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Roue TPS Watches Hands-On

Roue TPS Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Last year, I was able to review the inaugural release of Roue’s CHR and the Roue SSD. I found both watches to be of surprising quality and value, well-designed for their sub-$250 price range. Following in a similar vein is the all-new Roue TPS, which stands for Tachymeter and Pulsometer. The watches are a tribute to the Porsche 910, winner of the 1000-kilometer race in Nurburgring in 1967, which is engraved on the back (more on that in a minute). The watches are aptly named the TPS One (Black), TPS Two (Panda), and TPS Three (Blue). Unlike the previous releases, all three of these watches, save for the colors, are the same design. The brand has sent all three models as sold, so we can really get into what you’re getting with the Roue TPS’s sub-$300 price tag.

Roue TPS Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Let’s address the elephant in the room. Yes, just like the last release, these feature a quartz movement: the Seiko Hybrid VK63 Mecha-Quartz, to be exact. This is a quartz movement with a mechanical chronograph module that gives the wearer the look and feel of a mechanical chronograph in a quartz movement.

“Why are you covering yet another quartz Chronograph?”

I’ll explain. After the release of the CHR and SSD, there was a plethora of opinions, both negative and positive, about the watches. Some valid, others… nit-picky. Alex Iervolino, the owner of the brand, is, first and foremost, a designer. And while a lot of the “quartz-snob” opinions revolved around the movement, Alex stuck to his guns and did what he does best when he created the TPS — Design and Function — a mission statement of his first release last year. For that, I have to applaud him, and the release of new TPS line. Would I like to see mechanical versions of his watches in the future? Absolutely. But for now, I have enjoyed my time with the TPS line, regardless of what’s inside.

Roue TPS Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Let’s get to it. The case measures in at a modest 40mm x 13.4mm x 48mm with a domed mineral crystal. I think a sapphire crystal, while likely increasing the price a little, would have been a more worthwhile option. The polished stainless steel case features brushing on the sides and top of the lugs. This gives the case a nice contrast and adds some depth. The fairly dramatic domed crystal is a nice vintage touch, but adds slightly to the thickness. For the CHR and SSD, I praised the brand for not caving to modern trends of “bigger is better” and I have to continue that sentiment here, though I do feel that dropping the dome by one millimeter or so would make the case perfectly sized.

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One thing I really appreciate is the slightly angled crown. It makes setting the time simple and adds to the vintage-esque extended pusher aesthetic. The watches are rated for 50 meters of water resistance and feature a really high-quality engraving of the Porsche 910 on the screw-down case back.

Roue TPS Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The real draw of the TPS line, however, is the dials. Each dial features both a tachymeter, and a pulsometer. The funky themes hearken back to automotive influences of the 60’s. Is there anything really new here? Not particularly. However, there is a culmination of charming features that, once together, bring out a retro-funk vibe.

Roue TPS Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The watches come in three dial flavors — a black, a panda, and a cool gray-blue. The TPS One feels a bit like the Speedmaster “Ultraman” to me. I don’t have a problem with the dial, but it is fairly pedestrian, all things considered. The mirror black dial features orange chronograph hands, and a yellow accent color on the Roue logo. This is a simple dial that I have no doubt will appeal to enthusiasts of a less funky nature, though definitely the safest of the three.

Roue TPS Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Roue TPS Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The TPS Two is a panda dial variant and where I see the most quintessential design language. The TPS Two looks and feels “Porsche-y,” and I can’t help being impressed by the pure visual treat of the yellow and orange splashes of color against the silver-cream dial plate. I had concerns with the white hands on the silver dial from the press images, but it’s more than legible in person. Of the three, I feel this is the most versatile with outfits. It really dresses up or down and I find that an enticing feature of any watch.

Roue TPS Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The TPS Three is something I really need to give credit to. When I first saw the colorway of the dial, I couldn’t think of anything similar. The unique blue-gray colorway with yellow accents ended up being my favorite of the three, even if it’s not as easy to match with outfits.  The watch simply feels cool. And while I tend to associate boldly styled watches with seasons, I feel the TPS Three could fit all year round, though I found it a perfect match for winter.

Roue TPS Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Each watch has its own gray felt watch roll with two straps. The TPS Two and Three both feature a cool gray rubber strap and a brown leather “driving” strap. The TPS One has a black rubber strap and a really cool black leather driving strap with yellow stitching to match the dial accents. All of the straps are quick-release and easily swapped out. I swapped the straps around three or four times in the course of having the watches and didn’t need a tool for any of them. In my opinion, I would include the same black rubber from the TPS One for the TPS Two instead of the gray one. I found it fit the panda much better than the gray.

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The quality of the Roue TPS line is really hard to argue with. Alex is going to receive the same blow-back for the quartz movements, and that’s okay. Because working with a high-quality automatic chronograph would both drastically increase the price and the footprint of this watch. As is, the watch looks and feels great on the wrist. The case, dial, and strap quality paired with the packaging, extra strap, and watch roll really makes the $290 price tag a great value. The Roue TPS is limited to 1000 pieces each. Read more at rouewatch.com.

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  • Carmen Brisante

    Liking the TPS Three overall, though the shape of the hour and minute hands bugs me. I’d probably wear it on a black strap to avoid the bandaid look of that grey, dimpled rubber.

    • Tempvs Mortvvs

      Band-aid, i can see that now…?

