5 years in the past, aBlogtoWatch reviewed the debut timepiece from the brand new model Mauron Musy after we appeared on the Armure Traditional Metal watch right here. Our David Bredan preferred numerous the watch however remarked that the novel case design idea was not matched with the dial expertise. Since then, Mauron Musy has appreciably upgraded the design of its dials and likewise launched this limited-edition skeletonized watch that I evaluate right this moment. Gone now’s any grievance in regards to the dial being less-than-exciting, however the value level of the watch has elevated. That mentioned, the Mauron Musy GMT MU04 fashions and different merchandise such because the MU03 items (aBlogtoWatch evaluate right here) are going to be a bit extra inexpensive than this beautiful skeleton. However after sporting the Mauron Musy Skeleton Armure MU05-101 in titanium as reviewed right here, I feel there’s a essential worth proposition to this watch. Then once more, as of writing, it’s bought out — nevertheless it means lovers ought to pay shut consideration to what comes subsequent from this novel and area of interest Swiss watchmaker.
The very best-end model of the Mauron Musy Skeleton Armure was the (additionally bought out) MU05-301 in a hardened gold case. This MU05-101 watch is produced in titanium, which fits me simply high-quality. Mauron Musy is, if something, a micro-mechanical machining skilled who is aware of each how one can exactly machine steel components and likewise end them with unimaginable magnificence and precision. This can be a distinct talent from, say, conventional hand-finishing, which is about utilizing guide sprucing strategies. Not that there’s any lack of hand-effort in these instances, however the Armure case is a celebration of recent milling know-how and what you will get whenever you obsess over even the smallest particulars.
Whereas the trouble that goes into the machining of those watch instances, dials, and actions is a bit summary, one tangible level is to say that the Armure instances are water resistant to 300 meters with out the usage of any gaskets. Mauron Musy calls this “nO-Ring” know-how as a result of it signifies that the case doesn’t want to make use of conventional ring-style rubber or different materials gaskets between case components to make sure that water and dirt don’t enter the case. As a substitute, the titanium components match along with such precision, that no additional measures are essential to attain water resistance. Extra so, we aren’t simply speaking about fundamental water resistance for hand-washing and showers. Moderately, we’re speaking a few full 300 meters of diver’s watch-style water resistance with none additional assist. So far as I do know, that’s unprecedented within the timepiece trade, and Mauron Musy is rightly proud to at present have exclusivity on this division.
The case itself is gorgeous, as properly. It’s 44mm-wide, 13mm-thick, and wears very comfortably because of comparatively stubby lugs. The titanium case can also be very mild, so sporting this can be very snug, for my part, particularly on the included again rubber strap. I’d say that, for essentially the most half, this watch wears modestly given its 44mm-wide dimensions. Ending on the titanium floor may be very high-quality, and the general design is an attention-grabbing combination of recent and traditional parts that very a lot appears like what somebody obsessive about machining steel would possibly design. Over the dial and caseback are AR-coated sapphire crystals for wonderful views of the face and motion.
What makes the Mauron Musy MU05 completely different from the MU03 fashions is the dial skeletonization, despite the fact that the operation is identical. The motion contained in the watch is named the caliber MM01-SK, and it’s designed by Mauron Musy and produced in Switzerland by motion specialist La Joux-Perret. The automated motion is modern in its design, and thoroughly skeletonized to permit for a dramatic view into the succesful mechanism that operates at 4Hz with 55 hours of energy reserve. The automated rotor is attractively skeletonized, and over the dial, you possibly can nonetheless simply learn the time with subsidiary seconds whereas additionally admiring all the ornamental skeletonization work and engaging floor ending.
After I first noticed the Armure Skeleton watch in footage, I felt that the dial could possibly be improved by utilizing conventional versus skeletonized arms. The arms do have lume-painted suggestions, however I used to be a bit anxious that they might get misplaced within the particulars of the dial and hamper legibility. After sporting the MU05-101 for some time, I truly discovered that legibility was much less of a difficulty and that I appreciated the look of the dial and what Mauron Musy was going for. Extra so, I actually really feel that the mixture of the model’s distinctive-looking case design combined with this skeletonized dial is one of the best ways to understand the model’s personal design DNA and strategy to fashionable watch aesthetics. Within the Skeleton Armure, you get a lot of what watch lovers like right this moment, however in a bundle the actually doesn’t seem like anything in the marketplace.
