Re: Meccaniche Veneziane Nereide ARDESIA PVD
MECCANICHE VENEZIANE NEREIDE IN REVIEW
I read a lot of reviews but this is my first try in reviewing a watch. Those popular mainstream watches will have a lot of reviews going for them. I will review an unheard of watch brand based in Italy. The brand is called Meccaniche Veneziane. My command of English language is not the best so my review will be a lot more succinct than what would you normally find and hopefully you will understand what I'm trying to convey but gonna give it a go…
p.s. photos taken from iphone 6. So I don't have macro shots.
Background (directly taken from their website without paraphrasing):
Meccaniche Veneziane is the first Italian Watch Company to produce high-end automatic handmade timepieces. The brand offers high-end watches with timeless design, each component is handmade by skilled artisans and proudly designed in Venice. Every Meccaniche Veneziane owner looks for perfection and beauty in every detail as every timepiece is designed to be an heirloom to be passed down to the next generation. All MV watches are handcrafted by skilled artisans with absolute accuracy for every detail according to the traditional features of the twentieth century. We pay great attention to details, this result has been possible thanks to the cooperation with experienced watch manufacturers that have produced luxury watches for notorious brands. All the stages of the process aim at removing even the smallest imperfection. Once the assembly process is concluded, watches pass through the quality control department here in Venice, where all the components are inspected.
Watch Specs from the website:
· Case Size: 42mm
· Screwed down crown
· Domed Sapphire Crystal with AR coating
· 120 clicks enamelled aluminium unidirectional bezel
· Cal MV044 (Base Miyota 821A movement)
· 316L Stainless Steel Case
· Lug Width: 22.00 mm
· Water Resistance: 200 meters
· Real vintage leather handmade Made in Italy
· Swiss Made Superluminova applied to indices, hands and bezel pip.
· Exhibition screwed caseback with custom brass rotor
· Walnut natural box Made in Italy
A very nice touch using a walnut wood box. I liked it because I'm always like natural stuff so a wooden case I would appreciate a lot. It came with additional silicone strap for those who use it to dive.
Vintage Leather Strap
I am a big fan of leather straps but I don't own many because good quality ones can be very expensive affair. Based on my limited experience I would say it is very good quality and soft out of the box and do not need break-in period. Furthermore it has that nice rustic suede feel to it that complements the watch case very well.
Dial, Lume & Hands
The dial on the Nereide is matt and looks stunning. It's not pure black under sunlight but more towards dark grey vintage look to it. The lume is adequate in this aspect due to vintage inspired watch not a deal breaker for me.
I have grown to appreciate gold hands and indices more and more these days. According to the brand owner, the diamond cut indices are hand applied and they are very nice. Overall dial has the right amount of gold without making it too over-the-top.
Crown & Bezel
The crown is right sized smooth without feeling gritty. I like the bezel action firm and precise abit like my Aquis. The enamelled aluminium bezel is has that glossy sheen to it to make the overall watch more outstanding.
It's brushed all over. According to the owner, the watch case is hand brushed. It's beautifully finished.
I won't write much about the movement because I'm not an expert and my expectation for an automatic movement is quite low. As long as its Japanese or swiss automatic movement I'm happy with it regardless of grade. No offense to China made movement but because in this part of the world I live in I can't get spare parts and watch technician just refuse to repair it.
I used to buy and flip watches a lot during my heydays. But now I've mellowed tremendously and buy less but not totally out. I've grown to buy less but appreciate a watch for a longer period of time…like wine must slowly enjoy the experience rather than bottoms up all the time.
I can tell you that this one is a keeper. Homages no longer appeals to me. This is a simple and yet elegant nod to vintage style dive watch. Excellent work, MV.
I am not going to put the link here as I'm not here to sell you a watch just sharing and shout out for the small brand. Google is your good friend if you want to know more.