Techné is a brand we’ve been following since we initially began worn&wound. Represent considerable authority in incredible looking pilot and pilot watches with significantly additional remarkable costs, they are one of only a handful few brands out there they is as committed to plan as they are to quality and worth. They additionally take a simple, straightforward way to deal with what they make.Utilizing Asian made developments and cases, they minimize their expenses, yet not to the detriment of value. They likewise will attempt things that numerous different brands appear to be terrified of, for example, utilizing SeaGull ST1901 mechanical chronographs and intriguing quartz developments to give assortment without exorbitant costs.
Their freshest watches, the Harrier arrangement , stay consistent with the methods of reasoning of the brand while seeking after a more present day stylish. Despite the fact that the more established Techné models are unmistakably present in the new Harriers, one can perceive how the stylish has advanced and become both bolder and cleaner for a more forceful and contemporary look. By and by, Techné has two or three distinct developments to give clients some fascinating alternatives, while keeping an extraordinary value point that incorporates sapphire crystals.
For audit we had the reference 363 , which is a 3-hand model with date that is controlled by the Miyota 9015 programmed development, beginning at $465. We likewise had a the more affordable, however featured-pressed, reference 392 , which has a Miyota GP11 Quartz with 24-hr dial, retrograde double time region and larger than usual date, beginning at $260.
Case: Brushed Steel or PVD Movement: Miyota 9015/Miyota GP11 Dial: Black Lume: yes Lens: Sapphire Strap: Leather Water Res.: 50m Dimensions: 41 x 51mm Thickness: 11.1 mm Lug Width: 20 mm Crown: 6 x 3 mm screw down Warranty: 1 year
The steel instance of the Harrier has a work of art and clear plan with barely enough exceptional subtleties to have its very own character. Estimating 41 x 51 x 11.1 mm, the case is a solid medium size with a genuinely dainty profile. From over the case has a standard shape comprising of a roundabout place with sections sides and rakish drags. The carries are maybe the most intriguing part of the case. From the top, they seem as though three-sided, connecting to the case at a wide point and tightening as far as possible. They have a smoothness that loans the Harrier a general more present day and secrecy feeling than past Techné watches.
From the side, they are entirely bizarre. The beginning with a slight incline away from the case at that point cut strongly into a level plane calculated down. The tip of the carries at that point plunges under with a roundabout shape that is out and out surprising. Overhead, it has a liquid structure, however from the side it feels more utilitarian and apparatus like, like it were stripped out of another piece of hardware. One weird viewpoint is that the round territory feels like a characteristic turn point for the ties, however they really associate further back.
The bezel is generally thick, giving the watch a bulkiness that suits the general strong plan. This likewise helps temper the size of the watch. At 3 there is a little screw-down crown that measures around 6 x 3mm. It’s maybe a touch little for the case, yet is still effectively graspable, and doesn’t watch strange. On the level side is a carving of what gives off an impression of being an old fashioned plunging cap. The case back of the ref 363 features a presentation window to show the Miyota 9015 programmed development inside, while the 392 is a straightforward steel plate. Both feature different insights concerning the watches and nothing especially pointless.
Overall, the cases are all around developed with great resistances and good, however not unwieldy, weight. The two models feature genuinely basic wrapping up. The 392 has an in any event, brushing all through that gives it a straightforward look. The 363 has a matte dark PVD that is even, thick and all around applied. One thing I’ve consistently preferred about PVD Techné watches is the dark of the dial and the dark of the case will in general impeccably coordinate, giving the watch more consistent look. This is obviously the situation with the 363 model. The two models are accessible in one or the other steel or PVD.
Dial: ref 363
Staying consistent with Techné’s marking, the Harrier ref 363 is a right on the money pilot. With large, strong, clean numerals and files, the watch puts clarity at the cutting edge. Pilot watches, being a genuinely well known pattern of the most recent quite a while, frequently are fundamentally the same as practically indistinguishable. While the pilot plan jargon is clear in the Harrier watches, I do imagine that Techné added sufficient little contrasts to make it an exceptional watch.
The dial surface is thick matte dark, as I referenced previously, which makes the entirety of the markings stand apart obviously. In contrast to numerous different pilots, the dial really has various levels, which makes it all the more outwardly fascinating. The focal point of dial is dropped down a stage. Outwardly, it makes me think about the inside records of “navigator” style flieger watches, (for example, the Steinhart we assessed) however it contains no list. That being said, it is utilized to house any content that is on the dial, which coordinates the layout.
