Saturday, 1 August 2015

Product Review - Harding Watches

That Dapper Chap reviews two watches available from Swiss watch brand Harding Watches



Yours truly modelling the Jetstream watch. Photo by Matt Brooke


Meet Harding Watches


In April 2013, seven friends came together in Basel, Switzerland to forge their plans to introduce a new brand of timepiece. Overlooking the banks of the river Rhine in a city known for its legendary watch fair each of seven friends brought to the table a key piece of great swiss tradition, from design to manufacture, sales to distribution. One year later Harding was born.

Harding is based in Uri, Switzerland where they pair timeless techniques with modern craftsmanship creating a range of watches for gentlemen and adventurers alike.



The range of 'Jetstream' watches


The Product

Harding produce specific watch types: the Aquapro, the Speedmax and the Jetstream each with it's own distinct look and functionality and different designs and colours. 

From left to right: Aquapro, Jetstream and Speedmax

This product review will focus on the Silver Aquapro HA0405 and the blue jetstream HJ0202.


My Jetstream and Aquapro watches


The Aquapro Details

Diameter 46.5mm
Height 13.5mm
Steel Quality: 316L Marine Grade Stainless Steel
Case: Brushed Steel
Bezel: 90 Click Unidirectional rotating Aluminium
Crystal: Anti Reflective Crystal
Waterproof: 100M
Dial: Silver/Luminous Index/Red
Crown: Steel
Strap: Brushed Steel
Buckle: Double Locking Deployment Clasp
Warranty: 3 Years
Movement: Japanese Quartz Chronograph With Calendar

A closer look at the Aquapro HA0405


The Jetstream Details

Diameter 46.5mm
Height 13mm
Steel Quality: 316L Surgical Stainless Steel
Case: Brushed Steel
Case Back: Screw Down
Bezel: Fixed Polished Steel
Crystal: Anti Reflective Crystal
Waterproof: 100M
Dial: Blue/Luminous Arabic (Blue)
Crown: Steel
Strap: Allergen Free Genuine Leather
Buckle: Pin Steel
Warranty: 3 Years
Movement: Japanese Automatic Hand Wound With Calendar

A close up of the Jetstream HJ0202


Price

Both watches retain at €490/£356/$549. Not too pricey and they are both very nice watches.


Packaging & Presentation


The packaging is very impressive. Each watch is placed around an oval velvet cushion before being inserted into a very sturdy branded plastic box before being wrapped in tissue paper and inserted into another very sturdy cardboard box.

The packaging makes this product feel way more special than the price tag and I was very impressed with the quality of it considering that it will most likely be discarded by most of us.

The watches were sent to me without any instruction manuals. While I am familiar with these type of watches, others may not be and some of the functions, particularly on the Aquapro may be confusing to work out.  

Having said this, there is a slot at the back of the plastic box which, to me feels like it should contain the warranty card and instruction manual. Failing that, you can download one from the Harding website HERE




Performance


Both watches work perfectly. I set both watches by the speaking clock and they kept perfect time 24 hours later, both with each other and the speaking clock when I checked back in.

The clasps are sturdy and I had no worry about either of them failing.

The Jetstream watch is pretty basic in function, showing time in hours and five minute intervals and the date. It also has a ticking second hand.

The Aquapro is a bit more intricate for those guys that like watches that 'do stuff' along with the time, date and ticking second hand it also has a stopwatch and a rotary dial allowing the wearer to set two different times on the one watch. Great for the frequent travellers among us.




Pertinency


A watch fan or collector will appreciate both of these watches for different reasons but with these distinctly different models, I do feel that they may appeal to different people. The Jetstream for example is a bit more classic in it's design and functionality. With its leather strap it's a less intrusive example.

The Aquapro is for the more sporty among us, it's chunkier, heavier and more 'in your face' than the Jetstream. I like both of them and will wear them with different outfits, depending on the look that I'm aiming for.



Pro’s & Con’s


I like that both of these watches feel substantial on the wrist, you know you're wearing it, particularly the Aquapro as it is heavier than any other watch I own. Don't get me wrong, it isn't cumbersome but I was more aware of it, when with other watches I am not. I do feel that it would be heavy for some wearers.

While the range of watches is good I was a little confused by the differences in designs within each of the three design categories (Jetstream, Aquapro & Speedmax) as they are very different. If the watch designs within each of the three categories were more alike each design would feel more cohesive. For example the Aquapro HA0101 is a totally different watch from the HA0405. This is in no was a negative, but simply an observation.

The range of Aquapro watches, very different in design.


The Speedmax HS0304

The Jetstream HJ0301



People

The team were particularly impressed with the quality of the packaging. They were split on which was their favorite of the two watches. The people in the Jetstream camp loved the blue face and the clear numbering while in the Aquapro camp, people loved the 'gadgety' side of its functionality with its buttons and dials.


Précis


Overall, Harding have it right. They are offering a range of good quality watches that will appeal to a wide audience at a reasonable price.

When you get yours be sure to post a picture to Instagram and use the hashtags #ThatDapperChap, #HardingWatches and #TimeToThrill. Also tag @That_Dapper_Chap and @HardingWatches and we'll find you!


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