Technomarine watches – Rugged and Colorful
You can be forgiven if you’re not familiar with Technomarine watches. The brand is a fairly new one, especially by the standards of the Swiss watchmaking industry, which goes back for several centuries. Technomarine watches have only been around since 1997, when Frenchman Franck Dubarry founded the company with an emphasis on build quality and fun, colorful style.
They’ve been successful from the start, and today the company manufactures a wide variety of luxury timepieces in a wide price range that offers features and styling that will appeal to just about anyone. If you’re interested in a luxury watch and want something that’s well-made, attractive and a bit out of the ordinary, you should definitely consider giving the brand a good look.
Read on for the full Technomarine watches review.
The build quality is quite good; they use stainless steel, high tech carbon fiber and ceramic in their cases. Faces are protected by mineral crystal in their lower-end models and rock-hard, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal in their higher-end models.
Water resistance is up to 200 meters for many models. All in all, you’ll find that these are built quite well and are of a quality that’s on a par with other high end watches in the same price range.
The vast majority of Technomarine watches use high quality, highly accurate Swiss-made quartz electronic movements. A few models offer automatic mechanical movements, which are also Swiss-made.
Much of the innovation to be found comes in their styling, which tries to bring color and diamonds to styles that are often lacking either. They’re not without technical innovation, however; their now-out-of-production Abyss models offered water resistance to 12,900 meters, which the company claims to be the greatest water resistance offered by any watchmaker.
The styling of Technomarine watches tends towards the sporty; most of their models offer chronograph features, with multiple dials and buttons and oversized faces. What they add to the traditional chronograph style is lots of color, in both the faces and the bands, as well as diamonds where you ordinarily wouldn’t see them, such as in a diving watch.
The company offers more than 100 models in their product line, including models for men, women and even a few labeled as unisex. You’ll find a few traditional styles, as well, so there’s something in the product line that’s suitable for daily wear, business wear, evening wear and of course, sports activities.
As the majority of the models in the product line are powered by quartz electronic movements, maintenance should be minimal. You will need to have the battery replaced every 2-3 years, and at that time, you should also have the case inspected to ensure that the water resistant seals are intact.
If you have an automatic mechanical model, you will likely need to have the watch serviced every three to five years to ensure that it continues to work properly. Please consult your documentation or contact your dealer to inquire about servicing requirements and pricing.
Aside from these considerations, you’ll need to store them in a cool, dry place and away from extremes of temperature or strong magnetic fields, either of which can damage the movement. Automatic models are best stored in a watch winder, which will keep them running properly and maintaining accurate time. With proper care, you’ll find that these watches will run well for many years.
The warranty is for two years from the date of purchase against defects in materials and craftsmanship. This is the industry standard; we estimate that about 90% of all watchmakers offer a two year warranty.
These are high quality, precision timepieces that are tested thoroughly at the factory prior to shipping, so we anticipate that factory defects will be relatively rare.
As luxury timepieces go, we find that prices range from affordable to fairly expensive. At the low end of the price range, we’ve seen models with a suggested list price of about $250. At the high end, we’ve seen models that are priced at up to $8000, which is expensive, but not overly so as designer watches go.
We haven’t yet seen a lot of collector interest in the brand, but the brand is a fairly new one, so that may come in time. Collectors value the unusual, and this company does produce some interesting timepieces so it’s quite possible that in years to come, this brand may become quite collectible, which may make models purchased relatively early in the company’s history worthy of appreciating in value.
For now, just accept that these are well-made, attractive timepieces that are offered at a price point that’s fairly affordable.
You can find the brand for sale at a number of brick and mortar retailers, including jewelry stores and high end department stores. You can also find them for sale at a number of Internet retailers, and that’s where you’re most likely to be able to buy at a discount. The product line is large, so don’t expect any single retailer to stock everything the company makes, but many retailers offer a good representative sample.
We were relatively unfamiliar with this brand, but we’re impressed with the company’s offerings. For a relatively new manufacturer, they seem to have quickly developed their own unique sense of styling and have combined that with the all-important build quality that many buyers of luxury timepieces demand.
They offer a wide variety of styles and colors for both sexes, and have a broad price range that will make their models affordable for a large segment of the population. We’d like to see more automatic models in their product line, but that may come with time. That said, they offer style, innovation, and affordable pricing. That, combined with good build quality, makes Technomarine watches well worth considering if you’re shopping for a luxury timepiece.