G.Gagnebin & Cie Karaktero Review

Reviewed by K.C. Kim

Eight decades after establishing G.Gagnebin & Cie, the fourth generation of the family restarts the storied brand. Watch Designer David Gagnebin relaunches the brand and continues the dream of brand that his great grandfather has started.

When it comes to watches, G. Gagnebin has a great one that the fourth generation of the family wants to maintain. The Karaktero is the first line in its lineup that includes a line of women’s watches.

I had a chance to go hands on with the G. Gagnebin Karaktero brown dial stainless steel version and came away impressed. The company also makes an alligator strap version that is also available.

The watch features a modern 43mm steel case, sapphire crystal, Swiss Made Sellita SW300 movement (comparable to ETA 2892) with hours, minutes, seconds and date functionality. The brushed stainless steel case finish will be less prone to scratches compared to a mirror finish polished steel. The watch is surprisingly thin at only 9.5 mm thick that is perfect under a dress shirt sleeve. The 5atm or 50m water resistance should be enough to not worry about getting the watch wet. The brown sunray dial reflect light and is beautiful in the sunlight. The brown leather strap with white stitching compliments the brown dial and is made of quality material. The watch has an Applied star and faceted black applied indexes with Super-Luminova ®.

The back of the watch features a lion and snake emblem that was the symbol was on the letterhead of the company G.Gagnebin & Cie. Proud of it’s French-speaking origins, G. Gagnebin & Cie watches have technical information engraved on the bottom of the watch and on the dial in French. The back of the watch case has a small window that you can peak into the movement of the watch.

The G. Gagnebin & Cie Karaktero is a truly impressive watch that is an instant classic. The watch would be perfect for the office, special occasions and causal affairs. I have owned watches from Omega, Tag Heuer, and I found the G. Gagnebin & Cie Karaktero to be my favorite. Anyone looking for a nice watch that one day could pass down to a son when they get older, should check out the G. Gagnebin & Cie Karaktero.

10 Out of 10

You can purchase the G. Gagnebin & Cie Karaktero from ZuluTime for $1,320 HERE and Gentilhomme.ch for Europe HERE

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