A stunning, well-engineered design …
Well, finally I'm wearing my REFLECTION Blue LED timepiece.
The images and video of this cool watch simply do not do it justice.
This elegant "vision" has immediately become the pinnacle of my small
collection … a treasured collection which presently consists of … …
… BARCODE White LED (st-steel case & bracelet) (a gift)
… BARCODE Blue LED (st-steel case & bracelet)
… MAJESTYK II Blue LED (full-blue-screen version)
… LIFE EVOLUTION DESIGN L-69 Blue LED (white silicon case & bracelet)
… and yes, at last, this REFLECTION Blue LED
The fit, finish, and overall integrity of the case/bracelet
exudes ultra-finesse. Heavy … the 'feel' of this "wrist-weight"
is totally solid. Even the action of its twin command buttons
evokes an almost silk-smooth sensation.
The mirrored timescreen nested within the asymmetrical case
echoes Bang & Olufsen style. The bracelet is wide, solid,
and comfortable … fully adjustable, with each link able to be
removed for an accurate size. A single-snap invisible-link clasp …
yet it is strong and tight when secured. (It really helps to rest
your wrist in your lap when removing the watch … so it won't
drop once the clasp's single snap-lock is released. Remember,
the watch is surprisingly heavy.)
The labeled case-back is a notched threaded disc of st-steel
(cleverly kept in its non-coated finish … this way, when any
case-tool is used while replacing the battery, there is less
likelihood of possibly marring the recessed tool-notches).
All-in-all, a well-proven design, which better ensures a
water-tight seal. The remainder of the case appears to be
cast or carved from a solid block of metal. The high-gloss of
the black IP coating seems flawless (wow !). The mating of
the bright silver bezel & strip around the timescreen, then
along the left side of the entire watch, is precision-matched.
It appears as if every seam (where the 'black' merges with
the 'bright') is perfect … if there is an actual seam (?).
Okay, so its crystal is a curved mirror. Yet somehow, it
does NOT overtly interact in a distracting way with the LEDs
(well, not yet.) I've carefully checked the display in various
surroundings … dim-lit room, to bright Palm Beach Florida
sunlight. Sure, any LED display competes with other bright
light … this one as well … and the type of reflections from the
crystal may at times inhibit the display. Seek the shadow of
an available hand shielding the display to deflect bright light
(sound familiar ?).
About its blue display … this one is NOT the more-common
intense True Blue. It's closer to a Peacock Blue, almost a dark
Caribbean Blue … another expression this watch's unique flair.
The short animation-feature upon first push of the time-
command button is Zen-like. Minimal … it begins at the four
outer corners, flowing inward toward the center, then outward
again … culminating with the time-view. (Naturally, a second
push bypasses the 4-second animation.) The chosen view-display
continues to glow for approx 6 more seconds. Setting adjustments
are the usual intuitive sequence … simplified with the (lower)
setting-command button. In each setting mode, the module also
offers a fast-advance (hold the button) feature. The digits are large
very legible … arranged in a striking dot-segment (matrix) design.
Display brightness … the module employed might be one of the
new-generation units … only one (1) CR-2032 Lith-Cell is needed.
Others with Blue or White LED displays have required the higher
voltage of a twin-cell power system. This module, (similar to my
L.E.D. L-69 watch, as mentioned above), is able to use the 3-volts
of a single cell … … yet, here's a side-note to that … my MAJESTYK
initially had two CR-2016 Lith-Cells installed, resulting in a torch-
bright display. Really bright. The use of single CR-2032 dimmed
its Blue LEDs almost to half-throttle. The Blue display of my
L.E.D. L-69 watch is also bright, yet with only one CR-2032.
The RELFLECTION's display seems slightly dimmer in comparison,
though still sharp and bright enough for bright-light conditions.
I may soon try installing two 2016 cells (same thickness as a single
2032), to see if 6 volts affords more of the display-brilliance familiar
in other LED watches. When or if I do, I'll add a new update herein
about the results achieved.
REFLECTION is presented in a hinged cube-case … with a semi-gloss
leather-like covering all around (no visible seams … clever). It might
be constructed of an inexpensive laminate or plastic (or similar) …
but it is well-made. Inside, find a brilliant-white gloss satin-like lining,
covering a thick padding underside the top … also acting as part of the
spring-close invisible hinge. The white over-size plush pillow feels like
soft micro-suede, and securely nests the watch in place. It is a sleek,
minimal presentation, which mirrors (please excuse the obvious pun)
the watch's "aura". The subtle influence of Rado design, along with
Bang & Olufsen style is quite apparent. This watch is unique …
perhaps appealing to those with equally unique tastes.
At LED WatchStop, REFLECTION is well under-priced.
Still another reason why the people at LEDWS administrate
a marvelous website. Service and support to their family
of customers is paramount. Easy to see why they have
such a loyal clientele … and continue to offer such a
spectacular selection of watches.
My thanks to the designer(s) of this impressive watch,
and to trusted friends at LEDWS.
Also, my thanks to You …
for your viewing-time and interest in this review.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]