Vandaag Schallmauer

The creation of a new microbrands always raises my curiosity. The one I’m reviewing today is coming from Germany and is called VANDAAG (VANDAAG is low german, a dialect from north Germany and means “today”). Behind the brand stand 3 watch enthusiasts that have their roots in the watch history for already 20 years and are happy to say that watches are a part of their life. 

They have just released their first watch, the “Schallmauer” (meaning sound barrier), a pilot chronograph available in 3 versions: Horizon (blue), Heritage (reverse Panda) or Black beast (black). 

Specs

CASE:
Diameter: 42.50mm
Thickness: 12.00mm
Lug to Lug: 50.00mm
Lug width: 22.00mm
Water Resistance: 10 bar
Finish: Handgrounded brushed and polished
BEZEL:
Steel, uni-rotating, 120 clicks,
aluminium inlay
CASEBACK:
Solid, 3-dimensional stamping in centre
Individual serial number
Caseback and case in same color (steel/steel; DLC/DLC)
CRYSTAL:
Sapphire
Single Dome
Anti reflective 2-fold (inside)

DIAL:
Construction: Flat
Surface/structure: Matt / circular brushed totalisers, Numbers and dot index refined by LumiNova lumninous
MOVEMENT:
Type/Function: Quartz Chronograph
Movement name: Miyota 6S21 (customized)
STRAP(S):
Material 1: Handstitched american Horween, leather, waxy/ oily pullup surface
Buckle: Solid Thorn, deep etched
Finish: Brushed
Quick-Release pin: YES
Material 2: Nylon, 2 pieces, double, layer 2.40mm
Buckle: Solid Thorn, deep etched
Finish: Brushed
Quick-Release pin: YES

The packaging

The watch comes in a beautiful black wooden box. Although I love the attention to the quality and details, I must admit that storing all my watch boxes has become a real pain! Even if I used to really like those boxes in the past, today I’d rather go with a watchroll or a 2-3 watches travel case. 

Striking the pose in its wooden box

The case

When I first opened the box, the watch itself looked rather small in it, but the attraction was real! What I first noticed was the quality of the watch case with the alternation of brushed and polished finishes on the curved lugs. With 42,5mm width and a thickness of only 12mm, it’s quite well balanced and should fit most wrists. It has the standard configuration of a chronograph, with the crown at 3 o’clock and the 2 pushers at 2 and 4. The crown is deeply engraved with the brand’s logo, it looks great! 

The uni-rotating bezel is a bit harder to action than the average, but its aluminium inlay is perfectly aligned. I’d rather have it this way than the other way around and find my bezel constantly moved because there was too much play! It’s surrounding a domed sapphire glass that has been AR coated. The legibility is indeed very good! 

The dial

On the dial you can find 2 large sub-dials at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, arabic numerals and a beautiful red date disc that really pops out at 6 o’clock. Numbers, dots and hands are filled with LumiNova so you can easily read time during the night.

Light painting makes a happy watch

I like the proportion of the sub-dials and the fact that they don’t cut the numerals around them. Reading the time is hence straight-forward and doesn’t suffer from a too busy dial, which is often an issue on chronographs. 

The movement

The watch comes with a customized Miyota 6S21. I don’t know to what extent it was customized, and to be honest I would have loved to see a mechanical movement inside rather than a quartz one. I have discussed a bit with Tim Benkus, one of the founders of Vandaag. His position was that a mechanical movement would have increased the final price in a significant way, which is a problem for a brand’s first watch. That’s a fair point, and although my heart tends to naturally avoid quartz pieces, I must admit I don’t mind having a few battery powered pieces, especially chronographs where the non-sweeping second hand isn’t directly brought back to the attention. 

In the end I have to say that I really enjoy wearing this Schallmauer. It meets my expectations and already tells a lot about Vandaag’s ability to produce great watches in the future. Both the provided leather band and the canvas strap are very comfortable, but for purely aesthetic matters my final choice goes to the nato from RSM Watch Strap 🙂

Pay them a visit: https://www.vandaag.de/en

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