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March LA.B AM2 “Millésimée March 2024” Titanium Watch Review

March LA.B AM2 Titanium Millésime March 2024

March LA.B as a brand name is very simple to understand. The brand was founded in the month of March and the founders live in Los Angeles in the USA and Bierritz in France. Aesthetically their watches bring a retro French Art Deco influence to a wide range of watches that run the full gamut from practical divers to artistic dress watches. Plus, every year in March they produce a Millésimée or ‘vintage’ special edition to celebrate their anniversary. For this year, that special edition is the March LA.B AM2 “Millésimée March 2024” Titanium, which I have here.

It’s part of the AM2 collection, which means it has an octagonal case and a square dial. However, unlike the core AM2 collection, the “Millésimée March 2024” edition is made from titanium instead of steel. It makes the watch very lightweight, 91g to be precise and that’s including the full titanium bracelet. It’s almost disconcerting just how light it is considering that it’s a deceptively large timepiece.

March LA.B AM2 Titanium Millésime March 2024

On paper the main body of the watch has a 39mm width, the lug-to-lug is around 45mm and the height is 11.5mm. All of which are very reasonable specs that sound like a mid-size watch. However, the slight build up around the crown, which is positioned at 4 o’clock, means the lower portion of the case is more like 41mm at its widest point. That combined with the broad, flat surfaces and the facetted sides makes it seem much bigger than it is. Although I actually quite like that, it feels bold and industrial without requiring you to have wrists the size of a ham.

That industrial quality feels quite French in and of itself, especially in combination with the dial. It features a central section with a geometric pattern of lightly engraved lines creating vertical stripes on the bottom left portion and diagonal stripes on the top right. It’s a reinterpretation of the March LA.B’s logo, which has similar stripes on the M.

March LA.B AM2 Titanium Millésime March 2024
March LA.B AM2 Titanium Millésime March 2024

Plus, the hour markers on the recessed outer section are at striking and unusual angles – the 11, 1, 5 and 7 markers are completely horizontal, which I’ve never seen done anywhere else. It all feels very architectural like that most famous of all French landmarks, the Eiffel Tower. Full of interesting patterns and a character that demands attention.

If you want some Eiffel Tower trivia the structure is actually painted several different shades of brown/red so that when viewed from a distance it all looks the same colour. And the March LA.B AM2 “Millésimée March 2024” Titanium is similar in that it has a few different shades of grey across it, creating an overall monochrome appearance. There’s the grey of the titanium which looks subtly different depending on whether it’s brushed or polish, the grey of the dial and then the black seconds hand and white accents around the date window to book end the spectrum.

March LA.B AM2 Titanium Millésime March 2024

On the wrist the H-link titanium bracelet is very comfortable, fastened with a jewellery clasp (slightly fiddly, fine when you’re used to it). Taking the watch off reveals the solid caseback with the March LA.B logo engraved on the back. Behind it is the La Joux-Perret G100 automatic movement, which is one of the higher spec off the shelf movements that you’ll regularly see in a wide range of watches from a huge number of brands.

The calibre G100 has a 68-hour power reserve with a tungsten rotor and an accuracy of around +/- 12 seconds per day. On top of all that, it’s assembled in France, furthering March LA.B’s connection to the country.

March LA.B AM2 Titanium Millésime March 2024

The March LA.B AM2 “Millésimée March 2024” Titanium is limited to 133 pieces at a price of £1,679. For a full titanium watch with a La Joux-Perret movement, that’s really good value. I will be honest and say this was not a case of love at first sight but having spent a few days with the watch, it’s grown on me. Which, amusingly enough, was pretty much the whole of Paris’ reaction to the Eiffel Tower when it was initially constructed too.

Price and Specs:

Model: March LA.B AM2 Titanium 'Millésime March 2024'
Case: 39mm diameter x 11.5mm thickness, titanium
Dial: Matte gray guilloché
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: La Joux Perret calibre G100, automatic, 24 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 68h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date,
Strap: Titanium bracelet
Price: £1,679, limited to 133 pieces

More details at March LA.B.

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor 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. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.