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After two years in development, Retter Watches is ready to release its first watch, the 22, for pre-order. Designed in New York and manufactured in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, the 22 is a fusion of design elements from the team’s favorite watches, and at under $1,000, it offers a lot of value. The Gerald Genta and Vacheron Constantin 222-inspired design cues are evident from the distinctive bracelet links, fourteen-sided bezel and apt naming scheme. Still, 22 doesn’t pay homage to any particular watch; It gains its own identity by using Retter’s unique design language.
22 The three pillars of design are proportion, utility and harmony. Proportionality is achieved by careful selection of case dimensions. At 40mm-wide and 46mm from lug to lug, it looks decent and is comfortable on all wrists. The bracelet also tapers dramatically to give the watch a balanced look and feel. Its diamond-shaped inner articulated links offer the wearability of an H-link bracelet but with a more elegant aesthetic. Finally, the date window is finished with long, distinct arms and an applied metal border.
The team’s utilitarian mission has also been achieved, and the spec list proves it — 200m water resistance is more than many watches in the category offer. The sapphire crystal has an anti-reflective coating to aid the clarity of the clean dial, and the blue Super-LumiNova X1 on the hands and indexes provides excellent clarity at night. A careful mix of polished and brushed surfaces plays dramatically with light. This allows the watch to be worn every day, covering even more wear situations, and the butterfly clasp is secure and seamless. Also, the Sellita SW400 movement features automatic winding and is adjustable in four positions (the SW400 is a larger version of the SW200 that allows the date wheel to be moved to the edge of the dial for a better dial layout).
Retter Watches has also developed an FKM rubber strap to go along with the integrated bracelet, which features the same flowy design language and features a custom-designed pin-and-buckle clasp. The first 250 orders will come with a complimentary FKM gasket, which will also be sold as a standalone accessory at the time of preorder. If that’s not enough, a leather travel case is included with every Retter 22, which protects the watch even when it’s away from its owner’s wrist.
Finally, 22 uses carefully selected design elements to provide the third pillar of harmonious design. The multi-faceted applied metal hour markers have pointed tips, which are echoed in the diamond-cut hands and 14-sided bezel. This shape also carries over to the intermediate links in the bracelet. An applied logo on the dial and minimal printed text keep everything clean and symmetrical. White or black text displays the brand name and indicates the automatic movement of the watch. Although very clear, the dials are also beautiful, achieved through careful radial brushing and bead blasting before the color is applied. Harmony also flows into the treatment of the case. Everything ties into the finish, where the polished sides of the bezel are repeated in chamfers that extend to the edges of the case and bracelet, and the satin-brushed surfaces flow smoothly along the watch.
The Retter 22 is available in two dial colors. Frost White, with its cool, matte finish, gives off a classic and clean look and is a more versatile option. Lapis Blue, featuring radial sunburst brushing, is a deep, rich color that’s perfect for those looking for something with a little more flair.
Retter says its watches aim to combine vintage trends with contemporary design at the best possible prices, and the 22 clearly achieves all of these goals. The Retter 22 is available for pre-order from August 1 at a discounted price $895 USD. The pre-order will be valid for two weeks and again the first 250 orders will receive a complimentary rubber strap. The watches will be manufactured by Retter’s ateliers in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and will begin shipping from its warehouses in the United States in early 2023. Each watch comes with a two-week return period and a two-year limited manufacturer’s warranty. To reserve one for yourself or learn more, you can Visit the brand’s website.
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