A week ago today we published the first part of our guide to some of our favorite timepieces clocking in at 40mm and under (if you haven’t read it yet, get to it). We assembled that list by digging through our archives so we could wholeheartedly suggest watches that we’ve actually worn, handled, and liked. The other important criteria was that the watches had to be contemporary models that one could easily find, so we took vintage out of the equation.
Naturally, that list was quite extensive and far too big for a single article, so we split it in half. We promised Part 2 wasn’t far behind, and here it is. Enjoy!
(Editor’s note: Just throwing out another friendly reminder to check out our watch review grid, which features nearly 300 watches that we’ve covered in-depth at w&w. Designed to be a tool for our readers, the grid can be sorted using a number of handy parameters, among them brand, type, price, and of course, size.)
Sinn 356 PILOT – 38.5mm
Last time around we included the 556, Sinn’s entry level three-handed watch. But for those seeking something with a bit more function, there is the 356 PILOT–Sinn’s entry level 7750-powered chronograph.
The 356 began as a Japan-only limited edition in 1996, and its success pushed Sinn to bring the watch back as a general production model. Since then, Sinn has released numerous variants, like the Sa PILOT II with its too-cool cooper dial and the now defunct Sa PILOT UTC. But to me, the fundamental 356 PILOT, with its smaller size and high-domed acrylic crystal, is still the way to go.
What I like most about the 356 is how unassuming it is. It’s as bare bones as a chronograph can be. It has a bead-blasted case, matte black dial, shatter-resistant acrylic lens, and a workhorse movement; it’s a tool watch through and through. It also has great balance on the wrist, especially if you opt for the bracelet. It is hands down my favorite watch produced by Sinn today.
$1,670 on leather; $1,890 on bracelet. The Sinn 356 PILOT can be purchased here.