Part design firm and part retail store, Merci is a multifaceted company that applies thoughtful design to items we use and wear every day. Today, we’re taking a look at the new Project Spécial Collection that’s based on their successful LMM-01 model. This new line consists of three different watches that draw inspiration from the field, the railroad, and the vintage watch from the back of your grandfather’s drawer. Each piece in the LMM-01 Project Spécial Collection is housed in the same 38-millimeter case, but look almost completely different. Merci’s excellent use of dial design and layout take three similar watches and give them each their own personality. They do have a bit in common though.
Inside the LMM-01’s stainless steel case, you’ll find one of two Seiko quartz movements. The VH31 in the “Field” features a sweeping seconds hand (not all too common for quartz), while the VD78 in the “Railroad” and “Grand Pa’” have a small-seconds sub-dial with your typical ticking seconds hand. All of the cases feature a brushed finish throughout, save for a polished ring that surrounds the crystal. This little detail really helps make the dial pop.
Even with the double curved mineral glass crystal, the overall height measures in at a scant 10.67 millimeters tall. The LMM-01 looks like it wears nicely on the wrist, easily slipping under a cuff or staying out of the way during activity.
In each of the three versions, there’s a few signature design details that make them each their own unique piece.