REVIEW: Kayaniv Discoverer Automatic
Yesterday, we took a look at a quartz diver from the new company Kayaniv. Today, we’ll head off into a different segment of their catalog, and check out a dressier piece housing an automatic movement.
As soon as I opened the packaging for the Discoverer automatic, I knew that this was a watch I was going to be styleup with a suit (as well as in to the office), with the polished surfaces, black-on-white dial, Roman numerals, and thin, blued, hands. As we mentioned yesterday, this watch also adheres to their code, being made up of a stainless steel case (43mm), sapphire crystal, and an ETA 2824 automatic movement.
What struck me first with this particular watch was the dial – or more precisely, the chapter ring. I’m not sure if it truly is enameled or not, but it definitely gives that look – an extra bit of gloss – which was a welcome contrast to the mostly flat white dial (perhaps future iterations could extend that finish to the dial as well).
The second thing that struck me was the bracelet on the watch. Simply put, this is one of the more visually striking ones I’ve seen in some time. To be sure, it’s chunkier (pulling it away somewhat from a true dress watch). That said, I welcome the departure from the typically flat 3- or 5-link bracelets we’d more commonly see (not that those are bad – they work well for many styles of watch).
Given the styling put into the bracelet, it was also nice to see that the deployant clasp enabled an end-to-end joint, keeping things clean an uninterrupted on the bottom of your wrist. You’ll also see that the brushed and polished accents present on the bracelet carry over onto the case, which is styled relatively simply, with smooth sides and a slight coin edge around the bezel.
All in all, this presents as a sportier dress watch. It was very comfortable in daily wear. To that end, I was fortunate that the adjustment worked for my wrist. What do I mean by that? Well, with a deployant, you won’t have the small adjustments you can make on a butterfly clasp. Also, there aren’t any half-links on the bracelet (which I suppose would interrupt the design), so the fit isn’t as tunable as you might otherwise be thinking.
Overall, I really enjoyed the watch, even though I wished the hands were a touch wider. While the asking price of $995 (available here) isn’t that much of a surprise, given the movement inside, and the styling of the piece, it’s putting it into competition with a wider swath of the watches out there. Then again, our discount code of WWR20 for 20% makes for a more attractive option.