Yes, it’s no secret here – I’m a fan of whatÂ MagretteÂ brings to the table with their watches. Â Their latest model, which just went up for pre-order, looks like another hit.
This model follows with what I’m calling their design DNA, and features a familar case 44mm design and font usage on the dial. Â While it still retains a 500 meter water resistance rating Â (including a pressure relief valve), they’re going for a more polished look and feel – hence the nameÂ Moana Pacific Professional.
I think they’ve accomplished that with the dial and case finishes (rose gold/grey, black/black, and stainless/blue). as well as the “all bezel” look accomplished with the ceramic insert bezel on top of the case. Â They’re also using a new (to Magrette) movement, the Miyota 9015. Â We’ve seenÂ other watchesÂ on these pages with that same movement, so it’s in good company.
I also like the inclusion of the lumed bezel, as that’s just a great feature to have, and it definitely increasesÂ readability, day or night. Â The last change we have is on the rubber strap. Â For the first time (that I’ve seen), it’s coming with a steel deployant on it. Â Not something I’ve seen with the Magrette’s we’ve reviewed, and definitely less common on a rubber strap.
So, while there have been changes made with this particular model (all good ones), one thing remains unchanged – the affordable pricing. Â You’ll pay either $545 (steel case), $575 (PVD) or $595 (rose gold), plus another $30 for shipping. Â Yes, it’s a slight increase over previous models, but I think it’s merited, given the improvements and adjustments made. Â If you’d like to get in line for yours (it will be a limited edition), you can pre-order yoursÂ hereÂ by putting $150 down; delivery is expected for May 2013.