Ilan Srulovicz and his father Peter established Égard in 2012. This dynamic partnership was formed out of mutual respect and admiration for each other. Apparently the first prototype watch was developed as a surprise for Peter’s 65th birthday present. With offices in both Los Angeles and Toronto the company’s prime objective is to produce an exceptional range of timepieces. From what I have seen so far I definitely feel they are on the right track. The brand has also attracted an impressive celebrity client list, which includes Jeff Daniels, Shemar Moore and Casper Van Dien to name just a few.
A few weeks ago Ilan contacted me to introduce the brand and enquire if I would be interested in reviewing one of their exciting new timepieces. After several conversations with him I realise how passionate he is about the business. I was also fascinated to find out that he has utilized the experience he gained as a 3D designer to produce an original series of watches. The Hunter Blue is a great example of his enormous creative skills.
When I received the Hunter Blue I was really impressed at how stylish the actual timepiece looks. The watch measures 40mm x 42mm which is relatively small compared to other models available on the market. These understated proportions should appeal to a broad spectrum of buyers. The watch itself felt very comfortable to wear and was relatively lightweight. This is primarily down to the elegant design of cushion shape case and use of 316L stainless steel in production. Ultimately this watch would be suitable to wear for any occasion both formal and casual.
On a visual level the Hunter Blue has an original and distinctive façade. Many elements of the watch have a three dimensional quality including the raised Roman numerals and chapter ring. Beneath the round dial there are exposed areas of the stainless steel case, which creates the illusion of depth. Essentially this gives this superb timepiece its own unique identity. I love the way Égard have subtly incorporated elements of blue into the design. This and the domed sapphire crystal give the watch a really cool retro appearance. Overall the composition is refined and well executed. Amazingly Ilan is so stringent about quality control that he personally inspects every watch before it is released.
Currently Égard source their movements from a range of different companies in Switzerland and Japan. A Swiss made Selita SW220 caliber (which is becoming an increasingly popular choice in watches marketed at this price point) powers the Hunter Blue. This mechanism comprises 26 Jewels and oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) The watch features hours, minutes, seconds, date and has an adequate 38-hour power reserve.
The Hunter Blue comes with two high quality leather straps and a decent presentation box. The suggested retail price is: $1,595.00.