The watch world is usually segmented into categories such as classic, sport, executive, diver and modern. Of these categories, sport watches often prove to be the visually most interesting because of their taste for bright colors and bold designs. The Orient Brazen collection continues that trend.
The first highly noticeable trait of the Brazen is the highly textured, woven styled dial. At all angles the woven property catches light, giving the face of the watch a continually changing presentation. Secondly, the Brazen comes in three different dial variations: Black with white indices and red accents (FER1W001B0), navy blue with white indices and yellow accents (FER1W002D0) and lastly white with blue indices and combination baby and navy blue accents (FER1W003W0). Each dial combination offers superb contrast for fast time reference, essential for sports watches. It is important to note that all three hands have been lumed for low light readability. The single complication added to this watch is the date indicator at the 3 o’clock position for handy reference and functionality.
Under the dial and powering this watch is the dependable Orient in house caliber 48743 movement, which notably is the same movement used in the Pilot's Watch series, Symphony series, and the ever popular Bambino collection. The 48743 movement can be seen through the exhibition screw caseback when the watch is flipped over, matching the visual entrance that the front of the watch garners. But it is simply not the dial design of the watch that makes it a sports watch, the case and bracelet/band play a huge role as well.
Measuring at 42mm in diameter, the Brazen’s case is also stainless steel with a brushed finish. While suitably sized for a sporty watch, 42mm is large enough to aid in checking the time, but not so big that the watch becomes cumbersome. Picking the right size for a sports watch can be a tough line to walk and Orient has definitely succeeded with the quality case construction and design on the Brazen. The brushed finish gives the watch a subdued look, an appropriate contrast to the colorful dials, and it also aids in hiding scratches that will surely come during daily wear. Completing the sporty motif is the stainless steel bracelet, an oyster style with brushed links, matching the case, a little detail that cohesively brings the watch together.
The Brazen retails for $210 at OrientWatchUSA.com. [gallery link="file" ids="3463,3467,3471,3464,3465,3468,3462,3466,3469"]