Watch of the Month – Metris Bronze Line
The story is just beginning…
The Metris Bronze Line presented in Basel features a case contrasting with the dark blue shimmer of the dial – especially when the bronze develops a patina over time. But at the moment the Metris is still very shiny – and our Watch of the Month.
When the Metris was released last year, we compared it to a pair of favorite jeans – because it is just as uncomplicated and reliable and the perfect companion. And this is exactly why it was also an ideal candidate for our Bronze Line. Not because the tone goes very well with metal rivets, but because stylistically the line is as wide-ranging as the Metris itself, from the almost solemn dark blue shine of the dial to the warm tone of the case material, which is more reminiscent of the world of work, old tools, deck fittings, and measuring instruments.
Not all bronze is the same. Depending on the other metals the high copper content is alloyed with, the color of the bronze and its properties vary. We have chosen a classic combination with tin for the case of the Bronze Line. Its color is stronger than the “champagne bronze” with aluminum and silicon that is currently popular. This kind of bronze is particularly resistant to corrosion – and that is precisely what we did not want for our bronze, we want it to develop a patina. Because this is a visible reaction to the owner’s life. Salt water will leave traces on the case, as will rain or the odd splashes of a drink. Over time, traces of life are formed by dark fingerprints, small scratches, possibly even some verdigris, and shiny parts that will look different on every watch. As personal as your favorite jeans worn for a long time, which also get better and better with time. However, the life expectancy of the Metris is far, far higher! And while its exterior ages strikingly, the inside retains its flawless, dark shine (also thanks to the waterproofness of the robust case).
Dare to do it
Speaking of flawless: of course, you might not find it easy to expose a watch you received with a case with polished and satin-finished surfaces in a very even tone to the weather and other influences without being able to restore it to its perfect original condition afterwards. Fortunately, the patina doesn’t form that fast if you don’t try to accelerate it (you’ll find instructions on the Net …) And when the Metris shows its first signs of wear, their aesthetic value soon becomes clear and perhaps you’ll enjoy all the more exchanging the saddle leather strap for other straps that match the changing look of the watch – and your favorite jeans.
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