With all new issues within the luxurious area, it takes time for brand spanking new objects to be adopted and authorized by the larger timepiece neighborhood. Only a few individuals on the market know the way cool Mauron Musy watches are to date, so collectors gained’t instantly get that “oh wow, you’ve a type of” reactions. That may change in time. Nice ideas take some time to saturate the neighborhood and, ultimately, individuals will extremely admire these timepieces for what they’re. In the meanwhile, those that don a Mauron Musy watch shall be among the many forward-thinking risk-takers, no less than in my skilled opinion.
Mauron Musy can also be amongst these manufacturers that reject the “Swiss Made” label for its merchandise and go for the “Swiss Crafted” terminology. That’s as a result of “Swiss Made” doesn’t truly must imply totally made in Switzerland. “Swiss Crafted” is a time period that suggests the watch is 100% Swiss-crafted, going past “Swiss Made.” That kind of means the complete case and motion are produced in Switzerland, and that the watch can also be assembled and examined totally in Switzerland. For individuals who need a extra “genuine” totally Swiss watch expertise, “Swiss Crafted” is a label to search for.
Mauron Musy features a high-quality Nubuck-style leather-based strap (a bit massive for me) and a customized rubber strap with every MU05 Skeleton Armure watch. Further straps can be found, and I like that the straps include tool-less launch options for straightforward swapping. I truly suppose anybody proudly owning one in all these watches would profit from enjoying round with strap kinds. I, for one, want to additionally put on this watch on the model’s white rubber strap that I feel may additionally look very good-looking.
Manufacturers like Mauron Musy all the time take time to enter the market as a result of what they do is pricey and exhausting for all however essentially the most seasoned collectors to essentially admire. Meaning the “trickle-down” to mainstream timepiece collectors can take a short time. With about 20 years of watch accumulating expertise beneath my belt (and having dealt with hundreds upon hundreds of watches), I’m in a greater place to know which merchandise are really attention-grabbing, that are good however redundant, and people who actually can’t compete when in comparison with different merchandise. Mauron Musy is an instance of a model with a high-brow thought that wishes to be distinctive and completely different however depends on an viewers that understands what they’re doing. Type alone typically isn’t sufficient to maneuver the needle, however over time, if sufficient individuals get to know Mauron Musy, I feel they may come to a lot of the identical conclusions that I’ve about this very attention-grabbing and nonetheless fairly area of interest Swiss Crafted timepiece. The Mauron Musy Skeleton Armure MU05-101 watch is a restricted version of simply 13 items, and the worth for every is 24,700 Swiss Francs. Study extra on the Mauron Musy web site right here.
>Model: Mauron Musy
>Mannequin: Skeleton Armure MU05 (MU05 -101 as examined)
>Worth: 24,700 Swiss Francs
>Measurement: 44mm-wide, 13mm thick.
>When reviewer would personally put on it: As each day put on sports activities life-style watch with equal components fashionable design and engaging horological intrigue for the mature fanatic.
>Pal we’d advocate it to first: Seasoned collector who has worn no less than a couple of of the “fashionable” luxurious sports activities watches and is now searching for one thing novel and distinctive that isn’t like the whole lot else their associates are sporting.
>Finest attribute of watch: Very properly made case and dial, with an unique design that doesn’t seem like something one other band is making; 300 meters of water resistance with out gaskets is a enjoyable story, and the design of the skeletonized dial and motion is impressed and really feel each high-end and refined. Snug when worn in your wrist.
>Worst attribute of watch: Worth is a hurdle that requires understanding the aggressive panorama and likewise absolutely appreciating what Mauron Musy brings to the desk. Very restricted manufacturing numbers imply these watches are very exhausting to get.