If the Alcadus identify sounds acquainted, it’s as a result of they went the Kickstarter route a few yr in the past, however sadly they didn’t hit their funding objectives. Rather than folding up store within the face of adversity, they continued on with their plans, and now have their watches up for pre-order on their website. Recently, the prototypes made their rounds by right here, and we may give you our tackle the Alcadus Opus 39.
While the Alcadus Opus 39 has a particular classic/gown watch really feel, there isn’t any doubting that there’s a wholesome aviation watch affect. This is most evident within the Flieger-style handset, and the arrow on the seconds hand (and at 12 o’clock) that appears – to my eye – like a stylized airplane. It retains issues minimal, by way of these aircraft influences – so I feel it presents an open door to those that may not in any other case think about an aviator-style watch.
I felt that the dials on the Alcadus Opus 39 have been fairly particular as nicely. The black and white dials are very, very shiny (giving it the look of an enameled dial), whereas the gray dial has a special shock up it’s sleeve (it’s absolutely lumed; lume photographs are within the gallery beneath). You’ll additionally discover one other smaller element operating across the fringe of the dial, a minutes/seconds monitor. It’s simple to overlook as the sunshine curving within the boxed crystal can conceal it, however its’ a pleasant contact so as to add curiosity to the dial.
Then once more, I’m all about that shiny look on the Alcadus Opus 39. Yes, it was the gray dial that bought me at first, nevertheless it was – finally – the crisp white with the blue accents that spent probably the most time on my wrist. That one was totally on the included metal bracelet (which I discovered to be fairly snug), nevertheless it additionally went onto the straps. Bracelet, straps, these are all with quick-change spring bars, which I’ve actually come to love increasingly. Not that utilizing a spring bar instrument is troublesome (particularly with the drilled lugs) – however something that makes it simpler is, nicely, simpler.
Basically, I discovered lots to love across the entrance facet of the Alcadus Opus 39, in all three of the dial colours. Around again, you’ll discover a flashy gold-tone, customized rotor spinning round on an ETA 2824-2. The first variations they produce will comprise an elabore grade motion.
Given that motion – and the dial ending, and the boxed sapphire crystal – you’d be appropriate to imagine that the Alcadus Opus 39 is coming in a bit greater than most new micro-brands that we see hitting. That stated, the discounted worth of $627 (in opposition to an MSRP of round $900) seems like a reasonably honest worth to me. And whereas issues are in a pre-order mode in the meanwhile, there are a couple of obtainable for instant transport proper now. Oh, and value noting? For that worth, you get the bracelet and a second leather-based strap (of your alternative), in addition to a leather-based watch roll, so that you’ll be nicely set in your spend. Check out the main points over at alcadus.com
- Brand & Model: Alcadus Opus 39
- Price: $627 (pre-order; MSRP is anticipated ~$900)
- Who we expect it is likely to be for: You need a elegant vintage-look piece that may be informal or dressy, with all of the accoutrements that trendy manufacturing brings to bear
- Would I purchase one for myself based mostly on what I’ve seen?: I might see the white dial variant on the bracelet (and the backup gray suede strap) as a really, very versatile piece
- If I might make one design suggestion, it could be: While the boxed crystal is a cool look, possibly play with a flatter crystal for a fair more-compact model. Or, ooh, a cyclops mounted underneath the crystal.
- What spoke to me probably the most about this watch: Got to be these clear, elegant dials
Tech Specs from Alcadus
316L Stainless Steel with scratch-resistant coating, brushed end with polished bezel
Jet Black – Black Lacquered Finish (Glossy), Phantom Grey – Full-lumed (Matte), Argent White – White Lacquered Finish (Glossy)
Sword type hours hand, baton type minutes hand and customized seconds hand with ALCADUS Logo. All coated in a photo-luminescent coating besides the Grey full-lumed dial model. Flame-blued palms on white dial model.
Swiss Super-LumiNova® on dial, palms and crown
ETA 2824-2 (elaboré) with custom-made skeletonized rotor
Box sapphire on prime (with 5 layers of clear AR coating), flat sapphire on show see-through caseback
Stainless metal bracelet,, premium Italian leather-based straps / nubuck strap
100 meters / 10 ATM / 333 ft
39 x 45.5mm
13.3mm (together with 2mm thick field sapphire crystal)
20mm (with drilled lug holes)
Screw-down, engraved ALCADUS brand with Luminescent utilized
2 + 1 years
Integrated rubber strap (stretch objective)