Audric is a name you should start getting familiar with in watchmaking circles. They’re a small Singaporean brand designing accessible watches that are built and assembled in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Currently they might not have the biggest following but thanks to their latest timepiece, the Audric Strider, they should definitely be on your accessible sports watch radar.
I’ve been wearing the Strider non-stop and I can see the instant appeal. However, it’s worth pointing out that the model I have here is a prototype. That means there are a few changes between the model here and the one available for sale. Most notably its name has changed from Stroller to Strider, which is why you’ll see in the photos that it says Stroller on the dial and caseback. It’s a change that makes a lot of sense, Stroller feels sedate compared to the sporty energy of Strider.
When I first put the Audric Strider on, I was pleased to find the 42mm case in stainless steel has a reassuring weight to it, while the height is just right to slip under my cuff. It manages to hit that sweet spot of being large without compromising wearability as some chunky watches are wont to do. Also, the three link steel bracelet is supremely comfortable.
Stylistically, it’s looks great too. There’s a nice contrast between the brushed finish on the body of the case and the flat surface of the dodecagonal bezel compared to the polished finish on the sloped edges of the bezel. Plus, the shape of the bezel emphasises the angular lugs, enhancing the overall sportiness of the design.
Narrowing in on the Audric Strider’s dial, the bold aesthetic continues with large, partially skeletonised hands with lume-filled tips. They complement the applied indexes and Arabic numerals, which are also lumed for super legibility in low light conditions. Those indexes sit above a textured surface of tiny squares that catch the light at satisfying angles, adding a lightness to the dial even though the version I have here is predominantly black.
Flipping the watch over, you can see the engraving of the watch’s water resistance (20atm/200m) as well as other details including the watch’s name and the fact it’s Swiss Made. The movement, visible through the exhibition caseback is also Swiss, the Sellita SW200-1. It’s a classic workhorse calibre with a 38-hour power reserve and time and date functions. If reliability and easy servicing are your priority, it’s the movement for you.
The Audric Strider is also very accessible, particularly if you purchase one during its Super Early order period on Kickstarter in which it’s just $549 (approx. £435). Following the Kickstarter saving period its standard price is $849 (approx. £670), which in watch price terms is only fractionally higher.
Price & Specs:
- Model: Audric Strider
- Case/dial: 42mm x 48mm diameter x 11.5 mm thickness, stainless steel case, textured dial with Swiss Superluminova C3 X1 or BGW9, fixed bezel, screw-down crown with AUDRIC logo filled with C3 X1 or BGW9, exhibition case back (sapphire glass)
- Water resistance: 200m (20 bar)
- Movement: Calibre ETA 2824-2 or Sellita SW 200 – 1 in Incabloc and Elabore grade with blue screws and signed rotor, automatic, 25 jewels (ETA 2824-2), 26 jewels (Sellita SW 200)
- Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
- Power reserve: 38 – 42h
- Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
- Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with folding buckle
- Price/availability: $549 (approx. £435) if you order early, standard price is $849 (approx. £670)