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Formex Launch Essence 39mm and 41mm Leggera Space Rock Limited Editions

Formex Essence ThirtyNine 39mm Leggera and FortyOne 41 Space Rock Automatic Chronometer Limited Editions

Meteorite was once a material restricted to the most luxurious of watch brands and for the most part it still is. Watches like the Rolex Daytona Meteorite show that there’s still an appetite for the substance at the higher echelons of watchmaking. However, 2022 has seen a large number of smaller brands branching out into meteorite watches. Tidlös and Tool Watch Co. have both released watches with meteor dials and now, joining their ranks, is Formex with the Essence 39mm and 41mm Leggera Space Rock Limited Editions.

Formex Essence ThirtyNine 39mm Space Rock Automatic Chronometer Limited Edition 5

As a material, meteorite has some incredibly intriguing properties, having been heated to extreme temperatures and subjected to incomprehensible forces as it falls through Earth’s atmosphere. The result is the Widmanstätten pattern, a series of random geometric lines that form a complex overlapping structure made predominantly from iron and nickel. The material used in the 176 watches being produced (88 each at 39mm and 41mm) comes from a meteorite named Muonionalusta.

The 39mm version is presented in a stainless steel case while the 41mm edition is far higher tech with a carbon fibre case and ceramic bezel. The combination of multiple advanced and complex materials makes for a high contrast design that draws the eye.

Formex Leggera FortyOne 41 Space Rock Automatic Chronometer Limited Edition

Inside, both versions contain the Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement with COSC chronometer certification. The movement features a custom skeleton rotor that helps to provide the 41-hour power reserve. It’s a solid workhorse calibre and fits the watch’s tool watch vibe.

Formex Leggera FortyOne 41 Space Rock Automatic Chronometer Limited Edition

As mentioned previously, both the 39mm and 41mm Essence Leggera Space Rock are limited to 88 pieces. The 39mm is priced at £1,460 on rubber strap and £1,560 on steel bracelet and then the 41mm is £1,600 on Nato and £1,750 on leather.

Price & Specs:

  • Model: Formex Essence ThirtyNine Space Rock
  • Formex Essence Leggera FortyOne Space Rock
  • Case/dial: 39mm diameter x 10mm thickness, stainless steel case, meteorite dial (ThirtyNine)
    41mm diameter x 11mm thickness, carbon fibre case, ceramic bezel, meteorite dial (FortyOne)
  • Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
  • Movement: Sellita calibre SW200-1, automatic, 26 jewels, COSC-certified
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
  • Power reserve: 41h
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
  • Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp, black rubber or brown, black or blue napa leather (ThirtyNine)
    Black NATO strap with pin buckle by WatchGecko or black rubber or brown, black or blue Italian leather or black or grey nylon strap (FortyOne)
  • Price/availability: £1,460 – £1,560 (ThirtyNine) and £1,600 – £1,750 (FortyOne), limited to 88 pieces each

About the author

Michael Sonsino

As Junior Content Producer for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. While a relative newcomer to the magazine, he's nonetheless a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better.

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