Andreas Strehler Time Shadow Watch Hands-On Review
When you consider a watch from independent watchmaker Andreasn Strehler, you first need to be OK with the fact that you’ll be wearing a men’s watch with a butterfly on it. As you can see, the papillon logo is a prominent part of Andreas Strehler’s designs often seen in the movement, but here, as a logo on the dial for the Andreas Strehler Time Shadow which is his new entry-level watch. This is the first movement he has made without a butterfly design actually integrated into its architecture.
Functionally, the Andreas Strehler Time Shadow watch only indicates the time with hours and minutes – the former being on a disc to the left of the dial in a “semi-digital” manner, while the minutes use a more traditional off-centered dial to the right. There aren’t a lot of fancy tricks going on, just an easy-to-understand layout with the information most people want to view at a glance. Legibility is pretty good, but purists will probably not like the overlapping dials as well as the fact that the minute dial doesn’t have a complete ring of indicators.
The orange area in the hour ring where the current hour is read is actually done with SuperLumiNova paint. This means that in the dark, the current hour should be silhouetted against the lumed area for a cool effect. Additional SuperLumiNova is also used for the minute hand. It is actually sort of uncommon for these more formal independent watches to use luminant, which is why I decided to dwell on this fact and point it out to you. Also, it is worth noting that the watch hands are produced in-house by Andreas Strehler.
All the Andreas Strehler watches come in the brand’s original-looking case design which is a combination of a cushion and TV screen shape. Size is quite modest given the shape, and I recommend it for those who commonly wear sleeves. The case is 41mm wide and 37.3mm tall. It is rather thin as well, and could easily work as a luxury dress watch or something a bit more formal depending on your attire and personal style.
Inside the Andreas Strehler Time Shadow is the new Andreas Strehler caliber “Time Shadow,” produced from 132 parts operating at 3Hz (21,600 bph) with a power reserve of 72 hours between two mainspring barrels. Movement finishing uses a lot of satinized matte surfaces but also a lot of hand-beveling. It is a simple, albeit very beautiful and well-conceived Swiss movement that is sure to get approval by picky horological enthusiasts.