With the Wyvern and DuoBox leading the charge, Brellum is an independent Swiss brand with a penchant for producing sporty watches. However, their stand out watch in my opinion has always been the Pandial, which takes the same sporty DNA and renders it in a glorious panda dial colourway. At the tail end of 2022 it’s the Pandial that takes centre stage again with the launch of the Brellum Pandial LE.3 DD DLC Chronometer.
Your first reaction might be, ‘woah, that’s a lot of acronyms and abbreviations for a watch’s name!’ and while I can’t dispute that fact, it’s actually very easy to break it all down. To give it its full name, meet the Pandial Limited Edition.3 Day-Date Diamond-Like Carbon Chronometer. It’s a longer title to be sure but perhaps a less daunting one, plus it tells you everything you need to know about the watch.
Let’s start by taking a look at the DLC part, which is a reference to the watch’s case. It’s 43mm in diameter with a total thickness of 15.9mm, making it a substantial instrument. The case is made from stainless steel with a DLC coating, which means that an incredibly scratch resistant coating only a few microns thick has been applied to the metal. It creates a fabulously stealthy aesthetic and boosts the watch’s natural durability and robust nature. Ideal for a sporty chronograph of this variety. It’s also what makes the LE.3 different to its predecessor the LE.2, the other major difference being the black cardinal numerals instead of white ones.
As for the dial, it features a tricompax layout of three subdials with a 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock, a 12-hour timer at 6 and small seconds at 9. The 3 o’clock position is occupied by the titular day-date complication. Of course, what makes this a Pandial is the monochrome colourway of a white base with black (or black embellished) subdials, creating the appearance of a panda. Perhaps the most famous example of this style is the Rolex Daytona but it works a treat here too, especially in conjunction with the dark case.
Housed inside and visible through the exhibition caseback is the Brellum BR-750-2 automatic chronograph calibre, base Valjoux 7750. It has a 46-hour power reserve, provided by way of a skeletonised rotor that is also DLC coated, enhancing the appearance of the movement through the caseback. Not that the movement needs much help in that department considering the high-quality finishing, involving perlage, Geneva stripes and blue screws. Plus, as the watch’s name informs us, it’s COSC Chronometer certified.
In terms of pricing and availability, the Brellum Pandial LE.3 DD DLC Chronometer is the perfect storm of great value for money while also being extremely exclusive. It costs £3,060 but only 17 are going to be produced. Consequently, getting hold of one will be very difficult, which is a shame for such a well-executed and handsome watch.
Price & Specs:
- Model: Brellum Pandial LE.3 DD DLC Chronometer
- Case/dial: 43mm diameter x 11.7mm thickness, black DLC coated stainless steel case, white opalin dial with black sub dials
- Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
- Movement: Brellum BR-750-2 (based on Valjoux 7750), automatic, COSC-certified
- Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
- Power reserve: 46h
- Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, day/date, 12 hour chronograph, stop seconds, tachymeter
- Strap: Integrated Nebur Tec strap with black DLC stainless steel deployment buckle and additional black DLC stainless steel bracelet
- Price/availability: £3,060, limited to 17 pieces