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By way of history, Isotope was started in 2015 in England by José Miranda, following two other less successful forays into watchmaking. The brand was born of desperation and a bit of necessity. Mr. Miranda longed for a Genta Jumping Hour but felt that he needed both kidneys, so couldn’t afford one. His solution? Build his own. The result was the Rider, a jumping hour with a bespoke movement module created just for the brand. The watch is a study in inspired design: it is clearly reminiscent of Genta’s design language and simultaneously infused with newness, freshness. The Goutte d’Eau is no different, as even a cursory glance elicits a genuine “Well now, what’s this?” Working with the designer behind the Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod, Isotope sought to bring something new, original, and distinct from the competition. And with a watch that is fully bespoke save for the movement, I dare say they’ve succeeded.
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The Goutte d’Eau has hints of other watches here and there, but it comes together to form something original. And that’s something to get excited about whether or you not you actually like the watch. I do, so I’d say if you do too, it’s worth the investment. Speaking of which: for the NH35 version, you’re looking at just under $290 until October 6, then about $305 until preorders run out—final retail will land at $380ish (depending on the markets). If you want to spring for the Swiss SW200 movement, it’ll be $385, $410, and $513, respectively. Let’s focus on those final numbers for just a bit. For a completely original watch designed from the ground up—the only stock part is the movement—you barely have to step beyond the $500 mark. And that’s for the Swiss movement. The only drawbacks you need to consider: stubby lugs that should just a bit longer, phantom crown position/dial imbalance with the date display, and polished hands that should be brushed. None of those alone are dealbreakers, nor are they together, for that matter. The Goutte d’Eau isn’t much like any other watch I’ve seen, and while it’s not new to try something new, it is refreshing to see something new done well. So even if you don’t think it deserves your money, it certainly deserves your plaudits.
“Your heart was warm and happy
With the lilt of Irish laughter
Every day and in every way
Now forever and ever after."