As you may have noticed, we tend to be a bit selective on what crowd-funded watches we choose to cover. Â Once weâ€™ve built a conversation with the brand, we keep track of how things are going, and then await word of what the next project (whether crowdfunded or not) is going to be. Â This time around, itâ€™s Scuro coming back with a new offering, the Scuro Bronzo.
As you might guess, theÂ Scuro Bronzo is a bronze-cased watch. Â This is something we saw a lot of a few years back, and now the popularity of the material has cooled down a bit. Â I think itâ€™s still an interesting material, as it gives a warmth that you donâ€™t see with other metals. Â Add in the patina it canÂ develop (unless you polish it) and the watch will take on a character that is unique to you and your habits.
The project pageÂ for theÂ Scuro Bronzo labels things as a pilot/diver combo, but this really feels more like a diver to me. Â Along with the 42mm bronze case, youâ€™ve got a sailcloth strap (more marine ties), and then with the dual-crown layout, and internal bi-directional bezel, things feel like theyâ€™re headed for the water, not the air. Â On the pilot side of the equation, I suppose youâ€™ve got the cathedral hands and sandwich dial, but still.
Rounding out the design, theyâ€™ve put two different â€œburstâ€ patterns on the dial of theÂ Scuro Bronzo, one in brown, and one in blue. Â What this means, of course, is that youâ€™ve got the lighter – almost bleached-out – color in the center of the dial, darkening as it gets to the edges. Â This is another â€œvintageâ€ trick, but the color used here work nicely against the bronze. Â As does the third dial, which is a simple black. Â Regardless of the color, youâ€™ve got the same sandwich dial looks (which I particularly like) that work well with the handset. Â The one element that feels like a miss to me is the date window. Â Iâ€™m generally a fan of the function, but on theÂ Scuro Bronzo, it really feels incongruous with the overall design. Â Fortunately, they do have a no-date option that can be selected as well.
Tucked into the case of theÂ Scuro Bronzo, and under its domed sapphire crystal, youâ€™ve got the friendly Miyota 9015. Â This is an established, budget-friendly movement that, given itâ€™s almost omni-presence, should be serviceable by a great many places. Â The presence of the movement also means that pricing is friendly, with early bird pricing starting at only $225. Â At this price, youâ€™re also getting a two-spot leather watch roll, so plenty of value for the money. Â For those with some budget left, youâ€™ve got some other options you can go for (a leather strap and/or a sapphire display case back). Â TheÂ Scuro Bronzo is an interesting – and very affordable – look from the brand, and we should be getting some time with the prototype here shortly to give you more complete thoughts. Â project page
- Brand & Model: Scuro Bronzo
- Price: Earlybird pricing starts at $225
- Who we think it might be for: You missed out on the bronze craze of the last few years, but still want to pick one up
- Would I buy one for myself based on what Iâ€™ve seen? In a blue dial, no-date configuration, sure, I could see that getting wrist time
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: Delete the date window (which is an option)
- What spoke to me the most about this watch: The interaction between the bronze case, burst dial, and cathedral handset
Tech Specs from Scuro Bronzo
- Case Diameter: 42 mm
- Lug to lug: 50 mm
- Thickness:Â Â 13 mm ( including domed sapphire crystal )
- Case Material: Bronze Cusn8
- Bezel: Bi-directional custom designed internal bezel
- Crown: Custom dual screwdown crown with embossed S logo
- Crystal: Domed sapphire crystalwith AR Coating
- Movement: Japanese Miyota 9015 Automatic Movement
- Dial: Sandwich dial, index & hands painted with Super-Luminova
- Strap Material: 20mm black sail cloth strap.
- Water Resistant: 20 ATM/200M
- Warranty: 12 Months