In Time: Avant-garde Time

Renato seeks watch collectors who dare to be different


Published in the October 2013 issue

In a world where round and rectangular are the norm, Renato Master Horologe is hoping to stand out from the crowd. Watch industry veteran Daniel Mink, who co-founded and is designer at Renato, created the collection with the watch connoisseur who craves the latest in timepieces in mind.

Renato isn’t looking to be something for everyone, Mink says. Rather it’s a niche brand looking to answer “the call of true collectors.””

Case in point is the distinctive case of the limited edition Mostro MKII, a registered design with architectural inspiration. While the hexagon-shaped case is indeed distinctive, the finishing touches, such as the mother-of-pearl dial, diamond accents and PVD rose gold plating, also maintain a “gentlemanly” air.

The Swiss-made quartz movement includes some interesting functions, too. One is the day-of-week indicator, which features a small hand that points to radiating days of the week before jumping back to Monday at midnight on Sunday. In keeping with the large-size, but surprisingly streamlined case, there’s a big date function. Even with the addition of a small seconds subdial, the Mostro looks uncluttered and legible.

“The Mostro MKII symbolizes the true self-expression of its proprietor,” Mink says.

In Time: Avant-garde Time

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