Sooner or later, unless you made out like a bandit with GME, we all come to the same conclusion: owning a Patek Philippe 1463 is probably out of the question. It’s too bad. The 1463 is perhaps the most objectively beautiful chronograph ever produced. It perfectly straddles the line between sporty and refined. Check that: it invented the line between sporty and refined. While to a modern watch lover the 1463 likely reads as downright dressy, particularly in its most common yellow gold case material, the reason this watch is special and historically significant is that it was Patek’s first waterproof chronograph, which in the 1940s was a true gamechanger. The perfectly balanced scientific dials featured telemeter, tachymeter, and pulsation scales in varying combinations through its years of production, lending the watch a practical usability if you, for example, work as a physician, or found yourself in a situation where it became suddenly necessary to outrun incoming cannon fire. See? Sporty.
Anyway, the 1463 is a six figure watch these days, so tough to acquire or justify for all but the 1%. Luckily, if you feel a deep connection to the aesthetic (just the aesthetic) and have a little over $300 left in your Robinhood account after the peak of stonks hysteria, a new Geneva based brand called Furlan Marri has a watch you might be interested in. Their debut timepiece takes the 1463 as a starting point and spins five separate dial variations out of it, each one looking like it could have just been time warped from smack dab in the middle of the 20th century.
Incidentally, if the 1463 (and vintage Patek chronographs in general) are of interest, be sure to bookmark Wei Koh’s excellent breakdown of the best of the best for Revolution, right here. Even if you’re not a buyer, the history is fascinating, and the watches are pure eye candy.
I was able to spend some time with the Furlan Marri ref. 1031A, playfully dubbed the “Havana Salmon,” prior to their Kickstarter launch, and I was impressed and surprised with just how effective this inexpensive watch is, even on someone like me, who is perhaps a little resistant to straight up homages and anything deeply “vintage inspired.” Let’s get into it.