Customizable Watches by Objest Video Review

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Objest is a London-based brand founded by designer Jared Mankelow. Some time ago, Objest launched its first series of pebble-shaped watches. This inaugural collection featured solely quartz movements, but since then the firm has ventured into the realm of mechanical calibers, utilizing the workhorse ETA 2824 movement to power its line of automatics. This was something Mankelow intended to do from a very early stage, so the jump wasn’t a difficult one to make. The modern design aesthetic has remained largely the same.But beyond its expansion into mechanical horology, Objest also offers customization via a handy online configurator. There are a surprisingly large number of options available to customers: four crown, case and buckle colors; five straps; two custom rotors; seven dials; a black or white date; and numerous hand color options. Despite all the possible combinations, you’d have to try really hard to create something unappealing.

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One of many possible configurations.
Hach dial.
42mm automatic on the wrist.
$450

Customizable Watches by Objest Video Review

Case
Stainless steel (multiples finishes)
Movement
Ronda quartz/ ETA 2824
Dial
Various
Lume
N/A
Lens
Doubled domed sapphire
Strap
Leather
Water Resistance
50 meters
Dimensions
42mm x 42mm/40mm x 40mm
Thickness
11.5mm
Lug Width
20mm
Crown
Push/pull
Warranty
N/A
Price
$450

We have two styles in for review today. The first is a 40mm, Ronda quartz-powered watch with a Hatch Black dial, and the second is a 42mm, ETA 2824-powered watch with a Simple Black dial. Now, design-focused watches often get a bad rap and understandably so. They can be of inferior quality despite the design accolades, and as such are often a hard pass for most watch lovers. Here, however, Mankelow and the Objest team have managed to elevate their design into something greater; much like a Mondaine or a Max Bill timepiece, what you have here is a watch that a seasoned watch lover could easily appreciate. For a detailed rundown on the in-hand feel of the watch and how it wears on the wrist, check out the full video review below (spoiler alert: these are really impressive, especially for the money).

Considering what you get, Objest watches are exceptionally priced. This becomes even more apparent when you factor in that these are Swiss-made. The quartz models start at ~$250 and the automatics at ~$480 (please note that the prices in the video are incorrect).


To design yours, visit Objest.

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Ilya is worn&wound’s Managing Editor and Video Producer. He believes that when it comes to watches, quality, simplicity and functionality are king. This may very well explain his love for German and military-inspired watches. In addition to watches, Ilya brings an encyclopedic knowledge of leather, denim and all things related to menswear.

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  • BJ314

    smh.