The Corniche heritage chronograph is sized with wonderful proportions at 39MM in diameter with a thickness of around 11.5MM. The case is definitely well cut and finished with a smooth brushed finish and zero blemishes. I like the highly polished smooth bezel and polished top lugs as they match the glossy ceramic dial quite good. Heading to the caseback, we see a nice matte finished drawing of a tree and some specifications all held down by real screws. This watch is only water resistant up to 50M - so definitely not something to submerge in water but you should be fine if you happen to get caught in the rain or need to wash your hands. The overall aesthetic definitely reminds me of a traditional Patek Philippe chronograph reference - but it certainly is not a homage in any way either. Another small detail that I like is the signed pull/push crown which has really good grip for changing the time.
Now, the dial is the real star of the show here...a nice black ceramic dial fitted with applied polished markers looks spectacular and luxurious in the flesh. Also helping that is the genuine sapphire crystal covering the dial which is neatly fitted into the case and has some decent thickness to it. The watch is fairly simple to read with two subdials..The subdial on the right is a 24 hour indicator whilst the subdial at 9:00 is your 60 minute counter for the chronograph function. If we head towards thw end of the dial we also get a railroad track style 0-60 reference which matches the aesthetic of the subdials themselves. The polished faceted dauphine style hands pair indredibly well with the markers and this was an excellent choice by corniche. Finally, the smooth sweeping chronograph hand is real bold and bright white for superb legibility when using this function, which is always good to see. It almost reminds me of the chronograph hand on a Speedmaster.
Inside the Heritage chrono resides the Seiko VK64 Mechanical/Quartz movement. This movement has a mechanical module allowing for a sweep of the chronograph hand as well as a nice mechanical feel when pressing the start/stop/reset pushers. They are also much more reliable than let’s say a Valjoux 7750, considering this movement relies on a battery for power. You are also getting the superb accuracy of a quartz movement which no mechanical movement can compete with..
Leather bands Supplied
Corniche uses a 20MM Quick-Release genuine leather embossed band with deployant. I have found that it is quite comfortable and thin on wrist - and I do not see any issues here ar all. The signed minimalist Corniche polished buckle is also a nice touch and flows nicely with the overall case font and design. This clasp allows for adjustment on the go with a simple flip open mechanism where you can slide up and down for the perfect fit. Overall, for a $400 watch I think this quality of strap is suitable and gets the job done.
The Corniche heritage can be your go to dress watch if you work in an office environment or a professional workplace. It has all the aesthetics of the greats, only at an extremely affordable price which won’t make your wife chase you down the street. I like the clean, slight minimalist, no nonsense design they offer - and can definitely reccommend checking out Corniche watches. I think they will be around for quite some time and have some pretty exciting releases in the future as well.
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.