In 2020 we as soon as once more noticed a large number of releases from small microbrands. Some you would possibly neglect slightly shortly and a few follow you for an extended time frame. The latter was the case after I had the pleasure of reviewing the Linden Snowfall from Customer Watch Co. throughout the summer time of final 12 months. The model has its distinctive tackle watches and undoubtedly stands out from the group. Simply earlier than the 12 months was over I had an opportunity to go hands-on with the all-new Customer Dunshore Shallows dive watch.
Earlier than I laid eyes upon the Customer Duneshore Shallows, I had already seen photos of it on-line. From these pictures, it was clear: this was not your common dive watch. As quickly as I obtained the Dunshore Shallows I used to be reminded that witnessing the watch within the metallic creates much more impression. There’s an unimaginable degree of element that model founder and proprietor Phil Rodenbeck places into his watches. And people particulars solely come to life while you maintain the Dunshore Shallows in your palms. And there are many issues to take about. However let’s begin at first earlier than we go into the main points.
The Customer Duneshore Shallows
The Customer Duneshore Shallows is a part of the model’s Calligraph assortment together with the unique Duneshore and the Linden that I reviewed last summer. The title comes from Rodenbeck’s love for pens and calligraphy that’s mirrored in all of the dials and palms of the fashions in that assortment. The Duneshore Shallows is a re-interpretation of the preliminary Dunshore that was introduced again in 2014 and Robert-Jan reviewed here. Roughly six years later, Rodenbeck has launched a re-interpretation of the unique Dunshore, turning it right into a dive watch.
However the brand new Duneshore Shallows isn’t just your typical run of the mill diver. It’s an extravagant and daring assertion that undoubtedly seems like the unique Duneshore. However an unimaginable variety of issues have modified in comparison with the unique. Probably the most eyecatching is definitely the addition of the rotating bezel.
However there are such a lot of smaller however very vital updates that flip this into a totally completely different watch. And when you’ve observed all the main points, it’s simpler to grasp how a lot love went into creating this timepiece. I’ve to offer Rodenbeck credit score for his unimaginable eye for element. The Duneshore is definitely a labor of affection and I respect that vastly.
The Dunshore Shallows Case
All of it begins with the exceptional 44mm case of the watch. The inspiration for the outer a part of the case comes from the flowing strains of sand dunes. It’s clearly additionally the place the title of the mannequin comes from. It’s additionally the half that’s most much like that of the unique watch. However the place the unique Dunshore had a sophisticated end, this Duneshore has a brushed end. The central round case was redesigned to make this a dive software as a substitute of “simply” a placing costume piece. It has been thickened-up to extend the water resistance to 200 meters.
The polished heart case creates a pleasant distinction with all of the brushed elements.
In consequence, the dial opening turned 1mm smaller, leading to a smaller dial and a totally new handset so as to hold the fitting proportions. A pleasant element is the polished sides of the central round case. It’s the one a part of the case that’s polished and it creates a pleasant distinction with all of the brushed elements. One other change is the beefier crown that matches the profile of the case very properly.
A metal curved bezel
The largest change is clearly the addition of the rotating bezel. Rodenbeck determined to go for a 120-click unidirectional metal bezel with a curved prime that remembers the profile made well-known by the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms. On the bezel, you will discover the primary twenty minutes of the diving scale are totally marked out by a mixture of lumed minute dots and 5, 10, 15, and 20 numerals in black paint. After that, you will discover a black painted mark each 5 minutes. The exceptions to that rule? Three polished metal inset indices additionally full of lume on the 30, 45, and 60 minutes positions.
The bezel feels actually good high quality.
What instantly stands out is the standard of the bezel. Not solely in relation to all of the little intricate particulars that went into the design however general it feels actually good high quality while you use it. With the mixture of the domed prime and conical backside, and the flowing strains of the outer form of the case, the bezel could be very straightforward to make use of. I’ve to say it’s spectacular to see how properly Rodenbeck designed all of the completely different elements and the way properly made it’s.
Whenever you flip the watch round you will discover the identical curved case again as on the unique Duneshore. The key distinction, nonetheless, is that the unique featured a show case again. This new Duneshore mannequin includes a stable case again to extend water resistance. The again options an embossed picture of a sea lion emphasizing the character of the watch.
Calligraphy impressed dial and palms
The Duneshore Shallows shares the aesthetic of the dial and palms with its friends within the Calligraph assortment. The standout function reflecting that’s the pen-nib-inspired handset. In comparison with the unique Duneshore, the minute hand has modified type. It’s a greater and bolder hand that matches the purposeful nature of the watch so much higher. It includes a huge slab of C3 SuperLumiNova that’s used for the hour hand and the indices as properly.
The dial end is meant to remind us of moist ink.
The particular mannequin Duneshore Shallows we had for evaluation is named the Iron Jade. It’s the model with a semi-gloss darkish inexperienced dial shade. The semi-gloss end is one other element typical of the Callipgraph assortment. It’s speculated to remind us of moist ink. I’ve to say the shade of inexperienced used is a really good one. It’s in all probability finest described as military inexperienced and suits the colour of the lumed elements properly. It includes a black crosshair that’s typical for the fashions we all know from Customer Watch Co.
As with the opposite Callipgraph fashions, the watch additionally includes a sandwich dial that’s seen for those who have a look at the minute marks. The inexperienced dial has a second, lume-coated dial beneath it, which provides the dial further depth. That’s a pleasant element. One other shared factor within the Calligraph assortment are the ink-drop-style utilized polished metal hour markers. Total it’s a well-known aesthetic however as soon as you’re reminded of the extent of element, it’s spectacular to see once more.
