Life is all about exploring, where ideas are everywhere and inspiration comes in many forms. That is what Elegantsis Watch Company is sharing with us in today’s hands-on review of their latest watch model in collaboration with JSK Moto Co. (also known as JSK Custom Design) which is based out of California, US. This is definitely a good news for the microbrand watch industry where bigger non-watch players are keen to work with a non-swiss branded companies like Elegantsis from Taipei, Taiwan. But that doesn’t translate to poor quality of products, because Elegantsis is no new comer in the microbrand world as they have 20 years of experience designing and producing luxury timepieces of their own. Now with the collaboration and the release of the JX65AS-JSK series, they are now ready to expand their horizon to a larger community through their passion, capabilities and experiences. Lucky for me, I am one of the very few reviewers able to share my journey riding the new Pyrite Ore from their Basic Collection series.
Let’s run through what the Basic Collection series is all about :
- 47.5mm Case Diameter
- Stainless Steel Case
- 24mm lug width
- Super luminova on some of the hour indexes, hour and minute hands
- Seiko NH35 automatic movement
- K1 mineral display glass
- Genuine Italian vegetable tanned calfskin strap
- Water resistance of 100m
The only difference between the Basic and the Classic / Rarity Collections are just the movement (Sellita SW200) and the glass material (AR Coated Sapphire Crystal). That is why the price difference between them but it really depends on your preference and the design that most appeal to you. To me, the differences will not impact the overall watch design as it’s just the engine under the hood (movement) and the display of the speedometer (glass). Anyway, back to what my thoughts about it after giving it a week of wrist time…
THE CASE : Measured at 47.5mm, this is considered a large size and may not be suitable for wrist size of 6.5″ and below. I am an average Asian wrist size between 6.5″ – 6.75″ and it fits me just nicely both leather and rubber strap. The watch is made from stainless steel, hence the weight is felt on my wrist. The bezel on the case is fixed and is separated with another gold plated component which gives an elevated feel from side view. The height of the case is measured ~ 14mm and lug to lug ~ 57mm. The overall build of the case is solid with the lug of the case bending downwards so that the case sits firmly on ones’ wrist.
THE CASEBACK : There lies the engine of the bike and also the heart of the watch which is powered by the trusted Japanese Seiko NH35 automatic movement that can be seen through the exhibition caseback, surrounded by a rotor design element (Hexagon) on it. I believe that the see through glass is made from Sapphire Crystal as engraved on the side. The only improvement I would want to see is probably a gold colour rotor on the movement to compliment the overall design scheme because it’s too silver to my liking.
THE CROWN : It’s a bit larger than usual, because it’s designed to function like a fuel cap and with a rotor element engraved on it. The colour combination of gold and black is perfect matching to the overall design scheme and I like how solid and smooth it feels when I have to unlock the crown (it’s like I’m throttling the bike while doing so). Kudos to the team on taking a risk for a bigger crown because to my perspective, it fits the watch perfectly !
THE DIAL : It looks very busy but there is a reason why it was designed that way. Firstly, as mentioned earlier, this watch is truly inspired by the motorcycles that are custom made by JSK Moto Company. So, the main elements of the dial resembles the components that are found on customised motorcycles which includes a Brake Disc next to 3/4 of hour indexes, a Rotor in the middle of the dial and finishing off with a Suspension System element offering a date view for the remaining 1/4 next to the hour indexes. Most commonly found element on any motorcycle be it standard or customised is a nut bolt’ed onto the chassis, and it’s no difference that hexagon-shaped nuts are placed on the 3, 8 & 10 o’clock hour marker. There are super luminova on the rest of the remaining hour indexes except for 9 o’clock marker as shown on the close-up picture above. With so many things going on in the dial, it’s somehow also a “wow” factor that keeps attracting myself to keep looking into it and so are the others that had a glimpse of my wrist too. However, if I can suggest an improvement to the already awesome dial, and that would probably be a designed motorcycle chain as the hour indexes to give it a more bikey feel.
THE STRAP : Let’s start off with the leather strap. It’s a combo of half denim and half calfskin leather on top of the strap. That’s something rarely seen as a standard strap as it’s usually purchased separately through a strapmaker as a customised strap. So this is really a bargain to get it as a standard and there’s no need to source for any after market straps to compliment it. The leather is soft and comfortable on my wrist but I would like the keeper to be bigger, and maybe denim material to match the strap rather than leather because it’s too soft to my liking for the keeper to do its’ job. Together in the package is a rubber strap that is made to fit perfectly onto the case and it comes with a different designed and matching buckle signed clasp. However, my only comment on the rubber strap would be a little bit more design on it (eg. tyre thread or a gold stitching to match the overall design scheme).
THE PACKAGING : Kudos to the team for daring to take the high road and being different from the rest. The special edition hard case that came along with it is a nice touch to the overall design, which feels like a motorcycle tool and accessories case. Besides the watch and extra rubber strap in it, there’s a warranty card and a wrench tool key fob.
Overall, I’m definitely recommending anyone who is in the market to get a large sized watch with a thrill for racing, then this is it ! It’s currently available on Kickstarter as I’m typing this review and it’s definitely a bargain at the price of US$269 for the review I have just wrote above (Basic Collection) or US$569 for Classic Collection or US$699 for Rarity Collection. Any set that you choose, I’m sure it’s the right choice ! I am definitely considering the Cobalt Storm from the Rarity Collection if I’m going to get one.
So… check them out on Kickstarter today and they have just hit their US$80k stretch goal which offers a FREE leather skull bracelet to give it a complete feel on the wrist ! Kudos to Elegantsis Watch and JSK Moto Co. for the amazing collaboration !