Swiss watch brand Formex unveils new variants of its best-selling Essence Leggera Collection. Crafted from lightweight carbon and ceramic, the Essence Leggera is light in weight, but heavy in technical features.
The collection is available in the original 43mm size, and on popular demand, in a new, smaller and even lighter 41mm version.
The Leggera Chronometer collection is available (43mm pre-order with delivery end of May / 41mm pre-order with delivery beginning of July 2022) in five dial versions – Forged Carbon, Cool Grey, Electric Blue, Arctic White and Mamba Green, starting at US$ 1,640.00.
The Essence Leggera watch is extremely light, but thanks to the high-tech materials used, it is also strong, hypoallergenic, anti-magnetic and corrosion-resistant.
In addition to reducing the weight by about 40% compared to the steel version, the proprietary carbon fiber composite used in the Leggera’s case gives the watch an extremely smooth feel on the wrist. Made of same material, the folding clasp features a patented, gradual fine-adjustment system that perfectly adapts to the wrist’s ever-changing size due to heat and humidity.
The case of a watch protects the movement, but it has a few vulnerable points – the crown and bezel, for example. With a hardness that surpasses that of any traditional metal used in traditional watchmaking, Formex utilizes Zirconium oxide ceramics on both the bezel and the crown, making them virtually scratchproof.
Four hexagon screws connect the upper and lower case, and hide Formex’s patented 4-fold Case Suspension System, which adapts to the wearer’s movement and increases the comfort on the wrist.
The Swiss Made Sellita SW-200 automatic movement ensures both accuracy and reliability. It comes in its highest quality grade ”Chronometer”, using top of the line components only found in Chronometer-grade movements. It’s beautifully decorated with perlage on the bridges and thermally blued screws on the movement and the custom-made rotor.
Each of the movements undergoes the COSC-certification process, a meticulous 15-day rate test to ensure extraordinary levels of mechanical accuracy and precision. Only the movements who pass the stringent assessment will be certified and engraved with a unique serial number. The movements’ power reserve extends to 41 hours.
The new collection includes five dials that are different in looks but all ensure perfect legibility due to the contrast and finishing of hands and hour markers, which are deep filled with BGW9 Super-LumiNova lume.
The glossy Cool Grey, sunray Electric Blue, brushed Arctic White and Mamba Green dials are priced at US$ 1,640.00 on a custom NATO strap designed by WatchGecko, and US$ 1,790.00 on Formex’s leather/rubber/nylon strap with their patented carbon clasp.
The Forged Carbon dial, made of an extremely thinly cut Forged Carbon blade, each with an individual pattern, is slightly more expensive at US$ 1,840.00 on a custom NATO strap designed by WatchGecko, and US$1,990.00 on Formex’s leather/rubber/nylon strap.
The Formex Essence Leggera Automatic Chronometer collection is now available for Pre-Order with delivery by the end of May 2022 (43mm) and beginning of July 2022 (41mm version) at the Formex Online Boutique.
Model: Formex Essence Leggera Automatic Chronometer, 41mm / 43mm
Case material: Proprietary Carbon Fiber Composite
41mm diameter version with 11.2 mm height, 22mm lug width and 46.4mm lug-to-lug
43mm diameter version with 11.3 mm height, 22mm lug width and 49mm lug-to-lug
Glass: Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with inside anti-reflective treatment
Case back: Proprietary Carbon Fiber Composite
Bezel: Zirconium Oxide Ceramic
Water Resistance: Waterproof to 100 meters / 330 feet
Forged Carbon, Cool Grey, Electric Blue, Arctic White & Mamba Green
Hand-applied hour markers filled with BGW9 Super-LumiNova®
Brushed with polished chamfers, filled with BGW9 Super-LumiNova®
Sellita SW200-1 Automatic movement (Chronometer grade), COSC certified
Frequency: 28’800 A/h (4 Hz)
41h power reserve
NATO strap designed by WatchGecko with pin buckle. Tight weave, 1.25mm nylon with sheen. Hardware is stainless steel. Black coating is Ion Plating using Carbon Graphite Titanium, 0.8 – 1 mic thickness.
Italian calf leather strap in black (black, blue or grey seam), blue, green and brown
Nylon strap in black, blue or grey, black rubber strap – all with carbon fiber composite clasp with patented gradual 7mm fine adjustment system
All straps can be changed using a Quick Release system and do not require the use of any tools.