The Miyota 9039 motion
Contained in the exceptional case, you will discover the Miyota caliber 9039. Rodenbeck switched from the “common” Miyota caliber 9015 that has a date perform to the caliber 9039 that doesn’t have a date. And I’ve to say I like that it doesn’t have a date. It retains the dial good and clear and I like that for a divers’ watch.
I like that the watch doesn’t have a date.
The Miyota 9039 is a part of Miyota’s Premium Automated line of actions. The motion operates at 28,800vph, has 24 jewels, and has an influence reserve of 42 hours. It’s a confirmed, dependable workhorse motion that’s utilized by fairly a couple of microbrands. One of many higher knowns might be the Baltic Aquascaphe.
Carrying the Customer Duneshore Shallows
Earlier than I even thought of placing the Duneshore Shallows on my wrist, I checked all of the shapes and particulars from up shut. All of the phrases I spend on this evaluation won’t do all of the work that Rodenbeck has carried out justice. It’s a watch that’s made with an unimaginable eye for element. And it’s additionally a watch that evokes reactions. The extravagant shapes of the outer a part of the case a just about a love or hate factor.
In any case, it’s a software watch.
However there’s a nuance to that. Whenever you see the watch from the aspect, it comes throughout as very daring and a combination of shapes and kinds. However as soon as you set the watch in your wrist, it’s nowhere as outspoken because it seems from the aspect. And that’s factor. Ultimately, you don’t need all of the shapes and particulars to distract from what a divers’ watch ought to do. In any case, it’s a software watch. Certain, it’s one which not too many future house owners are prone to take diving, however nonetheless…
A divisive character
With its 44mm diameter and 51mm lug-to-lug measurement, the watch suits my wrist fairly completely. The curved case again additionally ensures the watch sits comfortably on my wrist regardless of its 15.6mm thickness. Sure, that is fairly an enormous watch. However the extra I began carrying the watch, the extra I acquired comfy with it. In all honesty, at first, I wasn’t actually positive what to assume. There are issues I really like in regards to the watch and there are particulars which are much less to my liking.
The factor that I’ve a tough time getting used to is the calligraphy type of the palms. I had the identical feeling with the Linden Snowfall I reviewed. Whereas I’ve come to phrases with the type of the hour markers, the brand new handset is a troublesome one. Subsequent to the outspoken type of the palms, the minute hand can be very outstanding. And in case you are not a fan of the type, it’s exhausting to get away from. It’s proper there each time you have a look at the watch. However there’s additionally so much I really like in regards to the watch.
The watch turns into an intriguing piece of design.
Total, the form of the case grew on me so much. My first impressions had been that there was an excessive amount of happening for me. However as quickly as you begin carrying it, the watch appears to cool down and it turns into an intriguing piece of design. I shortly wished to verify the watch a number of occasions a day from completely different angles. One other factor of magnificence is the metal bezel. I completely love its curvy design with all its good particulars.
Straps or bracelet
The watch comes with a alternative of straps and a bracelet. I had the chance to take a look at all of the completely different variants and I most well-liked carrying the watch on the very comfy black rubber strap. The identical strap can be out there in white, which provides the watch a totally completely different aesthetic. A 3rd possibility is a black rubberized textile strap that can be an awesome possibility. Lastly, you even have the choice of a metal bracelet. And never only a easy metal bracelet.
The bracelet is a cross between a mesh and a beads-of-rice type bracelet and options an enormous butterfly clasp. The design of the clasp resembles the type of the case and options the Customer Watch Co. emblem prominently on it. Whereas the bracelet feels very properly made, the type is just too excessive for me. It’s an awesome match for the watch in relation to the design, however I actually choose to put on the watch with the black rubber strap with its huge metal buckle.
Total I’m very impressed by what Phil Rodenbeck has carried out with this Customer Watch Co. Duneshore Shallows. There’s an unimaginable quantity of affection and man-hours that went into designing and producing the watch. I take my hat off to what Rodenbeck has achieved. You’ll be able to debate the type and it won’t be a watch that you simply notably like, however Rodenbeck creates these watches primarily as a result of he likes them himself. That keenness for his watches actually shines by means of in each little element.
A terrific look ahead to the people who love its design.
And it turns into much more unimaginable while you uncover that the costs for the Duneshore Shallows begin at $750 which roughly interprets to €615. Relying on whether or not you like a strap or the bracelet, costs will differ. However definitely, the distinctive seems, the extent of high quality, and the inexpensive worth make this an awesome watch for those who need one thing completely different on a price range. And after reviewing the Linden and now the Duneshore Shallows, I’ll undoubtedly hold my eye on the model for future releases.
There might be a complete of 4 variations out there of the Duneshore Shallows. Subsequent to the Iron Jade model, different dial colours that might be out there are Seal Teal (turquoise), Sharkside (gray), and the Tangerine Fission (orange). And, as mentioned, there’s the selection of three completely different straps and the bracelet. The primary watches are being delivered as we communicate to the people who have pre-ordered one. After that, the watch might be publicly launched within the final week of February within the Customer Watch Co. net retailer.
If you wish to discover out extra in regards to the Duneshore Shallows, you’ll be able to go to the official Customer Watch Co. web site right here.
Duneshore Shallows Iron Jade
Inexperienced sandwich dial with utilized markers
Diameter – 44mm, thickness – 15.6mm, lug-to-lug measurement – 51mm, lug width – 22mm
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Strong caseback with embossed imaged of a sea lion
Miyota caliber 9039 computerized motion, Energy reserve: 42 hours, Ticking velocity: 28,800vph, Hacking Seconds, Hand and Automated Winding
Alternative of black rubber strap, white rubber strap, black rubberized textile strap or stainless-steel bracelet
Time – hours, minutes, seconds
2-year worldwide guarantee
Obtainable beginning final week of February