We’ve been keeping you up to date with hands-on reviews of the Egard lineup as they add models; today, we’ll be taking a look at their latest – the Hunter.
This particular model is set apart from the Shade and Adoro right off the bat, as it’s comprised of a fairly chunk squared-off (40 x 42 mm) case, rather than the round treatments we’ve seen previously. Of course, the movement inside (Sellita Sw-200) is round – and the layered dial is as well.
At first, this might sound a bit odd. but what this does is it allows for some extra space between the dial and the case for the designer to play with. Here, there are non-functional screws protruding into the space, giving the appearance of an external anchor for the dial and movement.
In practice (and to my eyes), it’s just giving another element of layer and texture to the watch, which the dial itself already has quite a bit of. The dial itself is indeed 3D, with the numerals and indices projecting up out of the angled ring; this allows for things like the blue color insert we had on our sample.
Tack on the nicely domed sapphire crystal up front (not something you see a lot of in a square case), sapphire display back, and a 50m water resistance rating, you’ve got a pretty solid watch. That said, there is one item that I’m hoping could be addressed in further iterations – and that would be the handset. Visually, they just seem to small, especially given the heft many other components of the build have to them.
In my eyes, this is right smack in the middle of sport – to – dress watch continium, which really seems to be the sweet spot that Egard is targeting. At $899, this is on the higher end of what I normally cover here, but it does have a solid movement and some very interesting design aspects to it.
All in all, I’ve been liking what I’ve seen coming out of Egard, and the designs are progressing nicely – really looking forward to what might come next. Let us know in the comments what you’d like to see from Egard, either in terms of changes to their current lineup, or something new.
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