Makina Watches does things differently and isn’t afraid of going beyond existing codes of design to create fresh and intriguing watches. With a style that is incomparable to other brands, every Makina watch comes with its own identity and appeal. We’ve already seen what the brand is capable of with the Raum 1, a watch that’s designed and built to look and feel like a tank. The newest creation by the microbrand coming from the Phili[pines is the Gabriel Salmon, which again breaks with conformity with a fresh and very modern take on the classical sector dial.
The Makina Gabriel comes in quite an unusual shaped case, machined from 316L stainless steel and measuring 40mm in diameter and 11.9mm in height. The curvaceous case shows four straight-cut sides and a mix of hand-polished and brushed surfaces. The bezel is quite thick and befits the overall expressive and contemporary style. It comes with a sturdy-looking knurled crown and wire lugs. The reverse side of the Gabriel is entirely flat and shows the circular see-through caseback which is held in place by 6 screws.
Where the Gabriel makes a stand is with its dial. It embraces the classical style of a sector dial, but is executed in an outspoken and modernistic way just as Makina does with its other collections. The lines of the sector layout are exaggerated with bold, black lines and a fine crosshair that’s cut to make way for the brand name. On the outer perimeter, the salmon-coloured minute track ties in with the salmon centre section. The circular brushing of the hour ring looks nice and plays with the light. The final touch of the dial is the small seconds display with a circular pattern. The hands are finished with a bright blue plating, and stand out very well against the background.
The Gabriel Salmon by Makina Watches is powered by a Sellita SW 260-1 automatic movement. This indicates central hours and minutes, with an additional small second display at 6 o’clock. The movement can be seen through the blue-tinted and Makina Watches signed see-through caseback. It ticks at a rate of 28,800vph and provides a power reserve of 38 hours once fully wound.
The Makina Gabriel Salmon comes on a genuine crocodile leather strap in dark blue, backed with a black leather lining and fitted to a stainless steel folding buckle. It is available for pre-order directly through Makina’s website for a price of USD 725. And for that, you get a watch with a very individual look that plays on classical codes backed up by a solid Swiss-made mechanical movement.
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