The fundamental file comprises of huge lumed square shapes with more modest white hash marks for the individual minutes/seconds. Two subtleties that I truly like about this file is the fine white line around the actual edge of the dial, which gives the plan a got done with feeling, and the two dabs at 12. On one or the other side of the square shape at 12 are white lumed dabs that allude to exemplary pilot/military dial plan. The two specks give a quick viewable sign to arranging the watch.
Amending the primary list are huge 6, 9 and 12 numerals, which are obvious plan components of a pilot watch. These numerals are plainly the visual focal point of the plan, and as such were executed pleasantly. They numerals are enormous, however not ludicrous, empowering initially lucidness. These numerals are additionally lumed, so they stay intelligible in low light.
Another fascinating subtlety of the dial is date window at 3 o’clock. The actual window is genuinely normal, showing the dark on silver plate of the Miyota 9015 development, however close to it is a hash-stamped white and dark surface with an up bolt close to it, both raised out of the dial. Plainly alluding to flying gear, this detail is kind of an outcry attracting the eye to the date. Despite the fact that not a fundamental detail, given the size of the 6, 9 and 12 numerals, I think this assists offset with trip the hole made by the date window. The up bolt likewise causes one recollect that the date is changed by turning the crown up, or away from oneself.
In the middle dropdown zone under 12 is the new Techné logo, which features a rich calligraphic text style, and Latin in red that peruses “Opus Manufactum”. Over 6 is a square of 3 lines that read “Harrier, programmed, 24 jewels”. The content is all around executed and not especially distracting.
The hands of the ref 363 are likewise important. Unmistakably alluding to the sword style hands of most pilot watches, the semi-skeletonized configuration is extraordinary, current and alluring. The moment hand is a white, long restricted fence post that tightens marginally. It is skeletonized to simply past most of the way, with lume on the external half. The hour hand is a squat Roman sword with a comparative halfway filled plan and the second hand is a lumed stay with an erupted skeleton shape as a stabilizer. The empty plan permits the hands to be genuinely enormous without being excessively striking or covering to much territory, and in obscurity gives them a fascinating skimming quality.
Movement: Miyota 9015
The ref 363 comes with the 24-gem programmed Miyota 9015 development inside. This is a development we are consistently glad to see a producer use, as it is an incredible option in contrast to a portion of the Swiss made principles. In spite of the fact that it’s not generally the situation, Techné has figured out how to utilize these developments and keep the cost of the watch extremely reasonable at $465-$490. The 9015 comes standard with a little enrichment as Geneva stripes on the back plate. The standard rotor, in any case, is somewhat dull and we would have jumped at the chance to have seen some scratching or beautification here, even as a possibility for extra expense.
As far as precision, in our experience with the watch we have seen no issues. Techné really takes the developments, which are appraised at – 10/+30 per day and manages them to – 4/+6 ,which is COSC standard. This truly is blowing away a watch this price.
Dial: ref 392.
The ref 392 takes a similar fundamental plan of the 363 programmed, however adds extra dials, hands and a cool huge size date, for a more specialized look and expanded usefulness. At 3, there is a bigger than normal date window showing the dark on white date, with a comparable “warning” hash-mark territory to one side. The actual date is 45% bigger than that of a standard date, which was accomplished with a double wheel plan. Standard “big date” complications have two wheels either next to each other or one inside the other, making a date of 2 independently pivoting numerals.
The curiously large date featured on this watch is made with two stacked wheels, one with 1-15, the other 16-31. At the point when the date clicks over to the 16th, the main wheel has a cutaway away to show the second wheel beneath, which at that point goes to cover the wheel underneath again at the first. It’s a basic and exquisite approach to make a bigger date without a major date complication or a cylcops.
Across the dial at 9, rather than 9, is a 24-hour sub-dial. This basic and clean dial sits a stage down from the fundamental dial, making moment visual division of the data. The sub-dial features a list with markings for every hour, getting bolder like clockwork with a triangle at 24. There are additionally numerals at regular intervals. The 24-hour hand is a little white bolt that unmistakably shows the hour. While this dial probably won’t be of ordinary use, it is ideal to have as an extra capacity and valuable abroad.
