I suppose that once in your life, you have dreamed of owning a luxury watch like Rolex, Tudor, Omega or even Cartier.
The problem? 90% of guys couldn’t afford it. And to be completely honest with you guys, I belong to the 90% that couldn’t afford those as well.
But isn’t that the point of why it’s called a luxury watch in the first place? It’s something that only the elite could afford?
Because the reality is that, luxury watches are meant to serve as status symbols. They are an expensive piece of men’s jewelry that is limited and something that not everybody has the means to splurge money on. In fact, some luxury watches have a price tag that is almost equivalent to an entry level car. Heck, if you were given a choice, I’m absolutely sure that you’d pick having an entry level car over a luxury watch, right?
But maybe that’s just me because I’m not super rich to afford all that.
However, not earning a million dollar paycheck is not a reason for you to not have a quality, exclusive and elegant watch because today, I just discovered a new brand of affordable luxury watches that is a game changer in the watchmaking industry.
Meet Filippo Loreti Luxury Men’s Watches
Filippo Loreti was founded on the belief that luxury watches should not be ridiculously expensive. The founders of the brand researched extensively on how they could reduce the total cost of a luxury watch and based from their findings, the reason why luxury watches are super expensive (apart from being built with quality materials) is due to the unnecessary mark-up of prices by distributors, partners, vendors and retailers. In short, these “middlemen” would mark-up the price of a single watch for up to 1,000%.
Unbelievable, isn’t it?
So what did Filippo Loreti do? They cut-off all these middlemen from the supply chain. The result? They (the manufacturer) sell the watches directly to us (the consumers) via their website. And you wouldn’t believe how much that process reduced the cost of their timepieces.
Now as a start-up business, Filippo Loreti’s launch was funded by thousands of backers at the Kickstarter crowdfunding website. To date, they have made history as being the biggest funded timepiece on Kickstarter – a huge achievement and a testament to how many people believed in the brand.
Venice Rose Gold Blue Automatic Men’s Watch
If you visit their website, you’ll find classic, elegant, luxurious and stylish watches for the modern gentleman.
Out of all the men’s watches that could be found from their online store, I personally picked this beautiful Filippo Loreti Venice Rose Gold Blue Automatic Men’s Watch to wear and review here on my blog. They delivered it to me internationally via DHL.
And so what are the most notable features of this watch that I personally liked? Many, but here are the Top 7 reasons why I think it’s different from other watches that I have.
Reason #1: Luxury Look and Feel At a Reasonable Price
Dude, I mean come on? Just look at this shiny timepiece right here.
Isn’t it such a beauty? By just taking a glimpse of it, you know for sure that it is not just an ordinary watch. It is comparable to luxury watches that we know but costs only a fraction of the price.
You would not believe it but the watches from Filippo Loreti starts at about 260 USD only.
Not bad, right?
But the one featured in this blog post costs 519 USD. That’s because it is their top of the line timepiece but even though it is such, it still costs only about a tenth of the price of other luxury watch brands. It’s still cheaper overall.
Reason #2: Stylish Color
Rose gold is in.
It started with iPhones and it is now on watches too.
What I liked about Filippo Loreti is the way they paired the rose gold color with blue straps and a matching cobalt blue watchface.
The color combinations gives a bold look and an appeal that is absolutely unique.
Reason #3: Premium Italian Leather with Deployment Clasps
Filippo Loreti’s timepieces come with straps made from premium Italian leather, just like this:
The straps are fastened by hidden deployment clasps (also known as butterfly clasps.)
It takes a while to get used to the clasps, but once you do, you may find yourself preferring it. Here is a video showing how to use these butterfly clasps on Filippo Loreti watches.
Reason #4: Automatic Watch Mechanism
One of the greatest marvels of watchmaking is having a timepiece with purely mechanical components and one without the need for a battery.
Yes guys, you read that right. This watch model has no battery.
Unlike your no frills battery-operated watch, the Filippo Loreti Venice Rose Gold Blue Automatic Men’s Watch is powered by a semi-circular rotor at the back (pictured above) which rotates, winds and powers-up the spring and gears inside your watch. The job of the moving semi-circular rotor is to transfer the kinetic energy from the movement of your hand into the springs and gears inside the watch. BEAUTIFUL!
The delicate mechanism by which the watch operates is an intricate art and a genuine masterpiece that most men have appreciated since the early days of watchmaking.
You can watch and learn more about automatic mechanical watches here to understand the whole idea of how the watch works with the absence of a batteries.
Reason #5: Limited Edition
A product is not considered luxury if everybody has it.
So in order to balance being affordable and being luxurious, Filippo Loreti made each of their watches limited.
When you buy the watch, you will see two numbers at the back that shows how many of these models Filippo Loreti plans to produce. Observe closely below.
As you will see in the photo above, the watch featured in this blog post has a number of 0237 / 1641.
That means that it is the 237th watch out of only the limited 1,641 watches that Filippo Loreti plans to produce for this model.
Reason #6: Ten Year Warranty
Filippo Loreti is very confident in the quality of their watches. To prove that, each watch has a ten year warranty with free shipping and free returns.
Reason #7: Multi-functional watch
If you look at the face of the watch closely, you will find the following features and dials:
- Hours, minutes and seconds hands at the center
- Power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock
- Since this is an automatic watch with no battery, the power reserve indicator basically tells you how much power you have in your watch before the need to wind the watch or move your wrists to keep the watch ticking.
