Vintage is hot these days. This is clearly the largest trend in watchmaking of the last few years and brands continue to dig into their archives to breathe new life into past glories. Among the cool recent re-editions is the Milus Snow Star, a retro remake channelling the spirit of a 1940s model designed for US Navy pilots. Today, we have a closer look at this accessible but well-designed watch.
If you are into vintage tool watches, you’re probably familiar with the name Milus. The brand was created in 1919 by Paul William Junod. Yet, the way we got to know about its recent history and development started with an unexpected and surprising meeting.
The descendant of the famous eponymous watchmaking family, Luc Tissot, is now 82 years old and a dynamic, enthusiastic and refreshing character. With a long and successful entrepreneurial career behind him (most recently in ophthalmic technologies), reviving the Milus name has been his latest challenge as he returned the watch brand to Swiss hands in 2016. The 100-year-old horological start-up presents its first new models with three collections, including the Snow Star, a remake of a 1940s model designed for US Navy pilots.
Back then, the watch was included in a box together with other precious items. This “survival kit” was meant to help in their negotiations for information, freedom or their lives in unknown or enemy territory.
Drawing inspiration from vintage features, this retro remake of the Milus Snow Star channels the spirit of the original one. To start with the basics, the Snow Star has a well-proportioned 39mm case gleaming with its polished finish. It is fashioned out of 904L stainless steel – a higher-end stainless steel grade, mostly used by Rolex, that takes a higher polish than other grades of steel and provides greater corrosion resistance, but that is also harder to machine. This reflects on the case of this Milus, with its beautiful finish and lustre. The caseback is screwed and the water-resistance of 10 ATM or 100m.
The sleek, highly legible dial does a great job combining vintage and casual elements. It comes in either black or in silver, with a sunray-brushed finish paired with applied indexes and diamond-cut dauphine hands. It displays the hours, minutes, seconds and the date. Inside the case, Milus relies on the tried-and-tested automatic ETA 2892-A2 (top grade). Operating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, this precise and reliable movement boasts a 42-hour power reserve when fully wound.
The Milus Snow Star is delivered on a black or khaki fabric strap with a leather lining, closed by a 904L stainless steel pin buckle. With its 39mm diameter and elongated, curved lugs, the watch is very comfortable on the wrist.
This modern reissue of the Milus Snow Star is straightforward: simple, functional and clean. In the metal, the model is truly stylish. And with a price tag of CHF 1,690, this well-made time-and-date watch will be simple to like and a worthy option for those looking for an affordable, versatile, retro-styled watch.
As a launch offer, you can get a 20% discount using the code “Milus20” when buying online on the brand’s website – code valid on all of the brand’s watches until 31 March 2020 plus Milus will pay for taxes, duties and shipment.
For more information or online orders, visit www.milus.com.