Saturday, March 14, 2015

Wrapping Up the Kennett Challenger Rose Carbon

Tempus Fugit as they say, and the week with the Kennett Challenger has literally flown by.

Courtesy of Kennett Timepieces

For those of you not yet acquainted, let me give you some quick background on Kennett Timepieces. The story goes that Tom Kennett who at the time was working for a high tech company in the US was  trying to figure out what to get his father for his 60th birthday.  So he decided to design a watch for him.  The result was the Savro, which continues to be one of their best sellers -

Courtesy of Kennett Timepieces
That was back in 2009, in since then Mr. Kennett has returned to his home and set up shop in one of my all-time favorite cities - Glasgow.

So on to the Challenger -

Overall, this has been a very enjoyable watch to wear. I was a bit curious as to how the gold-tone indices and hands would "play" against the black carbon fibre dial. The legibility was incredibly good.

The date window placement was very intelligently thought out, and the date itself is (unlike so many other date indications) actually READABLE!

The overall fit and feel of the Challenger was very good and quite comfortable.   The case appears to be 45 mm or so (I did not break out the calipers to measure).  This is a good size, and with the slightly curved lugs it sits nicely on the wrist.  

The tonneau style case is made of rose gold plated 316L stainless steel.  A mineral crystal sits atop, with a solid case back.  The case back itself is stainless steel and screws down to ensure water resistance - which is warranted to 10 atmospheres.

I am not sure as to the "Base Metal Bezel" indication as the case itself (including the bezel) appears to be uniform.

The movement is from the good folks at Miyota - the 0S20 quartz.  This offers hours, minutes, seconds and date in addition to the chronograph feature.

The watch is quite user friendly, easy to set and the chronograph is quite easy to operate.  The push buttons work smoothly and using the chronograph function was a very pleasant experience.  The hands were responsive, and accurately returned to their starting point without fail over repeated use.

The strap is calf leather with an embossed crocodile pattern, finished with a matching buckle -

The strap is nicely finished, measuring 20 mm in lug width.  It was stiff to begin with but softened up nicely with wear during the week.

Overall, I'd have to say that the Challenger Rose Carbon represents decent value for money at 250 pounds sterling - and you can purchase direct.  The watch performed as advertised and offers a look that can be sporty or dressy which is a consideration when you have enough funds for one watch, but not 2 or 3 ; )

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