Formex Essence 39 Space Gold

Formex Essence 39 Space Gold

Manufacturer: Formex Watches | Price: from $1,890 USD

Formex Essence ThirtyNine Space Gold Chronometer

  • Dimensions: Case – 39mm, Thickness – 10mm, Lug to Lug – 45mm, Lug Width – 20mm
  • Movement: Chronometer Grade Sellita SW200-1, Fully Decorated, Custom Rotor, 28,800vph, Hackable, Self Winding, 41hr Power Reserve
  • Case: Hand Finished Brushed & Polished 316L Stainless Steel, Patented Case Suspension System
  • Bracelet: Brushed & Polished 316L Stainless Steel, Solid Links, Screw Pins, Patented Fine Adjustment Clasp
  • Crystal: Flat Sapphire, Multiple Layers of Anti-Reflective Coatings (Underside)
  • Dial: 18k Rose Gold Plated Meteorite, Faceted Gun Metal Hour & Minute Hands, Machined Hour Markers, Date @6
  • Lume: Swiss Super-LumiNova® BGW9 Grade A
  • Water Resistance: 100m / 10 ATM / 330ft
  • Caseback: Exhibition Display, Sapphire Glass, Screw Down
  • Crown: 6mm, Screw Down, Signed
  • Where to Buy: Formex Swiss Made Watches
  • Warranty: 3 Years International

[Press Release] Formex Essence 39 Space Gold

Formex Swiss Made Watches unveils the new Essence Space Gold Automatic timepieces. The application of 18k rose gold onto a real meteorite dial is a groundbreaking development from the brand’s family-owned dial manufacture. While coloring meteorite is not a new concept, Formex diverge from the conventional PVD coating approach. Instead, an innovative process leverages the meteorite’s rich iron content to facilitate authentic gold deposition through electroplating. The outcome? Nothing short of spectacular. The infusion of precious metal accentuates the mesmerizing Widmanstätten pattern inherent in the Muonionalusta meteorite, imbuing each dial with captivating depth and an undeniable touch of elegance. Since the textures are organic and cannot be artificially reproduced, each dial truly becomes a one-of-a-kind work of art. Encapsulated in the brand’s bestselling Essence 39 mm case, the “Space Gold” is powered by a highly precise COSC-certified Swiss Automatic movement and comes with features that enhance comfort while wearing the watch on the wrist. Prices start at $1,890.00. The first 100 units are numbered and available for pre-order now, with delivery cheduled for early July 2024.

Formex Essence 39 mm Space Gold Automatic COSC on steel bracelet - Front Landscape
Formex Essence 39 mm Space Gold Automatic COSC - Dial Close Up

A “Precious” Meteorite on Your Wrist 

Some four ice ages ago, an iron meteorite blasted into the Earth’s atmosphere and slammed into a 25 x 15 kilometer area that sits north of the Arctic circle, centered at 67°49’ N, 23°9’ E in what is now northern Scandinavia. Besides their remote location, finding these meteorite fragments is extremely difficult as the ground is completely frozen solid most of the year, and the area is also covered in 24 hours of darkness for several months at a time. To make a dial from this unique extraterrestrial material, special machining and treatments are required to reveal the distinct characteristics of this ancient iron-based meteorite. The beautiful equilateral triangles that create the naturally occurring Widmanstätten pattern are the result of a very slow cooling process that takes place over the course of millions of years, during which the crystalline structure of the minerals within the core of the asteroid changes. 

After being cut, the dial is plated with 18k rose gold. Formex utilizes the meteorite’s high iron content to facilitate depositing real gold via electroplating – a groundbreaking feat in dial manufacturing. While coloring meteorite is not a new concept, applying precious metals diverges from the conventional PVD coating approach. Through the application of real gold, the meteorite’s inherent patterns are accentuated, enriching each dial with a mesmerizing depth. Given the organic texture, each dial becomes a one-of-akind marvel crafted by nature’s hand. Formex further increased the thickness of the dial to allow soldering the dial feet, which attach the dial to the movement, directly into the meteorite. The standard process when working with stone dials is to glue the stone dial onto a brass plate. Having a thicker meteorite dial allowed Formex to carve out a beveled date window, a signature design element across all Formex timepieces. This development is a product of intense prototyping carried out in Formex’s dial manufacture located in the Swiss Jura mountains.

Formex Essence 39 mm Space Gold Automatic COSC on steel bracelet

Encased in hand-finished Stainless Steel

Modeled with high-performance bikes and racing cars in mind, Formex’s bestselling Essence ThirtyNine model features the brand’s patented case suspension system, which 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. The slim case design of just 10 mm and curved lugs allow a perfect fit on your wrist. The vertical brush finish on the case and bezel are perfectly rounded off with hand-finished mirror polished bevels. The identical finishing extends to the solid-link stainless steel bracelet as well as the deployant buckle when worn on a leather or rubber strap. The interplay between brushed surfaces and mirror-polished chamfers is echoed in each component, from the stainless-steel bracelet links to the deployant buckle, from the hands and machined indices to the applied Formex logo on the dial. For enhanced legibility, the latter components have undergone a gun-metal finish, heightening the contrast against the dial. Deep-filled with luminous SuperLumiNova® BGW9, the hour and minute hands, along with the indices, ensure clear timekeeping even in low-light condition.

Formex Essence 39 mm Space Gold Automatic COSC - Dial Close Up of Date Window

A Certified Automatic Chronometer

Driving the hands is a Swiss Made, COSC-Certified Chronometer Sellita SW200-1 self-winding movement with an extended power reserve of 41 hours. We’ve chosen the highest quality “Chronometer” grade because it offers premium components not found on the standard versions of this caliber, such as a Glucydur balance wheel, which is exceptionally hard and stable, in addition to being highly resistant to deformation, non-magnetic, and also non-corrosive. The fully-decorated automatic movement features thermally blued screws, and it is wound by Formex’s custom-built skeletonized rotor. Each one of these movements is independently certified by the COSC (the official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute) and undergoes the meticulous 15-day rate test to ensure extraordinary levels of mechanical accuracy, reliability, and precision.

Formex Essence 39 mm Space Gold Automatic COSC on steel bracelet - Case Side

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Formex Essence 39 Space Gold Automatic Chronometer

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