Today I am extremely excited to discuss a rather obscure watch brand that many of us may not be aware of yet. Corniche Watches is a company based out of Sweden that has produced their first watch model, the Heritage 40. 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.” The Heritage 40 was at one point available in (4) four different variations: a rose-tone case with black or white dial, a stainless steel case with white dial and a Limited Edition stainless steel case with black dial. I am unsure if the Limited Edition version of the Heritage 40 is still available. The standard Heritage 40 models, including the review sample, are priced at a reasonable $370USD with the following basic specifications:
Case Size: 40.00 mm
Case material: Stainless steel
Glass: Sapphire glass
Strap: Genuine leather
Waterproof: 5 ATM
I immediately knew I was in for a treat when I saw the exquisite packaging provided by Corniche. The outer packaging was 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 style reminds me most of what I have seen provided with some of the older Bulova/Accutron watches. 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.
The case is composed of 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. The finishing is what I would consider superb quality. 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.
The case measures 40mm in diameter and right around 43mm including the crown. The case also measures 48mm from lug tip to lug tip and right about 9mm in overall thickness. The actual specifications note 7mm on case thickness but I think that may be excluding the case back, which bubbles out ever so slightly. Regardless, the Heritage 40 is an ultra-thin dress watch that will easily fit under the dress shirt cuff. The watch weighs well under 100 grams so combined with the other specifications, it will have an ultra-lightweight feel on the wrist and shouldn’t be cumbersome at all on almost any wrist. The signed crown is perfectly proportionate at 5mm in diameter to the case dimensions. The push/pull crown is easy to grasp and slide a fingernail under to engage the time setting function. There is absolutely no play or wiggle when the crown is engaged.
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