Formex Element Chronograph

I’ve had the opportunity to review some interesting pieces lately, so I’ve been expecting a lot from this Formex Element.
I must say that I wasn’t disappointed, quite the contrary!

Here are the specifications:
Movement
– ETA Valjoux 7750 (self-winding) Automatic (Elaboré grade) with Chronograph function. Weekday and date display. 42 hour power reserve.
Case
– Diameter: 46mm
– Height: 15.9mm
– Lug width: 25mm
– Lug-to-lug: 54mm
– Water resistance: 10 bar (100 metres / 330 feet)
– Weight: 130g (case only)
Material
– Bezel: Stainless steel 316L
– Case: Stainless Steel 316L
– Container: Titanium Grade 2
– Glass: Sapphire crystal (front and back) with anti-reflection treatment
Strap
– Italian calf leather straps with Quick Release function and carbon fiber composite folding clasp with patented Micro-Adjustment System.
– All Element straps can be changed by hand without the use of tools.
Dial
– Black satin-finished base with machined indexes, 60 second scale on the flange and Super-LumiNova on hands and indexes

The box is rather original, and the fact that it lets the watch appear increases the excitement: I see the object but cannot touch it, so I must quickly move on to the next step 🙂

Picking the watch up for the first time provides 2 strong instant impressions:
– Waaaaaaaaa is incredible !
– It’s a bit heavy though

The weight is eventually quickly forgotten, and the high quality impression takes over.

Let’s have a closer look at the case. It is composed of no less than 38 pieces! The finish alternates polished and brushed surfaces, and one sees very clearly the suspension system which not only protects the movement from vibrations, but also provides an increased comfort by offering a little more freedom of movement to the wrist. The profile view is quite impressive, and when you look at it closely it is very pleasant.

Although it is quite big with its 46mm, this case is yet still ergonomic and comfortable, and the presence on the wrist is just incredible!

The watch is supplied with a very qualitative leather strap, with quick release features but in a width that restricts aftermarket options: 25mm. It is however very comfortable, and the provided clasp is the best I have ever tested all brands combined! It is made of carbon fiber and as such is very light, but it also has a proprietary micro-adjustment system that allows to adjust the bracelet with a single hand over a few millimeters. It’s really convenient !

The dial is black in brushed finish and offers a quite interesting relief and an excellent contrast. The sapphire crystal glass is anti-reflective coated and allows the best legibility in all situations. What Formex did with the AR coating is much better than many competitors! A great attention has been paid to every detail, from the red touch on the dial to the date disc that is itself in brushed texture.

I don’t think the movement needs a long descriptin, it is the famous Swiss Made Valjoux ETA 7750, offering precision and robustness. You can see it through the slightly tinted rear glass.

The overall result is extremely positive. This Formex Element combines high technology (including multiple patented elements) and an exemplary quality. If there were to be only one downside it would be the absence of a rubber strap, to use it for skiing for example without fearing for the leather strap.

I can only recommend you, if not to spend some time on their website, at least to subscribe to the newsletter. The contents are very interesting and not only related to their products but also to more general topics for us watch addicts 👍

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  1. June 24, 2020

    […] Should you want to discover more about the brand, you can have a look at our interview of Raphaël Granito, CEO of Formex, or read the review of the beautiful Formex Element Chronograph. […]

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