We are not any stranger to Hamburg primarily based model Sternglas. Inside a little bit over three years of its existence, the model has constructed fairly a reputation for itself. I had the prospect to go hands-on with the Naos Automatik on the finish of final yr. In my evaluate, I expressed my liking for the Bauhaus impressed design. Earlier this yr, the model upped its recreation with the discharge of the Kanton. It nonetheless options that recognizable design however the model has geared up the Kanton with a Swiss-made motion. Let’s discover out all there’s to know in regards to the Sternglas Kanton.
From the second I received the Kanton I used to be impressed with a few issues straight of the bat. First, the watch is available in a pleasant black picket field as a substitute of the paper field the Naos Automatik got here in. Though containers are solely a small a part of a watch’s attract, it actually helps that the Kanton is introduced on this chicer black field. It provides you a great feeling from the very first second. I discovered myself pondering that if this was indicative of what was to come back, I’d properly be in for a really good shock.
The identical design however completely different
The second factor that stands out is the general design steadiness of the Sternglas Kanton. I prefer it lots higher than the Naos Automatik. However perhaps it’s good to place it into the context of the gathering. The Kanton and the Hamburg are the 2 most refined fashions within the catalog. Certain, they’re very a lot minimal of their strategy however the fashion is richer than the opposite watches within the assortment. The Kanton incorporates a silver-plated dial that appears hotter than the intense white used most of the different fashions.
Sternglas additionally makes use of completely different styled palms for the Kanton, Hamburg, and Tero fashions. These curved luminous palms are additionally an incredible enchancment in comparison with the stick-shaped palms used for different fashions. They appear extra refined and “mature” for lack of a greater phrase. The palms hover above the curved silvered dial that additionally has a structure extra to my liking.
A greater dial structure
The dial structure is much less minimalist though utilizing these phrases may be deceiving once we are discussing a watch that’s minimal, to start with. However typically including just a few parts to a minimalist dial instantly provides you a extra comfy feeling. That’s precisely what the Kanton does. On prime of that, the dial options luminous dots on the three, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock place ensuring you can learn the time at night time together with the luminous palms. And people luminous dots actually are one thing — they blaze in low gentle situations to a typical that’s method past the expectations of what’s in any other case a dressy watch.
The final, and, for me, slightly essential aspect is the very good delicate Italian leather-based strap the Kanton comes on. The Naos Automatik I reviewed had a Milanese bracelet left me with high quality issues. However the high quality on the Kanton’s strap is certainly not a difficulty. As I rapidly discovered, the leather-based strap was very comfy on my wrist. So all in all, the Kanton is a large step up from the opposite fashions within the assortment.
The brand new Swiss STP 1-11 caliber
However perhaps the most important distinction on the subject of the Kanton is the usage of the Swiss STP 1-11 caliber. The motion relies on the well-known ETA 2824-2 motion. It’s a enormous enchancment in high quality and accuracy in comparison with the Miyota actions used for the opposite mechanical Sternglas fashions. STP is a Swiss manufacturing facility owned by Fossil Group that produces about 100,000 actions yearly.
The STP 1-11 caliber options 26 jewels, ticks at 28,800vph, and has an influence reserve of 44 hours. The motion options hacking seconds and could be wound manually by turning the crown clockwise. The accuracy is outlined by a deviation of a mere +15 seconds per day. The motion is seen by way of the sapphire case again held in place by six screws. By it, you may see the detailed ending that beats that of the Naos Automatik by a mile.
I used to be impressed by the general working and ending of the motion.
One other method of experiencing the added high quality is by working the crown whenever you set the date and time. Pulling out the crown and turning it feels qualitative. With a agency and direct first click on, you may set the date. Pulling the crown out to the second place permits you to set/right the time. I used to be fortunately impressed by the general working and ending of the motion after sporting the look ahead to a few days.
Sporting the Sternglas Kanton
And in these couple of days, I additionally was impressed by how simply the watch wears. The Kanton incorporates a 39mm stainless-steel case that measures solely 10mm in top and has a lug-to-lug dimension of 44mm. It provides the watch a really slim profile that makes it simple to put on in any state of affairs, both informal or extra formal. With a lug width of 20mm, the Kanton is ideal for utilizing a big selection of straps that can have a stronger impact on the informal or formal look of the watch.
As talked about earlier than, the black Italian leather-based strap was very comfy. When mixed with the slim profile of the Kanton, it’s a pleasure to put on. That slim profile is given a extra inviting form by the anti-reflective domed sapphire glass that ensures readability from indirect angles.
The Sternglas Kantos turned out to be a pleasant change from the watches that I usually put on.
I often costume casually and put on considered one of my sports activities watches to go together with it. However the Sternglas Kantos turned out to be a pleasant change from the watches that I usually put on. Lighter, simpler to learn, and with a really properly designed dial, that is undoubtedly my favourite Sternglas within the assortment.
Which brings us to the worth of the Sternglas Kanton. As a result of an improve in motion and total high quality does come at a value. The checklist worth of the Sternglas Kanton is about at €799 and you’ve got the selection of a black or brown leather-based strap. It’s a vital step up from the opposite mechanical watches within the Sternglas assortment. It additionally brings the Kanton within the territory of a whole lot of completely different rivals.
The Kanton has to struggle off some stiff competitors…
As a result of the competitors within the 500-1,000 Euro worth bracket is fierce. There’s a big selection of decisions out there inside that worth bracket. So the Kanton has to struggle off some stiff competitors — together with that different Bauhaus icon, the Junghans Max Invoice Automated.
However with an incredible Bauhaus impressed design and a swiss-made motion, the Sternglas Kanton has lots going for it. When you like a really properly designed and qualitative timepiece created by a younger and up-and-coming model, this might be for you.
I for one was impressed with the Kanton after sporting it for a few days. And I’m impressed by how Sternglas is consistently upping its recreation and entails a younger crowd in doing so. And that must be a recipe for the continued success of this Hamburg-based model. For extra data, you may go to the official Sternglas web site right here.
Silver satin-finish dial
39 mm diameter, 10 mm top, 44mm lug-to-lug, 20mm lug width
Domed sapphire crystal, double anti-reflective
Sapphire crystal case again
STP 1-11 computerized motion, 26 jewels, ticking velocity: 28,800 bph, energy reserve: 44 hours, precision: -Zero / +15 sec./day
30 meters / three bar
Italian cowhide leather-based strap
Time: hours, minutes, seconds. Hacking seconds