When Furlan Marri released their reference 2116-A, our editor Robin wrote, “the meca-quartz masterminds that rocked the watchmaking world go full-mechanical“. And indeed, not only did this automatic time-only watch make a good impression, but it also opened new horizons for the brand. Since its initial release, a salmon version has been presented, too. But today, it’s a rather special edition that I’m about to introduce. Sure, it looks good with its brown dial and Roman numerals. But mostly, it’s a watch that celebrates the 10th anniversary of Time+Tide, the watch magazine founded by our Aussie friend Andrew McUtchen.
This new edition, which will be available exclusively from T+T online and later physical boutiques, has been designed with the ochre brown vastness of the Australian outback. As such, it flaunts an exclusive dark brown dial with a finely grained texture, later lacquered with a glossy finish. It results in an almost metallic appearance, contrasting with the warm golden accents all over the dial. The dial of this Furlan Marri x Time+Tide Outback Elegy is more complex than meets the eye. The rose gold sector and tracks are achieved by stamping it with a special tool. The double printing technique used gives them depth and relief.
Another specificity of this dial is the markers, which are now applied Roman numerals in steel instead of Breguet numerals on the classic versions. These are now positioned at even places, and below the brand’s logo is the mention EDITIONS in red, reserved for boutique-exclusive Furlan Marri models. Time is read thanks to polished rose gold-plated, curved hands.
The rest of the Furlan Marri x Time+Tide Outback Elegy remains identical to the classic editions, starting with the handsome case in stainless steel with its cow-horn-shaped lugs. Quite compact, measuring 37.5mm in diameter and 46mm in length, it has a vintage presence and an undeniable charm. The steel case is assembled and finished in several phases, with the lugs connected by a bridge that can be seen at 6 and 12 o’clock, where the brand’s name, alongside the model’s serial number and production number, is engraved. The bezel is also finished separately and then attached to the case, which features satin-brushed and polished surfaces.
Through the decagonal case back clipped to the case (another reference to vintage watches), the Furlan Marri x Time+Tide Outback Elegy is powered by the automatic G100 by La Joux-Perret. This powerful movement, an alternative to Sellita and ETA, boasts a solid 68-hour power reserve and is wound by a tungsten rotor with a galvanised palladium coating. Finished with Geneva stripes, sailing and blued screws, its accuracy is given within a range of +/-7 seconds per day.
The watch is delivered with two straps: a brown leather strap with a curved profile and a straight-cut black leather. Two holes are cut inside the lugs to enable the wearer to choose between a strap with curved or straight spring bars. The watch is accompanied by a travel-style box in shades of brown.
Availability & Price
The handsome and genuinely elegant brown-toned Furlan Marri Outback Elegy will be first available online in limited quantities on Time+Tide’s website on 25 January 2024 (worldwide shipping, non-limited to Australia). For those who missed the drop, an additional limited batch will be available on Furlan Marri’s website for a final online drop a few weeks later. After the first Time+Tide online drop, this piece will be available exclusively in T+T boutiques in Melbourne and London (London coming in 2024).