REVIEW: The Morpheus Cinema

Posted on 06 March 2013 by Patrick Kansa

 

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A bit over a year ago, we brought you news of a new model from Morphues Watches, the Cinema.  Today, we’re going to give you a a hands-on review of this watch (the first of two models from them we’ll be looking at).

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At first glance, it’s easy to see the inspiration for this watch comes from the movie theater; here is a quick overview of the various cinematic references you’ll find upon closer inspection:

  • The dial looks like a film reel, complete with texturing to make it appear as if film is wound
  • The crown has the appearance of a projector lens (especially when unlocked and extended)
  • The silicone strap is imprinted with the design of a strip of film
  • The font used for letters and numerals is reminiscent of the deco era of movie-making

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So, right off the bat, you can tell this is a watch for someone who loves movies.  That covers the form; what of it’s function?  Inside the 45mm stainless steel case you’ve got the workhorse ETA 2824-2 movement taking care of time- and date-keeping functions.  On top of the case, you’ve got an AR-coated sapphire crystal, which buttons up the package (screw down case back) to net a 50m water resistance rating.

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In terms of daily wear, this watch is quite pleasant.  The thin (only 10.4mm thick!) case fits under any cuff quite nicely, and the case didn’t wear overly large.  For a watch at this price point (more on that in a moment), the silicone strap seems an odd choice, but it is in keeping with the theme.  In the end, it was well suited to daily wear (for the time I had with it).

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Now, back to the price.  Given the fact that there are only 150 of these hand-assembled watches in existence, you know you’ll have a premium at play here.  Morpheus is currently asking $1950 (product page), which doesn’t seem wildly out of line for the limited nature and uniqueness of the piece.  I do wish there was a higher quality strap that it came with, but that’s easily remedied in the aftermarket, should you so wish.

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