Filippo Loreti is a watch company making waves in the watch industry, and for good reason. When I first found out about them, I was drawn to their Venice Series collection.
Sporting a clean, elegant design, I decided to check them out for myself. But before we get into the review, first a quick background check.
FILIPPO LORETI BACKGROUND
Filippo Loreti was founded in 2014 by two brothers from Lithuania. “[They] found that the majority of the price of a luxury watch had nothing to do with production costs and everything to do with expensive celebrity ad campaigns, inefficient supplier relationships, and convoluted distributor networks.”
They also found that most luxury watches are sold at a 4,000% markup of the cost to produce. With this understanding and the belief that these watches should be affordable to everyone, they set out to eliminate some processes and optimizing others to deliver the same quality and craftsmanship at a fraction of the price. Filippo Loreti is the most funded watch company in crowdfunding history.
FILIPPO LORETI REVIEW
I wanted to know some basics about the watch brand and so I sent several questions to a rep. at Filippo Loreti. See her response below.
Which movement is being used?
The most significant change we’ve made to our range is upgrading the movement of our beloved Venice Quartz series, to the renowned Caliber 6P00 movement. Created by Miyota, the Japanese maker universally acclaimed for the accuracy of its movements, the 6P00 adds one of the most well known and widely appreciated complications on the market: the moonphase. To mark the achievement, we’ve renamed this range the Venice Moonphase series.
Where are the watches manufactured?
Filippo Loreti watches are hand-crafted in Shenzhen City, a high-tech manufacturing hub in south-eastern China, close to the border with the autonomous territory of Hong Kong.
What’s the quality of the stainless steel?
Though I didn’t get an answer to this, I was able to find out the stainless steel grade. It’s 316L. After a quick Google search, I found out that 316L is a great stainless steel for high temperature, and high corrosion uses. It’s durable, corrosion resistant, and a good choice for high-stress situations.
What’s the story behind Filippo Loreti?
You can read our full story on our journal.
FILIPPO LORETI VENICE MOONPHASE SILVER MESH WATCH
Watch Packaging (What’s Inside)
- Filippo Loreti Venice Moonphase Silver Mesh Watch
- Certificate of Authenticity
- Instructions & Warranty Info.
- Microfiber wipe cloth
A proper unboxing experience is always appreciated and Filippo Loreti’s packaging is clean. It comes in a small, sturdy black box with a red bow—a classy touch making it a great for gifting. Inside there is a microfiber wipe cloth, a certificate of authenticity and instructions on how to care for the watch and adjust the moonphase and the date.
After a couple of weeks of wear, the watch is holding up well. There are no visible scratches or marks. The watch face is made of sapphire glass, which is more scratch resistant and higher quality than mineral glass, the latter being utilized by many mid-priced watches.
The strap is a mesh, stainless steel that looks and feels solid. It’s a 316L grade stainless steel, which is said to be durable and corrosion resistant.
The watch feels substantial and has a nice weight to it, in other words, it doesn’t feel cheap like some other fashion watches on the market. And I’m not sure if it was an oversight, but I can’t comment on the calfskin leather strap because my shipment didn’t come with one.
All in all, the Venice Moonphase Series gets a high mark for quality after a few weeks of wear.
Filippo Loreti watches are not made in Italy, but are heavily influenced by Italian style and architecture. This is especially apparent by the detailing on the back of the case. It’s engraved with the Basilica di San Marco (St. Mark’s Basilica) in Venice, a nice touch and detail that I can appreciate since I visited St Mark’s Basilica a few years ago and it was breathtaking.
The moonphase complication is elegant in its design. All of the subdials with the date are inset and nicely balanced along with the hour markers. It has a classy mesh band with an easy-to-release clasp so that you can easily swap straps. Switch it up with a leather strap to tone down the formality a bit, but still retain a classy vibe.
Best of all, the watch is an accessory that can complement anything from smart casual to dressy looks. Pair it with a blazer, slim fit, dark wash denim and a knit tie for something clean and classic. All in all, the Venice Moonphase is a beautiful looking modern timepiece.
- Case Diameter: 40mm
- Thickness: 9mm
- Strap Width: 20 mm, best fit for 5.5″-9″ wrist
- Case Material: Stainless Steel (316L Grade)
- Glass: Sapphire Glass
- Straps: Mesh Bracelet, Brown Italian Leather
- Water Resistance: 5atm (50 meters)
- Buckle: Regular
- Movement: Miyota 6P00
- Functions: Moonphase Function at 6 o’clock
- Warranty: 10 Years
The Venice Moonphase Series with the mesh strap goes for $199 and $149 with the leather strap, which is fairly affordable, depending on your budget of course. It’s a level above fashion watches like Daniel Wellington, the Fifth, Paul Rich or MVMT watches in terms of the quality at a competitive price point. In terms of build, it’s comparable to my Brathwait automatic in rosegold.
IS FILIPPO LORETI WORTH IT?
Filippo Loreti may not have the history and heritage of classic watch brands like Timex, Hamilton or Seiko, but they’ve done a great job of generating buzz and introducing a new wave of watch enthusiasts into the wonderful world of watches, which is a win-win for the watch market as a whole.
If you’re looking for a modern timepiece with a clean and elegant aesthetic, Filippo Loreti is a brand worth checking out.
A note: Filippo Loreti sent this watch over for review. These are all my thoughts and opinions based on my experience. Gentleman Within holds all control over editorial content.
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