Today’s review is of the Red Burn Out 7060 from the Bianci Pro Racing line. A mens watch with a racing theme, this one is designed to really stand out. Let’s start with the specifications:
- Stainless steel case and bracelet with screwdown caseback and non-screwed crown.
- Sapphire crystal.
- Swiss quartz 30-minute chronograph movement with date.
- 120-click unidirectional bezel.
- 49mm by 15.3mm thick, 52.6mm at the crown, 260g with all links.
- Bracelet is 5-link, solid links and endlinks, 24mm non-tapering, fliplock with pushbutton release and signed clasp with screws rather than pins.
- Water resistant to 100m (330ft).
- Blued hands and indices; mother-of-pearl subdials.
- Lume on hands and indices.
- List price $599; $329 on the Bianci website. (Watch Report readers can get an additional 20% off with the discount code “watchreppr7060”.)
Please read on for the full review and pictures.
As with the H262LWS, the 7060 impresses as soon as you open the outer packaging. The presentation box is the same cherry-finished wood: quite elegant and very unusual at these prices. Once you open the box, the next thing you realize is that this is a watch meant to be noticed, full stop. At 49mm across by 15.3mm thick, the size is quite imposing, and at 260g, it is not a light timepiece.
The face and bezel have some very unusual design cues for the racing theme. Notice that all of the hour markers except 12 are canted toward the inside, matched by the same design on the bezel. To me, it looks a bit like a turbine blade or propellor, and conveys a sense of motion.
The hands are the broadarrow style: nicely blue in color, and painted with enough lume to be quite readable at night. The seconds are the rightmost subdial; one of the tradeoffs of a 3-register chronograph is that the constant seconds are a bit harder to read at a glance.
If you look a bit closer, you’ll see another unusual feature: the subdials are mother of pearl, which has a nice iridescence as the angle changes. As I noted earlier, this combined with a deep red background makes for a watch that gets noticed.
The bracelet is very good. Solid links and end links, nicely made with the more expensive screwed links, its heft is a good counterbalance to the weight of the watch. The signed clasp has two of my favorite bracelet features: pushbuttons and micro-adjustments to get the fit right. Details matter!
On the wrist, the 7060 is somewhere between massive and epic. 260g is 9.2oz, making this the heaviest I’ve reviewed by 10 grams. It’s a big chunk of steel.
The Bianci page is not clear, but from the off-axis color tint, I think the sapphire crystal has an inner anti-reflective coating; a good thing.
Here you can see that on my 7.25″ wrist, it actually fits pretty well. The lugs wrap nicely, and the profile is beveled a bit at the bezel. It works with loose cuffs but would have problems with tailored ones.
The Swiss quartz movement (not specified, but probably ISA or Rhonda) is conventionally battery powered and simple in function: date, H/M/S, and 30-minute chronograph with fractional seconds at six o’clock. You can read within a tenth of a second accuracy, making the watch useful for racing or cooking (my main use for a chronograph). The bezel is also useful for timing, and has a diver-style unidirectional ratchet with a nice firm feel. Chronograph buttons have a definite snap to them are easy to use with no mushiness.
One correction: the Bianci site lists a screw-down crown; it’s not, but for a non-dive-watch, that’s usually preferred.
Fit and finish are quite good. Note the evenly brushed surface and conformal fit of the end links. Excellent work — especially for a $329 price.
This is more of a fashion watch then we usually review here on Watch Report, but from a functional point of view, it does very well. It’s well made from excellent materials (steel and sapphire), it has a very legible dial, and it represents an excellent value. The style part is subjective, but if you want something better made than Fossil and its ilk, then the Pro Racing is an excellent choice.
Our thanks to Bianci for the review watches; always appreciated.
By Paul Hubbard