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Essence

Automatic Black

SFr. 770.00

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Essence

Automatic Black

SFr. 770.00

About This Watch

The Essence combines elegance and robustness in a Swiss mechanical high precision timepiece. With its patented Case Suspension System, waterproof case, highly reliable Swiss Automatic movement and flawless hand-finished surfaces, the Formex Essence is a study in what it means to have the best of both worlds. On top of that, unique features, such as Formex's patented Micro-Adjustment System, will make the Essence wear exceptionally comfortable on your wrist.

  • Robust. It may take on the look of an elegant evening watch, but the Essence carries the Formex reputation for sporty durability.
  • Luxurious. Hand-finished with undiluted passion, the Essence is crafted with an execution only found in high-end timepieces.
  • Comfortable. Our patented Case Suspension System and carbon fiber composite clasp with patented Micro-Adjustment System adapt to your wrist movements and daily adventures. 
  • Bold. Above a complex construction lies an elaborate case with brushed stainless steel and mirror polished bevels.
  • Yours. You don’t have to sit in the lap of luxury to put something luxurious on your wrist. Our direct-to-consumer approach means you'll get high quality watches at a fraction of the cost of any comparable Swiss timepiece.

 

Features

  • Swiss Made Automatic movement
  • Patented Case Suspension System
  • Patented Micro-Adjustment System
  • Tool-free change of straps/bracelet
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Anti-reflective (AR) coating
  • Transparent Case Back
  • Water resistance 10 bar
  • 3-Year Guarantee

    We back our watches with a 3-Year international warranty. In the rare case of a malfunction or a movement defect, you can contact us and send your watch back free of charge and we’ll repair it for you within 2 weeks.
  • Secure Payment

    Formex is dedicated to online payment security. We do not store any of your payment information. The following methods of payment are available: VISA, Mastercard, AMEX, ApplePay, PayPal & Bank Transfer
  • All Taxes & Duties Included

    The courier dropping off your Formex will not hand you a customs and sales tax bill nor ask you to pay them cash, as we have already taken care of that with our shipping partners. The prices you see on our Online Shop is the price you pay – no exceptions and no hidden charges.
  • Free Express Delivery & 30-Day Returns

    All watch prices already include free shipping worldwide. As soon as we have processed your order, you will receive a tracking number to follow your package. Expect your watch within 2 business days within Europe, or within 3 business days for overseas orders. If for any reason you think it’s not the right fit, you can return your watch free of charge. If you contact us before returning or exchanging your watch, we’ll even have your shipping expenses covered.
  • Swiss Made

    All our watches are designed, developed and assembled in-house at our headquarters in Biel-Bienne, Switzerland and meet the current, more strict Swiss Made requirement, which entered into force on January 2017. Every single piece undergoes a variety of quality and functionality controls, before making it to your wrist.

Technical Specification

Movement

Swiss Made ETA 2824-2 (self-winding) Automatic (Elaboré grade), regulated by Formex. 25 jewels. Date display. Standard rotor with Formex logo. 38 hours power reserve.

Case

  • Diameter: 43mm
  • Height: 10mm
  • Lug width: 22mm
  • Lug-to-lug: 49mm
  • Water resistance: 10 bar (100 metres / 330 feet)
  • Weight: 80g (case only)

Material

  • Bezel: Stainless steel 316L
  • Case: Stainless steel 316L
  • Glass: Sapphire crystal (front and back) with anti-reflection treatment

Strap

  • Italian calf leather straps with curved spring bars, Quick Release function and carbon fiber composite folding clasp with patented Micro-Adjustment System.
  • Black rubber strap with curved spring bars, Quick Release function and carbon fiber composite folding clasp with patented Micro-Adjustment System.
  • Stainless steel bracelet with Quick Release and Micro-extension function.
  • All Essence straps and the bracelet can be changed by hand without the use of tools. The carbon fiber composite folding clasp with patented fine adjustment system can be changed without tools and can be used for all Essence leather and rubber straps.

Dial

Sunray dial with machined indexes. BGW9 Super-LumiNova on hands and indexes.

Reference Number

0330.1.7321.713

Suspension System

Since the beginning of Formex in 1999, the patented Case Suspension System has been an integral part of every single Formex timepiece. Its two main functions are:

  • absorbs shocks to protect the mechanical movement from heavy impacts
  • adds to the comfort on the wrist by adapting to the wearer’s movements

Modeled with high-performance bikes and racing cars in mind, the Formex patented case suspension system works by integrating four springs between the upper and lower watch case. The result is the ultimate shock absorption system designed to protect the mechanical movement and deliver unparalleled comfort to the wearer.

This patented case suspension system brings form and function together for Formex Swiss watches. It’s functional, it’s state of the art engineering and it’s unquestionably unique - all in one watch.

Fine-Adjustment Clasp

Your leather or rubber strap comes with this in-house developed clasp, made of carbon fiber composite on a stainless steel buckle. It features a patented 7mm fine-adjustment system that allows to gradually micro adjust the length of the strap without taking off the watch. As our wrists change size during the day and in different temperatures, this system gives a bespoke fit no matter the conditions, improving the comfort and fit on the wrist.

