A few months prior, we acquainted with you another extravagance brand with a straightforward yet profoundly pleasant plan and a fascinating horological content: Alexandre Meerson . By just taking a gander at the press photographs and perusing the official statement, we found that both the story was exceptionally spellbinding and that the watches were not denied of style. Notwithstanding, nothing is better than a attempt and all the photographs, great, won’t ever supplant the experience of having the watch lashed on the wrist. That’s why we get our hands on all the assortment: the Alexandre Meerson Altitude Premiere & Altitude Officier.
The two assortments – Altitude Premiere & Altitude Officier – share a few likenesses, among which is the plan of the case. It is composed of a thoroughly round focal part and of two drag modules, with an Art-Deco bend, that hold the lash. The incorporation of such modules in an advanced watch isn’t so common and, more often than not, the past endeavors prompted an old, elaborate look. On account of the Alexandre Meerson watches, it just brings a delicate touch of vintage feeling yet remains extremely contemporary and clean. The cases are accessible in a decision of evaluation 5 titanium – the solitary titanium amalgam that permits a mirror cleaned finish – or 18k pink gold.
The subsequent option offered to the future proprietor is the shade of the dial: a splendid shiny tone of a more present day dull dim ‘graphite’. The shade of the dial isn’t the solitary alternative conceivable to customize your Alexandre Meerson watch, as you’ll additionally have the option to pick your tie from an immense determination of calfskins, including Alligator, Berania, Sting Ray or Salmon cowhide – obviously in different colours.
If these choices are insufficient for you, no concerns as the most intriguing decision comes with the development. The two assortments – Altitude Premiere & Altitude Officier – are fitted with a solitary yet intriguing base development, coming from the renown Vaucher produce – that also give developments for Parmigiani Fleurier, Hermes and Richard Mille . Notwithstanding, you’ll have the choice of three showcases: time-just, time + little second and time + date. The Caliber AM-4808 is a modern self-winding development, beating at 4Hz (28,800 bph) and offering 50 hours of force hold. The completion is spotless and charming, with Geneva Stripes on the extensions, round graining on the fundamental plate, cleaned inclined points and cleaned screw heads.
Vaucher is really an exceptionally presumed make that can be trusted, both for the unwavering quality and the magnificence of their developments. For once, we’re before another brand that isn’t depending on a straightforward ETA (or clone) development and playing on the plan as it were. The idea of Alexandre Meerson is plainly to present a very good quality brand, remembering pleasant contacts for the plan, the completion and the development. The solitary lament concerning this development doesn’t come from its completion or functionalities however more from its improvement that is somewhat bashful. More personalization might have been welcome.
The Alexandre Meerson Altitude Premiere
The first watch of the assortment is simply a dress, rich and cautious watch. The Altitude Premiere features a spotless and refined dial, with 11 applied baton indexes and a single Arabic numeral at 12, with a unique Art-Deco text style. This detail brings the perfect measure of flightiness to break the possible stiffness of a particularly vacant dial without disturbing the polish and prudence. The hands are molded into glaives and faceted. As seen over, the dial is accessible with just 2 hands, with an extra sub-dial at 6 (circumnavigated and somewhat grained with a concentric example) or with a date window at 6 (surrounded too).
The Alexandre Meerson Altitude Officier
The other assortment shrewdly brings a more easygoing look by just changing the lists and including brief track the dial. The Altitude Officier comes with 12 lively yet elegant applied records molded into Breguet numerals. The hands are additionally unique with a more straightforward stick shape. Much the same as the Altitude Premiere, it is accessible in titanium and 18k pink gold, with a silver or graphite dial and in a decision of 3 showcases (time-just, little second or date). Anyway we do feel that this titanium little second with dark dial is the best combo accessible, with a the perfect dose of vintage military touch. It stays more a dress watch than a games watch however it will be all the more simple to connect the Alexandre Meerson Altitude Officier with an end of the week outfit.
Quality and comfort on the wrist
We thought about the style prior to dealing with the assortments yet what astonished us while tying the Alexandre Meerson Altitude – Premiere or Officier – is the nature of the development and the completing subtleties. For a first scope of watches, it brings an amazing quality and a genuine top of the line feeling. To have a comparison, we can say that the impact of the Vaucher Manufacture isn’t just noticeable in the developments yet additionally on the cases and dials, as we’re near the Parmigiani Fleurier level – and that’s a genuine compliment here. The case is incredibly perfect, the cleaning doesn’t call any criticism and the gathering is truly exact. A few subtleties, for example, the circumnavigated date or the finely engraved crown are unquestionably demonstrating that we’re before genuine watchmaking.
Once tied, the Alexandre Meerson Altitude is comfortable and proportional. The 41mm of the case permits a pleasant presence on the wrist without being curiously large and the protruding shape of the drags is never an issue. The utilization of titanium is obviously taking an interest to the comfort, because of a diminished weight compared to hardened steel. The gold releases are absolutely heavier however scarcely recognizably so. The watch is meager – 8.59mm – and accordingly it can without much of a stretch fit under a sleeve for more discretion.
For a first take a stab at his own – he worked for different LVMH and Richemont Group brands and comes from a watchmaking family – Alexandre Meerson brings a completely accomplished assortment, with a great quality, a unique and extraordinary plan, a fascinating horological content and the perfect measure of selectiveness. The Altitude Premiere & Altitude Officier look extraordinary and feel incredible. They are very much completed, comfortable, charming to take a gander at and to wear. The primary issue with a particularly first endeavor comes in two questions: got some more and what’s next?
These watches are important for a debut assortment that is restricted to 249 pieces. More subtleties on the official site of Alexandre Meerson .
Prices (in GBP) for the Altitude Premiere
- Alexandre Meerson Altitude Premiere Time-Only titanium: £6.200
- Alexandre Meerson Altitude Premiere Time-Only gold: £16.800
- Alexandre Meerson Altitude Premiere little second titanium: £6.900
- Alexandre Meerson Altitude Premiere little second gold: £17.300
- Alexandre Meerson Altitude Premiere date titanium: £7.700
- Alexandre Meerson Altitude Premiere date gold: £17.800
Prices (in GBP) for the Altitude Officier
- Alexandre Meerson Altitude Officier Time-Only titanium: £7.900
- Alexandre Meerson Altitude Officier Time-Only gold: £18.500
- Alexandre Meerson Altitude Officier small second titanium: £8.600
- Alexandre Meerson Altitude Officier small second gold: £19.200
- Alexandre Meerson Altitude Officier date titanium: £9.300
- Alexandre Meerson Altitude Officier date gold: £19.900