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Discover the new French watch brand Neucarl, founded by François Carlier, and their first model with an elegant design: “The Sept Mai”
Neucarl: a young French watch brand
MBA has made you, over the years, discover many new watch brands. Some have also had great success since their first article on the blog. Today, I wanted to introduce you to a new blue-white-red brand: Neucarl.
The brand was founded at the end of 2019 by Francois Carlier young forty-something passionate about watchmaking, with the desire to produce elegant mechanical watches of quality and neat design in small series in order to offer enthusiasts an affordable alternative to the luxury watches often mass-produced by large watchmaking corporations.
“Unlike many emerging brands, I have chosen to ban “catalogue” pieces from The Sept Mai specifications. All of the parts of The Sept Mai, excluding the movement, are thus specific to the Neucarl brand and give it its unique character,” says François Carlier. This is a very interesting approach and guarantees real originality in the design.
The Sept Mai: an elegant first model
The brand’s first model is called “The Sept May“.
What strikes first is the classic elegance of the model with an industrial design inspired by the Streamline Modern current that I find very successful. The watch has generous curves associated with a beautiful sobriety.
The timepiece is built on a rounded 316L steel case with a polished finish measuring 41mm in diameter, for a total length of 46mm, and a spacer of 20mm. The lightness of its curves is obtained by the design of a two-part case retaining control of a light but constant spacing between the main case and the lugs, giving the impression that the case is literally floating.
The Sept Mai has an easily readable, slightly concave multi-layered dial with a nice depth: the lower layer is entirely covered with SuperLuminova BGW9. The top layer adopts a circular brushed steel finish, giving it a familiar industrial touch. Devoid of numerals, the dial features many subtle details such as clean and easy-to-read indexes, hollowed-out hands that perfectly meet the different indices, or the date window with a geometry specially designed to match the angle of these indices. .
We will also appreciate a beautiful transparency thanks to its large opening towards the thinnest possible edges, i.e. approximately 1mm, and a beautiful view of the movement stamped with the “N” monogram of Neucarl on the back of the timepiece.
A hand-wound Swiss movement
Is this pretty watch equipped with a low-end Chinese movement that will let us down quickly? No, of course! François Carlier chose a Swiss movement Sellita SW215-1 with manual winding. I really like hand-wound watches, winding up your watch is an indescribable old-fashioned pleasure that is difficult to explain to non-watch enthusiasts. I find it very clever to associate a mechanical winding on a watch born in 2020. And I’m sure many readers of the MBA blog also love the pleasure of choosing their watch in the morning and winding it manually.
Technical characteristics of The Sept Mai
CASE: Round · Grade 316L Stainless Steel · Polished Finish · Serial number engraved on back. Ø 41mm · Between lugs 20mm · Thickness 10.3mm
Mechanical MOVEMENT. Sellita SW215-1 Manual winding Swiss Made 3 hands Date at 3 o’clock Power reserve 42 hours
DIAL Multi-layered Circular brushed steel Printed indices
Total LUMINESCENCE on the lower layer of the SuperLuminova® BGW9 dial
GLASS Front face: Double curved scratch-resistant Sapphire crystal (interior/exterior) · Anti-reflective treatment Back face: Flat scratch-resistant Sapphire crystal. Anti-reflective treatment
BRACELET High quality black leather. Logo printed on the back. Dimensions: 75mm x 115mm x 20mm 316L steel pin buckle with engraved Neucarl monogram.
WATERPROOF 5 bar – 50m
WARRANTY 2 years extendable