ROUE CHR & SSD Watch Review: Affordable Style, Design, & Quality For Under $250
In a universe of interminable moderate and Bauhaus plans, I get myself looking past a great deal of contributions indistinct from their partners. In that landscape of phone-it-in plans, I discovered ROUE Watches (French for “wheel”), a brand that offers strong plan, a sapphire gem, and different tie choices without compromising on affordability –all in a first product. The two models I got for audit are the Roue CHR “One” and Roue SSD “Three” –a memorable simple naming show for the models.
I’ve found that it’s simple to hold back with regards to making your first contribution, especially in the moderate class. There is by all accounts a plan of action of “quickly get in the entryway with a watch, at that point sort out the rest later.” It isn’t essentially a bad business model as it takes into consideration the assets to give higher caliber and better items later on (in a ton of cases), however in the underlying run, it can possibly leave shoppers feeling like the item is lacking –or more terrible, just skirting the model altogether. ROUE avoided that progression and went directly to strong plans with quality parts.
I was first attracted to ROUE for their peculiar yet refined plan and immediately got inspired by their story. Alex Iervolino began ROUE Watches on the straightforward reason that the “best plans are a mix of structure and function.” Alex doesn’t fundamentally come from a watchmaking foundation, however an account one, which implies his energy was rehearsed in his leisure time. Making everything from radios to furniture, Alex honed his plan impression before truly moving into watches and I feel that gave him an edge in making a plan that transcends the “generic” or “boring” classes that so some first-time contributions will in general place in. The nature of ROUE’s case and dials would be sufficient for observes well over the sub-$300 value classification every one of these models fall into.
There are right now 4 models accessible on the site. The CHR is a chronograph model, the SSD highlights a sub-seconds dial, the HDS is a “dual layer” dial (practically like a field watch), and the CAL is their straightforward time-just model. All have different impacts following everything from Braun hardware to Levi pants. All models include an impacted dark PVD or steel pad case, sapphire precious stone, and two speedy delivery compatible bands –a significant value recommendation for an inaugural offering.
Let’s start with the CHR One, ostensibly ROUE’s leader watch. Vigorously roused by the hustling circuits of the ’60s and ’70s, the undeniable signals this piece takes from vintage vehicles is promptly evident. The dark PVD-covered case is higher caliber than I’ve seen on watches multiple times the cost and the impacted steel crown and pushers give an additional hint of tone to the all around smooth case plan. The case quantifies in at 41.5mm, but since of the pad shape, and the crown and pushers, it wears somewhat greater. The main thing I saw is that it’s strikingly light –not to be mistaken for “cheap.” The slight oval shape accommodates my wrist consummately, and the need of heft on a bigger watch makes it truly comfortable.
The case is under 11mm slender so you won’t be slamming this into entryway outlines and regardless of whether you do, the sapphire gem assists with staying away from harm and scratches. As mentioned before, the case quality is phenomenal. I for one locate the dark PVD of a lot higher caliber than more costly watches in my assortment. Sand-impacted for a matte completion, I would have anticipated that it should scratch simple in this value range – it doesn’t. The uniform look gives a nearly “bubble” appearance to the case, and put something aside for a little level external “rim” separating the top and lower part of the plan, the case and drags stream together impeccably. It sort of helps me to remember a 1960s Porsche –where the body isn’t separated into boards, and rather feels like one bit of molded metal.
Something exceptional about the case is the hued gasket fitting between the case and the sapphire gem that attracts your eye to ROUE’s point of convergence, the dial. Previous a conventional dark or dim gasket ring for a yellow shading ring upgrades a generally extraordinary looking dial. The CHR highlights an idiosyncratic and offbeat dial format that is fitting for the brand. The primary thing you’ll see is the absence of articulated hour lists. All things considered, yellow hashes along the section ring fill in as pointers. I can see this being an inconvenience for possible purchasers, yet I found that this “feature” alongside the middle second chronograph and 12 and 9 o’clock sub-dials viably channels the dashboard of old racecars. The 3 o’clock date window likewise balances the counterbalance of the registers being in a flighty position.
Something that I think feels truly hypnotizing about the format, is the measure of profundity it has (something that wasn’t as evident in the advertising pictures). The tachymeter ring highlights hashes and sits on top of the gunmetal dial. The chronograph sub-dials sit recessed and considerably more profound is the date window. The yellow accents on the gasket, section ring, and handset integrate the whole dial and give the CHR a look well over its value range. My lone issue about the CHR is the lume. The hour and moment hands are not lumed and include yellow accents where lume would fill –implying that solitary the chronograph hands are lumed. While I comprehend this isn’t an in-your-face apparatus watch, I figure the watch would have profited by lume at the top of the hour and moment hands, regardless of whether it was simply on the tips.
