Time Well Spent: Martenero Marquis

Not too long ago, Bridge and Barrel was lucky enough to spend some time with a Martenero Founder one of the first models released by the brand. This time we’ve got the Marquis model to be put through its paces.

Martenero provides the ability to customize its models, which is also available for the Marquis. We received a 38mm, black dial, blue handset with black leather strap Marquis configuration. A number of other options are available for you to bring together a unique piece, including white and silver dials and a 42mm case. From watch aficionados to relative watch newbies, the ability to make a watch unique and to your taste is a desirable option, and continues to be great move by Martenero.

The dial features Roman numerals at the 3, 9 and 12 positions, and small Arabic numerals inset from batons at 5 min intervals. At 6 there is a date window with steel edging and white backing. There is a noticeable raise for the index ring, which provides some welcome depth to the dial. The dial and applied indices are well finished.

The handset, with silver Dauphine hands and a blue seconds hand, is well proportioned. The minute and seconds hand reach each dot on the minute track, and the hour hand does the same with the roman numerals on the 3, 9 and 12 hours. This can be a common bugbear for other watches, and points go to Martenero for their attention to detail. Speaking of attention to detail, we appreciated the well-designed and thoughtful packaging of the Marquis.

The dial features the “Martenero New York” logo at 12, and includes “Automatic” at 6 above the date window. This falls into the “less-is-more” rule of branding and is tastefully done.

The 38mm case wears small and relatively thinly, despite a 47mm lug to lug length. It has no problem fitting under a cuff or suit, with the lugs contouring to the wrist. The 38mm fills a good size for a dress watch, but those inclined can pick up the 42mm model. This has a 50mm lug-to-lug length, and will have a bigger wrist presence. The Marquis features an open caseback, which reveals the Miyota 9015 automatic movement beating inside, producing a smooth seconds sweep. While not the most decorated movement, the open caseback is a nice touch.

The black leather strap is 20mm at lug and at buckle, and serves to make the watch a tad more casually inclined. A more textured and tapering strap may dress the Marquis up more. The strap is a bit stiff at first, but wears in nicely. The buckle is stamped with the Martenero branding.

The Marquis is Martenero’s take on the classic dress watch, and provides an interesting package at a competitive price. It’s versatile enough to look at home in the corporate business room, but also for wear on the weekends and out on the town. For a more casual look, we like the look of the 42mm, silver dial with orange handset on cognac leather. The Marquis retails on martenero.com $595 USD, which is a fair price for the package.

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