Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Something from Bordeaux...

So while the world was focused on events in Basel, other watch brands quietly worked away on their own.

Allow me to introduce Montres MONA -

Courtesy of Motres MONA
This is the HMS Icone.
As I understand it, one of the guiding principles of the company is that the watch is not slapped together  in a darkened back room in the far east.  Instead, the constituent components of the watch are sourced and brought to their workshop in Bordeaux where the MONA watches are assembled.  MONA stands for Montres Originales Nardon et Ardilouze.


Courtesy of Montres MONA
The watches are stainless steel with a quartz movement.  And considering that the watches are assembled by people earning real "first world" scale wages, the cost to value ratio seems quite good.


Courtesy of Montres Mona
290 Euros will secure one, so it is a bit kinder on the wallet ; )

Here are the specs -

Polished steel case – Ø 40 mm | thk 8,20 
Steel screw-down crown 
White Arabic dial 
Steel hands 
Mineral glass crystal – Ø 36 mm 
Unisex Cashmere Gold leather strap –Presto bar 20 mm 
Satin coat steel buckle 
Swiss movement – ETA 956.402 | 7 rubies 
Water Resistant – 165 feet

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