Invariably, as warmer weather is coming upon us, many will turn their thoughts to hitting the open road on two wheels. Â For those who just can’t (or won’t) ride, or have sold their bikes (like me), then Orient may have another way for you to get a motorcycle in your life.
How, you might ask? Â Simply by naming one of their models Motorcycle. Â And just like many motorcycle manufacturers, simply choosing a different color scheme gets you a different model name.
Colors aside, these various models are largely similar, and all share the following:
- Orient Automatic movement (46S50) with 4o-hour power reserve
- 44mm stainless steel case (12mm thick) with screw-down crown
- Mineral crystal
- 22mm lugs with a leather strap (deployant clasp) or stainless steel bracelet (double push-button release)
- 1 year international warranty
- 100m water resistance
This is a semi-skeletonized model, which I’ve become more of a fan of lately. Â Most obvious is the cutout at 6 o’clock which allows you to see the most activity that occurs in a movement. Â Surprisingly, there’s also a narrow cutout at 3 o’clock, which I suppose allows you to see the stem at the various engagement points.
Rounding out the dial, we’ve got the sub-seconds at 6 o’clock, and then the power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock. Â While I’m glad to see the PR indicator, it just looks odd to me. Â The cutout for it is simply too large (extending past the 40 hour mark), and isn’t exposing any more of the movement. Â Not sure how that decision was made, but it should be redesigned.
And as long as we’re redesigning things, I think the hands should be worked on as well. Â In practice, the blued, lume-filled hands work well on most watches. Â Here, however, they’re mostly white on a white/gray background – which I think will negatively impact readability in the long run.
Finally, we have the numerals for the watch. Â On one hand, I like the fact that they appear to be floating, given how they were printed (I can’t tell if that’s a layer on the dial, or if they’re on the crystal). Â The typeface used, however, just seems plain. Â You have a retro-futuristic font used for the model name on the dial – why couldn’t that be carried onto the numbers?
Suffice it to say, while there are interesting facets to this watch, there are too many design elements that I think need work for me to look at adding a model like this to my collection, or recommending it to someone else.
Add in the price ($690 to $890, depending on color scheme), even with the 30% discount code (currently, that code is SPRING2012), and that pushes it over to the “do not buy” side of the board for me. Â Perhaps if you ran across one secondhand on the FS boards, it might be worth taking a flier.