SYE Mot1on Automatic

Today I’m review 2 watches from the new French brand SYE [Start Your Engine]. Arnaud Pézeron, the founder, wanted to bring something new and innovative to the watch industry, while combining a genuine identity and great quality.

The watches I’m reviewing are the Mot1on Automatic and the Mot1on Chronograph. Let’s have a look at the specs:

Material: stainless steel 316L
Construction: 5-part case construction
Crystal: scratch-resistant & AR coated sapphire
Caseback: Fastback™ system
Water resistance: 50 meters (5 ATM)
Diameter: 40,5mm
Width (incl crown): 43,5mm
Thickness : 13,4mm
Weight: 100g (3,53 oz) approx.
Fastback™ Premium strap among 10 variations
Lining: full grain Italian calf
Stitches: contrasting stitches
Buckle: brushed stainless steel deployment buckle
Length: 120/80mm (long/short strap)

Automatic version
Colors: Silver or Smoky grey brushed steel dial
Functions: hour, minute, second, date, 24h sub-dial
Hands: diamond shape with Superluminova coating
Type: automatic mechanical movement
Caliber: Miyota 8217Jewels: 21 jewels
Frequency: 21 600 alternances / hour (3 Hz)
Power reserve: 42 hours

Colors: Silver or Smoky grey brushed steel dial
Functions: hour, minute, date, central 1/5s chrono, 60 minutes & 24h hours sub-dials
Hands : diamond shape with SuperLuminova coating
Type: mechanical-quartz movement
Caliber: Seiko / TMI VK64
Frequency: 32 Hz
Power reserve: 3 years (approx. battery life)

Aesthetic criteria being very personal, I will not discuss them too much. I will simply say that SYE dared to break free from the codes and did not fall into the “sublike” trap in which (too) many young brands fall in their beginnings. Whether it is the three hands or the chronograph, we have a real identity that does not seek consensus. Hat’s off to them !

Regarding the quality of the materials my feeling is quite positive as well. The finishes are clean and well made, the watch definitely plays in a higher league, which is great considering its low price 🤘

Now let’s have a closer look at the strap, which is the main innovation brought by SYE. The strap is a combination of leather and steel, the steel part being held between 2 parts of the caseback and maintained with a screw. The whole system is called fastback and makes it impossible to use straps other than the ones sold by SYE. Don’t worry, they have already a lot of color options, and their straps are both really comfortable and qualitative. Replacing them is also quite fun and doesn’t require more than 30 secs, and on top of that you won’t risk to scratch any lug 😉

The launching will be beginning of March at 499€. I have been able to see and test many micro-brand watches and must admit these SYE are really good from any perspective : price / quality / design / innovation. Should you have any question, fee free to ask Arnaud 👍

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