Jewelry designer David Yurman has a watch collection. Normally, I am quite skeptical about jewelry designers that add watch collections to their portfolios. So I decided to do some research and see if there was any merit in these David Yurman watches.
As expected, David Yurman watches are fitted with ETA self-winding mechanical movements. The watch featured today is from the David Yurman Classic collection. The Classic collection represents the entry level for David Yurman watches. These watches boast an average of 42 hours of power reserve and 27 jewels. The price of the Classic 43.5mm Small Seconds is $3,600. Though this seems in line with most timepieces equipped with an ETA movement, I’d be much happier investing that kind of money in a TAG Heuer or an Omega. The watch is fine by watchmaking standards but will have absolutely no street cred.
The case of the Classic 43.5mm Small Seconds is sculpted from stainless steel with an integrated cable motif along the middle case. This cable motif is one of the defining features of the Classic line. As the name suggests, this watch carries a case dimension of 43.5mm. The bezel holds securely a sapphire crystal, which is glare proofed on both sides. The case back also features a sapphire crystal also glare proofed, though I can’t see the purpose of doing this. As a dressy watch, this timepiece carries a moderate water resistance of 30 meters (100 feet). Adorning this gent’s watch is a black leather strap fastened with a rather attractive deployant clasp.
This model carries a black galvanic dial with an outer guilloche zone marking the hour ring. The hour markers are fashioned from rhodium toned applied Arabic numerals and indexes. Indicating the time are leaf shaped rhodium toned hands, which contrast wonderfully against the black dial. At the 6 position is a small seconds counter, while the date aperture lies at the 3 position.