In the Press

"A versatile and high-value timepiece that is easy on your pocket is hard to find - this year, Formex Swiss Watches presents a chronometer-certified one that, amazingly, can be had for about a grand." Keith Strandberg, Editor-in-Chief

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"Under a loupe, the way the hour hand hovers just above the dial and just inside the indices is impressive. The color-matched chamfered rehaut holds a white minute track and is attractive and legible". Allen Farmelo, Author

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"This knowledge and experience show in the Essence Automatic Chronometer, which takes all the good things about a micro-brand watch and engineers them to the next level. This is legitimately great value for the money." Tom Mulraney, Editor

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"A remarkable watch at a remarkable price which holds more details than could ever be expected". Armand Rosen, Owner of the YouTube Channel "Armand the Watch Guys"

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"Swiss brand Formex has managed to create a versatile mechanical watch with a rather distinctive design at a very attractive price point". Roger Ruegger, Editor-in-Chief

Customer Reviews

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J
J.
Phänomenal

Dies ist die für mich einzig mögliche Beschreibung dieser Uhr. Wie ich bereits bei Lieferung mitteilte war jedes Wort, jedes Versprechen von Formex mehrheitlich gelogen. Die Uhr ist ganz anders.
Viel besser nämlich!
Dass das Design der Hammer ist wussten Vorbesteller eh schon; anderenfalls sie nicht bestellt hätten.
Dass die Werke über jeden Zweifel erhaben sind: siehe oben.
Kein Foto allerdings konnte uns Glückliche auf die Haptik, das Finish, die ZB-Farben und die geniale Carbon- Faltschließe vorbereiten. Ganz abgesehen von Stahlband, welches in dieser Preisklasse keinen Vergleich scheuen muss.
Ich bin von meiner Essence (in Ausführung COSC und ZB / blau; alle Bänder) restlos begeistert und empfehle Formex uneingeschränkt. Diese Bewertung schließt Kommunikation, Lieferung und Nachbetreuung explizit mit ein.
Zur besseren Einordnung dieser Bewertung: ich besitze neben der Essence Uhren von Junkers, Tissot, Union Glashütte und Tag Heuer. Nicht jede davon bekäme eine ähnlich euphorische Bewertung.
Macht weiter so. Meine Unterstützung ist Euch gewiss.

Grüße aus Bayern,
Jürgen.

M
M.
Exquisite craftsmanship at any price

Hello Team Formex,

You guys have really outdone yourselves with the craftsmanship that went into the design and final execution of the watch. You deserve all of the accolades that you've received, and have truly set the bar for what can be achieved when innovation and ingenuity are at the forefront of watch design. I honestly can say that I have not owned a watch at any price point that provided as much value for the money as this one has. Anyone that is a watch enthusiast will understand once they have an opportunity to carefully examine all of the characteristics of the watch, from the exquisitely finished suspension case, to the carbon fiber composite clasp with micro-adjustment, and ceramic ball bearings that lock the clasp in place.

Once again, thank you all for a job well done and I, as I'm sure others are, look forward to what else may be in store for us down the road. Best of luck and success with all your future endeavors.

Mike

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T.
Great Value, lots of comments

Overall, this is an exceptional daily-wear mechanical watch, easily adaptable with quick-release straps and clean design. The 43mm size of the Formex Essence, curved shaping of the lugs, and 10.8mm thickness makes this a great fit for my 7-1/8 inch wrist. The contrasting of polished and brushed finishes provides nice design cues, and the raised hour markers make subtle light reflections that seem to get peoples' attention; I get a lot of comments about it, despite being an understated design. The sunray treatment of the dial face is very, very subtle; it's the one thing I would improve. It's just a little .... too subtle. Timekeeping is very good, within several seconds a day even though it's not COSC certified. The new buckle design definitely reduces the wear/tear on the straps, although it does add to overall thickness. In sum, a great value.

T
T.W.Y.
Formex essences

Well make watch with good finishing and beautiful band.Worth the price.

N
N.
Watch is great.

Great delivery, beautiful time piece and very happy.

3-Year Guarantee

We back our watches with a 3-Year international warranty. In the rare case of a malfunction or a movement defect, you can contact us and send your watch back free of charge and we’ll repair it for you within 2 weeks.

Secure Payment

Formex is dedicated to online payment security. We do not store any of your payment information. The following methods of payment are available: VISA, Mastercard, AMEX, ApplePay, PayPal & Bank Transfer

All Taxes & Duties Included

The courier dropping off your Formex will not hand you a customs and sales tax bill nor ask you to pay them cash, as we have already taken care of that with our shipping partners. The prices you see on our Online Shop is the price you pay – no exceptions and no hidden charges.

Free Express Delivery & 30-Day Returns

All watch prices already include free shipping worldwide. As soon as we have processed your order, you will receive a tracking number to follow your package. Expect your watch within 2 business days within Europe, or within 3 business days for overseas orders. If for any reason you think it’s not the right fit, you can return your watch free of charge. If you contact us before returning or exchanging your watch, we’ll even have your shipping expenses covered.

Swiss Made

All our watches are designed, developed and assembled in-house at our headquarters in Biel-Bienne, Switzerland and meet the current, more strict Swiss Made requirement, which entered into force on January 2017. Every single piece undergoes a variety of quality and functionality controls, before making it to your wrist.