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    Re: Borealis Cascais Swiss STP1-11 Preorder has started

    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleWatchMan View Post
    Wow, nice combo. Where did you get that strap?
    Wow that is nice! Validates my order choice! Cathedral with date.....but, Geesh that blue looks so good as well!

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    Being somewhat lazy here, as perhaps this has been covered previously in the thread, but here goes:

    - real life pic of the blue dial with cathedral hands?
    - comparison lume shot of the white with c3 X1 and the blue with BGW9?

    thanks, and again, forgive my laziness!
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    Does it wear a little bigger than spec with the fairly narrow bezel?
    I think so. Yes. Reminds me of how an Obris Morgan Explorer wears but smaller lug to lug. Bigger than an SKX009 for sure.


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    I think so. Yes. Reminds me of how an Obris Morgan Explorer wears but smaller lug to lug. Bigger than an SKX009 for sure.


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    Re: Borealis Cascais Swiss STP1-11 Preorder has started

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeep99dad View Post
    *****UPDATED 3:30pm******

    Hi everyone,

    I was lucky to receive one of the Cascais protos to check it out, try it on straps , post pics and opinions.
    I just got it late last night and took some quick pics to share. I also wanted to share unbiased first impressions - note that I do not work for Borealis or professional review site/blog or in the watch industry at all. I am not getting paid or getting any freebies. This watch is just visiting for a few weeks :) and below is merely my honest opinion as a WIS. I am grateful for the opportunity to try the Cascais prototype.



    I took it off the bracelet almost right away because I am a strap guy & could not wait to play Barbie :) but the bracelet is well made and a good match for the watch.

    Took these quick ones on bracelet indoors when it landed.

    The applied markers are killer.










    Right off the bat I think it resembles the Oris 65 42 and Bathyscaphe, a friend mentioned the same, though it has its own personally and cases are quire different. I no longer own the latter but do have the Oris 65 so I thought I'd post a side by side pic. I know y'all love comparos :)
    Both are 42mm but the Cascais wears and looks larger. It has a narrow bezel, dial appears larger. Also the vintage box like dome of the Oris appears to shrink the dial visually, gives it curvature. The Cascais bezel color being the same as its dial's does provide a continuity between the two making it appear larger. it also appears flatter. Both elements contribute to makingit appear wider. The bracelet end link of the cascais also extends the overall length adding to the impression of size.
    The watch mid-case is also thinner on the Oris. The Cascais is more substantial on the wrist, period.


    Note the Oris has a more vintage vibe while the Cascais is decidedly more modern and a bit more rugged. Even the colors, seems a little more playful... the white, the light blue and brown... so they do have a different feel on the wrist.


    I hate to say it and I'll probably get lynched but I do own both watches and it is just my opinion... but the case finish to me seems nicer on the Cascais then the Oris :) There. I said it ;) Phew... Flame suit one.



    I tried to capture the shade of brown in various pics indoors and outdoors, at different angles.






    I hadn't intended in showing the lume today but it impressed me when I walked downstairs this morning in the dark stairwell. The watch had been on my wrist during the night (dark) then sat on the counter while I was getting ready. So not directly under a bright light or exposed to a flashlight to try and enhance the lume. It was so bright, I had to take a shot.


    really nice lines, clean and simple design overall.













    On my wrist today. For reference it is under 7" maybe 6 7/8" :) (WIS stuff ;) )





    I absolutely love how it sits on the wrist, flat and no wobble. It's very comfortable.

    I am a huge fan of the chamfers and drilled lugs.

    What I like:
    Overall looks. It's a nice watch, not just an homage to a sub or Pam or omega. Sure it takes cues from the BP or Oris whether intentionally or not but it stands on its own imho and was very well executed. Like I said before, I love a simple clean but efficient design, nothing overdone or tacky.

    Great size, pretty versatile. Will work for many wrists.

    Case finish is very nice. Dial applied markers are impressive too.

    Big crown and no crown guard

    Drilled lugs!

    Chamfers

    Brushed case

    Ceramic bezel

    Lume

    Swiss mvt - SPT1 by ZODIAC instead of micros go-to Japanese Myota and Seiko mvts. Nothing wrong with them, but they are ubiquitous. nice to see a company dare go different. Plus they went Swiss while keeping price very reasonable.

    Bezel action is nice and firm. No play.

