A Compelling Entrant in a Competitive Segment
Words/Photography: Don Camacho / Me / Model: Don Camacho
“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” – Andrew Grant
In a competitive marketplace, upstart brands have a brief opportunity to get consumer attention. Whether it’s through brilliant advertising, word-of-mouth, or just via traditional reputation development, there must be something to make someone interested in you. In comes Raymond and Pearl, and they’re hoping to earn your business via the Horizon, a series where classic design mixes with the bold usage of color.
The brand started up on a unified goal based on friendship, and they set forth in creating a great timepiece that has a balance of quality and personality. Featuring upscale materials, and handmade in Switzerland, the ‘Horizon’ collection gives you something to ponder about.
Let’s explore the Horizon together and see what this watch has to offer.
Disclosure: Raymond & Pearl provided this Horizon Adventure Green at no-cost for the purposes of this review.
Raymond & Pearl Horizon Technical Specifications
- Model Number: Adventure Green
- MSRP: $248
- Case Diameter: 40mm
- Alternate Models: Additional color schemes
- Movement: Quartz, Swiss-made Ronda
- Complications: None
- Battery Life: Approximately 3-5 years
- Water Resistance: 50m / 165ft
- Crystal Material: Sapphire
First Impressions Count, & This One is Pretty Good
When I first received the package, the presentation was very good. It came in a well-padded black leather case with the Raymond & Pearl logo printed on it. When opened, the “Swiss Made” logo is immediately noticed, center-aligned with the watch itself.
Right away, I was immediately attracted to the green sunburst dial. It looks great when the light hits it and with that stainless-steel case, it stands out and shines brightly.
The Horizon comes with additional straps: black leather, and a steel mesh. My favorite is the brown leather strap, as it provides a great color effect; the organic earthy tones are a great complement to the metallic sunburst green. Overall, the package is well executed. That’s great to see considering that Raymond & Pearl is a young company; the details have been given attention.
At 40mm, the Horizon is not at all imposing. It feels light and sits just right against my wrist, with no issues from the crown with respect to leaving marks or pinching.
I think it works best with a neutral outfit, and I use it as the one ‘highlight’ piece to complement a basic tee, crisp oxford shirt, solid chinos, or even dark indigo denim. I wouldn’t put it up against patterned tops, as it’ll fight for attention because of the bold emerald green face.
Let’s take a closer look.
The stainless-steel case is well-polished and has a lovely sheen. The watch details are engraved on the caseback. The whole watch enjoys good finishing overall.
Aesthetically, there’s only one point worth noting: the case seems to be trying to share the spotlight with the dial. Both the case and dial are reflective and polished, and so they sometimes conflict rather than compliment. A matte case, or one with less of a polish, would let the green dial be the star.
But, because the case is also very bright, there’s this “wow” factor that the Horizon has. It just grabs your attention. It’s a conundrum wrapped in an enigma. I suppose you’ll have to decide how you like it for yourself.
The strap itself is a brown Swedish-made strap that is soft and easy to break-in. It didn’t feel stiff and felt natural on the wrist. Personally, I think the brown leather strap works the best with the green face, but it has a quick-release system, so you can easily switch between the options if you disagree with my assessment.
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Worn with a light blue chambray shirt, beige chinos, and a navy patch pocket blazer, the Horizon is a great watch to have with around the office. It immediately attracts attention and got compliments from many people. It sits comfortably around the wrist, so no fatigue was felt wearing it around the office.
But here in the office, the Horizon revealed a new quirk: the sunburst dial with the glossy hands/indices made it difficult to easily read time in fluorescent lighting. You must angle it a bit to get the time without seeing heaping amounts of glare. Maybe a change in the sapphire crystal to add AR coating will help solve that, but as it is today, it is sometimes challenging to quickly read the time.
On the weekends, it matched very well with a white Henley tee, selvedge denim, well-polished boots, and an aviator leather jacket. I love how it was easy to bring it upscale right to casual in one go.
You must pay that much more attention to your outfits if you’re rocking the Horizon. Because of the bold color motif, you can’t just haphazardly put random clothes together and call it a day. If you do, go for whites, grays, blues, and brown hues. Black is a no-no for the green face. Of course, there are other colors to choose from, but my favorite is the green version.
Going Green Looks Good!
There’s a lot to like about an affordable Swiss-made watch, and in the Horizon the Raymond and Pearl brand has a great product to start building their portfolio. It’s a solid first attempt that doesn’t feel like it’s the first attempt.
Focused on quality and bold designs, Raymond and Peal’s Horizon is reflective of the passion they have for watches and the desire to be noticed. Just like with anything, there are improvements that could be made, but the watch itself is a great piece to add to one’s collection.
Available in many colors to suit anyone’s palate, the Horizon is a confident companion for any enthusiast out there. Just get ready for all the compliments and extra attention you’ll be getting wearing this watch.