First Impressions: Isotope Goutte d’Eau

Isotope Goutte d'Eau

The new Isotope Goutte d’Eau takes the brand’s distinctive DNA and transfers it into a dive watch format. Is this a Kickstarter worth backing?

First Impressions: Isotope Goutte d’Eau

The new Goutte d’Eau is designed in honour of the Ice Freediving World Champion, Johanna Nordblad. The watch has the usual quality microbrand specs: a stainless steel case, sapphire crystal, screw-down crowns and a choice of decent Japanese or Swiss mechanical movements. The case design was inspired by the teardrop lines of the 1937 Talbot-Lago Goutte d’Eau T150-C SS Coupé, which is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cars ever made. Our pick would be the orange, which has a glass case back – the blue model has an etched design on its closed case back instead.

The Isotope Goutte d’Eau combines the signature Isotope teardrop dial with some of the features we’ve seen in recent successful watches: the compressor style is in-vogue right now and the turquoise colour was used to great effect in the Hamtun Kraken. We like the case shape, the sandwich dial and the use of colour. The case size is 40mm with a 22mm bracelet, which should make it chunky but still wearable for the smaller-wristed collector. Pricing, from £279, seems spot on for the specifications on offer. There’s a press loaner on the way to us very soon, so expect a full hands-on review in a week or so!

Isotope Goutte d’Eau – Specifications

  • Brushed case, 316L stainless steel
  • Case diameter 40mm
  • Height 11.80mm (Nordblad), 11.97mm (Orange)
  • Exhibition screw-down case back (Orange)
  • Stainless steel screw-down case back (Nordblad)
  • Security inner bezel
  • Anti-reflective crystal sapphire
  • Two screw-down crowns: 2 o’clock for the inner bezel and 4 o’clock to adjust time
  • Hands, bezel and sandwich dial with Super-LumiNova® BGW9
  • 22 mm brushed bracelet and extension clasp in 316L stainless steel
  • Water resistance 200m / 20 atm / 656 ft

Mechanical Movements (2 options)

Japanese Miyota 9015

  • Automatic, self-winding
  • Power reserve 42 hours
  • Accuracy -10/+30 s/day

Swiss ETA 2824

  • Automatic, self-winding
  • Power reserve 38 hours
  • Accuracy -12/+30 s/day

Goutte d'Eau

Buy an  Isotope Goutte d’Eau

You can back the Isotope Goutte d’Eau on Kickstarter now, the campaign runs until the end of June.

Author: Mike Richmond

Usually found skulking around eBay or the International Watch League forum, Mike writes for a living and spends what little money he makes building up his collection of timepieces.

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