Time and time again, I keep coming back to watches with bronze cases. I’m a fan of how the material patinas, in a sense customizing the watch to you and your skin chemistry. And while I’ve not reviewed a Halios model before, I’m really liking what I see with this watch.
Aside from the material in use here, you’ve got a fairly standard case – 41mm (13.5mm thick) in diameter with 22mm lugs and a sapphire crystal up top. Once the stainless steel crown and caseback are locked into place, you’ll have a 300 meter water resistance rating, which should keep things nice and dry.
The dial is available in three colors (grey, green or brown); all three feature blue lume. Driving the timing and date functions, we’ve got a well-known automatic movement, the Miyota 9105. Rounding the package out, we have a very surprising strap – here, it’s made of Horween leather and features a bronze buckle. If you don’t know why that’s a great strap, do a quick Google search on Horween.
And why is it a surprise? For all that you get with this watch, it surprised me that the price is only $675 ($250 down for the pre-order) even with that great strap. If you’re looking for a new watch to pick up, and like bronze, you need to check this one out. I think it’s got great styling, and with the movement, it should serve you well. Also of note, they’re only making 100 of each dial color, and they will be individually numbered (pre-order early enough and you can pick your own serial).
You can place your pre-order here; they’re anticipating shipment in May or July of 2013.