BY DHANANJAY PATHAK
With the number of younger and enthusiastic brands springing up like mushrooms, tasting success in the small but competitive microbrand space can be an uphill task. One way of making this happen could be by offering a value for money product that stands out amidst its peers and that is exactly what René Mouris seems to have attempted with their new Parisian architecture inspired Mythique watch collection.
Let’s begin by talking a little about the brand. René Mouris is a watchmaker brand based in Paris. The story behind the brand goes back to 1975 when watchmaker Mr. René Javier Mouris, driven by his passion for horology, started sketching designs of watches he wanted to see on the wrist of people. The situation remained the same for quite a while, until one cold night in 2007, when an entrepreneur impressed by Mr. René’s work showed interest in bringing his love and labor to fruition, eventually leading to the genesis of René Mouris.
Inspired by the City of Paris, the new René Mouris Mythique is a bold and modern wristwatch with quite a few intriguing design elements. One of the first things that immediately grab attention on this watch is the distinctive-looking case. Crafted from stainless steel and measuring 43mm in diameter, the case on the Mythique is large and has been designed to offer a commanding presence on the wrist. A mix of sharp angular and rounded surfaces gives the case a nice Art Deco vibe. The dual-layer bezel is inspired by the contours of the French border and features a hexagonal base which is topped by a second smooth rounded bezel. Moving further, the sharply angled lugs and a triangular crown also blend well with the overall aesthetic. A sapphire crystal protects the face of the watch whereas the rear has a screwed-down case back that features a nice motif of the Iconic Eiffel Tower and has a small circular window to show off the beating heart behind this watch.
Like the case, the semi-skeletonized dial on the René Mouris Mythique has an idiosyncratic design. It is characterized by elongated Roman numerals that as per the brand resemble the crisscrossed Boulevard of Paris city and the girders of Eiffel Tower. At the center of the dial is a small circular section that once again features the hour index printed in the form of Arabic numerals. Furthermore, a small circular area been between the 6 o’clock and 8’clock position has been hollowed out to give a nice view of the balance wheel from the front. Time can be read using a small hour tipped hour hand combined along with long baton-style minute and seconds hands. To give a nice splash of color to the dial, the hour hand and the tip of the minute hand have been presented in red or blue depending upon the base color of the dial.
Powering the watch is the Japanese Miyota 82S0 movement. An affordable and reliable workhorse, this movement operates at a low frequency of 3 Hz and offers a respectable autonomy of around 42 hours.
The new René Mouris Mythique collection is limited to just 300 pieces and the watches can be purchased on a leather strap starting at EUR 620 and on a stainless-steel bracelet from EUR 660.
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