August 31, 2013
by Paul Hubbard
This is the Audax ref. L22.1301 from the new brand Lapizta. Available in 43 and 48mm sizes and five colors, the Audax line is made for divers who like their watches bold. This is the 43mm version, bold and confident at 17mm thick, 50.3mm lug to lug. The strap is 22mm, weight is a solid 149g. Seiko quartz movement, sapphire-coated mineral crystal, PVD on stainless steel case, silicone rubber strap with matching PVD buckle. The buckle is a good design, those sides keep the profile low so it’s comfortable when desk-diving.
I think of the Audax more as a summer watch – durable, more than water resistant enough at 300m, and with nice cheerful bright colors. Something to remind you of the beach as you’re putting in the hours at work.
With vertical sides and 17mm height, it’s mostly short sleeves for this one. Comfort is good, due to the use of a pre-curved and fitted strap. The silicone is good quality, not grabby and doesn’t attract lint. The inside is waffle patterned which helps keep it in place on your wrist.
The dual-layer dial has a nice wave patterning that matches the case back as well as cool hollow-trapezoid hour markers. Following the current trend, the hour and minute hand are partially skeletonized, which I dislike.