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Favre-Leuba Raider Harpoon Watch Review

Favre-Leuba Raider Harpoon Watch Review

The Swiss Favre-Leuba Raider Harpoon watch ( initially appeared on aBlogtoWatch here ) is an unmistakable combination of a couple of various things which helps separate it a spot from the generally packed market of top of the line sport watches. To begin with, there is the exemplary Favre-Leuba brand, which is one of the numerous celebrated names from Switzerland’s history of watchmakers. Next is the Raider Harpoon’s plan, which is an advanced interpretation of 1970s-period plan contemptuousness that the first Favre-Leuba explored different avenues regarding generously at that point. Third, the Raider Harpoon utilizes a non-standard method of showing the time, which is engaging horology-buffs. So what does such add up to?

Thomas Morf – who runs Favre-Leuba today – experienced childhood in a little piece of Switzerland like all the little towns and towns where a considerable lot of our #1 watches are delivered. Becoming more acquainted with somewhat about him causes me to comprehend the current course of the brand, just as the way of thinking behind items like the Raider Harpoon. Morf is apparently more comfortable wearing a shirt and pants rather than the more customary business fellow clothing his watch industry partners appear to like. This makes him more natural to a Southern California fellow like me, and it comprehends the allure behind an item like the Raider Harpoon.


Thomas discloses to me that he has no close to home interest in ostentatious things yet rather, that he is the sort of fellow who likes to search out very much made “cool things.” He says this as a person in his mid 50s assuredly filling the role while wearing a white shirt with collapsed pilot shades around his collar… and expressively signaling lively hands. On one wrist he wears a calfskin arm band and on the other is dark cased Raider Harpoon watch on a pleasantly maturing earthy colored cowhide strap.

Ironically, as I am tuning in to this I am wearing a similar watch on my wrist – however with my smaller wrists and in the situation as the audience in this discussion I don’t think at that point I’m pulling off the watch just as Thomas. It looks extraordinary on him, coordinates his style, and sells the possibility of the watch right away. I bring this up on the grounds that with regards to more vanguard watches such at the Raider Harpoon, I generally prefer to ensure there is a segment out there who will look great wearing them.

Removing for a second the way that Thomas is quite of Favre-Leuba, you can by the by see why the watch offers to him. First is the way that the “heritage” name of the brand fulfills his European-ingrained requirement for “legacy value.” A man like this is far less inspired by new “unproven” names. Second is the intense, wistfulness enlivened 1970s sport plunge watch plan, which isn’t just hip from a contemporary style outlook, but on the other hand is adequately bulky to coordinate his character. 46mm-wide watches are mainstream explicitly as a result of folks like this. At long last, a faithful lover of very good quality watch culture, Thomas enjoys the framework for telling the time, which makes a scholarly interest where there might not have been any before.


Favre-Leuba really makes an incredibly comparative, but more basic, watch compared to the Raider Harpoon in the Deep Blue assortment. The thing that matters is that while the Raider Harpoon is 46mm wide, has a helium discharge valve, is water impervious to 500m, and has the extraordinary framework for telling the time… the Deep Blue case (which is as a rule the equivalent fit as a fiddle) is 44mm wide, does not have a helium discharge valve (not that you’d truly need it), is water impervious to 300m, and has a standard methods for demonstrating the time by means of conventional hour and moment hands.

The model variations regarding dial and case tones, just as tie/wristband combinations are indistinguishable. Truth be told, on the off chance that you aren’t acquainted with the way that Favre-Leuba makes the Raider Harpoon and the varying Deep Blue models, the two are anything but difficult to confuse with each other initially. They additionally have a smidgen more than $2,000 between them in value (the Deep Blue is, obviously, the more available model). I notice this for an unmistakable explanation which is in the event that you like this watch generally speaking, yet feel it is excessively enormous, excessively costly, or too new with regards to perusing the time, the Deep Blue model is directly for you.

Let’s re-visitation of Raider Harpoon, since the model I wore. I’ll first state that while I preferred this watch, the 46mm wide case is excessively enormous for me. The issue isn’t simply the width, or the generally 18mm of case thickness, but instead the carry to-haul distance of about 58mm. On my wrist (which is positively on the more modest side), the carries stuck out past my wrist like pleased horns. In the event that you have 7 inch in boundary or thin wrists, that will probably happen to you. I am not complaining about the size – since I think it looks great on the correct wrist – yet rather telling those with wrists like mine that the more modest 44mm-wide model may be a superior fit.