- Day of the week indicator at 9 o’clock
- Month of the year indicator at 3 o’clock
- Day and night indicator at 6 o’clock
- Date window at half past four
It has everything you need to track the date and time. You could easily adjust the date and time or power-up the watch by winding the crown located on the right side of the watch.
Yes guys, if you look at the above picture closely, the crown is colored rose gold with a cobalt blue tip too!
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I could pretty much say that Filippo Loreti is a promising luxury watch brand. 18,000+ people who backed them up on Kickstarter could not go wrong.
I look forward to see Filippo Loreti’s upcoming models in the near future. I am personally rooting (and hoping) for a new model which has a metallic strap and one which can be used for diving. Although extra metallic straps are available separately for purchase, it would be great to see these metallic straps featured as the default strap for an upcoming watch model.
But for now, I am contented that I now finally have a luxury watch in the form of Filippo Loreti Venice Rose Gold Blue Automatic Men’s Watch. I proudly wore this when I attended the recently concluded E! Bloggers Ball and I couldn’t be any happier with the compliments I received wearing this watch.
Check out more of Filippo Loreti at their official website and online store here.
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Pa-giveaway naman d’yan! 🙂
I have done a review on 4 of their watches, the collectors case, extra straps, extra metal straps etc here …good and bad…
How can i purchase? Do you do cash on delivery? Please response. Im interested email@example.com
Bob, pag meron, why not? Haha.
Joe, thanks for sharing.
Benedict – check out their website show in this post.
Did you pay for customs fee when they shipped the item here in PH? How much customs fee? Planning to buy kc through their ongoing campaign sa kickstarter €149 for quartz €349 for automatic (back not clear, no butterfly clasps)
The butterfly clasp is cheap ( from the last campaign ) and is worth it. The new range has the back engraved not laser etched but this may change later on on the auto range who knows. As for customs it depends on your country if you are outside the US they used USPS on the last deliveries I got and you can always send them a mail beforehand and ask them to mark contents low value!
Aaron – nope, Customs didn’t require a fee for this.
Thank you Sir Chris!
What courier company delivered the product to you?
Hi Melvin, it was delivered to me by DHL.
Hi! May i ask how many days bago dumating yung watch na inorder mo Sir Chris? I’m planning to order also through their website.
Hi Julius – it took 3-5 days for me. Thanks.
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San ka nakabili nyan boss? Mai branch ba sila dito sa pilipinas?
Hi Steven, online lang sya available. Wala silang stores sa Pilipinas.
Ehm. Yun pong sayo boss online din? Mga ilang months po xia dadating pag mag order tapus ano po ung means of delivery nya pag andito na sa pilipinas ung package? Or tayo ang kukuha sa post office.
Hahaha.. na sagut mona pala ung tanung ko boss sa mga past comments.. 😁
So pag order mo boss, padala ka ng pera tapus 3-5 days lng kuha muna ung package. Tama po ba?
Steven – yung payment nila is via Paypal or Credit Card. Then around 3-5 days ipapadala nila via DHL, FedEx or other similar couriers. 🙂
Can i buy this through paymaya?
I don’t think they accept that yet
As quite a watch enthusiast and owner of a few myself, I would stay away from fashion brands like Filippo Loreti, MVMT, Michael Kors and the rest of blingy stuff with Japanese 10 dollar miyotas.
Stop making false claims that this watches are worth the money. I don’t think you know anything about horology.
I just ordered 1 watch, then i just read about the scam.. can i cancel the order through calling metrobank credit card?? Help or will it still push through??
Kian/Phil – I got the watch a little over a year ago so my writing and experience as illustrated in this write-up was of last year.
If need palitan battery sir .paano?
Sir magkano po nagastos nyo overall including the shipping fee?
Was this delivered right to your doorstep? It did not go through the post office?
Hi. I bought the watch online and then read some bad reviews thereafter – now I am worried if my purchased item will even make it to my doorstep. I paid online last night – yes I got an email confirmation about my purchase but now I am wishing soon I get the email to provide the tacking #.
Hi Chris, I backread information here – i suppose you got the fast courier service right? I took the same. I hope I will receive my item.
Hi Michael, got it in 3 days. A reader of mine got it in 5 days. You should receive a tracking number. Let me know how it goes for you.
Hi Kian and Michael Victor! I also ordered 2 weeks ago and got no tracking number except an email confirmation that they are preparing my order for shipping. Now I’ve read negative comments and I’m now getting kinda worried that I wont get to receive the item. Update us if you received yours!
It’s a made in China watch. They got it from Alibaba for only $30
How much yung shipping? Ikaw ba yung namili ng courier? Thanks
I bought one and paid online by credit card. It did not arrive despite the merchant saying it was sent. It was sent by post, which I should think is “Registered” and could not get lost and it would only take 3 weeks. Claiming a refund is not possible because in the fine print in an obscure tab, you cannot get a refund, but only a reshipment. This non-refund was not prompted during the payment process. After frustrating emails back and forth spanning weeks, I lost interest in having it reshipped. It reached a point that if ever the item did arrive, I would get a hammer and smash it. The price of this watch is not far from other obscure watches that you can buy from malls, or even from known but common brands. Lesson learned! Now when I feel like buying a watch, I will just to a mall and spare myself the aggravation.