    Strap friendly: looks great on straps, drilled lugs make strap changes easier, holes placed correctly so no huge gap between strap and case like the LLD, Tudor BB or B&R 123/126 series for example, but also not too close. room for a thick canvas! it si HUGE + for me and strap fans in general.

    What I'd change or don't prefer

    Bracelet end links: I prefer when a bracelet is set up like that of the Oris as an example-the middle section is recessed (female section) and the last link of the bracelet would be the male part with center piece of link sticking out to fit into the end link. (see Oris and Cascais side by side at the top to see the two set ups.) That set up is just nicer on the wrist and allows the watch strap to wrap better around the wrist. Also the way it is set up on the Oris makes the watch looks longer and extend the length effectively. Kinda sticks out on some wrists and the upper edges of the top link will stick out. I'll need to take a pic of that. Some brand remediate that some by angling down that section more
    Again this is JUST MY preference.

    The bracelet needs fewer fixed links so it can be sized down to smaller wrists.
    ****this is already addressed for the production model****

    The hour markers are a bit too large for my taste. But I admit it's somehow all rather proportional and the dial remains open and uncluttered.
    Matter of preference for sure and not a deal breaker either because as I said it is still all very cohesive and works well on the wrist. It is better than I had expected based on photos only.

    I find the brown a touch too light/faded for my taste in some lights. I'd personally prefer a deeper brown color.


    Overall I think it's an amazing watch and one of the better micros I've seen and owned... and that's a lot... Like the recent Scurfa BD1 that also impresses right out of the box IMO. It oozes quality and finish is impeccable. It's obvious right out of the box.

    I love that they took a chance and went a different route with the mvt vs. other micros. The SPT mvt, case shape and size, chamfers and drilled lugs just do it for me. I think the price is super competitive and it's a bargain for what you get. Now which color do I prefer???

    which hands? I think these more traditional pencil hands work better for me long term.

    I'll share more photos as I try different combos.

    Cheers. B




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    Great review.

    Yup, the hour markers seems too big for my taste too, since day one when the render was release. That's why I choose the white (pencil hands and no date) which the hour markers will not look as big, I hope.

    Your prototype review makes me wonder whether I should've preordered the brown too. The case design, which I can tell from the 2D drawing when it was first released, is very nice and will fit many type of wrists, exactly like you said.

    Really looking forward to my white Cascais in Feb/Mar. :)
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    Re: Borealis Cascais Swiss STP1-11 Preorder has started

    Quote Originally Posted by Radar1 View Post
    Does it wear a little bigger than spec with the fairly narrow bezel?
    Yes it does.


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    Re: Borealis Cascais Swiss STP1-11 Preorder has started

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    I feel you there ! I'm pretty good with my blue Seafarer for now but look what I took to work today.



    I prefer the blue Seafarer by a lot, being .44mm my preferred size, but the blue Cascais is much more wearable and versatile, IMO. I wish the Seafarer had the brushed case sides with chamfered edges of the Cascais. It gives it an extra touch of class and elegance.






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    Re: Borealis Cascais Swiss STP1-11 Preorder has started

    loving all the great shots of the blue! Thanks and keep them coming, please!
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    Re: Borealis Cascais Swiss STP1-11 Preorder has started

    A weak moment yesterday resulted in an order of a blue dialed Cascais with pencil hands and no date. Since I no longer have a blue watch in my collection I feel there is something missing, or at least that is what I am telling myself. Now, if they could change that cheapish Times New Roman logo or somewhat apply the logo differently...
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    Re: Borealis Cascais Swiss STP1-11 Preorder has started

    Darn....brown is looking real good now as well!....."Houston we have a problem......"
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    Re: Borealis Cascais Swiss STP1-11 Preorder has started

    Hey Louis & Bryce,
    Lots of Great watch/strap daily combo's, but these come mounted with the Borealis Bracelet. Can you guys test out & take some pics of the Bracelet in action: Endlinks, sides, & the Clasp. Also can you take a pic of the crown tube, is it stainless matching & maybe it's been noted, but I'm noticing the Pencil Hands Lume isn't matching to the indices, but seems to match w/ the Cathedral Hands better.

    Thanks, much appreciated,.. I'm thinking White Dial/Cathedral/Date..

    Edit: Never mind, I scrolled way back, watched videos, looked at pics, & it answered my questions.....Now I just gotta talk it over w/the voices in my head!
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