While part of the fun there is to be had with watches is discovering new designs and approaches, I also have really appreciated getting to experiences watches from all over the world. Most of what we experience is either Swiss, Chinese, or Japanese, so it can be refreshing to have something come from another country. So when we were offered the change to borrow a Paulin Modul B Mechanical (which hails from Scotland), we leapt at the chance.
Paulin Modul B Mechanical – Colors
One thing you’ll immediately notice looking across the Paulin lineup is that they’re not afraid to use colors. And it’s not like they’re just jumping on whatever the Pantone color of the year is. No, they’re making some very good choices that aren’t maybe a dial color you’d expect (in our case, a milk chocolate brown) paired with a bright pop of color (a sunny yellow and a hint of sky blue) that manages to walk the line between subtlety and boldness.
In a world of ever-increasing case sizes (insert your movie announcer of choice), it’s refreshing to see the Paulin Modul B Mechanical coming in at “just” 35mm in diameter. This allows it to fit a wide variety of wrists. Sure, it might feel small at first, but as you can see, it fit my 7.25″ just fine. Add in the fact that the watch is just 8.2mm thick, and this is a watch that will immediately slide under any cuff you throw at it.
Paulin Modul B Mechanical Movement
Part of keeping the Paulin Modul B Mechanical so slim is due to the fact it’s relying on a manually-wound movement (you can also opt for a quartz) rather than an automatic. The movement here is the La Joux Perret D100, which is held up as an improvement of the classic ETA 7001. They are a Swiss movement maker, who also happened to be owned by Citizen. So, if you had any fears of your watch having an unreliable movement, well, I think you can safely put those to bed.
Paulin Modul B Mechanical Strap
Our review loaner came with a tan bridle leather strap that absolutely complemented the dial perfectly. You get a few stitches at the lugs to make things feel like more than a simple cut-out strap, and then the buckle is great. Rather than being a simple tang-style buckle, this is a tang-and-loop, which means the buckle itself acts as the first keeper for the strap (and then you have a floater as well). While you can opt for a stainless steel mesh bracelet, we think the leather fits the look and feel of the watch much better.
How do you get one?
In the not-to-distant past, that was a trickier proposition, as Paulin was primarily a brick-and-mortar watchmaker. The pandemic did what it did, however, and that brought Paulin to the web (as well as in partnership with anOrdain). So, that means you can pick up one of these compact Scottish beauties – along with the amazing cork presentation case – for $1,040 directly from paulin.com
- Case material: steel
- Case diameter: 35mm
- Case thickness: 8.2mm
- Movement: manually-wound; La Joux Perret D100
- Crystal: boxed Hesalite
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