There’s nothing boring about the new ZIIIRO Lunar watch that tells the time in a unique way using a minimally designed dial.
Minimalist watches are simplistic in design, telling the time in the simplest of ways while giving your wrist a design twist. ZIIIRO Lunar Watch does just that with its dial made of two half colored discs. The variety of styles the watch comes in make it easy to match to your individual style.
When done right, minimalism can emphasize the best parts of a watch and with a healthy dose of joyful design, it can make the watch an artful accent. For the past years, independent watch design has turned towards this reductive aesthetic, incorporating elements from the graphic design. ZIIIRO started in 2010 and is made up of three partners that are fueled by the passion for the craft and a desire to create.
We got together with our good friends at ZIIIRO to bring you this review of the Lunar Black and Lunar Gold watches and to organize a huge $1000 WORTH GIVEAWAY of 5 ZIIIRO Lunar Watches we know you will love. We will pick 5 winners so when entering the giveaway please make sure you leave a comment with the color you’d like to win and make sure you follow our social media channels to see who wins.
These watches put great design first, and it shows in this Lunar watch collection. Combining playfulness with minimalism, they create an elegant and eye-catching dial that demands a second look. All the Lunar collection has the same matte black case with different colored bezels and dials and two strap options, a smooth black leather one and a metal Milanese mesh one.
Staying true to ZIIIRO’s design principles, the new Lunar watches use a recessed crown that hides in the case to further simplify the look of the watch. The watch face is a constantly changing pattern, made from two half moons resting on two equally leveled and circularly brushed metal discs. Reading the time may take some time, although for old ZIIIRO watch owners it will be easy. Working in a 12-hour dial because of the two halves, with the center disc representing the minutes and the outer disc representing the hours. The watch comes with an instruction document to help you understand your new accessory better.
On the back of the watch, we find a screw down case back also finished in a matte black coating that’s engraved with all the information about the model. The leather strap is smooth to touch and made up of two layers that are fused together with no stitching for a clean look.
The ZIIIRO Lunar watch is a medium sized timepiece with a case width of 41mm and height of 9.8mm made from PVD coated 316L Stainless Steel. The dial features metal disc hour and minute hands that are radially polished and PVD color-coated on one-half and black on the other. The glass is made of hardened mineral crystal and sits flush with the bezel.
Inside we find a reliable Japanese quartz movement from Miyota powered by a popular SR616SW battery which is easy to replace anywhere in the world. Water resistant to 5ATM means you can go for the occasional splash in the pool and not worry about the watch. If something does happen, you get a 1-year limited warranty but from our experience, these watches are built to last and ours are going strong for 3 years now.
Another design element that you see first is the box the watch comes in. The Lunar watch sits in a simple two-part box with a sleeve that shows just the dial. Taking off the white paper sleeve reveals the watch in its entirety through the top transparent plastic case. The bottom half of the case, where the watch is mounted on a black foam, is made from white paper which makes for a high contrast. Clean lines all around continue the minimal design language that ZIIIRO is known for.
We were so excited to get our hands on the new ZIIIRO Lunar Watch to test and get a feel for the fit on the wrist. We have the Lunar Black & Gold and the Lunar Black & White to play with for this review. The delivery box was opened as soon as it arrived to get the watches out. We’re pleased by the simple packaging they come in and love the cutout for the dial in the sleeve. Proceeding to take them out and get a closer look for the details and materials, we notice the high-quality finish and silky smooth leather strap.
On the wrist, the watch is comfortable and looks futuristic thanks to the geometric shapes of the dial. Loving the radial brushed finish on the bezel and dial, giving it a classic textured feel that contrasts with the overall contemporary design. Having a modest size case width of 41 mm means it doesn’t look too big on the average wrist.
By using a well-known Japanese quartz movement, ZIIIRO created a great blend of quality materials and reliable timekeeping that also looks great worn by the modern man. Some could say these watches are aimed at designers in general that like to complement their outfit with a beautifully designed watch that’s intriguing to look at.
We have to give another mention of the black leather strap that just feels out of this world. It’s so flexible and comfortable with no hard edges to create any discomfort. This is the first we’ve seen on a watch and we’re already big fans of this style. The simple matte black buckle that matches the rest of the watch is all you need to fasten it.
The playful geometric design of the dial means that it can take some time to learn how to read it in one glance. It makes for an interesting conversation starter that’s for sure. The slim hidden crown is textured making it easy to adjust the time. This watch is meant for light users that need to tell the time rarely and use the timepiece more as an accessory rather than a timekeeping tool.
Overall the ZIIIRO Lunar watch has great build quality paired with a good Japanese movement and cool design infused throughout. At this price point of $209 USD, you get something unique that is sure to draw some attention from everybody around you. If you like to see the rest of the collection and all other ZIIIRO watches head on over to their website. For a chance to win make sure you apply using the form above and for extra chances to win, share the article with friends and family.