Dwiss RS1 Automatic
“Any watch can tell the time, but we tell it differently”. That sentence, found on Dwiss’s website, makes so much sense when you look at the RS1 Automatic! This watch holds a very special place in my collection, let me explain why.
Let’s have a quick look at the specs:
Case: 45 mm 316L stainless steel with a 7-part multilayer structure
Movement: Swiss made – Automatic movement ETA 2824 Élaboré, 25 jewels Frequency 4Hz – 28’800
Power reserve: approximately 42 h.
Glass (crystal): Sapphire with double anti reflection.
Strap: Italian Made, Waterproof, anti-allergic Italian leather or fabrics.
Buckle: 316L stainless steel.
Water resistance: up to 20ATM, 200 meters.
Watch size: 45,0 mm x 13,05 mm
Case back: Stainless steel with glass opening.
Warranty: 2 years worldwide
Innovation is very rare when it comes to watch design, and Dwiss won several awards in that field. Let’s analyze a little bit that unusual see-through dial.What first makes the dial so surprising is the presence of a single central hand. We’ve seen that quite often with Meistersinger or Luch for example, but here this hand only points to the minutes. The hours are displayed thanks to a semi-circle rotating around the dial. I must admit it may not seem convenient at the first glance, but trust me it will take you less than 2 minutes to get used to it and be able to read the time as fast as you would on any other watch. Now that you’ve started to “decrypt” the dial, you’ll see that on top of the circle holding the minute hand there is another rotating circle, this one is for the seconds. You can’t “read” it, but it shows that the watch is working.
The case also is a one-of-a-kind. It’s made of brushed stainless-steel and is IMHO very well executed. The lugs are slightly curved, making this 45mm wide case very comfortable, especially as the whole thing weights only 125g. Another detail that I find very interesting is the way the screws appear on the bezel. They’re all perfectly aligned, that’s something many brands (even some way more expensive ones) didn’t bother to do! The caseback offers a view on the movement and its decorated rotor. This version of the RS1 is PVD plated, and the screw-down crown is surrounded with a yellow rubber to get easily handled.
The strap is made of Italian leather with a fabric finish on the front and yellow stitching. It really pairs very well with the watch! It’s thick but flexible enough to be very comfortable and has quick-release springbars.
The movement the RS1 is coming with is the renown Swiss ETA-2824. It’s both robust and reliable, you can see it thanks to the see-through caseback.
It may sound very “marketing” but Dwiss puts it quite well: “Any watch can tell the time, but we tell it differently”. I can’t agree more with this! When choosing to wear a watch made by Dwiss, you don’t compromise on either the design or the quality, those watches are really worth the shot. The RS1 is an eye-catching piece that will definitely raise questions (in the good way of course) and I’ll definitely keep an eye on their future releases, especially the one currently on pre-order, the wandering hours.
Dwiss is a well-established microbrand. They’re celebrating this month their 9th anniversary, and offer discounts on a selection of models. Pay them a visit 😉