Review of the Arpiem TJW2
Today I’m reviewing a new chronograph made by Arpiem, the TJW2 showing some beautiful Gulf colors!
The french creator of this watch, Vincent Repoux, aimed to propose a unique racing design at a really affordable price.
Let’s have a look at the specs:
Diameter = 41 mm
Thickness = 12,5 mm
Lug to lug = 20 mm
Swiss quartz RONDA Z50 mouvement
Stainless 316L steel case
Cases numbered in limited edition 1 to 500
Triple layer dial
Waterproof: 5 ATM
Curved sapphire crystal glass
Hands of hours and minutes treated with Superluminova BGW9
Date at 6 hours
Metal presentation box
Italian calf black leather strap with deployement buckle and quick release strap system
Today there are 7 versions of the Arpiem, this one is a tribute to John Wyer, who reigned over endurance racing in the late 60’s early 70’s and who introduced the famous blue and orange colors that became iconic.
The watch comes in a nice metal box. I already like it even before opening it. At that price, that kind of detail makes the difference! First impression when opening the case is ‘Wow, what a unique design!’
I was a bit scared by the case size, having a 20cm wrist and wearing almost only 44+ mm cases. It comes really nice on my wrist, and doesn’t look too small thanks to the 20mm lug to lug size. In the end it is quite comfy! The sapphire glass is slightly domed, completing the overall vintage touch.
The case is made of polished stainless steel. It’s solid and looks really good but will be quickly covered with finger prints. On top of it is a black engraved bezel featuring a tachymeter scale, a requirement for any racing style chrono watch.
On the right side are two pushers and the crown. The upper pusher shows a tiny orange line, and the crown is signed, another appreciable touch!
The most interesting part is the dial. Vincent must have spent hours working on it, thinking about every small details! I love those two outstanding subdials, the writings, the orange touch, every bits and pieces make sense and come so nicely together! The pictures I took wdefinitely don’t do it justice, but trust me it really is interesting and well done.
The leather band that comes on the watch is quite comfortable, and the deployement clasp is a nice thing to have considering the affordable price of the watch!
Almost all my other watches are either meca or auto, but there’s nothing to be feared about this swiss Ronda Z50. It’s a reference when it comes to quartz watches, it’s reliable and works as expected.
In the end I find that the TJW2 really deserves your attention ! It is well inspired, nicely built, and is offered at an unbeatable price, expecially if you consider using the 10% discount offered by Vincent with the code AWDO 🙂