  • Let’s see, the registers (2 of them anyway) need more markers to be useful – but they are better than the black MVMT I keep seeing on TV with no markings at all on the registers – chronographs for those who don’t time things I guess. Their ads crack me up when they way “you want a nice watch…” and then they show you their junk. But those 2 dudes sold out for big bucks, so good for them as businessmen.

    Back to these watches, the hands seem to disappear on the white dial reference and also somewhat over the registers on the blue dialed one. The distortion of the tachymeter scale caused by the domed crystal would drive me nuts. The lugs should angle downward more – these stick out in space as do too many watches from new brands. Ergonomics matter. Otherwise you might sell a watch but if the owner really doesn’t like wearing it, the won’t be likely to get another from the brand nor recommend it to others.

    I like the price point and at the price being an analog quartz watch is acceptable. But they look cheap and have flaws in their use/utility that warrant a “pass” from me. I with them luck and hope their next offering is more useful and less “inspired” by old cars I don’t care about.

    • Tempvs Mortvvs

      Which watch was that one you received, Mr. Carson? Just curious. I also saw that the Royal Oaky watch from the watch school Kickstarter project didn’t get sufficiently funded. Did you still order it through their site? I guess the price was too steep…

      • Yes, the WH&T watch can be directly ordered and I will be wiring them money next week for one. The watch I just received last week was the Xeric Invertor. No regrets about buying it as I knew it would not be all that readable and it is funky and cool. But the difficulty with reading the minute hand makes it a watch you can’t just glance at. You have to visually hunt around (literally around the dial) to find it. The hour hand (a larger triangle) is far easier to read at a glance. I got an Ultramarine Morse about 6 months ago and I also signed up for a Magrette bronze diver which I think will show up in early 2020. Buying 4 watches in a year is very unusual for me – but I like to put my money where my mouth is when I like a design.

        • Tempvs Mortvvs

          Thanks for your reply. The Ultramarine looks very beautiful, how is it in the metal?

          • Very nice (the Ultramarine Morse). I got the blue one (dial and strap) with the brushed case – which I think is a lovely combination. The dual time Eterna Caliber 38 is quite nice and has a long power reserve. I’m very happy with my purchase – I do recommend this watch. Especially if you need a 2nd time zone display – and one which unlike the ETA 2893 based watches out there, can be adjusted in either direction.

    • John___B

      Mark makes valid points.

      Those points aside, they are fun looking watches. Could they be better? Yes, for many of the reasons Mark says above. To me, the worst is the white hands on the blue or white face. Don’t know how one will be able to tell the time (the main job a watch is hired to do).

      I like the looks of the light blue/yellow face.

      I too will pass, but at least they are trying.

    • Independent_George

      The WH&T watch?

      • No, I will be wiring WH&T money for that next week. I was talking about another watch 🙂

    • Mark

      Hi Mark, It’s Mark here too. I see the marks in the sub dials absolutely useful. The one in the right is am/pm so you don’t need anything else than those lines. The one in the center is also fine giving you the idea that the minute is about to change or it is in the middle… I don’t get your point about it.

    • ray h.

      Can you show me a $300 or less chrono(that is currently for sale) that does not look cheap to you ?

  • Jason Mirabello

    You lost me at Quartz

  • What Mark said x 2

  • Pete L

    Quite like the colour schemes and price is keen but agree with Mark that the crystal distortion of the tachy scale would grate on me. Up the WR, change to sapphire and install a mechanical (manual would do and also suit the retro feel) movement and you are almost there but the price would balloon and the competition intensify significantly.

  • Was curious about the 1967 champion Porsche 910 so I did a little bit of digging.. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9ac2b7b3070114eeb3161e930b8c7f0703c6e648aff10a2697e1a30f05e47da5.jpg Wouldn’t it be nice if Roue TPS threw in a free Tamiya model kit? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/08040c271a467483638191293668f5d3601a4b0b88233b3a55c4e2d49fe55a2b.jpg Then again maybe it’s not such a good idea since the market price of that plastic model kit is exactly the price of the watch

    • Jonathan Fisk

      I like the model Porsche much more than the watch! I still don’t see the connection between the watch and the car; you could literally engrave any object on the back and invent a story for it and it would be just as meaningless.

  • SuperStrapper

    Hard to argue when this is the price. The cases don’t look all that special but the designs are nice, and fairly complete ( to marks point, the sub dials could use some additional indication: this is a fairly precise chronograph movement). I’m digging the unique blue colourway.
    I’m not sure why the disclaimer about “another” quartz chronograph review: how many of them have there been? Not many.

  • funkright

    Love the aesthetics. Would gladly strap one to my wrist for an adventurous weekend!

  • Raymond Wilkie

    White hands on a white background. Who comes up with these ideas? …..un……believable.
    You can easily check someones heart rate by counting 10 seconds on your watch and multiplying it, nurses have been doing it for years. As for a tachymeter , well, that’s about as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike. Straps are awful.

  • wejpasadena

    Great watches! I hope you will provide more coverage of watches like this. Not everyone wants to buy $15,000 watch.

    • Wants to or can afford? I lust after a great many expensive watches I can’t afford. Cheers.

  • Mikita

    “Meca-Quartz” “Panda” “Racing” watch market becomes over-saturated IMO. Take some 70s “racing” watch style (better panda or inverse panda), Seiko V-caliber, call it Meca-Quartz instead of simple quartz = PROFIT!

  • Mikita

    Ah, I forgot about cool name. Roue, Tockr, Boldr, either some French-sounding name for a touch of class, or some misspelled name without vowels. Exhaust Pipe -> Tuyau d’échappement -> T-DECHPPT

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