I know that when we are talking about these slim and simple watches, because of the Daniel Wellington brand, but listen. If you really want the same style, but a little more quality and cheaper, then the Philippe Banks Slimline is the answer! Of course, you need to remember that this is a fashion watch and that I will never compare it Seiko, Rolex or anything else. Because it is in its own category.
Unlike many of these brands, Philippe Banks didn’t use any of the crowdfunding platforms to raise funds for the watches, they just went into the watch world the old school way. The company I think is around for a couple of years now and are making great looking and simple watches. The company is based in Italy, at least from what I read. And their main marketing is around the Riviera as for lifestyle and Scandinavian design.
Watch we are taking a look today is Slimline 40 in rose gold with brown dial. Sometimes the packaging for some of the watches I receive is more surprising than the watch itself. In my opinion, the packaging and the unboxing experience should be just as interesting as the watch, but many companies still kind of overdo it. In this case, I think the packaging was a bit too much. Because you get the cardboard outer box, then comes all the documentation and certificate, then the velvety cover for the wooden box, you take that off and only then you get to the watch. Nonetheless, the box is really well made. You open the box and the watch looks really silly and kind of the box took all the attention away from it. First impressions of the watch are good. I like how the dial in some lightning almost looks black and in the sun it really shows the rich brown colour.
The case round, and is made from a 316L stainless steel with rose gold plating. The case diameter is 40mm, the thickness is 7mm. From lug tip to lug tip, it measures at 47,2mm and lugs width is 20mm. Pretty standard size for a watch like this. In real life, the watch actually wears more like 39mm due to short lugs and how they are curved down. It wraps the wrist nicely and as it is pretty thin, you won’t notice it at all. The rose gold plating on the case is done pretty well and looks that it won’t chip or scratch that easily. The crown is really small, probably one of the smallest crowns I’ve seen, but it is easy to grip and operate due to case shape. The case back is stainless steel, but without the rose gold plating. That is done this way because if it was plated and you would wear the watch for year or two, the plating would disappear/scratch and it would look very ugly. The case back is held on with 4 screws. On top of the dial surprisingly sits a flat sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. The coating isn’t the best, but not many watches at this price point have sapphire glass. The watch is rated at 5ATM (50m), so no swimming with this one.
The dial is in matte brown colour, but in light, it really shows how rich is the colour. Around the dial goes the minute track in white colour and the hour markers are applied stick batons in rose gold to match the case. On 12 o’clock you find applied logo, also in rose gold colour and the Philippe Banks logo. There are no seconds hands and the hour and minute hours are the only ones there. The shape of the hands is something between Dauphine and sword shapes, but they look good. The hands are also in rose gold colour. On the 6 o’clock on the dial, you will find writing “Swiss Movt.” Overall it is a very modern minimalistic looking dial, but in the same way, it looks classy.
Movement inside the watch is Swiss Made Ronda 762. A pretty common movement for these watches. And pretty reliable and durable too. Only on mine it kind of has a strange action to it. I don’t know it should be this way or not, but when I pull out the crown and set the time, there is this kind of grinding feel and noise to it. But the watch works perfectly and is on time. The battery life is about 2,5-3 years. The strap is just a regular brown genuine leather strap with soft underlining. I would swap it, as I don’t like this strap, it feels a bit cheap. The buckle is stainless steel, also rose gold with logo etched on it. But it has one good feature about which I have been talking almost on every watch I review, and they are the quick release spring bars. I think this is the best innovation that came in the modern times for watches, as it is super easy to change straps. With the quick release spring bars, it is a 30-second job.
Overall the watch is good for the price. Because you get a well-made watch, Swiss movement and sapphire. Of course, the watches are built probably in China, but that’s nothing bad, most of the watches are made in China and I got to say, some of them are made really good. But if you still think it isn’t cheap, wait for the sale and then buy it. Any case go and check out what Philipps Banks offers!
|Movement:||Swiss Made Ronda 762|
|Case & Buckle Material:||Rose Gold Plated or Silver 316L|
|Glass:||Crystal Sapphire with Anti-reflective Coating|
|Strap:||Italian Calf leather with quick release button|
|Case Size:||40 mm|
|Case Thickness:||7 mm|