Chronologia is a brand who I had never heard of before their Kickstarter campaign. Kickstarter, if you haven't heard of it, a site more and more watch companies are turning to. I wrote more posts about watches on Kickstarter in the past, but have since written fewer given that nearly every watch is nice enough to be featured on the blog. Now, I stick to a very select few. Chronologia is one of the brands I wrote about. I have worn their watch for the past month and have nothing negative to say about it. You can read more about that below.
Case and Crown
The case on this watch is different from anything else I have reviewed on this blog. It is made out of Carbon Fiber, a strong, lightweight material that has found its way into few watches. The case on the Trigalight is exceptional. It has many angles along it, raised surfaces, smooth edges, and just looks good. The only edge that isn't smooth is the one I usually complain about. The bottom edge on this watch is not beveled in any way, but it, surprisingly, isn't noticeable when wearing the watch.
The lugs on the case start the downward curve needed to accommodate a watch of this size. While some watches have lugs that curve too soon, resulting in a situation that could be described as uncomfortable, the Chronologia's lugs curve at just the right point. Even if your wrist is larger than mine, the lugs are crafted as such so that it wouldn't be uncomfortable.
I'm in a love-hate relationship with the crown guards. They do a very good job of protecting the thin crown, but make it mildly harder to unscrew the crown (only at the beginning). Edit: Since wearing the watch more, I have learned to unscrew the crown without trouble. The crown is very easy to grip. Eight large teeth give it an almost gear-like look. In fact, the entire watch almost has an industrial feel. The knurled bezel, the caseback that is milled to remind me of a fan (it also matches the crown with 8 "teeth").
While on the subject of the bezel, you should note that there is some give and it will take 90 clicks to make it all the way around the dial. The crystal is sapphire-coated.
I chose to give the case a score of 9.5/10 given the fact that it is overall well-done, but the crown is somewhat hard to operate until you get used to it.
Dial and Hands
The dial and hands are bright, easy-to-read, and just well designed. The sword hands are white and have blue tritium tubes on each one. There are also tritium tubes at 3, 6, 9, and 12 o'clock (the only orange tube on the entire watch). There is also a lume dot in the bezel triangle. According to the dial, they are T25 tubes.
The Chronologia name sits boldly under the 12 o'clock position, while 3 more lines of text sit above the 6. There is a subtle texturing on the dial that only reveals itself if under light. It is details like this that make a good watch. There isn't really much else to talk about with the dial.
People are going to think these scores are inflated, but they truly aren't. The dial is perfectly done. It isn't too cluttered, it isn't a vast, open expanse that reminds me of the Sahara, it is balanced. The date lines up perfectly in the window (something that is sometimes a problem with new brands), and the lume is generously applied (clearly the tritium tubes allow the time to be read for as long as you need it).
Strap and Clasp
This is going to be another relatively short section because there isn't much to talk about. The strap is well, amazing. It has a texturized strip down the middle (it matches the rim of the bezel) and soft, supple rubber that doesn't really collect dust. As an added bonus, there are also small holders for one of the keepers, so one or both can float.
The clasp is a simple pin buckle that complements the overall design of the watch well. It also does not come undone unless it is meant to.
Does the job and it does it damn well too.
Incredible packaging, just over and above everything I expected. The top has the warranty card, instructions, etc.
It also comes with a UV flashlight/laser combo.
On the Wrist
Comfortable, versatile, large but not overly so as it sits well on the wrist, simply incredible.
The watch is thick, but not unbearably so. In fact, it is rather pleasant to wear.
Final Score: 29.5/30
I have to say that when I received the watch for review, my expectations weren't very high. I expected a watch that wasn't bad per se, but wasn't good either. What I got could not be farther from this. The watch is incredible, far and away better than many of the watches I have owned (a number of which were far more expensive than this one). The watch is easy-to-read, fun to wear, well-made, and comfortable. A winner by any account in my book. You can find this watch and others on their website here.
Please note that all scores are given relative to the price of the watch.
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