about it that makes me want to buy one.

  • BNABOD

    Won’t hurt as bad when you resell it which i suspect in the US would be around 1600 bucks so essentially what I sold my Maurice LaCroix Pontos Retro chrono …same movement very well made case and so on but ultimately a starting point in a collection but far from the end ….
    Overall this is a decent package minus War and Peace on the dial..

  • Ulysses31

    I like panda dials, I like chronographs, and I like this somewhat busy, modern aesthetic. I’d be happy to own one of these, though I don’t have a lot of faith in DLC and it tends to look dirty very easily. I actually think it looks a bit like something Chopard would make.

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