At Under $400, This Is One of the Best Buys in Chronograph Watches
Brew Watches’ Jonathan Ferrer is one of us. An industrial designer and watch lover, Ferrer’s timepieces are proof that one doesn’t need to sell a kidney to afford a cool, thoughtfully designed wristwatch. His Retrograph, for instance, was built around the idea of timing the perfect espresso shot — 25-35 seconds is evidently ideal — and its use of a Japanese-built Seiko VK64 Meca-Quartz movement kept it both affordable and mechanically interesting.
Brew Watches’ newest design, the Mastergraph, continues the affordable, well-thought-out theme of his previous watches. Open now for pre-order for December delivery, the Mastergraph is Brew’s first triple-register design (three sub-counters), featuring 12-hour, 60-minute and running seconds sub-dials. It uses a 38mm stainless steel cushion case with a 22mm lug width, domed sapphire crystal and C3 Super-LumiNova markers, as well as a 120-click unidirectional aluminum bezel with markers for timing the ideal espresso shot (gotta love that functionality).
With 50m of water resistance, this chronograph certainly isn’t meant for watersports, but few are. Rather, the Mastergraph is your ideal work wear or casual wear timepiece, slick enough for the office and hip enough for a night out. Its use of the VK68 hybrid meca-quartz movement means you get quartz robustness with sweep-second looks, and it’s available in silver, black or copper dial finishes for just $375.
There’s a reason that other boutique watch designers gravitate themselves to Ferrer’s designs — they’re fun, they’re affordable, and they look great.