With that stated, Favre-Leuba isn’t going for standard allure by any means. This is the principal watch delivered by them with the extravagant time-telling framework, and it bodes well to be a touch more “niche” with its introduction – at any rate the first run through around. Other than the size, the case is perfect looking, with a combination of present day lines and those of a pretty much (elliptical) pad style case in steel that would not be that strange during the 1970s. The case comes either in regular or PVD-covered “gunmetal” dark steel.

While I like the shade of the gunmetal Raider Harpoon more, I lean toward the completing on the regular steel one. PVD-coatings are by definition a covering, and can change the appearance of a surface. Cleaned segments look altogether too polished for a characteristic steel finish, and the more evident brushed surface completing components catch your look in a more powerful way on the non-covered steel models. Having said that, the dark and orange-emphasized dial look improves the dull case tone, while I think the blue-dialed model looks great with one or the other case, yet it best matches to the common steel option.

Heavy like a wrist-tank, the Raider Harpoon is a strong inclination gadget. The thick sapphire gem is appropriately AR-covered. Why appropriately covered you may inquire? Since Favre-Leuba did the right thing and covered the two sides of the gem with against intelligent material. That is the BEST method to forestall glare. The 500m water safe case has its visual strength underscored by the general plan in highlights, for example, the screw-down style bezel close to the gem. Outside of that is a moderately meager unidirectional pivoting bezel – which is effectively the most “retro” of all the equipment components. The bezel fills in as planned, however doesn’t have the super exact snap position of some other top of the line plunge watches (honestly a couple are twofold the cost or a greater amount of this watch). Additionally, the bezel embed is aluminum, which implies it can scratch (but at the same time is more similar to the look the brand is going for in the Raider Harpoon).

Dual contradicting crowns sit on the correct side of the case, with the lower one being utilized to change the time. The upper crown is the manual helium discharge valve – that again you’ll probably never use. Simply make certain to have it fastened while going into water (or at essentially all occasions so far as that is concerned). The flawlessly coordinated lashes come in a welcome assortment, just as the decision of a coordinating steel metal arm band. Sadly, for the present the arm band doesn’t come in dark – which I think would have been truly cool looking.

Speaking of the arm band, it is pleasant for being generally rather straightforward. Favre-Leuba doesn’t kick things off on plan with regards to the wristband, rather selecting to do a more retro look with a pleasant level of value. That implies strong connections, utilization of screws to make sure about the connections, a considerable (not wobbly – Seiko could master something here) deployant that is additionally not excessively thick, and a basic but rather powerful diver’s expansion clasp.


The arm band even shapes simply a tad – enough to be compelling. It is 24mm wide at the carries, and that limits to about 22mm where it meets the deployant fasten. I do consider what others feel about the arm band. Like I stated, from the outset I excused it as being on the straightforward side, yet as I invested more energy taking a gander at it, I valued all the manners in which it might have gone “cheap.” And yet, it kept a pleasant degree of development detail while as yet attempting to be something exemplary and retro-looking. The wristband, with its serious level of connection verbalization, is additionally a decent decision for those with more modest wrists.

Strap alternatives for the Raider Harpoon incorporate two cowhide ties (either a bull blood-style earthy colored or dark, with orange or blue differentiation sewing relying upon the tie to coordinate the dial tone) just as a custom Favre-Leuba-marked characteristic elastic tie. The last is the most ideal decision for the person who is really going to get wet (counting sweat-soaked) with this watch on.

Finally, we approach the subject of the way wherein the watch demonstrates the time, just as the development that powers it. For the last point, the programmed mechanical development starts life as a base Swiss Sellita SW200. It is later adjusted with the “Favre-Leuba hour sign system” (as of now Favre-Leuba for reasons unknown doesn’t have a name for the framework, and as I would like to think this framework unquestionably needs a title). The subsequent programmed development is known as the Favre-Leuba type FL 301, and it works at 4Hz (28,800bph) with 38 hours of intensity save. The marginally lower than foreseen power hold is likely an outcome of the development driving a ring for the hours instead of a hand (which would be lighter in weight).


It pauses for a minute taking a gander at the dial for a great many people to acknowledge there is something “different” going on. In any event, when given some an ideal opportunity to think about the dial, numerous individuals don’t realize how to understand it (which I discovered to be a fascinating examination). The dial idea anyway is somewhat basic, however the framework is startling by they way it works. Generally speaking I love the framework, however it takes some becoming acclimated to as you need to re-train the request wherein your cerebrum is familiar with perusing time-related information.

The time-just dial functions in that capacity; in the focal point of the dial is a little turning circle with openings in it and a little white pointer. That (regularly mixed up as the hour hand) is the seconds hand. Outside of it is the more drawn out precious stone shape-tipped hand which is the minutes hand. It focuses to two things, and this is the place where the framework makes itself interesting.

