Furlan Marri, with an Assist from Revolution and Auro Montanari, Unveil their First Mechanical Chronograph

Furlan Marri came on to the scene in 2021 with a series of highly regarded chronographs using meca-quartz movements. If you weren’t around for the legitimate hysteria around these watches, well, you missed one of the key viral moments within our community from the last few years. These chronographs were a sensation, and if you had a chance to handle or own one, it’s easy to see why. They nailed all the right vintage cues, and somehow achieved an immaculate level of finishing in a watch that retailed for just $330 (though at the peak of their hype, they traded for much more on the secondary market). Still, at the time, many in the community openly wondered about the possibility of a mechanical version of these watches at some point down the line. Only a few years later, Furlan Marri has followed up that initial meca-quartz release with a trio of time-only mechanical references, as well as a truly bonkers perpetual calendar for Only Watch. Now, at long last (but not that long – again, the brand is only a few years old) Furlan Marri has unveiled their first mechanical chronographs, a series of watches that always seemed inevitable. 


This collection is actually a collaboration of sorts between Furlan Marri and our friends at Revolution, as well as noted collector Auro Montanari, known to many in the community by his pen name, John Goldberger. Montanari was an early supporter of Furlan Marri, and it’s not unreasonable to say that his approval of these affordable but very well executed vintage inspired watches legitimized them to many enthusiasts who would otherwise scoff at this type of thing. So it makes sense that he’s involved in the new collection. 

The three new references seen here are numbered 3177-A, 3188-A, and 3199-A, the Taupe, Salmon, and Honey Blue Flybacks, respectively. The Taupe and Honey Blue references each feature special “olive style” pushers, which is very much the influence of Montanari, who identified this particular style of chronograph pusher as notable for the era these watches draw their design inspiration from (the 1940s and 1950s) but is almost never used in contemporary watchmaking. The Salmon dial retains the “Tasti Tondi” pushers from the original Furlan Marri chronographs, a special request from Revolution’s founder Wei Koh. All three references incorporate a sandwich style dial construction with the intention of conveying a sense of depth, and all live within the sector dial motif that has become central to Furlan Marri’s design language. 

One of the most exciting aspects of this release is the movement used in this collection. The manually wound Sellita AMT5100 powers each watch, and as the name of the watch suggests, this caliber includes a flyback function. It appears to be very nicely decorated as well, and features flourishes like a blued column wheel and circular graining. The manually wound movement keeps the watch on the slender side, coming in at a very reasonable 13.2mm tall with a diameter of 38mm. 

This release is a limited edition, with 300 pieces of each reference being produced. The Taupe version will be sold exclusively through Furlan Marri’s website, and the Salmon reference exclusively through Revolution. The Honey Blue will be distributed by both Furlan Marri and Revolution. The retail price is CHF 2,750, and the watches go on sale December 7 at 12:00 PM on the east coast of the United States. Furlan Marri

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Zach is a native of New Hampshire, and he has been interested in watches since the age of 13, when he walked into Macy’s and bought a gaudy, quartz, two-tone Citizen chronograph with his hard earned Bar Mitzvah money. It was lost in a move years ago, but he continues to hunt for a similar piece on eBay. Zach loves a wide variety of watches, but leans toward classic designs and proportions that have stood the test of time. He is currently obsessed with Grand Seiko.