While the name Zisanzo may sound like the latest Cirque du Soleil epic it is really a watch company with a lot of class, a lot of size, and a certain urban/classic aesthetic that I can really get behind.

The $107 Nova that I wore had a 43mm case made of coated stainless steel and a Miyota VJ21C movement. For such a bargain price you’re getting a huge watch with nice styling – I like the arrow hands and Roman numerals – and a nice strap.


There’s not much to go into here: you’re basically getting a quartz three-hander. But Zisanzo is doing something interesting by mixing the design – think Movado – with a bold size. While you’re not going to get a perpetual calendar or minute repeater out of this brand I could definitely see this as an alternative to a quartz dress watch that can be worn with jeans and/or a suit. The hands are well-proportioned, the face is very readable, and if you need lume on this thing then you’re checking the time in the wrong places.


The company also makes a blacked-out model as well as a lighter model for the ladies in your life, all for the same sub-$150 price. The company is still pretty young and they are primarily focused on fashion pieces for now but I could definitely see a nice automatic in their future.

You can check out the pieces here while you should a hearty “Hey Zizanzo” while you raise a Peroni over while you straddle your Vespa.


Case Diameter: 43mm
Case Thickness: 8mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel 316L
Crystal: Sapphire (Scratch Resistant)
Lug Width: 20mm
Movement: Quartz Japan Miyota VJ21C
Strap: Black Stitched Genuine Italian Leather
Water Resistance: 5ATM

ByJohn Biggs

John lives in Brooklyn and has loved watches since he got his first Swatch Irony automatic in 1998. He is the editor of WristWatchReview.

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