A Stately Ticker With an Open Heart
Square and rectangular watches have been around for decades, yet they continue to captivate watch lovers with their pleasing discordance; that is to say, the round nature of an analog clock does not intuitively fit into a square space and thus creates an unusual juxtaposition. But when the details and proportions are aligned just right, as they are with the Classe Royale Men’s Open Heart Automatic by Edox, the reward is a design that is both uncommon and abundantly appealing.
Classe Royale models are part of Edox’s Yachting Spirit Collection, a theme that conveys the stately and nautical qualities of sailing. The men’s automatic shown here features elements that speak to these values.
The case construction is a real stand-out: the complex, multi-part 40 mm stainless steel case instantly identifies the watch as an Edox. The crystal is made of sapphire and the two-tone bezel finish, made up of brushed and polished steel, demonstrates watchmaking sophistication. Long, gently angled crown protectors flank the fluted crown, which is initialized with the Edox hourglass logo on a black surface.
|Edox Mens 85007 3 AIN Classe Royale Open Heart Automatic|
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Another outstanding design element of this Classe Royale model is the way in which Edox unites the dial and case using the hour indices, which all intersect the circular minute track at one end and extend out to the flange, where, their shape is echoed in the brushed-steel sections of the bezel. The dial’s silver surface features a sunburst pattern and stylized Roman numerals at 12, 3, 6 and 9. The centrally mounted hands are partially skeletonized and coated with luminescent paint, as are the hour indices. Silver and black accents complete the dynamic look.
Even with these details, the highlight of this Classe Royale is the presentation of the movement from both the front and back. On the dial side, a circular aperture (called the “open heart”) reveals the watch’s balance: visible are the balance wheel and spring, the large central jewel of the shock absorber and a glimpse of the escapement – the marvelous combination of parts that manage energy output and keep time. On the caseback, a second window offers a glimpse of the customized rotor and other components. The movement on display is an ETA 2824, one of the workhorses in the ETA stable.
From a watersports point of view, the Classe Royale offers water resistance to 165 feet. The watch is mounted on a fitted black rubber strap that is completed by a well-designed double-folding clasp.
Edox Mens 85007 3 AIN Classe Royale Open Heart Automatic
List Price: $2,450
- ETA 2824 Swiss automatic movement
- Stainless steel case, diameter 40 mm, thickness 12 mm
- Silver sunburst dial, window reveals the balance of the watch movement
- Multi-part case construction, stationary two-tone stainless steel bezel
- Caseback window reveals additional aspects of the watch movement
- Anti-reflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
- Black rubber band, width 23 mm, fold over clasp
- Water resistant to 165 feet
- 2-year manufacturer’s warranty
The Classe Royale Men’s Open Heart Automatic offers exceptional value for those with a taste for the avant-garde, and for anyone who appreciates seeing the vital components that make a watch tick.
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