Limes Watch Company hails from popular watch manufacturing Pforzheim Germany. Recently, I discussed Botta Design watches that also have their manufacturing plant in Pforzheim. Limes operates in the typical Teutonic watch making fashion of making high quality watches at relatively low prices. For the design, movement, fit, finish, price, and overall experience, a Swiss watch will never beat the sheer efficiency and consistency of German offerings. Germans really put the industrialization into watch making with a craftsman twist, while Swiss watches are still made with varying degrees of elitism and maintenance of traditional ideals.
The Limes Integral watch is instantly an homage to the popular style of watch master Franck Muller whose watches present an instantly recognizable numbering font. Difficult to describe, the Franck Muller numbers are classy while whimsical, and effective while expressive. The Tonneau (barrel) shape of the Limes Integral has been borrowed from the classic Franck Muller watches and is represented will in a slightly Teutonic and muscular fashion. Limes added a bit to the design by adding a date window and an internal ring to allow for more accurate readings of the time.
The Limes Integral retails for about $1,000 and can be had at this eBay auction, advertised as new, for a few hundred dollars cheaper. Alternatively, a Franck muller watches costs many tens of thousands of dollars. The automatic ETA 2824-2 movement has been decorated and is richly exhibited through the windowed caseback. Of particular value is the guilloche machine work viewable on the movement through the caseback window. Limes are always desirable watches for their dedication to classic designs with modern implementation.
See Limes watches on eBay here.