Whether a watch wears comfortably on the wrist or not isn’t one of the top priorities for most watch buyers. More likely, it’s design, brand, specs or prize that guides the buying decision. In a way that makes sense, especially since more and more watches are being sold online without being able to try them on in the first place. On the other hand, it’s pretty surprising since most men will end up wearing their watch throughout the day. Unlike a shoe or a button up shirt, we all know how that feels when it just doesn’t fit right.

Of course, there’s different aspects that make a watch fit right on the wrist. Case diameter is one, lug-to-lug width another. However, these measurements do not just depend on wrist size, but wrist shape and preference too. Also, the ergonomics matter, in particular on the lugs, as those define if they’ll hug or dig into your wrist.

Formex Swiss Watches took it one step further and integrated three features in to their newest model, the Essence Automatic Chronometer. These features seem rather unspectacular at first sight, but come with noticeable practical benefits in daily use:

The gradual fine adjustment system that allows you to tighten or loosen the strap length when the wrist size varies due to temperature and activity.

The case suspension system that gives a little to prevent the crown digging into the wrist.

The tool-less interchangeability of all straps AND steel bracelet that allows you to wear the right strap for the right occasion – and swap it in a few mere seconds

Find out more about Formex Swiss Watches and experience their watches with the virtual Try-On app at www.formexwatch.com.

The patented fine adjustment system allows a perfect fit on the wrist throughout the day

A clasp that’ll adjust to your changing wrist circumference

This in-house developed folding clasp is made of injected carbon microfiber composite on a stainless steel buckle. It features a patented gradual 7mm fine-adjustment system that allows you to micro adjust the length of the strap without taking off the watch. As our wrists change size during the day and in different temperatures, this system gives a bespoke fit no matter the conditions, improving the comfort and fit on the wrist. For the same purpose, Formex developed a 4mm micro-extension for its clean stainless steel bracelet.

The patented case suspension system make the watch wear more comfortably on the wrist

A suspension integrated into the case that adapts to your wrist movements

Formex has refined its unique and patented case suspension system for the last 20 years. This cushion concept draws from the engineering and design of high-performance bikes and racing cars and integrates four tiny springs between the lower and upper watch case. This system softens any movement by adapting to the wearer’s wrist motion and prevents the crown from digging into the back of your hand.

Find out more about Formex Swiss Watches and experience their watches with the virtual Try-On app at www.formexwatch.com.

Press the pins to change straps/bracelet without the use of tools

A system that allows you to swap straps/bracelets without tools in seconds

Usually changing watch straps and especially bracelets requires patience, some expertise and a specialized tool which can be frustrating when quickly wanting to change up the look and feel of a watch. For the Essence, Formex equipped all straps and even the steel bracelet with quick release pins, meaning they can be changed in seconds and without tools. No fiddling with tools or visits to an expert, simply take the watch off, press the pins to release and put on a new strap. The flexibility offered by this system means that the Essence can be tailored to fit any occasion or activity. You can wear the watch on a rubber strap during the morning run, change to a steel bracelet for work, and then tailor it with a leather strap for a smart evening dinner.

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These three features could be seen as mechanical exterior “complications” that actually have practical use. In developing them, Formex prove that the smallest things really can make a difference.  Four tiny springs in a watch case, the simple press of some pins and the adjustment of a strap by mere millimeters might not seem to amount to much on their own, but put together these innovative design details elevate a great watch to a perfect daily wrist companion.

Find out more about Formex Swiss Watches and experience their watches with the virtual Try-On app at www.formexwatch.com.

Formex Essence Automatic Chronometer

Technical Specifications

Dimensions 43mm diameter, 10mm height, 22mm lug width
Water Resistance Waterproof to 100 meters / 330 feet
Case Stainless steel 316L with titanium grade 2 container. Patented Case Suspension System
Glass Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Case back Exhibition case back with sapphire crystal. Laser engraved stainless steel 316L
Dial Black, blue, brown or silver dial with vertical brush and individually CNC machined horizontal lines. Machined Indexes filled with BGW9 Super-LumiNova
Hands Filled with BGW9 Super-LumiNova
Movement COSC-certified Sellita SW200-1 Automatic Swiss Made movement with Glucydur balance wheel, fully decorated with custom made skeletonized rotor. 25 jewels. Frequency: 28’800 A/h (4 Hz). 38h power reserve.
Strap Calf leather available in black, blue or brown. Rubber strap and stainless steel bracelet as upgrade. All straps and bracelets can be changed without tools.
Certification COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres)
Price First batch delivery December 2018 sold out.

Estimated next delivery: March 2019, available at Pre-order price $ 986, later retail price: around US$ 1’160, –

Essence model without COSC certificate and with sunray dial available on pre-sale from US$ 668. Later retail price: around US$ 785, -.

–       All taxes and duties included

–       Free express shipping

–       Free 30-days returns policy

–       3-year warranty