Perhaps the cushion case style isn’t your cup of tea. If so, you’re in luck, as the Malton family features round cases as well. They have all of the same finishes and machining that I liked so much in the cushion, just in a more classic style.
While the cushion style definitely leans towards the sporty end of the spectrum, the M116 is definitely a dress watch (our sample was the M188.8.131.52). Now, I know that when it comes to those, we normally look for a white or black dial. Here, though, I feel the grey (more accurately, grained silver) makes this a more versatile piece – just at home in the office as it is paired with a nice suit.
The dial itself features polished Roman numerals and indices, and a larger power-reserve indicator over near 8 o’clock (also with their trademark red showing up at that mark, as well). Rounding out the rest of the dial we have a date display at 3 o’clock (a shame it’s not grey as well), and slender, yet proportionate, polished hands.
This is all housed in a 42mm case with sapphire front and back, which as a package (case and crystals) will get you a 50 meter water resistance rating. Inside that case is the capable ETA 2897 automatic movement (21 jewels, 42 hour power reserve). Holding it all in placeon your wrist, you’ve got their Black Jack leather strap (red on underside, of course, and also includes the quick-change pins) along with a very nice deployant clasp.
Between this and cushion case in this family, the round case is the clear winner in my book. It’s got classic styling with some clean updates, and an impressively thin case for an automatic. Of course, at an price of $2,570, it’s not a watch that I could see adding to my own collection (which isn’t to say I wouldn’t like to at some point). If you’ve got the means, this would be an excellent watch to take a look at. Oh, and if you’re not as much of a fan of the gray as I am, it’s also available in black and white dial configurations.