At 6 is the most fascinating and one of a kind capacity, just as plan component, of the watch, the retrograde double time region marker. This fan molded sub-dial, which likewise sits a stage beneath the primary dial, shows a subsequent time region, which can be set independently from the principle time at 1-hour increases. Like the 24-hour dial, the list comprises of little white hash marks for consistently, getting bolder each 3, with numerals like clockwork as well.
Since this capacity has a retrograde feature (it snaps back to zero at the 24th hour instead of making a full revolution) the format of the list is a curve, which is fascinating looking. It gives the dial an unexpected equilibrium in comparison to one with numerous round sub-dials would have, as they will in general consistently be suggestive of chronographs. The exceptional shape, and accompanying green hand, likewise helps separate the data when rapidly taking a gander at the watch. Most double season of GMT watches have the fourth hand about the middle, and can at times be a piece outwardly overpowering, since there is a ton of data introduced immediately. The Harrier 392 obviously doesn’t experience the ill effects of this.
One fascinating little detail is that simply over 6 there is another little bolt, this time pointing down. This shows that the crown, when pulled out one stop, is turned towards you to change the subsequent time region. Despite the fact that you are probably going to recollect this, it is ideal to have a reference.
Movement: Miyota GP11
The GP11 quartz development is extremely fascinating, as demonstrated in the former segment, given its additional usefulness. Since it is a quartz, it likewise has the additional advantage of incredible precision at +/ – 20 sec a month. In the time we went through with the watch, we saw no issues with the precision or any of the additional capacities. The GP11 has a battery life of 3 years, which is fair/normal for a quartz.
Straps and Wearability
The Harriers we had in for audit went ahead cowhide ties that can likewise be bought for an extra $25 from Techné. The 363 was fitted with a 20mm sand shaded, matte cowhide with cream sewing that complemented the dark PVD consummately. It’s an extremely alluring tie with a fascinating surface, nearly nubuck, which rapidly gains a decent patina. It additionally featured a dark thumbnail clasp to coordinate the PVD case.
The 392 accompanied a dark oil-calfskin lash with cream sewing and discretionary arrangement catch. This intensely cushioned lash has a silk sheen that gives the watch a somewhat dressier appearance. It functions admirably with the brushed steel of the 392, proceeding with the dark of the dial without being excessively thick.
On the wrist, the Harriers wear comfortably. 41mm is an incredible size for a game watch as it is huge enough to have visual presence, however little enough to not look larger than usual. It likewise will probably fit wrists of different sizes. Then, the 11mm thickness isn’t going to tower on your wrist, or be so slight as to feel light. The calculation of the case truly comes through when worn, seeming smooth and present day from overhead, tough and device like from the side. The dark 363 rendition is a drop meaner looking, as PVD watches will in general be. The spotless 3-hand dial is very even, and when matched with the sand shaded lash, the watch takes on a touch a greater amount of military feel. The 392, which is a lot busier, has a more specialized/useful appearance, causing it to feel more like a certifiable piece of pilot’s equipment.
All said and done, the two watches accomplish an advanced pilot stylish without feeling sullen or subsidiary. The watches are professional by and large, yet the dials especially stick out. They are consummately printed, with fresh lines and exceptionally profound dark surfaces. The utilization of dazzled surfaces and fascinating hands gives the Harrier’s an extraordinary look that makes them champion from the group of pilots.
The other major champion feature is the incentive of these watches. The 363, with discretionary PVD covering, sapphire gem and controlled Miyota 9015, at $490 with cowhide tie is really an extraordinary arrangement. The 392, with sapphire, quality calfskin lash and a quartz Miyota GP11 development highlighting 24-hr, retrograde double time and larger than usual date, is likewise an extraordinary arrangement at $275 given its extra features. I was truly glad to see that they utilized the GP11 development, as I feel that to build the estimation of a quartz watch adding complications that would make a mechanical considerably more costly makes them undeniably more tempting.
So, on the off chance that you are on the lookout for a pilot style that doesn’t use up every last cent, the Techné Harriers are a truly feasible alternative. It’s important that both of the units inspected are accessible in one or the other steel or PVD and with different tie alternatives. There is additionally a form we didn’t examine, the ref 375, what begins at $230 and features a minor departure from the quartz GP11 development with little seconds and larger than usual date.
By Zach Weiss
Review units provided by Techné Watches