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The Batavi Architect Turquoise Blue & Tony Purple editions

Yes, “that” Tiffany blue and a surprising purple colour for the Architect.

| By Robin Nooy | 3 min read |

First things first, the watch industry is going a little crazy as “Tiffany” seems to be all the rage at the moment. Thanks to the Patek Philippe Nautilus with Tiffany dial going through the roof recently, all things closely matching the famous Tiffany Blue seem to skyrocket in attention, and prices. And then we learn about the Batavi Architect Turquoise Blue & Tony Purple. Bad timing? Good timing? Or a bit of both?

To make one thing clear from the get-go, the Batavi Architect Tiffany Blue is not a direct result of the popularity of the Tiffany Nautilus mentioned in the intro. It is simply close to impossible to develop and produce a set of new dials and have them assembled and ready to go in such a short amount of time. We’re talking about a mere four weeks between that specific Nautilus and this Batavi Architect. So it seems that where Ugur Mamak, the founder of Batavi was “right on the money” with his Architect last year, he again finds himself in the midst of a storm. Albeit a Tiffany/Turquoise Blue one this time.

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The Batavi Architect remains an interesting, affordable proposition in the luxury sports watch segment. As Ugur explained in the interview we recently published, the idea was to design an abstract sports watch with a distinct design. The Architect was in development right before the segment exploded with other interesting offerings, both high- and low-end. So with this and the recent boom of all things “Tiffany” in mind, you could say Batavi has both fortunate and unfortunate timing.

These two new variants rely on the same construction as the previous Architect models. The tonneau-shaped case measures 39mm across and 10.6 in height. The angled lugs, attaching to the integrated steel bracelet, make it a comfortable fit on the wrist. The narrow bezel holds a double-domed sapphire crystal, with another sapphire crystal on the reverse side of the case.

The focal point of the new Batavi Architect Turquoise Blue and Tony Purple is the new colours, obviously. Each is pretty self-explanatory so we’re not going into too many details. Regardless of what you think of Turquoise Blue or Tony Purple, the fact of the matter is we see a shift towards brighter, more vibrant colours in watchmaking. Both dials feature applied steel hour markers and a unique pattern on the dial centre. The indices and hour and minute hands feature Super-LumiNova inserts.

The caseback of the Batavi Architect Copper, for illustration.

Powering the Batavi Architect is a Miyota 9039, which is a no-date version of Miyota’s well-known 9015 automatic movement. This simple yet effective movement runs at a frequency of 28,800vph and uses 24 jewels. The power reserve is quite reasonable at 44 hours, even surpassing some of its Swiss competitors. It also features Côtes de Genève decoration for a bit of flair.

The Batavi Architect Turquoise Blue and Tony Purple both come on a stainless steel integrated bracelet. It can be exchanged for leather straps thanks to the quick-release system and the adapter-links Batavi supplies with it. A nice touch, as it allows you to change the look in an instant. The two new variants of the Batavi Architect are now available at a discounted price of EUR 419. Considering its specifications, that seems like quite an excellent value-for-money proposition.

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4 responses

  1. The fact that Batavi has called it the “Tiff” blue and has suggested the market has given it the “Tiffany” nickname doesn’t really sit right with me. I see what they’re trying to do, but the marketing approach on this one is tacky and lazy. If Batavi was a bigger brand they would indeed be getting sued as Jorg commented!

  2. Is Batavi lazy or is the market shady? Like they stated in the article this was announced long before the Tiffany PF and long before all the hype. I guess the people at Batavi are just unfortunate. Look at the how other brands hop on this so called hype. I think they solved it in a proper way!

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