echo/neutra Goes Deep on Specs and Value with the New Cristallo Professional Dive Watch –

The dial pulls in elements from echo/neutra’s previous collections, namely in the arrow hour hand, and balance of large numerals with thin lines, and adds in some complications. At 12, 3, and 6 are oversized numerals, providing at-a-glance legibility as well as orientation for the dial. Rounded lines in various sizes then tell the other hours as well as individual minutes. In an interesting move, there is no center seconds hand, rather a sub-seconds at nine. A double-sided hand ticks away here to quickly indicate that the watch is functioning, the seconds themselves being less important than the minutes and hours on a dive watch.

At six you’ll find a power reserve, which is another unexpected feature. The concept here is that prior to a dive, it gives a diver the opportunity to make sure their watch is adequately wound up, which seems like a fair redundancy to have. Another check off the “pro” list. The dials then come in two colors, full black, and black to blue vertical degradé, clearly inspired by a well-known deep diving watch but supplying an undeniably appealing look.

Lastly, the Cristallo comes mounted to a steel H-link bracelet with a diver’s extension clasp for fitting around a wetsuit. Overall, the echo/neutra Cristallo appears to be a rather complete high-spec dive watch package with some interesting additional functionality, namely from the power reserve and no-deco bezel. While the bezel might limit its everyday usage (not that most bezels are really so useful), it is nice to see a dive watch that is really made for divers. That’s not me, granted, but I’m not lacking in options as a land lover either.

The echo/neutra Cristallo goes on pre-order today, shipping in September, with a presale price of $890, and a full retail price of $1,190. Like the Averau the Cristallo represents a solid value, especially for the specs and complication. So, should you happen to be wanting to take your diving to the pro level, perhaps this is the watch for you? echo/neutra

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