Corniche Heritage 40 – Roquebrune
Today I am extremely excited to discuss another offering from an up and coming watch brand that many may still not be familiar. Corniche Watches is a company based out of Sweden. The first model produced by the company was the Heritage 40. They continue to make modifications to the Heritage 40 model with the most recent being, the Roquebrune, which I have found to be quite exquisite. Corniche Watches view their watch creations as something intimate to the wearer as described on the website: “We believe that watches are something more than a means of telling the time. It’s a unique and personal object that holds valuable memories. The purchase of a watch is often linked to a personal milestone – the first promotion, a marriage or the birth of a child. It’s also the perfect gift for someone you love.” You can read more about Corniche Watches HERE. The standard Heritage 40 models that are not limited editions are priced at $345USD while the limited edition Roquebrune is priced at a still reasonable $420USD with the following basic specifications:
- Case Size: 40.00 mm
- Case material: Rose Gold plated stainless steel
- Glass: Sapphire glass
- Strap: Genuine leather
- Movement: Quartz
- Clasp: Butterfly-style
- Waterproof: 5 ATM
- Limited Edition
The outer packaging is a fairly standard brown cardboard shell like most, however, the interior consisted of a fantastic looking black lacquered, wooden, hinged case with a push button opening mechanism. The packaging is as nice as any I have ever seen and rivals or exceeds many in the watch industry. The interior of the case is well padded and should provide adequate protection for the watch during shipping. Overall, an extremely elegant presentation for an elegant looking timepiece. I know many of us could care less about the packaging but in this particular instance I believe the packaging is a great example of just how much effort Corniche has placed on the perception their watch brand will receive even prior to seeing the actual watch itself.
The case is composed of rose tone plated stainless steel with both high polished and brushed finishes. The finishing immediately caught my eye, as normally with less expensive timepieces, one can typically find some unevenness to the brushed portions in particular, but not on this specific example. I really like that Corniche opted for a brushed finish on the sides of the case, as it will limit the amount of time spent constantly wiping down the case. The bezel area is all high polished providing a great contrast, but be sure to keep polishing clothes on hand as surface scratches will be much more noticeable. Overall, the case finishing is as nice as watches double or triple the price providing an elegant appearance.
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