After taking a closer look at the case, I determined that I hadn’t seen another watch company with this design. I looked over the Kickstarter campaign and asked some questions and confirmed that the case was actually designed specifically for LIV Watches. If there is another company out there with this exact case I am completely unaware, so a custom case makes the Genesis X1 even more appealing to me, especially under $600 USD. The crown and guard system is really one of the most appealing aspects of the Genesis X1. The size of the crown and pushers are really perfectly sized for the 45mm case with the screw down crown measuring a substantial 8.5mm x 5mm. A gasket system is utilized with the screw down crown allowing the Genesis X1 to be 1000 feet water resistant. The function pushers are also quite substantial at 7mm in diameter. The guards and housing surrounding the crowns are going to provide quite a bit of protection for the crown and hopefully increase durability with the pushers themselves. The orange accents are a nice touch as it adds a bit of flair and model design to the overall appearance of the watch model. The large orange function pusher reminds me of certain models from EDOX which I have always thought were quite appealing but in most cases thousand of dollars more in overall cost.
Next, the Genesis X1 comes fitted with a large sapphire crystal, surrounded by a fixed bezel measuring a whopping 35mm in diameter. Many watch companies do not grasp the importance of having a sapphire crystal, especially those producing sports and dive watches. While mineral crystals will tend to be much more impact resistant, the sapphire crystal is going to protect from a much more likely problem, scratches. Awesome choice by LIV Watches to opt for the sapphire crystal over mineral. Again, keep in mind this is a prototype so ignore any dust and lint under the crystal, as I’m certain that will be checked prior to shipping of the production models.
Beneath the sapphire crystal is another fantastic design feature of the Genesis X1 in a complex multi-layer dial or what many of us have come to know as a sandwich type dial. The dial layout is very clean and uncluttered for a chronograph, which is really hard to achieve sometimes. There is minimal branding and all fonts are perfect in size for the surface area available on the dial. The sub-dials are perfectly symmetrical. I feel the mixture of smooth matte black and a stamped glossy inner section add additional flair to the overall appearance of the Genesis X1. Another little detail, not overlooked by Chaz, is the use of applied hour markers. So many times this small detail is scrapped for painted markers, which is fine in some cases, but in my personal opinion, applied markers just make it seem like more thought and effort went into the design. One of the first things I noticed, which I thought could be a huge issue, was the small amounts of lume on both the markers and handset. Since the prototype was completed, the surface area on the markers and the handset will be increased for the upcoming production release. So for those lume freaks out there, I anticipate some satisfaction with this upgrade.
Now let’s take a look at the case back. Instead of many typical case backs, which are threaded into the upper portion, LIV opted for a case back secured utilizing 6 flat head screws. The 6 screws I do not believe make the design better overall but rather just more detailed that a standard case back. The case back has various specification information etched around the perimeter and a large LIV logo in orange at the center, which corresponds with the orange accents, found elsewhere on the model. Since completing the video you will find at the end of this review, I have looked closer and it seems orange accents will be present on all the models so I anticipate the logo on the case back will also be orange on all the models as well. Beneath the case back is a highly respected Ronda 5040.D quartz chronograph, the 13 jewel, gold plated version, which falls in line with the goals of LIV to produce a Swiss Made chronograph with quality components. As one would expect, this quality Ronda movement has been highly accurate since the model has been in my possession.