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Marvin Malton 160 Cushion Watch Hands-On

Marvin Malton 160 Cushion Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Taken in a dark room under less than ideal circumstances, these are images of the Marvin Malton 160 Cushion collection watches. At least one of them (the black dialed chronograph automatic) should be out now. Some of these other watches will come later, and a few might not come out at all. One that I was told isn't necessarily destined for production (soon or anytime) is the white dialed chronograph automatic that has a Daytona-esque dial to it. This is for me my favorite model of them all. If you like it too, then tell Marvin to make it by commenting on this article.

Marvin Malton 160 Cushion Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Marvin Malton 160 Cushion Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Marvin Malton 160 Cushion Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Malton 160 Cushion is part of the new Malton collection that was designed by esteemed (but known to be hard to work with) Jean-Francois Ruchonnet. Marvin was seemingly lucky to have Ruchonnet work with them, but the relationship was terminated not too long ago. Ruchonnet did leave his mark on the brand though. I covered some of the other Marvin Malton collection watches here, which are more of his contribution to the brand. He was able to take the classic demeanor that Marvin is known for, and produce a sexy line-up of watches for today's man.

The Malton 160 Cushion watches are in steel and 42mm x 42mm. The squarishness of the case makes them feel nice and big. Promotions are good, and I like the different types of polish (brushed and polished surfaces). Note that the watches you see are all pre-production prototypes. Meaning they are gonna be a bit beaten up. "Extensive testing?"

Marvin Malton 160 Cushion Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Marvin Malton 160 Cushion Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The big red cabochon in the crown is nice, as is the hex shape of the brand and swoopy chronograph pushers that look like a crown guard. The piece has a very impressive stance to it. Don't forget the Marvin signature red color on the 8 o'clock hour marker (that is on all of their watches). The Malton 160 Cushion will arrive in several styles. There are two types of chronographs - with automatic or quartz movements, and various three hand models. The three-hand models should have Sellita SW200 automatic movements or alike. There is clearly a lot of influence here from older Rolex and other traditional watches.

With two available chronograph models, you have slightly different designs based on the movement. The automatic has a Valjoux 7750, while the other model has a ETA quartz chronograph. Note the different style of the flange rings. I love the applied polished hour markers and the colors of the dials. The designs really is a sweet spot between class and classic sport. The dials are legible enough, but the thin strips of lume provide only adequate darkness viewing.

Marvin Malton 160 Cushion Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Marvin Malton 160 Cushion Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Overall these Marvin Malton 160 Cushion watches are quite good. Prices are likely to be approximately $1,000 - $2,000 for the various models. As you can see there are some limited editions, but I don't have details beyond that. Marvin watches are slowly coming into the US and North America overall, and I am happy to have been a part of that. So look for Marvin watches close to you soon.

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Fueled by an unshakable love for horology and a general curiosity for intricate things, Ariel Adams founded aBlogtoWatch in 2007 as a means of sharing his passion. Since then, ABTW has become the highest trafficked blog on luxury timepieces, and Ariel has become a contributor to other online publications such as Forbes, Departures and Tech Crunch, to name just a few. His conversational writing style and inclusive attitude brings a wider appreciation for watches the world over, and that's just the way he likes it.

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  • Simeon Weinraub

    yeah, they are handsome pieces. and i agree, that black dialed chrono is the nicest of the lot to my taste too. it sounds like they are going to be priced right, and I hope to see them in person sometime soon. i want one.

  • Jan Kubicek

    The black automatic chronograph is actually a first chronograph ever I’d like to buy. Or at least on par with Moon watch.

  • I find them to be a little bland and for the price, I wouldn’t consider one.

    I’m sure they will suit others tastes though

  • Kris C.

    Marvin, by all means put that white-faced version on the street. You obviously have the ability to, so why not?

    I’m not a big fan of cushion cases; they seem so torn as to what shape they want to be when they grow up. Regardless, these are nice offerings.

    I prefer chronographs, but I think by favourite might be the all-black version with the textured dial. The extended date display is something that has grown on me recently, and I like how that particular model has ther ability to tell you the time even before you completely look at it; it’s the epitome of easy to read. If I were to change one thing, it would be that the entire “8” be red, not just the marker behind it.

    The line itself if well done, and should insert itself nicely into the Marvin catalouge. There will be many people that do not share my feelings on cushion cases and have a high interest in these.

  • Andres C.

    I am really liking the black three hand version and the white dialed chrono which looks to be quartz has a really nice dial, would really like to see that with a 7750.

  • Christian

    I liked the watches, they have a kind of a retro flair that is really nice. cheers

  • JR

    I agree with Ariel, the white dial chrono is my favorite of this group. They should definitely put it into production. Like the retro feel and the day/date display. Very nice.

  • Hello everybody from Cristina, Marvin`s community manager. We appreciate very much having your feedback on Malton 160 Cushion! For those of you who would like to see more pictures of the collection, I would like to share with you our Flickr link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/marvinwatches/sets/72157624933615629/
    Enjoy and do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have questions!

  • witch watch

    I agree with VIP(hey that rhymes :), not to my taste but the red indice at 8 is a nice signature.

  • I like, I mean really like, perfect retro modern appearance. Honestly the first “cushion” I have ever liked. I would buy the chronograph in a heartbeat.

    So where can we buy them?

    • There are going to be some new places in the US. Right now Matt Bailey in Canada has them and I think will ship to the US.

  • MissouMan

    Marvin should bring out the white faced chrono with the day-date feature.
    I’d buy it at that price. It’s classy and sporty.

  • Marvin`s US launch was officially announced yesterday. Here is a link with the first US retailers: http://www.marvinwatches.com/distribution/stores/show-addresses/list-cities/country/united-states/ More to come soon, we will keep the list up to date.