Anybody with a clue to horological history, or even just design, would instantly recognize Movado. Why, it is famous for the Museum Watch, distinct for the faceless dial besides the hands and the solitary but prominent dot in lieu of the number 12. For a while, the design invited controversy due to a settlement between the company and the original designer, Nathan George Horwitt, after the latter accused the former of using his creation without authorization. Today, the company has moved way past from this yet the dot symbolizing the sun at noon remains, and it has since then been present in the models the Swiss watchmaker has manufactured.
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The Movado Esperanza is no exception; the minimalist timepiece still features the dot on the dial with barely anything to accompany it. The collection is also nothing new, although it has been updated every now and then. Recently, the company has relaunched the Esperanza and introduced three brand new options, in gold, silver, and two-toned, now all with a link bracelet, and some adorned with glittering diamonds.
- Movement: Swiss quartz
- Dial material: mother-of-pearl
- Case diameter: 28mm
- Case material: stainless steel
- Glass: sapphire crystal
- Bracelet: stainless steel
- Water resistance capacity: 30m
Design is the main attraction of the Movado Esperanza. While minimalist dials are not unique to Movado, the dot and the company with significant history will invite attention (and perhaps conversation) among watch enthusiasts. The straightforward appearance lends the watch versatility, and with its recent offerings in flexible colors silver and gray bracelets as well as a black dial, it is not a challenge to incorporate it in any of your outfits. The update has subtle modern finishes, making it more of this era than decades’ past, as well as an open vertical-link bracelet with a push button that makes possible ease of wearing and removing the watch. The Esperanza sits comfortably on the wrist and conforms to movement, all the while being elegant.
Design may be the Esperanza’s—and Movado’s—strongest suit, but it is also an area to improve on as the style has not seen any significant change since it was first introduced in the 1940s, which can potentially put off anyone long familiar with the brand. Although the quartz movement is reliable, the watch is marketed more for its outward elegance than its movement, and can fail to impress longtime aficionados.
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