The Turbulent is crafted from solid 316L stainless steel and features an interesting hand brushed finish monobloc design. The actual size of the case is 45MM in diameter and 11MM thick. The numbers definitely do not match up to how it wears - considering it fits me more like a 43MM timepiece once on the wrist. An interesting feature is the left side drilled lug holes which I honestly have never seen before, and found that interesting and refreshing. I like the fact that there is no other watch case on the market that resembles the Turbulent, making it truly a remarkable design. Overall, it is a dress watch but feels robust and durable as well. However, the case only has 50M of water resistance so I would not be swimming with this one.
The dial in the flesh is absolutely beautiful giving off hues of Brown. It is indeed a Sunray brown dial with an open heart cut out below the 12:00 position for a glimpse into the mechanics of the Turbulent. Applied polished numerals and hour markers surround the dial and are done very good in terms of finishing and perfect placement. A rather bold Bastian Antoni white printed logo hovers over the 6:00 position right above “Swiss Made” , allowing us to know that this is truly a Swiss Made timepiece by Swiss standards. At a pricepoint of $930 USD all of the goodies are included such as a double domed sapphire crystal with inner anti-reflective coating, and C1 SuperLuminova on the tips of the semi skeletonized hour and minute hands.
The Selitta SW-200-1 movement is used in the Turbulent which most of us watch enthusiasts are quite familiar with by now. These are the same movements used in most Oris timepieces and a few other Swiss brands. It is a 26 Jeweled swiss automatic movement featuring 38 hours of true power reserve, 28,800 BPH, hand winding, and a hacking function. With my exact model, I am experiencing around +5 seconds a day which is superb for this price range. The movement itself features some nice Perlage work and a custom Bastian Antoni rotor which really helps them stand out amongst its’ competitors.
The 22MM Genuine Leather band is quite supple and comfortable with embossed alligator print and contrast white stitching to match the print work on the dial. It does come equipped on a butterfly brushed clasp with branding and a very simple flip open easy adjust system. Honestly, It looks the part and is very comfortable on my wrist without a break-in period.
In conclusion, the Turbulent is definitely something we do not see a lot in the watch industry. It has its’ own unique design with a great set of specifications for under $1000. I think they did a decent job on putting this one together and cannot find anything honestly wrong with the timepiece itself. I do look forward to see what BA has to offer us in the future and congratulate them on what I think is a first successful release.
The main component of a mechanical movement is the mainspring, a spring that gradually unwinds and transmits energy. A mechanical watch will keep accurate time despite requiring winding up if it's manual. ... Inside an automatic watch sits a small weighted rotor that has to oscillate in order to wind the mainspring.