Today we are gonna take a look at an interesting piece which I wanted to check out a long time ago. This really caught my eye about 2 years back on Instagram and they’ve just been killing the social media game. They are everywhere. On big luxury watch sites and small blogs. They market themselves as luxury timepieces for affordable prices. So that’s why I wanted to test one. So I contacted the company and they sent me a piece for a review.
So the watch that arrived today is Corniche Heritage 40. Corniche Watches is a company based out of Sweden that has produced their first watch model, the Heritage 40. Corniche Watches view their watch creations as something intimate to the wearer as described on the website: “We believe that watches are something more than a means of telling the time. It’s a unique and personal object that holds valuable memories. The purchase of a watch is often linked to a personal milestone – the first promotion, a marriage or the birth of a child. It’s also the perfect gift for someone you love.”
The watch arrived within a couple of days. The box was big. I immediately knew I was in for a treat when I saw the exquisite packaging provided by Corniche. The outer packaging was a fairly standard brown cardboard shell like most, however, the interior consisted of a fantastic looking black lacquered, wooden, hinged case with a push button opening mechanism. The packaging is as nice as any I have ever seen and rivals or exceeds many in the watch industry. The style reminds me most of what I have seen provided with some of the older Bulova/Accutron watches. The interior of the case is well padded and should provide adequate protection for the watch during shipping. Overall, an extremely elegant presentation for an elegant looking timepiece.
The case is composed of stainless steel with both high polished and brushed finishes. The finishing immediately caught my eye, as normally with less expensive timepieces, one can typically find some unevenness to the brushed portions in particular, but not on this specific example. The finishing is superb quality. The bezel area is all high polished providing a great contrast, but be sure to keep polishing clothes on hand as surface scratches will be much more noticeable. But I like when the watch has some scratches. As TGV said, it gives watch a character.
The case measures 40mm in diameter and right around 43mm including the crown. The case also measures 48mm from lug tip to lug tip and right about 9mm in overall thickness. Regardless, the Heritage 40 is quite thin dress watch that will easily fit under the dress shirt.The signed crown is perfectly proportionate at 5mm in diameter to the case dimensions. The crown is easy to grab and engage the time setting function. There is absolutely no play or wiggle when the crown is engaged.
The Heritage 40 is fitted with a sapphire crystal with a diameter of right around 34mm, which is of good size for a dress watch at 40mm in overall case diameter. The specifications do not mention whether the crystal includes an Anti-Reflective (AR) coating but I anticipate that the model may include an interior AR based on how I had minimal difficulty with glare when photographing the watch. Beneath the crystal is a beautiful white ceramic dial, adding to the overall elegant appearance of the model. Very limited branding is present on the watch dial above and below center dial providing a clutter free overall appearance. All of the high polished hour markers are hand applied, adding a level of detail and flair, as well as, corresponding perfectly to the case finishing. Finishing off the stunning dial is a blued dauphine handset that just pops up against the white ceramic dial.
The case back is held in place by six flathead screws. The case back has specification information etched around the central portion. Corniche case backs will also include the etching of a Mediterranean pine tree near the center. Beneath the case back is a Miyota 2025 quartz movement. As we all know the Japan makes really reliable movements. I wish it had an automatic movement, but I guess it would loose its slim lines and become a beefy watch.
The Heritage 40 comes with a great looking croc-pattern black leather strap which is a perfect compliment to the case finishing and dial features. Of course, it would be great to see it on vintage looking suede strap. I just think it would suit it better. The strap is finished off with a high polished push button dual deploy buckle that is signed with the Corniche brand name.
Overall, I strongly suggest you try this watch out. You won’t regret paying for it. It really delivers quality for the relatively low price. The watch has great quality and finishing is really good! I’m speechless because I thought that this is one of those DW kind of brands who order 1$ watch on wholesale and sell it for 300$
- Case Size: 40mm x 7mm. The most classic of sizes.
- Dial: Ceramic with hand-applied polished markers
- Glass: Sapphire glass
- Strap: Genuine leather with a beautiful crocodile pattern
- Lug Width: 22 mm
- Movement: Miyota 2025 Quartz
- Clasp: Butterfly-style for ultimate comfort and ease-of-use
- Water Resistance: Waterproof up to 5ATM
- Packaging: Piano lacquered presenation box