Magrette has announced the preorder for their new Magrette Dual Time. Taking cues and inspiration from their Regattare 2011 model they have designed a new version in a slightly smaller case that comes in at 42mm. What makes the Dual Time different from the Regattare is that instead of an internal dive bezel the Dual Time is just that, as the internal bezel can be set by the upper crown and used as a second time zone.
The new case , while still a cushion style design will be 42mm. This is good news for a lot of people, because these case styles tend to wear larger, so this new 42mm version should make it more wearable for those who do not like an oversized watch. The movement will be the Miyota 9015 automatic movement, which is mainly what Magrette is using these days in their affordable line.
Equipped with a sapphire crystal, this Dual Time model will come in 4 different versions. 2 stainless models (Black or white dial) and 2 PVD versions (Brown or Green dial). The stainless versions will have a brushed case with polished bezel and the PVD version are more of a matte finish. Each is limited to 500 pieces.
The Dual Time will have a sandwich dial using C3 superluminova for the stainless models and vintage radium color for the PVD models.
The case back logo is interesting and a departure of sorts from the Magrette logo or tiki logo that they have used in the past and we see what is called a Frigatebird engraved into the center of the case back. This bird can apparently stay up in the air for a week, snatching its prey from the sea surface. Magrette chose this as a symbol of freedom and exploration as that is the spirit of this new Dual Time model.
Info on the case thickness is not available yet, but it looks to be less than 14mm, at least from the renderings. The lug width will be 22mm and will come on a leather strap with the new Magrette Buckle.
This new model should be available come January 2015 and Magrette is taking preorders now at the link below. Presale pricing will be cheaper than after the model is produced with the Stainless versions at $515 and the PVD version for $550.
From the renderings and the specs shown the Magrette Dual Time looks to be another quality and affordable line from Magrette. I am hoping to have a model come January for a full hands on review to share with everyone here on WatchReport.com
Magrette Dual Time Preorder: http://www.magrette.com/pre-order-dual-time.php