New Zealand-based Magrette is no stranger to worn&wound. Way back when, we took a close look at the brand’s Regattare 2011. It was then and remains today a conceptually interesting watch, one that obviously pulls inspiration from some well known references and yet manages to deliver a fresh, value driven-package. Since then Magrette has grown by leaps and bounds, releasing numerous models—all variations on a theme, no doubt—with enough in the mix to grow a broad and loyal fan base.
One of Magrette’s most popular collections is undeniably the Moana Pacific Pro. First introduced in 2013, the Moana Pacific Pro is a cushion-cased, professional (hence, the name) diver boasting a whopping 500-meter depth rating. Paired with the impressive build quality are solid aesthetics and use of color, building on a Panerai-esque template to create a watch that’s sportier and more fun.
Magrette’s back with their most recent expansion of the MPP family with the Moana Pacific Professional Black. Featuring largely the same specs as its predecessors, the Black deviates from the pack in a few ways. First, it takes a more subdued approach with its use of color, featuring a tonal design of black, white, and grey. Second, it swaps out the ceramic bezel insert for a metal one featuring a black DLC finish. And finally, the watch is powered by the STP1-11 automatic caliber, which replaces the previously employed Miyota 9015.