While I am always excited to check out new watch brands, I tend to be quite wary when suddenly a brand is everywhere.
That’s how I feel with Vincero.
However, I’ve been checking out their website and it looks elegant and professional. I’ve decided to give this brand a chance since I’ve been eyeing a good chronograph that won’t break the bank. So I pulled the trigger on one of the most popular timepieces by Vincero – the Chrono S Chronograph.
For this Vincero watch review, I am going to take an in-depth look at the Vincero Chrono S Chronograph. Let’s get to it!
Vincero Watch Review: The Chrono S at a Glance
It’s worth noting that the Vincero Chrono S Chronograph comes in about 20 variant. I’ve opted for the Chrono S with brown leather straps and a blue dial.
First, let’s check out the key specs and features of the Chrono S.
|Vincero Chrono S Chronograph|
|Blue / Brown|
|11 mm (top of glass to bottom caseback)|
|Silver 316L Surgical Grade Stainless Steel|
|Citizen Miyota Quartz|
|Interchangeable strap:||Top-Grain Italian Leather (Brown Croc)|
|Sapphire Coated Crystal (Scratch Resistant)|
|Italian Marble Showcase|
To start this Vincero watch review, let’s first talk about the packaging.
The Chrono S shipped in a black rectangular box and cardboard sleeve. The packaging is fairly simplistic but still elegant. The box itself is quite sturdy and boasts a nice Vincero logo engraving on top. At the side of the sleeve, you’ll find a very noticeable barcode which, in my opinion, detracts from the elegance that they are going for.
Inside the box, you’ll be greeted with Vincero’s main tagline “Live Your Legacy” along with a small instruction booklet and the thank you card. The thank you card is a nice touch and the instruction booklet is very well-made.
I’ve seen higher-quality packaging from other microbrands but it gets the job done.
As for the watch itself, it had a plastic covering for protection. Out of the box, I must say that the Chrono S has surpassed my expectation. The dial looks vibrant and crisp through the sapphire crystal. The timepiece also has a nice weight to it while the leather strap feels middle of the road. Additionally, the watch is 43 mm which is substantial.
Interestingly, the caseback has an engraving of the famous Italian quote “Veni. Vidi. Vici” which means “I came, I saw, I conquered.” Another interesting addition to the caseback is the inclusion of the Italian marble. It doesn’t serve any worthwhile purpose but it does give the watch a unique look.
Overall, my first impression is a huge positive.
The dial is certainly one of the most standout qualities of the Chrono S. The dial offers just the right amount of elegance but it’s quite leaning to the casual side as well. The clean, sunray blue color just pulls your eyes in. Sure, there’s nothing groundbreaking here but you’ll be hard-pressed to say the dial doesn’t look good.
Nothing about the Chrono S’ dial is subtle but the design elements are not overdone at all. As a chronograph, the watch features three sub-dials for the seconds, hours, and minutes. The sub-dials are appropriately textured so they don’t look flat. The date window is located between the 4 and 5-hour markers. I found myself liking the playful placement of the date aperture as it gives the watch a good deal of personality.
At the 3 o’clock location, you can find the Vincero logo that looks rather average. A more textured and high-quality logo would have vastly improved the overall look of the dial. Despite these elements, the dial doesn’t feel too crowded and I must commend Vincero for their placement.
In terms of legibility, the Chrono S is a mixed bag.
Under the sun, the dial reads very easily. However, under dark conditions, the dial brought in disappointment. Supposedly, there’s a lume to the hands and indices but it’s quite poor. Overall, the watch performs quite poorly in low-light conditions which is a shame.
If the blue dial doesn’t quite tickle your fancy, Vincero offers more than 20 different color options for
Construction and Wearability
For starters, the case is made from silver 316L surgical grade stainless steel which provides the much-needed solid feel to the watch. Keep in mind that this is quite a sizable watch with a good deal of thickness. On a small wrist, the Chrono S will look very out of place. However, for medium to large wrists, wearing the watch feels just right.
The chunkiness adds a bit of character in combination with the well-designed dial.
Another point that’s worth discussing is the lugs. The lugs are fairly large and often press against my wrist but it’s not too severe that it becomes uncomfortable. The face is protected by a sapphire-coated crystal and does a great job of keeping dents and scratches at bay.
Next, we move on to the Chrono S’ leather strap.
The quality of the leather strap is pretty much what you can expect from a sub $200 watch. With that said, the leather strap is textured, attractive, and will likely develop a good-looking patina over time. However, just don’t expect full-grain leather here.
On a negative note, the leather strap seems to be quite short which is a problem if you have a larger wrist. In my case, it fits rather well and comfortable enough but I won’t be surprised if it fits short for other people. The watch offers 5 ATMs of water resistance which should be good enough to withstand the occasional splash and a quick shower.
In case the strap breaks down, you always have the option of getting a Vincero replacement strap.
For starters, the watch features the ever-reliable Citizen Miyota Quartz. Now, the quartz movement will likely turn up the collective noses of watch snobs but this movement is accurate and reliable. I’ve yet to experience any issues with timekeeping and I believe that it will stay that way long into the future.
Additionally, the sub-dials are all working as designed, and resetting the watch is oddly satisfying. I’ve used the subdials as timers and they work wonderfully. On the other hand, the date aperture takes a bit of getting used due to the playful angle placement but there’s no issue with it as well.
The Chrono S doesn’t offer much to the table in terms of timekeeping features. With that said, the Vincero Chrono S is not exactly a timekeeping marvel but it works, and it works well. Sometimes, for a watch like this, that’s all that matters.
This Vincero watch review was inspired by the company itself.
Vincero aims to marry luxury with a bang for your buck value. It’s not exactly a novel idea but I must say that the company has succeeded – to some extent.
The main goal of Vincero is to focus on quality by sourcing the components themselves and producing timepieces in small batches. Also, the company refrains from outsourcing its processes which means everything happens in-house.
This gives Vincero the freedom to control the quality of their watches across the board.
With the Vincero Chrono S Chronograph, the company has certainly met its goal. Out of the box, the Chrono S looks and feels like a luxury watch. It feels solid and the comfort level is certainly there. However, with a closer look, I found some blemishes in quality.
For instance, the markers, hands, and indices are not properly lumed. This translates to poor readability during low-light conditions. Moreover, some design elements on the dial could certainly be improved such as the logo. The strap, also, can be quite short for those who have larger wrists.
However, that’s just me nitpicking.
The Vincero Chrono S Chronograph is priced under $200 which is an excellent price point. For your money, you get a good-looking, versatile watch that’s sure to garner compliments – I know I did. I’ve worn it during weekend getaways and business meetings, and it never felt out of place.
Despite several issues, Vincero has nailed the balance between luxurious elegance and value with the Chrono S.
Should You Get the Vincero Chrono S Chronograph?
To end this Vincero Watch review, we have some final words if the Chrono S is worth your money or not.
Is the Vincero Chrono S Chronograph worth the purchase? The short answer is yes!
The main selling point of the Chrono S is its price point. For a watch that costs less than $200, there’s just a good deal of watch to be had here.
Right off the bat, the Chrono S impresses with its overall quality. The dial is very well-done and that can be said about many of its variations. In my case, the blue dial delivers in terms of looks and readability. However, the watch did suffer in performance under low-light conditions. The strap could also use some improvements.
The Chrono S is a budget luxury watch but it certainly doesn’t look and feel like a “budget” timepiece. Vincero did a great job of putting out an elegant timepiece with minimal compromises.
The Vincero Chrono S Chronograph is quiet and confident – an excellent daily beater of a watch.