Rather handsome, I enjoy how this new piece from Ferragamo mixes sport and sophistication. The mainstay piece for Ferragamo timepieces is the F-80 watch collection. It is a really impressive design that I feel has been dismissed by a whole lot of serious watch guys. This new Ferragamo model is the 1898 Moonphase Chronograph with a good look and pitifully underwhelming name.
Do I need to go on with another rant on how the watch industry needs to stop naming their own watches? There are actually only a handful of brands that know properly title and market their watches. With such cleverness in design, how is there so little effort put into simple things like words. Ferragamo for example is a serious fashion industry name – really into image and classiness, and all that good things that sells clothing. How is it that with their talent and the serious machine that’s Timex, nobody is on “good watch name duty?”
OK, little tangent here. Say you might be wearing your new timepiece acquisition and really proud of it and strutting around. Someone notices it and remarks, “hey, that is a cool watch. What is it?” Do brands really need you responding with “oh you want that? This here is the brand new Chronograph Three Counter Date Moon 45 1941 With Black Dial… watch. And it’s all mine.” Think that sounds absurd? I have literally come across a series of watches with naming schemes identical to that. For those who design a watch with a personality give it a reputation with not less than some personality.
In a 44mm wide steel case the 1898 Moonphase Chronograph (that in no way shape or form jogs my memory of 1898) has an IP (ion plated) applied rose gold and black case. I really wish that it was at least PVD or plated gold and a black ceramic bezel. The Ferragamo F-80 watches use ceramic bezels, why not here? In a watch costing under $500 I’ll usually be OK with IP color application, but once you stick in a movement similar to this, you know the price is gonna be $3,000 on the minimum.
The wide lugs and black section as the underside of the case looks interesting. Overall, I just like the watch design a lot. Even the dial has some interesting features with a lower section that looks to be on a distinct plane and has a vertical textured silvered decoration opposed to the black of the remainder of the dial. Further, I am always an enormous fan of mixing rose gold and black.
The hands are strong and actually skeletonized hands that I’ll stand behind. Integration of the Swiss ETA Valjoux 7751 movement is extremely clever. I always like to say how that is a very difficult movement to design around because of the emptiness on the best side of the dial. What Ferragamo did was create a visible heaviness at the bottom of the dial with the silvered area around the moon phase indicator. What this does is just about make you forget that the left side of the dial is more cluttered and the fitting. Nice work right?
Always a fantastic value, the 7751 is built on the 7750 and adds an annual calendar, synced 24 hour hand and moon phase indicator. You may see the movement through the sapphire caseback and Ferragamo has a custom rotor in the combo as well. Undecided about price, but I do know that Ferragamo will offer the 1898 Moonphase Chronograph as a limited edition of just 150 pieces.