The minute hand first focuses to an alluring cleaned and applied moment marker (which looks dubiously like an hour marker), and second to the hour pointer ring. Truly, the hours are shown on a ring, however what makes the watch perfect is that you read the hours at the very position that the moment hand is. Accordingly, as the moment hand moves, so does the hour plate, yet at a more slow rate. This shrewd arrangement is something I previously found in an idea watch by Martin Braun, yet I’ve never seen it industrialized before Favre-Leuba.

The reason you need to re-train your cerebrum is on the grounds that as it were, the framework on the Raider Harpoon expects you to peruse the time in reverse. Typically on a watch you would initially take a gander at the hour hand and afterward at the moment hand. This is on the grounds that your cerebrum needs to know the hour first, and afterward the moment – this is normal since it is the means by which we request time data in our psyches. The Raider Harpoon on different hands requests that we do the inverse. By righteousness of the plan, you need to initially take a gander at the moment hand since it is expected to highlight the right hour. Accordingly, the watch requests that you read the moment and afterward the hour, which then should be turned around in your psyche. Obviously you could take a gander at the moment hand, at that point to the hour hand, and afterward to the moment hand again…. yet, the fact is basically that perusing the time this way is unique, and for certain individuals will pause for a minute longer than the conventional hour and moment hand system.

With that stated, I don’t need to excuse the way in which the Raider Harpoon demonstrates the time as a less proficient curiosity right now. While in numerous applications the framework probably won’t offer an unmistakable advantage over a conventional a few hand dial, I think in certain settings this hand framework is unrivaled. In jumping for instance the moment hand is regularly what one needs to take a gander at preceding the hour hand. I figure time and experimentation will reveal to us where something like the Favre-Leuba Raider Harpoon is the favored choice.

What energized me the most about this time framework is the manner by which Favre-Leuba will proceed to adjust and play with it. In the event that I was in Mr. Morf’s position, I would arrange steady plan concentrates on the best way to make more refined game watches, or even dress-style watches with this hand format. For instance, one can guarantee that on the Raider Harpoon the hour ring is hard to comprehend since it would appear that a fixed part ring in white. The explanation it is white is on the grounds that it is in iridescent material for obscurity seeing, yet there is a highlight pointing out a touch more this element. There may even be an occasion to plan another circle under it that can feature the specific “active” hour that the moment hand is presently hauling behind. I’m saying that the specific time showing framework here is powerful and intriguing enough for bunches of future development.

As referenced over, the Raider Harpoon is a specialty offer item, however it doesn’t come up short on an energetic segment of purchasers. On the off chance that you resemble Thomas and like striking, marginally retro, with a noteworthy name on the dial, and precisely intriguing game watches, at that point you also may burrow the Raider Harpoon. It isn’t even the most colorful Favre-Leuba underway right now – that honor probably goes to the Favre-Leuba Raider Bivouac 9000, which has an underlying gauge (at a “reasonable” price).

In today’s watch market where brands should be fascinating, esteemed, unmistakable, and strong, Favre-Leuba is hitting a decent step. Emphatically upheld and competently staffed, Favre-Leuba is accessible both in stores and on the web (in any event in certain business sectors, for example, the USA). It isn’t the brand for everybody, except with its unmistakable heading and character it is the kind of brand the watch business needs today. The Favre-Leuba Raider Harpoon watch is valued somewhere in the range of $4,600 and $5,150 relying upon the lash and case shading combination. The two tried models are estimated at $5,000 for the PVD dark case on a calfskin tie and $5,150 for the characteristic steel case on the coordinating steel wristband. favre-leuba.com

Necessary Data

>Brand: Favre-Leuba

>Model: Raider Harpoon

>Price: $4,600 – $5,150

>Size: 46mm wide

>Would commentator by and by wear it: Yes.

>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Thick-wristed retro-sport watch sweetheart that needs some mechanical idiosyncrasy to give their watches a character they feel an extravagance watch needs before purchase.

>Best normal for watch: Lots of character in an intriguing watch from a truly noteworthy brand (though resurrected lately). Novel framework to tell the time stays fun and intriguing – however to be sure eccentric. Shadings are alluring given the subject. Welcome utilization of AR-covering on the two sides of the crystal.

>Worst normal for watch: Rather enormous situation (when it doesn’t as such need a bigger case) makes it more outlandish for wide allure. Excessively simple for amateurs to not see how to peruse the time without clarification. Time sign framework requires a psychological change period.

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