Today we are gonna talk about a brand that has existed for some time and they are from Italy. It has been a long time since I have reviewed an Italian brand watch. The company is called Viqueria! The journey of the brand started in 2012, when Nicolo and Omar, friends as well as watch enthusiasts, founded 2DStraps, who makes top quality leather watch straps. But they always had a dream to make a watch brand and so in 2017, they founded Viqueria.
They have 4 collections right now: “Levante” MK1 which is basically the same watch with different colour combos and mechanical movement (Sea Gull ST19), “Roma” which is kind of a dressy watch with automatic movement, “Maestrale” which is a GMT Dive watch with Swiss SOPROD C125 GMT movement and of course the “All-New Levante” that we have here in for review, but we will call it just Levante in the review, but this is MK2 with the difference being a meca-quartz movement and smaller weight with new colour combos. As this is a prototype it has been scratched a lot as it has been in hands of many other reviewers and also in many photoshoots.
The All-New Levante will ship only in October 2020 and each colour gets only 300 watches and each one is numbered. The price right now on their site is 250eur for the regular versions and 399euro for the meteorite dial version.
The watch will come in a very nice small box with this faux carbon leather look. The box for the price is pretty good and I like that it isn’t overly big. But a good thing I can suggest not to only this brand, but also to others is to stop shipping watches in these boxes, change the box for a watch roll or travel case as it makes use for the box rather than it sitting in the closet somewhere. Inside the box, we have some spare links and warranty card. The first impression of the watch was promising, it has nice weight where it doesn’t feel cheap and overall it looks really nice! I don’t know if I’m a fan of the split colour dial, but it kind of grows on me.
The case of Levante is made of 316L stainless steel. The case has a round shape and overall it actually is kind of an homage to Omega Speedmaster. ll the lines and angles are very sharp and well finished. The mix of brushed and polished finishings is also done pretty good and consistent. The case diameter is 42mm, the case length is 50mm, the thickness is 12mm and the lug width is 22mm so finding straps will be easy. At 3 o’clock we have a signed push-pull crown. At 2 and 4 o’clock, we have the pump pushers for the chronograph functions (start, stop and reset). The fixed tachymeter bezel has a blue aluminium insert. The solid screw-in case back is polished with nice car rim engraved on it with some specifications and other stuff. On their Kickstarter project page and website they say that the crystal is acrylic,, but on this watch, it feels more like sapphire as when you knock on it with a fingernail or something else it sounds just like sapphire. The water resistance is 100 meters, but I kind of don’t trust the water resistance on chronographs as the slightest push of pusher will flood the watch entirely.
The dial is interesting on this watch by being split in the middle with different colours. The left side is silver and the right side is blue. Around the dial, we have the seconds track which on the left side is black and on the right side red. The two subdials at 9 and 3 o’clock are also in the same colours as each side. I actually like this layout in chronographs when there are only two subdials. Also, I quite like that there is no date window. which makes the dial much cleaner. The applied hour markers are polished with lume in the middle. The sword hour and minute hands also have a little bit of lume on them. The subdial hands are also lumed. The red chronograph seconds hand is also a nice touch.
The movement that is inside the watch is the Seiko VK64. The VK64 movement has a fly-back feature and a non-running second hand to make the tachymeter more effective. This movement I think is one of the best affordable quartz movements in the market. I have it in a couple of my watches and it works perfectly. The battery life on these is somewhere between 2-3 years, but some of my other examples are 4 years old and still are running with the same battery that they came with.
The bracelet that comes on Levante is a 5 links bracelet with polished middle links and brushed outer links. It has solid end links and links. The bracelet seems to be pretty well made and on the wrist, it doesn’t pull any hairs. The links sadly are held on together with push pins and not screw pins as I would like. The push pins, in my opinion, is old technology and the screws are just much easier to add or remove a link. The double fold clasp is pretty well made, but a bit flimsy. Overall the watch feels pretty good on the wrist and very comfortable.
Overall I quite like the watch, but it kind of lacks something, it doesn’t have that wow factor that some other brands have. It just feels like another microbrand chronograph. Don’t get me wrong, the watch is pretty good, maybe just a bit pricy for what it is, but it lacks something. If I was actually considering this watch, I would better get the Levante MK1 as it has the mechanical Sea-Gull ST19 movement. Can I suggest this watch? Well, if you are ready to spend that money, then yes! It is a pretty capable watch.
- Limited Edition Size: 300 individually numbered timepieces;
- Complications: Chronograph;
- Colour Schemes: Two-Tones Cobalt/Silver – Panda Silver – Racing Green – Meteorite;
- Water Resistance: 10 ATM / 100 meters / 330 feet;
- Diameter: 42mm, excluding crown. Lug to Lug 46.7mm;
- Lug Width: 22mm;
- Height: 12.3mm;
- Case: Marine grade 316L stainless steel for standard dials – DLC coating for Meteorite dial;
- Case Back: Solid Caseback with Alloy Whell engraved;
- Dial Type: Applied indices with a sunburst main dial and concentric circle snailing with sunbursts on the two sub-dials; Real Swedish Meteorite for Meteorite style;
- Crystal: Vintage-style custom high dome acrylic crystal;
- Bezel: Fixed position steel bezel insert with tachometer scale;
- Lume: BGW9 LumiNova;
- Straps: 22mm premium 2DStraps leather strap;
- Bracelet (sold separately on our website): 316L marine grade stainless steel “5 link” bracelet with a mix of brushed and polished finishes and curved end links;
- Movement: Seiko VK64 Meca-Q with sweeping seconds hand;
- Power: Battery;
- Warranty: 2 years;
- Assembled in Italy
- Shipped from Italy