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From founding artists like Henry Van de Velde who merged Art Nouveau and clean Bauhaus minimalism to contemporary artists like Rick Delrue, Belgium has always been a fertile land for design and modern art.
The Magnier “Le Chronographe” follow that rule with a resolutely Belgian “fusion of styles“. With our timepiece the classic dress watch meets modern minimalism giving you a blend of function and fashion that makes it just the perfect choice for any occasion.
No compromises on quality, Magnier watches use only the best material available. The case is made of medical grade 316L Stainless steel and is rated for 5ATM. The glass is a double domed Sapphire with anti-reflective coating. Virtually unscratchable and very resistant to shock, it’s a redefinition of practical luxury that sets the collection apart.
As for the strap, it is made of genuine leather with a matt finish and a butterfly clasp and is available in black, brown or a very distinctive blue.
When it comes to the heart and soul of the watch we kept in mind the Belgian motto “Unity makes strength”. We choose a Japanese Seiko VK63 Meca Quartz exactly for that reason. The heart of the watch is Quartz, with a 3 year battery life.
This quartz movement gives strength to a mechanical chronometer, the soul of the watch, giving it a smooth sweeping mechanical grace.
We partnered directly with one of the world’s leading timepiece manufacturer, who, for decades, has produced luxury watches for high-end brands. Our manufacturing partner has a strict quality control procedure at each step of fabrication to ensure maximum quality to each individual watch. Final inspection and quality control are done at our office.
The metal for the case of the watch is made exclusively from the extracted ore of Iron, chromium, nickel and molybdenum. We guarantee the purity of our metal case for a watch with extreme longevity, resistance to corrosion and acids (from sweat for exemple). Our stainless steel is of the extra-low carbon variety and is totally hypoallergenic (the same metal composition is used for medical implants).
All Magnier watches come with a 2 year warranty on the internal movements of the watch. If such movement proves to be defective in material or workmanship under normal use, we will repair your watch and deliver it back to you free of charge.
You may also return any unworn, undamaged Magnier watch purchased online from magnierwatches.com within 14 days of delivery for a full refund or exchange. See the warranty page for details.
The “Le Chronographe” from every angles
Movement : the Seiko VK63, a Meca-Quartz marvel
Watches lovers know this eternal debate very well : Quartz or Mechanical? On one hand quartz is, technically-speaking, better in every measurable regard: more affordable, more accurate, easier and cheaper to maintain. On the other hand, mechanical watches are works of art, meticulously put together and superior in the little ways in which they function. Neither side is right or wrong, and both arguments have their merits. But what if enthusiasts could have the best of both worlds — and with a luxurious chronograph, no less?
In the mid-to-late 1980s, two Swiss manufactures, Frédéric Piguet and Jaeger-LeCoultre, attempted to correct the small disadvantages of quartz chronographs by adding a mechanical component to the standard movement. The watch’s standard time function was still run by a quartz-powered stepper motor. But instead of having each hand of the chronograph movement powered by a separate stepper motor, a single stepper motor powered a set of connected gears that split the motor’s power among the chronograph functions. By using the connected mechanical components powered by one motor to drive all functions of the chronograph, the Swiss companies were able to bring back the clicking sensation in the pushers as well as the instant reset to zero not to mention the satisfying “sweeping” movement of a mechanical watch.
From those prestigious beginnings, famous Japan watchmaker Seiko has recently developed his own take on a state of the art hybrid movement, the VK series. True to the Belgian motto “Unity makes strength”, we choose this truly exceptional movement to power the Magnier “Le Chronographe”.
Case size : 41,5mm
Case Material : 316L Stainless Steel, brushed
Bezel : 316L Stainless Steel, polished
Crown : stainless steel with embossed logo
Dial : brass with green lume (Swiss Super Luminova Technology)
Glass : Double domed sapphire with AR coating
Movement : Japanese Seiko VK 63 Meca-Quartz
Straps : Genuine leather straps with stainless steel butterfly clasp