Over the last few years I have developed three unique timepieces that have been entirely custom made. Originally I created a prototype watch based on a clock by famous industrial designer George Nelson. The project was very complex and only materialized because of the kind assistance of Frank Heydrich. Initially my plan was to produce a limited run but as the climate of the watch industry dramatically altered (downwards spiral) I massively changed my views. Certainly a lot of energy, effort and talent is involved in establishing a successful watch brand. Fortunately, Sébastien Muller has these attributes in abundance.
For over 25 years Sébastien Muller worked for some very big names in the watch industry. This experience was invaluable when establishing his own micro brand Brellum. Even though the company has only been trading for around 18 months they have accomplished a lot. Earlier this year I published an in depth appraisal of their fabulous debut model called the Duobox Chronometer. The review really resonated with readers because of the overall elegance of the timepiece. On the back of this (well deserved success) Brellum have released an equally impressive new collection called the Pandial.
On first inspection the Pandial has a much sportier aesthetic than its predecessor. The stainless steel case has also slightly increased from 41.80mm to 43mm x 16.20mm. These larger scale proportions should still appeal to a broad demographic because they are not too overbearing. Details like the aluminium tachymeter and contrasting sub dials distinguish it from the Duobox Chronometer. However, Sébastien Muller has cleverly achieved a strong brand identity which will please loyal devotees of Brellum.
Powering the watch is a certified chronometer (by the COSC) Valjoux 7750 automatic movement. The caliber comprises 25-jewels and oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. This specially decorated (Perlage, Geneva stripes, blue screws etc.) mechanism is exquisitely showcased through the sapphire crystal case back. Functionally the Pandial has an impressive list of features including hours, minutes, seconds, date indication chronograph timers, telemeter and tachymeter scale. The timepiece also has a power reserve of 46-hours and is water resistant to a depth of 50 metres.
Presently Brellum have the capability to produce 299 models a year. Within the collection there are also numerous different colour dials and strap options to choose from. Prices range from: CHF 2,305 – CHF 2,360 (approximately $2,342 – $2,397).
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