Launched on Kickstarter in March of 2016, Caliper Timepieces has grown quickly into their transparent line of watches, with an emphasis on modern design, attention to detail and high quality. For this review I have the Caliper View A10. The watch is a modest 38 mm in diameter, 12.5 mm thick with a 22 mm lug width and a compact 44.1 mm lug to lug. This first edition model, number 63 of 500 made, is striking by having an outer beveled watch face approximately 5.5 mm wide. A inner glass face is printed with a diagram pointing to the clutch, escape wheel, pallet fork and the balance wheel of the Miyota 82S0 automatic, 21 jewel, 21,600 bph, 42 hour reserve movement. More on this later.
The beveled portion of the face has sixty white markers on a black background, numbered 1 through 12 in a very clean and modern font. Other facial features are the pilot style hour and minute hands and the thin, tapered sword orange second hand. The chunky 316L IP (ion plated) black case is said to be very tough. The straight sides of the case are beveled at the top and bottom. The sapphire crystal is flat with a small edge bevel and is slightly raised above the narrow flat edge of the bezel. A perfectly proportioned gear edged glossy crown compliments the minimalistic design, including the sharply edged and turned down tapered lugs as well as the fine snakeskin like mesh black metal strap.
The strap clasp can be securely adjusted almost anywhere along the mesh bracelet and is very comfortable. The smaller crystal on the case back is held in place by a well engraved screw down back, which indicates the watch has 10 ATM water resistance. Surprisingly the watch’s model number is not engraved on the case back. The movement’s cut out rotor is tastefully engraved by Miyota as well as by Caliper Timepieces while a few parts visible through the back are nicely “guilloched” as well. The exhibition case back is very well designed, but it is the inner crystal on the face of the watch that really creates the perfect view of this movement.
Miyota identifies this movement as a front view skeleton. It is automatic, non hacking and can be fully wound with 40 turns of the crown. Accuracy is specified at -20 to +40 seconds per day. In summary, I find the Caliper View A10 a very well made and designed minimalistic automatic watch. I don’t believe there are many watch companies manufacturing watches like Caliper Timepieces. $375; calipertimepieces.com
Bert Kanne is a freelance contributor to MBWW with a love for well made dive watches and chronographs. All photos by Bert Kanne unless otherwise noted.