You might be looking at that design, or perhaps the logo, and wondering if this Venezianico crew is trying to pull a fast one? Well, no, they’re not. Turns out, the brand we knew as Meccaniche Veneziane has rebranded themselves as Venezianico (with an explanation for that here). So, the first watch we’ll be telling you about from this new name will be the Venezianico Redentore Riserva di Carica.
For those who’ve done some traveling in Venice may recognize the inspiration for this watch, the Basilica del Redentore. Perhaps inspiration is a bit of a stretch – in honor of might be more appropriate. Aside from the nice caseback engraving, I don’t see a lot on the watch that really could be tied directly to that piece of architecture.
That said, I do like the look of the Venezianico Redentore Riserva di Carica. It feels like we’ve got dress watch looks that got placed into a sport watch case. Sport watch given the bold strokes of steel (and 14.2mm case height), dress watch given the sunray day and polished, beveled hands and indices.
The Venezianico Redentore Riserva di Carica has a three-hander look we’re used to seeing, with a subdial to indicate the date (further reinforcing the dress watch bonafides). A closer look will reveal something curious – a fourth hand coming off of the central pivot. What’s that all about?
Turns out, the Venezianico Redentore Riserva di Carica offers a power reserve indicator, which travels from 9 o’clock to 3 o’clock, letting you know how much energy you’ve stored up in the spring inside the movement. We’re used to seeing this retrograde as a small display on the upper portion of the dial, but this approach shows us how much more cleanly a power reserve indication can be blended into the look of a watch.
Speaking of power reserve, the Venezianico Redentore Riserva di Carica is powered by the Seiko NE57 which is considered a premium movement from Seiko. Even with the upgraded movement inside the watch, it still remains a relatively affordable one. How affordable? Just a touch over $500, depending on exchange rates. All in all, it’s an interesting look, and the integrated power reserve indication should be a fun curiosity for those who chase after different sorts of complications in their movements. Check out the five different versions directly at venezianico.com.
Tech Specs from Venezianico
- Case: 316L stainless steel – 40mm in diameter x 14,2mm in height – 48mm lug to lug – box shape sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating – satin and polished finish – push pull crown – 100m water-resistance
- Dial: applied indices – dial with sunray finish – date sub-dial at 6 o’clock with diamond cut finish – ring with micro-sandblasted finish and prints showing the remaining power reserve
- Movement: Seiko NE57 – automatic – 29 jewels – power reserve of 41 hours – hours, minutes, seconds, date and power reserve indicator
- Strap: Genuine leather – Made in Italy – stainless steel polished buckle
- Price: EUR 565.00, EUR 463.10 (Price without taxes)