A few days ago, I was browsing watch forums and I stumbled upon a thread about a new watch company called Biatec. It looks like a great find and I wanted to share it with you.
Biatec is a new brand from Slovakia (greetings from Poland!), which has just launched their website revealed their watch lineup only 5 days ago (on 11.07.2016). The company was started by Peter Kozar, who has 10 years of experience in the horology market. He runs a watch shop as well as online store www.toptime.eu, and now he wants to make an impact in the watch world with his latest project, Biatec Watches. Here is what Peter says about himself and his brand:
After almost 10 years in watch industry I realized what customers and watch enthusiasts really want. High-end mechanical watches with Swiss movement, excellent quality at an affordable price. Besides our passion, that is the reason why we created Biatec. A watch brand which has one of the best cost/performance ratio worldwide! Sounds like a marketing slogan? Make your own opinion.
Biatec prepared two watch models (if you count all the different color variants there are 10 actually) for their launch: Corsair and Majestic. Corsair is a pilot style watch, closed in a 40 mm stainless steel case. It’s not your usual size when it comes to pilot watches but just looking at the renders (unfortunately there is no live photos yet) you can see it oozes quality. The case has mixed finishing of both brushed and polished elements, on 3 o’clock position there is an oversized diamond-shaped crown with Biatec logo. The lug to lug distance is 48 mm and the height is 12,8 mm, which seems like great proportions. Personally, I wish the case was slightly bigger, 42 mm would be a sweet spot. It’s worth mentioning, that Corsair is water resistant to up 100 m, which a great news since many watch manufactures neglect this trait in pilot style watches providing just 3 or 5 ATM WR (yes Steinhart, I’m looking at you!). The black lacquered dial provides a premium feel to the watch along with 3D silvers numeral filled with BGW9 Superluminova.
Majestic is a completely different animal. It’s a dress watch with a beautiful minimalistic desgin which reminds me of H.Moser&Cie. watches. Again, it’s a 40 mm stainless steel case but this time the watch is quite tall at 14 mm. I’m not sure I like this approach, I also wonder why it’s taller than the Corsair model. Perhaps it has to do with the gold coin mounted in the caseback of the watch. The front of the watch is dominated by eye catching dial with a sunburst pattern. There are 5 colors to choose from: black, blue, brown, grey, and white.
Both watches are powered by Swiss Eterna caliber 3903A. It’s an automatic movement with 29 jewels and 65 hours of power reserve. It offers a small second and date complications; although, neither Corsair nor Majestic make use of date function. Furthermore, in case of Corsair, the movement comes with a special rotor decorated by Biatec. Personally, it’s the first watch I’ve seen using this new movement from Eterna so far, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how it pans out. The power reserve of 65 hours looks really impressive!
The prices for Biatec Watches starts at 1380 euro for Corsair and 1470 euro for Majestic. If you want to learn more about the brand, check out their website.
After the initial press release and feedback from watch enthusiasts, Biatec Watches decided to introduce a few changes to their upcoming watches.
The Corsair model will receive a new movement, an Eterna 3901A instead of 3903A. The main advantage of the new movement is the lack of a date function. There is no date on the Corsair dial anyway so removing the unnecessary complication from the movement will enhance user experience as there will be no date change position for the crown.
The other great feature that will come in the revised version of the Corsair model is the addition of a screwdown crown, which will improve water resistance to up to 100 meters. It’s a very welcomed changed as it will significantly improve every day use of the watch.
Finally, there are some minor design adjustments such as slightly shorter minute and hours hands, smaller subdial or a bigger Corsair sign.
As far as the Majestic model is concerned, the main change is the height of the watch. Some people considered the initial 14 mm too high and Biatec responded by altering the case design slightly and now Majestic sits at 12,83 mm. The other change concerns the caseback. Instead of a standard screwdown caseback Biatec decided to use four screw to seal the caseback. This change will ensure that the design on the golden coin will always be centered perfectly.