American watchmaker RGM launched its Mannequin 600 Chronograph final yr with inspiration from army pilot watches from the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies. It had an easy design with a black dial, bi-compax format and no date and joined the rising development of military-inspired chronographs just like the Hamilton Khaki Discipline Computerized Chronograph and Longines Avigation BigEye. Blue dials are actually trending as effectively and Longines just lately launched the Avigation BigEye Titanium with a gradient blue dial, buying and selling a little bit of authenticity for model. The indie watchmaker is following swimsuit with the RGM Mannequin 600-B and a placing sunray blue dial.
The chronograph is a part of RGM’s broader pilot assortment that home ETA actions in lieu of in-house calibres. This permits for extra accessible items that also showcase the model’s high quality and design prowess. The case is stainless-steel with a brushed end (polished bezel) and up to date measurement – 42mm in diameter and 14mm in peak with crystal. That crystal, a raised box-style sapphire, is a primary for RGM’s manufacturing watches and appeared with the unique Mannequin 600. It provides to the classic model with distortions at sharp angles like acrylic. There are fundamental pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock, and the crown has a double gasket and Keystone insignia, the latter being a standard theme for the model. Coupled with the strong caseback, water-resistance is rated at 100 metres. The watch is fitted with a 22mm retro brown leather-based strap with white stitching.
The dial is the standout function with blue lacquer and a sunray end, which provides some panache to an in any other case no-nonsense aesthetic. The snailed sub-dials at 3 and 9 o’clock – 30-minute counter and small seconds, respectively – share the blue hue. Syringe-style hour and minute fingers are full of X1 Tremendous-LumiNova, together with the hour marks behind the Arabic numerals. The numbers themselves don’t glow, however general, legibility is great with vibrant white dial parts towards the darkish blue. RGM once more determined towards a date window, which might’ve regarded misplaced on such a retro instrument watch.
As talked about earlier, the watch has an ETA motion over one in every of 4 in-house calibres. An ETA/Valjoux 7753 automated chronograph runs the present and options 27 jewels beats at 28,800vph (4Hz) with a 48-hour energy reserve. RGM has customised the motion as the bottom is designed with three sub-dials and a date at 6 o’clock (requiring a recessed pusher). Do you have to ever have to take away the caseback, it’s rhodium-plated with Côtes de Genève. To maintain issues interval appropriate, RGM went with the strong again.
The RGM Mannequin 600-B Chronograph retails for USD 4,250, which is identical as its black dial counterpart. As an impartial model with restricted manufacturing, the worth is affordable and on par with comparable watchmakers. There are additionally in depth modifications to the motion that need to be thought of. Each the blue and earlier black fashions can be found now at RGM’s webstore. For extra data, please go to RGM’s web site.