As well as being a multi-published author I am also an industrial designer. In particular, I’ve specialised in designing and creating many bespoke watches. Ultimately this was born from my love of horology and a way for me to appreciate the difficulties watchmakers encounter. Sure, you can go to a private label and purchase generic cases, dials, hands straps etc. However, if you truly want something special this involves a completely different process. Some of the concepts I developed had an automotive theme and contained several details from supercars. Even though they were never realised it was a lot of fun conceptualising. One of my visions had an alloy rim-style skeletonised dial. That’s why I was fascinated to see that Romago Swiss has done something similar with their Double Racer.
In a relatively short amount of time, Romago Swiss has launched some pretty exciting collections. In 2021 I reviewed their SUPER CARBON X and for IW Magazine the LuminFusion Carbon Sand. Both of these models have a super cool aesthetic and lightweight forged carbon cases. The Double Racer opts for a 316L (black PVD treated) steel which measures 46.5 mm. Certainly, it weighs more than the carbon pieces but still feels very comfortable to wear. Ultimately this is due to the sculpted symmetrical case that has a slim profile. For that reason, I feel this watch this timepiece would be suitable for both formal and casual occasions.
At first glance, it would be a fair comparison to say that Romago’s watches have a similar appearance to Bell & Ross. However, in my opinion, they are a larger more industrial version. Also, they are offered at a fraction of the price point. For example, the Double Racer retails at $2,182, which I feel is competitive. For that money you get a stylish timepiece with a multi-layered frosted gold alloy car rim skeletonised dial. Other features include 3D-raised gold indexes and bold hour/minute hands. Overall the composition has been well conceived and perfectly executed.
At the heart of the watch is a Swiss self-winding movement. The calibre comprises 24 jewels and oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. This mechanism is visibly showcased via the sapphire crystal exhibition case back. Functionally the Double Racer features hours, minutes and seconds. The watch is also water resistant to a depth of 50 meters and has a power reserve of 44 hours. To complete the picture the timepiece is presented on a high-quality genuine leather strap (plus additional silicone strap) with a complimentary steel buckle.