For the watches of this brand, I feel a mint because of the Fiat 125p model, which I used to have and which I will buy soon. There is also another reason why I like Xicorr, which is Adam, the owner of the brand, whose history proves that it’s worth following dreams. Not only that, he shares these dreams with fans of Polish automotive thought, releasing watches that explicitly refer – not only by name – to the history of the Polish automotive industry. It is no different in this case. When I saw the new Mistral model, I immediately saw flashbacks from my childhood related to the Polonez, all thanks to the characteristic grating on the dial. For as long as I can remember, the dashboard and clocks in the car played an extraordinary role for me (especially when it comes to Polish cars, because there were not many “foreign” cars at the turn of the 1980s and 1990s) and that is why this element stuck in my memory the most.
I decided to write a message to Adam asking him to send the watch for review and today you can read some of my thoughts on Mistral.
I invite you to read it .
We get the watch in a small box whose outer material imitates leather. The box is slippery to the touch, logged – and which can be a nice touch – was entirely made in Poland, as indicated by the inscription. Inside the package is a watch on a leather strap, a second rubber strap and a tool to change them.
We’ll start with the case. The case was made entirely of 316L surgical steel, and its width without the crown was designed at 44mm, which makes the watch quite large. In addition, the lugs, the length of which is less than 52 mm, makes the watch suitable for fans of larger watches. What surprised me on the plus side was the height of the watch, amounting to only 11.7mm. This value and the downwardly profiled lugs make the watch very comfortable to wear, on the other hand, due to the vertically cut sides, the case seems much thicker (it’s only an illusion).
At 3:30 a.m. there is a screwed crown, which is easy to handle due to its small cutters. After a moment’s reflection, I find that writing well is like writing nothing. Almost 100 pieces of watches have passed through my collection. These were watches for several hundred and several thousand zlotys, but in no watch was the time setting as comfortable to use as in the case of Mistral. This is due to the quite dense cuts mentioned above, but also the location of the crown at 3:30. Thanks to this, the fingers are placed on it more naturally and you can boldly change the date and time with the watch on your wrist. Its outer, logged side has the only polished surface when it comes to the entire case of the watch.
The case is completely brushed; the sides are brushed vertically, while the bezel is finished with a circular brushing. The quality of the cuts is very good.
The whole thing from the bottom is closed with a caseback with a laser-engraved sketch showing the Polonez Mistral, and information on the glass used, water resistance, country of origin and material from which the case was made.
Where to start … I had a headache with the choice of color, but decided that I would ask Adam to borrow a Mistral with a green dial. Recently, most of the watches in my collection have a black dial, so I wanted to revive the look of my watch winder for a few weeks.
We look at the dark green dial through sapphire glass, covered on the inside with an anti-reflective layer, which copes quite well with light reflections.
On the outer part of the dial there is a chapter ring with a seconds scale. It is the same color as the dial. Additionally, from 45 to 55 seconds, along the scale of the ring there is a dark yellow stripe, and from 55 to 60 seconds the stripe turns red. The same line, only in the lower part of the dial, it goes from 25-35 minutes; this time it’s green, which fully justifies the fact that I noticed it after a few days of wearing the watch.
The proper dial was divided into a grid, thus referring to the clocks in the Polonez.
To make it more interesting, the squares in the grids alternately have a differently arranged varnish structure, which results in a checkerboard effect. The whole thing shimmers very effectively and changes its colors – when the light falls straight ahead, the fields with minutes 15,30,45,60 are dark, while when the side light falls, the roles are reversed and the above-mentioned fields have a light shade, and the remaining ones darken. fields that have been clear so far. I admit that I really like this effect and I have not encountered it yet in the watches I wore.
Looking at the indices, we know that we are dealing with a watch for automotive fans. The outer part has the minutes and the inner circle is surrounded by the hour scale. Such placement on dial is not a new idea, because during the Second World War, the Luftwaffe designed a special watch for observers, the arrangement of which on the dial is very similar.
Coming back to the dial, its internal scale is divided into twelve hours, although the more important aspect here is the similarity to the Polonez Mistral tachometer. Minute and hour indices are printed, but the minute indices are covered with Superluminum C1, and the hour indices are covered with plain white paint. The Luminova C1 also covers the hour and minute hands and the seconds hand. Luma shines fairly brightly at the very beginning, but its light dims every minute and becomes very dim relatively quickly. The hands are fully polished, which contrasts very nicely with the matte structure of the dial and the brushed case. The second hand is painted yellow, which in my opinion harmonizes well with the green of the dial and gives the watch a sporty look. For models with a black dial, you can choose the color of the second hand.
As I mentioned at the beginning, the set includes two straps, one leather and one rubber.
Let’s start with the leather strap. Most people who read our reviews know that the watches I wear “land” on the bracelet. In this case, however, the bracelet does not seem to be the best solution. In my opinion, the strap fits perfectly with this type of watch. The leather strap was created by the Polish company Pattini, which we have already mentioned in the pages of our blog. The strap is perfectly made, it has white thread stitching, and an additional flavor in this case is the checkered stitching ending from 6 o’clock.
This is an obvious reference to what we see on the watch dial. Supposedly nothing, but such an element leaves a nice impression.
The rubber strap that we get in the set is also of very good quality. The rubber is quite soft and fits very well on the wrist. Perforations inside and out give the rubber strap a sporty character – although by nature virtually every rubber strap seems to have a sporty vibes, in this case its inner side has been cut into the shape of the tire tread.
Inside the watch is the well-known and liked – especially by independent producers – Seiko NH35. I will not elaborate on its characteristics here, because we have described it several times while reviewing other watches. I will only add that in this case the movement was well adjusted and its time deviation does not exceed 5 seconds a day.
I really liked Mistral after the first photos of the prototypes. Do you know this feeling when you order a watch that you have seen only in the pictures and it is accompanied by a kind of uncertainty whether it will meet your expectations in real life? In this case, right after unpacking, all doubts disappeared by themselves. Ba! The checkerboard effect on the dial turned out to be a sensational bonus live, although due to the limitations of the matrix in the photos it is difficult to register it. The only downside – for some – may be the size, because the watch is not small.
Xicorr has once again proved that it’s not afraid of challenges and consistently pursues its intentions, confronting the watches with the history of the Polish automotive industry. In my opinion, Mistral reproduces the clocks of the Polonez from the 1980s very well, which can be a treat for the former and current owners of Polonez. It’s one of those watches that cannot be ignored. If we additionally take into account the very good quality of workmanship, the set – with which we receive the watch and the awareness that the watch was partially made in Poland, the amount of PLN 1499 (currently in advance, the normal price will be PLN 1599) does not seem to be an excessive amount.