The Heritage 40 is fitted with a sapphire crystal with a diameter of right around 34mm, which is of good size for a dress watch at 40mm in overall case diameter. The specifications do not mention whether the crystal includes an Anti-Reflective (AR) coating but I anticipate that the model may include an interior AR based on how I had minimal difficulty with glare when photographing the watch. Beneath the crystal is a beautiful white ceramic dial, adding to the overall elegant appearance of the model. Very limited branding is present on the watch dial above and below center dial providing a clutter free overall appearance. All of the high polished hour markers are hand applied, adding a level of detail and flair, as well as, corresponding perfectly to the case finishing. Finishing off the stunning dial is a blued dauphine handset that just pops up against the white ceramic dial.
The case back is held in place by (6) six flathead screws. The case back has general specification information etched around the central portion about the watch model that is typical of many case backs. Corniche case backs will also include the etching of a Mediterranean pine tree near the center. Beneath the case back is a Miyota 2025 quartz movement. I am not familiar with this particular movement but can report that the movement has been spot on accurate since arrival. If I could pick one aspect to improve upon with the Heritage 40, it would be the desire to see this exact model house a Miyota 9015 automatic movement or something comparable.
How does Corniche finish off such an elegant looking timepiece? The Heritage 40 comes with a great looking croco-pattern black leather strap which is a perfect compliment to the case finishing and dial features. Most dress watches, from my past experiences, consist of 20mm lugs, however, the Heritage 40 measures 22mm at the lugs. The strap tapers to 20mm near the tail and buckle. The strap is a significant 4mm thick near the lugs tapering to slightly over 2mm at the tail. The strap is finished off with a high polished push button dual deploy buckle that is signed with the Corniche brand name.
Overall, I strongly believe that the Heritage 40 from Corniche is a fantastic watch and a solid value. The case finishing on the watch alone is outstanding and when you add in the other quality features of this model such as the sapphire crystal, applied markers, and a ceramic dial, it will rival any dress watch in this price category. In the recent past, Gear Patrol published an article on thin watches for men ranging from the affordable to the not so affordable. When the article was published, the Heritage 40 had obviously not yet been released. However, I firmly believe, at 9mm in overall thickness, the Heritage 40 would satisfy quite a bit of the criteria discussed in their article and would be a great ultra-thin watch option for many, especially those of us on a budget or unable to drop significant coin on other watch brands. I would like to thank Corniche for working with WatchReport.com on arranging this review and each of you for reading. Please take a moment to view the brief video presentation included with the review and subscribe to the WatchReport.com YouTube channel. I look forward to your thoughts and comments as always.
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