Vorque Watches is a new watch brand currently in the pre crowdfunding stage to initially produce three versions of their men’s dress watch under the line name of Vorque Constantine. The watches are designed in Singapore and Hong Kong, manufactured in Hong Kong and China and use Swiss ETA 2824-2 movements. Assembly is done in Hong Kong with inspections in Singapore and Hong Kong. What really caught my attention when I initially saw the watch is the use of a Clous de Paris guilloche pattern on the watch face. This design technique was first used by Vacheron Constantin in the 1700s and later by Breguet, Rolex, Omega, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and others. This technique really gives the watch a rich look that is commonly lacking in affordable quality mens dress watches.
All Vorque Constantine watches use a standard grade ETA 2824-2 automatic hacking movement, rather than a less costly Miyota or Seiko that most brands in this category tend to spec. The ETA has a 38 to 40 hour power reserve and is so well known that further information isn’t needed here; it’s an industry standard. The gilt finish on the movement, visible through the case back, really adds a nice touch, as well as the six screws holding the case back down. Finishing the case back is engraving around the exhibition mineral crystal, equally spaced with the movement source, model name and serial number. Brushed case sides (polished between the lugs), a polished finish for the rest of the case, concave bezel and turned down lugs are all excellent finishing touches for a dress watch of this type.
The rose gold PVD case is 40 mm in diameter, 10.5 mm thick, measures 48 mm lug to lug and 20 mm between the lugs. To me, this is a perfect size for a men’s dress watch. The watch uses a raised flat sapphire crystal with internal A/R and is rated 30 meters W/R. Finishes of the 316L cases will include stainless with a white or black face or rose gold with a white face, as reviewed here. All Constantine watches have a beautifully machined 7 by 3 mm gear edged signed crown. All of the watches use a matching butterfly clasp and simulated alligator leather strap. Additional details on the face include applied beveled rose gold indices every hour and a black rail track for minutes or seconds.
The black leaf shaped hour and minute hands and the faux blue steel thin stick second hand with oval counter weight perfectly complement the twelve raised gold indices. I particularly admire the way the edge of the watch crystal plays with the hour and minute/second rail track and the hour indices. Every detail of this watch pushes the right buttons in my book. From design, materials, details, movement, face, case back, strap and clasp, nothing has been left to chance. If you are looking for a classic, quality, automatic Swiss movement dress watch that is a great value and won’t be seen on everyone’s wrist, the Vorque Constantine should be seriously looked into. $450-$500 through Kickstarter. vorquewatches.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.