19 Feb 2012

Invicta S1 Collection Men’s Chronograph

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Written by: Holly Troupe

Invicta S1 Collection Men's Chronograph

Invicta S1 Collection Men's Chronograph

In my young life, I have observed and will moreover boldly state that there is a depressing dearth of style in contemporary culture. I am sure I am not alone in my yearning for elegance; for the abolition of the snap-back cap as an acceptable formal accessory; for the universal rejection of appallingly expensive plastic trinkets masquerading as jewelry; for the outlawing of baggy, midriff-revealing and ill-fitting clothing in general. That being said, I am very pleased with Invicta’s S1 Men’s Chronograph. This is a watch that for all of its utilitarian features, is just a handsome timepiece, plain and simple.

Watch Features:

  • Analog Display
  • 48mm Square Sterling Silver Case with 17mm Thickness
  • 27mm Leather Band with Buckle Clasp
  • 60-Second, 30-Minute and 1/10 Second Subdials
  • Luminous Silver Dial
  • Mineral Crystal Dial Window
  • Stainless Steel Stationary Bezel
  • Japanese Quartz Movement
  • Water Resistant up to 330ft

The S1 Men’s Chronograph is a large, masculine and muscular yet gracefully designed watch. The case (which I will describe as “softly square”) is reminiscent of the old sports chronographs one used to see worn by upper-crust polo players, even though the S1 line was designed with a high-octane car racing aesthetic in mind. The piece has a tachymeter function, for those interested in that sort of thing, and the three chronograph sub-dials overlap one another, with a centrally placed inner dial with Arabic numeral hour markers.

Invicta S1 Collection Men's Chronograph Back View

Invicta S1 Collection Men's Chronograph Back View

The watch dial is composed in rather cubist lines; trying to tell time on it is like trying to decipher facial features in the morass of planes and swirls in a Picasso portrait. You will succeed eventually, but not without a bit of study. The date window at the 4 o’clock marker is camouflaged by the design scheme of the face, and the 60-second, 30-minute and 1/10 second sub-dials are all but illegible. The textured leather strap has a sturdy 27mm of width and adds luster to the piece as a whole. The movement is an extremely accurate Japanese Quartz, and the watch is water-resistant up to 330ft.

This watch happily marries assertive funkiness with eye-pleasing refinement; something Invicta typically tries (and sometimes spectacularly fails) to achieve. It can easily transition from a casual sports watch to a business or formal accessory and is quite durable with its stainless steel case and mineral crystal dial. A person doesn’t have to sacrifice attractiveness for function, and this watch certainly proves it. All in all, it makes an excellent timepiece for the sort of man who both loves auto racing and can appreciate a fine Bordeaux. Hopefully, not at the same time.

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