So, I a came across a brand recently that goes by the name of Sisu Movement. Â Now, perhaps it’s just because of my own experience, but I knew that Sisu is generally related Finnish Culture – and the splash page of their website certainly ties to the Finnish flag. Â So, I was a bit puzzled to see that they’re a California company creating Swiss-made watches.
I’ve reached out to them, so we’ll see what the ties to Finland are, if any. Â While we’re waiting on that, let’s have a look at one the watches from their collection – the Guardian A3.
Now, the Swiss-made part of the watch comes from, as with many watches, the movement. Â Here, it’s the ever-present ETA2824-2 automatic. Â So, that in and of itself isn’t enough to make me take notice (though it is a nice, rock-solid bit of Â machinery, I’ll give you that).
No, what grabbed me here is the dial design. Â Just take a look at the pictures in this post. Â That massive 54mm case is allowing for one heck of a layered dial. Â And, once you get past the draw of the 3dÂ appearance, you’ll notice that there’s actually a bit of a cutout on the dial, allowing you to see the movement at work. Â NotÂ distractinglyÂ so, and it’s a nice touch.
You’ve also got an AR-coated sapphire crystal topping the 14.6mm thick case (and an exhibition caseback around back), all wrapping things into a package that’s water resistant to 100m. Â Of course, the screw-down crown helps that out – but where is it? Â It’s in a position I’ve not seen before – over at 10 o’clock. Â Again, another bit of visual interest. Â Not to mention keeping the crown from digging into your hand.
While my own tastes skew to 46mm and under, this is no doubt an impressive watch – and it carries an impressive price tag of it’s own, coming in at
$3,000 $1,495. Â If you dig the style, but prefer something a bit less expensive, they do have a quartz version of the Guardian available for $1,800 $695.