The Charlie Paris Initial Calendar is comprised of 316L solid stainless steel, the industry standard. Its’ shape is somewhat bulbous and features long downward teardrop style lugs. In terms of finishing, we get a completely high polished case, which came out good for this pricepoint - without any noticeable blemishes or inconsistencies. The diameter comes in at a wonderful 40MM while width measures in at 13.5MM. The shape of the case makes it really pop on the wrist, for a rather classical, slightly bland dial drags behind. A nice feature is the sapphire exihibition caseback which features a glimpse into the automatic calibre empowering the watch.
The dial is a rather no nonsense calendar layout, featuring a slighly black sandblasted finish. It also features your Day of the week, Month, and Date in 3 different subdials. Being that these pieces are assembled in France , the sub dials are in French. A few details I enjoy is the large date cutout, which I found to be extremely legible on a dial that already contains much information...yet it does not seem cluttered. There are sharp polished applied indices which make time reading legible, as well as the sharp polished faceted dauphine style hour and minute hands. On top of all this lays a genuine Sapphire crystal, which one would honestly expect from a watch in the 5-600 dollar price range.
The Miyota Japanese 9122 automatic movement is used in this model, which I think was a good choice. They are reliable, very accurate, and even have slight striping decoration on the mainplate. You can expect around 40 hours of power reserve from this movement while
it beats at 28,800BPH and contains 26 jewels. If they were to use a Swiss automatic caliber, I believe the price would be almost double this...so wise move there.
A black soft and supple genuine leather band fitted with quick release pins was the choice for this model. However, they do have tons of options for different strap configurations on their web store. The black strap is definitely comfortable straight out of the box, and I honestly did not have to break it in at all. However, if you have a large wrist over 7.5” - I would reccommend an afrermarket strap as this will probably not accommodate your wrist. My wrist is 6.5” and I have around 3 holes left when fitted.
Furthermore, it is definitely a very traditional aesthetic they went for here, and I think it overall came out very good. I would put this watch more into the dress sector but that doesnt mean this would look out of place in casual clothing also. I love the fact that they are assembled in France - which I believe a lot more
companies located there should be doing as France has a long rich history of traditional watchmaking.