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Introducing the Waves Design Tesoro

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It seems as of late, there’s truly no shortage of watch designs hitting the various crowd-funding sites. Some of them are taking things in the brand’s own direction, others pay homage to popular designs of the past – or current day. The latest we’ve run across, the Waves Design Tesoro, is definitely in that latter camp.

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When I first saw the Tesoro, I immediately had the SevenFriday called to mind, due to the rounded off square case. I asked the brand about that, and they willing admitted that there was certainly an influence. Closer examination will show that you’ve got a sort of sculptural running seconds (off to the right of the open heart) as well, which again calls to mind the unique SevenFriday look.

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The Tesoro, though, does deviate off into it’s own path. You do have a more traditional time readout (in terms of the hands used), which means it’s actually (at least to my eyes) easier to read the time from. I do also appreciate the inclusion of the 24-hour indicator, though it could have probably been skipped here (no date display, so if it winds down it’s not a big deal). I’m less certain about the open-heart, as it looks like large parts of the balance wheel are obscured. For me, I would’ve been happy to see that covered and getting a little bit more of that waffle-style Audemars Piguet dial surface.

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This is all housed in the aforementioned square 44mm case with sapphire crystals front and back. This is all to protect the Miyota 82S7 automative movement – not one I’m particularly familiar with, but from a brand I certainly trust (and can likely be serviced easily enough). With the case, I’m less enamored of the large insert that’s on top, which feels rather bulky; on the flip side of the coin, I think the sides of the case are rather nice.

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Depending on what you’d opt to buy (either in silver or gold) you can pick one up for about 60% of the estimated retail (or about $300), or pick up two at about half price. At the time of this writing, funding is at just shy of 50% with 24 days left to go in the project (it closes August 23rd). We’ve featured some Waves Design stuff before, as well as SevenFriday – I’ll be interested to see how this particular combination plays out. As to myself, I’ve never quite gotten the appeal of SevenFriday, so this one is a bit lost on me. That said, $300 for a Miyota-driven watch isn’t a bad deal (not great, but not bad) – so if you like the styling, this could be a good one for you. wavescollection.com

Watch Overview

  • Brand & Model: Waves Design Tesoro
  • Price: backer levels are available at $300 and up
  • Who we think it might be for: Someone who digs the SevenFriday look, but wants it on a budget
  • Would I buy one for myself based on what I’ve seen?: No – it’s just not a style that resonates for me
  • If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: Create lug ends that can accept a standard strap configuration
  • What spoke to me the most about this watch: The texture of the dial

 

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