Elegante 40 - When I never considered quartz

Jun 08, 2020,19:23 PM

Quartz watches are “not right” for purists, at least that’s what’s been ingrained in my mind for the longest time, and it’s frowned on by many others who have been collecting for a long time.

I admit that I never bothered with quartz, even with my love for all things Grand Seiko, the Spring Drive never made it into my collection although the technology and accuracy has impressed me for a long time.

Fast forward to 2020 - a super eventful year by any measure, and one that has turned to be absolutely unpredictable, forcing everyone to change norms, social interaction and even economics.

I’ve broken my own “rules”, I suppose, G-Shock’s not withstanding, by picking up my first quartz watch. What can I say - I love it, everything about it oozes class and quality, even how the seconds hit the markers perfectly. Best part is now comfortable and light it wears on the wrist, sometimes making me forget that it is even there.

I was talking to fellow enthusiasts yesterday and I might have mentioned that with my long drawn horological fatigue, this could well be my “exit watch”! Time will tell, of course, but I have a strong feeling about this one.


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Thanks. [nt]

 By: rnaden : June 8th, 2020-23:51

Thank you!

 By: rnaden : June 9th, 2020-23:39
The elusive “Exit Watch” - at this point of time, I’m actually wishing that there is such a thing. I find myself getting tired of the constant re-editions and marketing bullshit and find myself sticking to wearing just one watch for weeks, and even months... 

Superb photos Richard!

 By: sham1 : June 8th, 2020-21:03
Enjoy what I feel will not be your exit watch

You need to have more faith in me, my friend ;-)

 By: rnaden : June 8th, 2020-23:24
In the meantime, I’m enjoying this one - and I’m pretty certain that I will be for a long time to come. I seldom get this feeling on day 2 of owning a watch, and the only three that has generated this feeling are still with me after all this while.

I am happy for you Richard!

 By: sham1 : June 9th, 2020-01:22
I like to think almost all my current watches give me a similar feeling and I look forward to seeing the FP Journe at our next GTG!

Considering where it just came from....

 By: rnaden : June 9th, 2020-02:55
I’ll still humour you and bring it along! ;-) On a more serious note - that feeling doesn’t hit me often, and it shows as the watches either don’t get worn or eventually get sold or traded.

One cannot put a value

 By: sham1 : June 9th, 2020-04:13
on a watch that makes you feel a bit special. And more importantly is that the watch makes you feel extra special not just when you first purchase it but months and years later. I too have sold many that felt that they just did not belong. And as you can ... 

It really looks terrific! Interesting how well the 40 fits you perfectly.

 By: ChristianDK : June 8th, 2020-21:22
Congratulations. I think you made a perfect choice. The Elegante is, as you say, amazing in how light and comfortable it is.

Thank you! I’m happy with this size

 By: rnaden : June 8th, 2020-23:24
There’s a certain level of elegance when the watch isn’t too chunky.

I was wrong for a long time

 By: rnaden : June 8th, 2020-23:52
There are great quartz watches out there which could equate the joy of mechanicals, though not many, I’d say. This is definitely one I think can hold its own.

Very interesting post.

 By: jlux : June 8th, 2020-23:38
I was not even aware that FPJ made quartz watches.


 By: rnaden : June 9th, 2020-07:26
Looking forward to seeing you add this one to your already very impressive collection.

Remember seeing these at an AD in Naples and was suprised they are quartz....

 By: D-TIME1 : June 9th, 2020-05:08
I do not remember all the details.. is it a true quartz that needs battery? I also thought this was the watch that the time stops but when picked back up and put in motion it goes back to the correct the time.... not sure I explained this very well... -D-... 

Yes, a true quartz with a battery

 By: rnaden : June 9th, 2020-07:25
And you’re right. The time stops if the watch is idle for 30 minutes and resumes when picked up. A computer keeps track of time during the period when the hands stand still. As for the spring drive, fully aware of how great it is and I’ve toyed with the i... 

Very cool! Thanks for the clarification! It was my first time seeing FPJ in person so it was overwhelming..This AD also had UN and PP so I was in heaven...but couldn't afford anything..lol

 By: D-TIME1 : June 9th, 2020-14:50
But The FPJ cases stood out to me at this store and he let me try on a 50K Platinum piece, forgive me I was so excited I forgot to take a picture and forgot to get the model type! One day hopefully a FPJ will be in my collection! Thank you for sharing you... 

Also the Spring Drive is an absolute marvel!

 By: D-TIME1 : June 9th, 2020-05:09
You should try one out! The sweep of the second hand and the accuracy is unmatched! -D-


 By: jfinlay388 : June 9th, 2020-07:11
What is the case material ?


 By: rnaden : June 9th, 2020-07:26
Makes for a very light and comfortable watch.

Congrats on your fantastic acquisition!!

 By: CR : June 9th, 2020-11:40
You made a wonderful choice. And quartz watches are absolutely right for some of us! The movement inside the middle watch is arguably where quartz started for the European watch industry. It contains the Beta 21 movement, which was a collaboration of over...  

Great input to this watch.

 By: ChristianDK : June 9th, 2020-13:13
This pushes the concept of what a quartz watch can be and as you say is a distant ancestor to the early innovative quartz watches.

I suppose “a few” is quite an understatement. LOL!

 By: rnaden : June 9th, 2020-23:41
I wouldn’t want a clear case back to see the ancestor version of this movement, as great as it may work. Thanks for the history on the movements and origins. Of the three samples you have in the picture, I’ve only seen the Marine Chronometer in the metal.... 

Elegante 40 titanium

 By: jfinlay388 : June 10th, 2020-05:57
Any idea where to look for price of one of these ? John

Looks incredible on your wrist

 By: singingbee : June 11th, 2020-01:25
Congrats again Richard! I love the Elegante and it is worthy enough to be an exit piece. Beautiful case, beautiful size, extremely legible, beautiful lume, beautiful strap and extremely comfortable on the wrist. And i just realise I typed the word “beauti... 

This does suck you in with the superlatives :-)

 By: rnaden : June 12th, 2020-09:47
Yes, 5 days now and I’m more convinced that this can be the exit watch for me

I'm still trying to wrap my head around the Elegante....

 By: nacelle : June 12th, 2020-08:19
It certainly has some very cool features but... not there yet.


 By: A-Web : June 21st, 2020-15:20
Looks beautiful on your wrist! If I may ask what’s your wrist size? I have a smaller wrist and deciding between the 40 and the 48

Not big....6.75 inches

 By: rnaden : June 21st, 2020-19:32
The 40 fits me much better. Good luck on your decision and looking forward to seeing pictures of your new watch

Thanks [nt]

 By: A-Web : June 21st, 2020-19:48

 By: ac450 : July 11th, 2024-00:07

There are quartz watches, then there is the Elegante.

 By: Skyrider01 : July 11th, 2024-14:25
Yes, it's a quartz, but it's different! It's a mechanical marvel! When I first saw one, I thought the same as you. That this is not for the purists. But after learning more about it, I had to have one. I love my 48mm titalyt with the white dial, and I'm h...