Updated: Jan 13, 2019
A while ago I was looking for some affordable, thin dress watches that also have a moon-phase function. And the truth is there aren't many options in the market.
Although luxury watch brands do produce quite a few thin watches which come with a moon-phase fucntion, the price tag is usually what makes me concerned. On the other hand, cheap watches tend to look quite casual and are nothing close to being a dress watch. This had been the case until I came across Filippo Loreti.
In today's article, I will be providing a full review on Filippo Loreti, the brand that is said to be causing disruptions to the luxury watch industry.
To begin with, a little bit background information about the brand.
Back in November 2015, Filippo Loreti launched its first collection on Kickstarter. Although the initial funding goal was $20,000; the campaign was so successful that when the 30-days fundraising period ended, $926,620 has been raised.
Its next record is even more astonishing. Breaking its old record, the rising watch company has been to able to raised $5.6 million in just 30 days as well. All in all, the title of being the most funded timepiece project in crowdfunding history is still something that the brand is very proud of.
Now, what's so special about this watch company, especially concerning the reason why their fundraising campaign is so successful, is because they aimed to sell luxury watches that would otherwise cost $1,000+ for much cheaper price. Whether a quartz watch like this could be sold for $1,000+ is questionable; however I would say its automatic watch series would have the potential for that.
Nonetheless, that is some impressive statistics. But for now, let's dive into the main focus of today-- the review of the Venice Moonphase Silver from Filippo Lorenti.
There are many things that I like about this watch yet the thickness of the watch is definitely the first thing that captivated me. If you recall from my Guide to Pocket Watches, I said one of the reasons why I don't really wear watches a lot is because most of the watches in the market are quite thick and do not resonate with my outfits very well. This is especially the case concerning those watches do not even go underneath my dress shirts.
Although this watch from Filippo Loreti is definitely not the slimmest watch that you could find in the market; with a thickness of 9mm, it is almost certain that it would go underneath most of your dress shirts.
Another thing that I like about the Venice Moonphase Silver is its design. Not only does it has the moonphase function that I was looking for; but also it is quite simple and elegant. The silver case, in particular, resonates with my other jewelries as well as being more subtle than its gold-case or rose gold-case counterparts.
Being an Italian watch brand, Filippo Loreti also uses Italian leather for their timepiece. The brown leather strap that comes with the watch is very comfortable to wear on the wrist. In fact, I was shocked when I first tried that on. Alternatively, you could always go to your local shop that sells watch straps to change it into anything you like.
On top of that, what truly surprises me is the movement they use for their watches. Usually, with this price tag, you would expect a watch with this price be using a cheap and junky watch movement. In contrary, what they use is a middle-grade MIYOTA 6P00 from Japan. Not the best in the market, but definitely higher than my expectation.
Nonetheless, I feel slightly mixed about the laser engraving of the Bascilla di San Marco on the case. (as shown above) While I totally understood the brand took inspirations from different landmarks in Italy (thus having their series named after different Italian cities), it makes the timepiece look like a toy watch to some extent. But then again, this is a just my own opinion.
On top of that, I have also ordered some other watch straps as well as a deployment buckle from Filippo Loreti. However, I would have to admit they are not as comfortable as the original brown leather strap when I put them on.
All in all, however, I think the Venice Moonphase Silver would be a good timepiece to get if you want something rather versatile and thin. It is quite rare to have a thin dress watch with moonphase function for just £175 (price varies around the world). So make sure you go check them out with you are looking for something similar.