We live in a society of excess, which means excess waste. We live in a society where it’s a normal practice to throw away perfectly good things. We buy the latest and greatest, not because we need to but because we want to have the hottest new item. This leads to ever increasing landfills and will eventually lead to a shortage of resources.
However, there are companies that specialize in recycling and re-using old products, which means less waste in the landfills and less need for new resources. One such company is Morveau Watches, the company uses recycled aluminum to make their watches. According to Morveau, aluminum is the most recycled metal in the world, so it makes perfect sense to use this versatile metal in their watches.
Morveau doesn’t just use any aluminum, they use aircraft grade aluminum in their watches, making Morveau Watches the first ever aircraft grade aluminum watches.
The Morveau Watch company was started by Luke Francis, initially a fund raising campaign was started on Indigogo in August 2015 to get production going. With funding goals fully met, the world was introduced to Morveau Watches. Currently, the company is a one-man show, with lots of partners, freelancers etc.
Morveau watches come in four lines and three trims, I guess that’s what you’d call it. The four lines consist of Jetsetter, Socialite, Connoisseur, and Gentleman, and the three trims are Casual, Edgy, and Refined. For a grand total of 12 different combinations to choose from.
The Jetsetter watches come with mesh bracelets, Socialite comes with denim straps, Connoisseur comes with brown full-grain leather straps, and the Gentleman watches come with black full-grain leather straps. The “trims” let you choose the color of the three hands; Casual is blue hands, Edgy is red hands, and Refined is black hands.
Morveau Watches sent us an Edgy Jetsetter watch for a review, I actually chose the red-handed one, I like a hint of red in everything. I’ve spent the past 10 days wearing the watch on a daily basis, below are my thoughts on the Morveau Edgy Jetsetter watch.
Like I mentioned above, Morveau watches are made out of 6000 series aircraft grade aluminum, which is bead blasted, packaged in a 43 mm wide cases that are 5 mm thick. The watches come with domed sapphire crystal, adding another 2 mm to the total thickness of the watch. The watches are powered by Swiss ETA 955-102 quartz movement, and are water resistant to 10 meters.
Our Edgy Jetsetter watch, and all the other watches in the line, have very clean looking minimalist dial designs. The dial features 12 Arabic numerals with indices and smaller indices for indicating the minutes. The watches feature three hands, in our case, red. The dial features the brand’s name below the 12 o’clock position.
I really like the idea of being able to choose different colored hands, I preferred the red hands, which look great in person. But I think I would’ve liked the seconds hand to be a different color, maybe black? The three same colored hands seem like a little too much of a good thing, at least to me. It’s not a deal breaker for me, but for some reason I would’ve preferred a black hand in there. Maybe in the future this option can be added.
The Jetsetter watch has a nice high quality look to it, it sits nicely on the wrist, even on my smaller wrists. The watch is very light, which is a selling point of aluminum, making it easy to wear. I really like the domed glass, it gives the watch a retro feel and the glass looks very funky when you look at it from the side. The overall look of the Morveau Jetsetter watch is very nice, featuring a rounded bezel that integrates into the domed crystal.
The watch is also very comfortable to wear and the mesh bracelet doesn’t grab hair, like some bracelets do. The bracelet is also very easy to change, no tools required, it comes with quick change pins, that can be pulled on to release the bracelet from the main body and you’re ready for a new bracelet within seconds. I really like these types of bracelets, more watchmakers should use these.
Overall, I think Morveau Watches are great looking watches and they’re also pretty affordable, each watch is priced at $189 with free world-wide shipping. The watches are also conversation starters, who doesn’t want to hear about a watch that’s made out of recycled airplane parts.
For more information,
check out morveau.com. Unfortunately it looks like Morveau has since gone out of business. That’s a real shame because their watches were pretty cool.