Formex Essence FortyThree Automatic Chronometer

Formex unveils the new Essence FortyThree Automatic Chronometer watch. Rather than just a dial makeover, the new Essence FortyThree comes with several updates and new dial options.

One of the Essence’s most defining features is the dial with its vertical brush finish and the distinctive horizontal lines. To achieve the crisp and sharp angles, each line has been CNC-machined into the dial base individually. The new Essence 43 mm now also features the updated Formex branding with an applied logo and a date wheel that matches the dial color.

The green dial and a matching green leather strap are now available for the 43 mm version, after it’s been initially introduced with the smaller Essence ThirtyNine model. A new white dial is also available for both Essence sizes. Zooming in on its matt surface will reveal that the applied indices and hands are in polished black to mark a clear contrast and increase its overall legibility.

Formex Essence FortyThree Automatic Chronometer

While the original Essence leather- and rubber straps came with a double-action-butterfly clasp, the updated version now includes a single-action-deployant clasp that hides the over-length of the strap on the inside, making strap keepers redundant.

The clasp that is made of an in-house developed ultra-lightweight carbon fiber composite with a steel buckle features a patented gradual Fine-Adjustment System of 7mm which can be activated while wearing the watch on the wrist. The clasp and straps are interchangeable and removable without the use of any tools.

Driving the hands is a Swiss Made Sellita SW200-1 self-winding movement with a power reserve of 42 hours. This chronometer grade calibre comes with premium components such as a Glucydur balance wheel which is exceptionally hard and stable, very resistant to deformation, non-magnetic, and non-corrosive.

The movement is beautifully decorated, has thermally blued screws and is wound by Formex’s custom-built skeletonized rotor. Each one of these movements is certified by the COSC (the official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute) and undergoes the meticulous 15-day rate test to ensure extraordinary levels of mechanical accuracy and precision.

The Essence’s stainless steel case with hand-finished mirror-polished bevels has been kept in its original, unique shape. The tested and proven patented Case Suspension System provides shock absorption and adapts to the wearer’s wrist motion, underlining the brand’s focus on comfort and everyday wearability.

Formex Essence FortyThree Automatic Chronometer

The highly articulated steel bracelet with screwed links and mirror polished chamfers has been updated with Formex’s new logo. Although the butterfly buckle is integrated into the bracelet and feels seamless to the touch, it hides a unique Micro-Extension System that allows to extend the length of the bracelet be just about half a link. Similar to the leather- and rubber straps, the Essence steel bracelet can be removed without the use of any tools.

Alongside the updated Essence FortyThree, the new white dial is also available in the smaller 39 mm case version. Both collections are now available at the Formex Online Store and at trusted partners starting at $1,280.00.

While the dials in black, blue, green and brown dégradé are available from stock, the white dial watches are available for pre-order with a delivery shortly thereafter.

Technical details

Model: Formex Essence FortyThree Automatic Chronometer COSC

Stainless steel 316L with titanium grade 2 container
Dimensions: 43mm diameter, 10.6 mm height, 22mm lug width, 49mm lug-to-lug
Glass: Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Case back: Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and laser engraved stainless steel 316L
Bezel: Stainless steel 316L
Waterproof to 100 meters / 330 feet

Blue, Black, Green, White, Brown Dégradé. Vertical brush finish with hand-sprayed gradient (Dégradé). Horizontal lines that have been CNC-machined individually into the dial plate. Hand-applied Formex icon and hour markers filled with Super-LumiNova® BGW9
Filled with Super-LumiNova® BGW9

COSC-certified Sellita SW200-1 Automatic movement, fully decorated with custom made skeletonized rotor. 26 jewels, frequency 28’800 A/h (4 Hz), 42h power reserve

Strap/Bracelet/ Clasp
Stainless steel bracelet with screwed links and stainless steel buckle with patented 4mmmicro extension. Napa leather strap with carbon fiber composite clasp with patented gradual 7mm fine adjustment system.
All straps and the bracelet can be changed using a Quick Release system and do not require the use of any tools.

COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres)

$1,280.00 on leather strap
$1,390.00 on stainless steel bracelet

Taxes & duties, international shipping, 30-day returns and 3-year international warranty included. Blue, Black, Green and Brown Dégradé dial available from stock. White dial available for Pre-Order.