By now, you are no doubt aware that we here at WWR dig into the design details of the watches we learn about and review. One of the many areas of focus is often the dial. With this, we often wax semi-poetically about the various levels and changes of texture on a dial – or, conversely, how well a simple, matte dial works in a particular watch. If you find yourself more in the textured detail camp, then the just announced Projects Watches Carve is the one for you.

The Projects Watches Carve, as you might guess, looks like it has been carved out of a piece of stone. While this might sound a bit gimmicky, here, it does come across as something of interest, rather than hokey. Another way of thinking about it (and perhaps this is why it appeals to me) is that it’s an inverted – and geometric – hammered finish.

Fitting in with the carved stone aesthetic, the Projects Watches Carve features an arrowhead cutout for the date window, another clever touch. The handset is a simple, squared-off sticks look, with white paint at the end (the better to see you with, my dear). I cannot quite put my finger on it, but something about those white tips feels a touch off. Perhaps if the paint on the minute hand was longer, and the hour hand obviously wider, something to that effect. Who knows, perhaps in person, it’s a non-issue.

What does seem like it would be cool to see in person (aside from the dial, of course) is the curved glass crystal of the Projects Watches Carve. This sort of higher dome is something we more commonly see on dive watches. Having it on a more casually dressy sort of a watch should further a unique look. If you’re wanting to get one of these for yourself, the Carve is currently available from Projects Watches at $145. Just don’t try breaking any rocks with it, ok?

Watch Overview

  • Brand & Model: Projects Watches Carve
  • Price: $145
  • Who we think it might be for: You’re looking for a more creative take on a “rough and tumble” watch
  • Would I buy one for myself based on what I’ve seen? It’s an interesting design, but not one that I would see myself wearing all that often
  • If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: Hmm – why not explore a hammered finish for the case to continue the theme?
  • What spoke to me the most about this watch: That dial texture!

Tech Specs from Projects Watches

  • IP Black Stainless Steel
  • 20mm Black Leather Band (back and front)
  • Black Case Back
  • Miyota 2115 Movement
  • Curved Glass lens
  • 40mm Case
  • 3 ATM
  • Date

By Patrick Kansa

A big data developer and leader with a penchant for gadgets, books, watches and beverages. You can find my work on WristWatchReview, Knapsack.News, and Slushpile. If you're on Twitter and/or Instagram, you'll find me there as @PatrickWatches.

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