You know me – Iâ€™m an unapologetic fan of what Shinola is producing in my old hometown of Detroit. Â Their latest introduction introduces something Iâ€™m glad to see the brand add to a stock configuration, and takes away one of the more iconic design features of their watches. Â So, what does the Shinola Vinton have in store for you?
Well, for starters, theÂ Shinola Vinton comes stock with a bracelet, which is something we have not seen with regularity for the brand. Â Just as we can count on them for Detroit-assembled quartz movements, weâ€™re generally looking at leather or textile straps. Â However, they have made a few mechanical movements available, and likewise for bracelets. Â This one looks to be of the fairly standard three-link variety, albeit with the center links polished. Â The other big change, design-wise for the brand, takes place around back.
Just look at the wide, smooth expanse of the caseback of theÂ Shinola Vinton. Â Notice anything missing? Â Thatâ€™s right, the applied badge has gone away. Â For me, this has become as iconic as the lightning bolt logo, and Iâ€™m sorry to see it disappear. Â Sure, I get it, the brand needs to try some different things out, and customizing a watch with engraving to commemorate an occasion is something that is done. Â And, in some ways, it fits more closely with this vaguely vintage look of the dial. Â Still, Iâ€™d like to have the badge. Â Perhaps it can come along later as a coin in future iterations.
Around the front, weâ€™ve got a very classic look to the dial – numerals all around, with larger indices popping in on the hashmark track around the outer edge. Â Everything has been hit with a dose of SuperLuminova – including the baton hands – and things are topped off with a double-domed sapphire crystal. Â Oh, and also keeping with the classic (or vintage) feel, the case of theÂ Shinola Vinton comes in a more compact size (for todayâ€™s standards) of 38mm. Â This makes it a good unisex fit, perhaps even a watch that a couple can share (ala RanchRacer and PerpetualGirl of LoveNWatches).
Caseback aside, I do like the look of theÂ Shinola Vinton. Â Itâ€™s a clean, simple look, and with the bracelet, it can be a solid everyday watch that will lend itself into a dressier situation easily enough. Â Powered by an Argonite 715 quartz movement, theÂ Shinola Vinton is available as of today. Â The stainless steel variants are $550, while the ones with the rose gold tone are $650. Â This is the price whether you choose the bracelet or a strap, so definitely go for that bracelet, and then maybe pick up a spare strap down the road. Â And of course, weâ€™ll see if we can get a loaner in to give you hands-on impressions of this latest addition to the Shinola catalog. Â shinola.com
- Brand & Model:Shinola Vinton
- Price:Â $550 – $650
- Whoâ€™s it for?Â This is a â€œmark a special occasionâ€ sort of a watch, a milestone commemoration piece
- Would I wear it? Yes, I would – and Iâ€™m the most curious about that robinâ€™s egg blue dial
- What Iâ€™d change:Â The option for the caseback badge if one isnâ€™t looking to have it engraved
- The best thing about it:Â The compact, shareable case size
Tech Specs from Shinola
- Case: Â 38mm, stainless steel; 18mm lugs
- Crystal: Â sapphire, double-domed
- Movement: Â Argonite 715 quartz
- Functions: Â Hours/minutes/seconds, date