Even if you’re just a casual reader of this site, you know that there are a lot of smaller watch makers out there, and we try to bring as many of them to your attention as we can. Â That, of course, brings us to the subject of today’s post.
Egard itself is a father-son collaboration (also uniting LA and Toronto), established earlier this year. Â Being a new company, they currently have just a single model, The Shade, available in two color schemes. Â We were sent over the blue model (SHAV01BLU) for review, and the initial impression of the piece is a mashup of a dress watch and a sport watch.
By this, I mean that it presents first as a partially skeletonized dress watch. Â However, once you take into account it’s size (43mm diameter on a thick leather strap), you realize this isn’t your standard dress piece.
One of the first concerns you might have with a new brand is how reliable the piece is going to be. Â Thankfully, here, we’ve got a Miyota 8N24 Skeleton movement, so it’s a definite known quantity, so there shouldn’t be any concerns there. Â As I mentioned earlier, this is wrapped with a 43mm stainless steel case, with sapphire up front (AR coated) and back.
The watch itself is water resistant to 200 meters, courtesy of the construction which includes a screw-down crown. Â Of course, you may not want to do that much swimming with either of the included leather straps installed, but you do have a backup should one get soaked. Â The black leather strap comes with a deployant clasp; the brown has a thumbnail buckle.
Before I wrap up the first part of this review, I’ll also mention that this watch does come in an attractive, lacquered wood presentation box. Â The box itself complements the look and feel that the watch is going for, though it will take up more room on your shelf if you’re building a collection.
With that, I’ll bring today’s post to a close – tune in tomorrow for the conclusion to this review.