The brand APH TOSCANO was born in Canada with large inspiration from italian culture ( Naples ) and heritage. APH stands for the creators name Andre Peter Harris Toscano. That’s a long name right , haha Fuhgeddaboutit. Their first debut model is certainly one to catch the eye as it is 100% its’ own thing and has a crown at the 12:00 and the 6:00 which makes it very unique and captivating. This model manufactured in Switzerland is dubbed the “Vesuvio” and named after one of the most infamous Volcanoes which in fact destroyed Pompeii, Herculaneum , and so on. The watch also has design inspiration and roots from Napoli, Italy.
The case of the Vesuvio measures in at 42MM in diameter and 13MM in terms of thickness. The case is comprised of solid 316L brushed stainless steel and features a 49MM Lug to Lug distance with a 24MM lug width. The crystal on this model is indeed a genuine sapphire crystal with Anti-Reflective coating which does help from my experience in the brightest times of day when glare from the sun is beaming down on your watch. In regards to water resistance, the piece has a 300M rating which is superb and can definitely be used for all types of water activities, including diving. The case is definitely one that took time to design and plan out as there are nice curves with flat and round surfaces which makes this watch look a bit like a “Fancy Diver”. Having said that the watch can definitely be worn for many occasions and I think you can pull it off with a suit or with a pair of shorts or jeans.
The Two Crowns
If you have not noticed by now this watch features two screw down crowns. The crown at the 12:00 position is used for functioning the hour, minutes, and date which is located at the 6:00 in a black window with white numbers to match the markers and black dial. The second crown located at 6:00 is screwed down as well and used for operation of the internal bi directional rotating bezel for timing a dive or whatever it may be up to 60 minutes. These types of internal bezels were first seen on very old compressor style dive watches and I do adore them. We do not have to worry about any bezel alignment issues here, gentlemen. A good note to mention is the crowns stay completely away from the wrist and you wouldnt notice they are there until you actually look at the watch. A hint of italian culture is signed on both of these crowns as well; they are marked with the Denari symbol which originates from old Neopolitan playing cards and symbolizes “Money”.
The black dial almost appears glossy a bit in different lighting conditions due to the AR coating on the crystal and features applied indices with strips of SuperLuminova with polished silver outlining. The numerals on the internal bezel which sits above the actual dial matches the markers perfectly in whitish color. One thing that caught my eye is the lumed rotating bezel, making it super easy to set in the dark. APH is applied in a polished silver while Toscano is printed in cursive below it. We have three lines of text above 6:00 which shows “Vesuvio” in red, “Swiss Made”, and 300M marking the water resistance. The date aperture at 6:00 is not super bold but still has good visibility and matches the dial as the date wheel is black and the numerals are white.
APH decided to use the popular Swiss Made Ronda 715 quartz movement in this model. This movement is widely used in the swiss watchmaking industry by other brands I have reviewed such as Victorinox ( Victorinox INOX ). It is a reliable one and certainly will last you a lifetime. If this watch were to have a ETA-2824 or a Selitta the pricepoint would definitely be double what it is now, which would be out of range for many watch enthusiasts.
The caseback is brushed in a circular pattern which I love because as the light hits it, it gleams all over the place. There are 6 screws holding down the caseback which are small in size and stay out of the way. There is also a large Danali symbol in the center, the same one we see on both screw down crowns.
The first thing I noticed when unboxing this timepiece was the soft and supple genuine rubber strap ( this is not silicone ), The strap needs no break in at all and certainly conformed to my wrist which is a must for me! It has a pattern almost similiar to that of the Patek Aquanaut but not as pronounced. The buckle is signed again with the Danali and brushed in 316L steel. ( 24MM Strap Tapers Down to 20MM )
The Vesuvio certainly resembles Italian design in a way and stays true to its creators which is a good thing in todays microbrand industry as many are quick to create lies about inspirations and cultures they have never experienced before. It is indeed a piece that may not to be of everyones liking due to the overall double crown aesthetic, but once in hand and on the wrist , It certainly is a pleasure to wear. The watch is a real Swiss Made watch and has that overall Swiss feeling at a pricepoint of $499 USD. I believe 200 units were created and they are available from APH TOSCANO on the webstore ( Link Below ), Id love to hear my readers thoughts and opinions on this model so please do not hesitate to drop a comment below. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and if you are Italian “Grazie Mille”!