Powering the watch is a “High Precision” Miyota 6S10 quartz development with a 1/20 second sub-dial, an hour long counter, and date. Also, the CHR is water-safe up to 50m and comes with 2 lively brisk delivery straps –a dark cowhide hustling tie and a silicone band (more on these later).
Moving on to the SSD Three, the case is comparative in size, however the SSD is a millimeter more slender (representing it not being a chronograph). While the two watches have a steel and a dark PVD model, the SSD I have is impacted steel and doesn’t include a dark PVD coat. Of the multitude of models in ROUE’s assortment, this one is gives over my top choice. Including a Seiko VD78 quartz development, the double hand model has a seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock. Allow me to begin by saying that this is one of the few faux-vintage watches I’ve been capable to really get behind. I regularly find that fire up or miniature brands will in general endeavor to engage a market they may not completely comprehend, and that will in general deliver a kitschy vibe. The SSD Three does not.
Once once more, the yellow gasket loans a casing for the dial. The graphite dial includes a raised section ring with 5-minute span markers and 20-second hashes between them. Once more, similar to the CHR, the profundity of the dial feels generally out of its sub-$200 value range. The seconds register includes a recessed ring, with a raised yellow community that’s eminently completed and decipherable. The printed hour and seconds records are suggestive of race vehicle quantities of old –around Le Mans during the mid 1970s. The printed yellow logo at 12 o’clock adds to the retro vibe. The handset is additionally remarkable, as the base of every one of them are finished in a dim ring, and the minute’s hand includes that equivalent completed tip. I’ve heard blended surveys on this. One camp says the hand is excessively long, while I think it is befitting to hustling impacts. While this doesn’t have a long seconds hand, the dark tip consummately differentiates the grayish part ring and makes it much less hard to decide in the middle of minutes (at any rate in 20-second spans). Is it something that will be utilized frequently, or even by any means? Likely not. However, it doesn’t detract from the general plan DNA and confirms ROUE’s method of careful consistency of fresh and particular lines.
The SSD is additionally appraised for 50m of water obstruction, includes a sapphire precious stone, lumed hands and hour markers, and comes with a similar brisk delivery dark cowhide hustling lash as the CHR. Notwithstanding, in lieu of the silicone lash, a light dark nylon-top and cowhide tummy tie comes with it –and it coordinates the case beautifully.
Which carries me to my second most loved part of ROUE’s watches, the brisk delivery ties. Not exclusively is the speedy delivery button an extraordinary and uncommon component for moderate watches, the two models I picked highlight the most right-out-of-the-case comfortable cowhide ties I’ve ever had… So much along these lines, that since I had two, I changed out an absolutely inconsequential watch with the additional calfskin tie since I enjoyed it to such an extent. While calfskin in this value classification will in general be firm and needs a long “break-in” time of scratching, scouring, and touchiness, the cowhide included with the ROUE models was comfortable, delicate, and adaptable from the moment I put it on. While some might be ascribed to the huge openings run of the mill of hustling cowhide ties, I was truly amazed by the quality introduced in a watch that comes in under most design brands.
The silicone lash fit great and wasn’t hair-pulling. Be that as it may, it wasn’t my top choice of the three as it felt somewhat slight for the case. The nylon-and-cowhide tie wound up being my top choice on the SSD. Once more, it was adaptable, not scratchy, and really appealing. In all decency, I didn’t figure I might want it at introductory look, however it wound up being my default for the SSD. The solitary issue I had was that it is very nearly a matte completion, and that makes it hard to clean. Be that as it may, it would almost certainly be contended as not all bad with nylon bands.
Overall, it would be a relentless undertaking finding better incentives in the value range ROUE Watches is competing in. In the event that you’re searching for a watch that’s somewhat unconventional while as yet keeping a touch of moderate and Braun plan components, ROUE Watches might be for you. I ended up reliably finding offbeat lines and attributes in the CHR and SSD without feeling like it was too much – something suggestive of Swatch watches twenty years ago. With a sapphire gem, excellent completing, and extraordinary lash choices, a ton of my crates were checked. I struggled discovering anything to complain about in one or the other model. With as strong of a watch as I saw in ROUE’s first contribution, I am eager to see what’s to come in future deliveries. Cost for the ROUE CHR One is $230, while the SSD Three comes in at $190. rouewatch.com
>Model: CHR “One” and SSD “Three”
>Price: $230 and $190 respectively
>Would commentator by and by wear it: Yes.
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Fans of eccentric however refined moderate plans who have an inclination for clean lines.
>Best normal for watch: The incentive. Sapphire? Check. Top notch wrapping up? Check. Various ties with speedy change include? Check. Low cost? Check.
>Worst normal for watch: Honestly not a ton. The CHR would profit by some lume on the handset and maybe a thicker silicone lash, however other than that, very little to complain about.