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Since I started writing for Insider Picks, I’ve come to realize I love watches.
They’re a simple addition to your wardrobe, and can give you a certain air of professionalism and style.
There are many established companies in the watch market that are well worth investigating, but startups and direct-to-consumer brands have begun to appear.
These newcomers are making quality replica watches that are significantly more affordable than their well-established competitors. Founded in 2014, Armogan is one of these new watchmakers. After reaching out to the company, they sent me their newest watch – the Le Mans Chronograph – for testing. One of the Armogan’s cofounders, Amaury Deckers, also answered some questions I had about the company and its watches.
Deckers, along with Charlie de Potesta, started Armogan with the goal of making affordable men’s watches with a vintage feel. Their first watch, the Spirit of St. Louis Chronograph was named after the first solo non-stop transatlantic flight from New York to Paris in 1927. The Le Mans I received shares a name with the 24-hour French racing event.
As Deckers puts it, Armogan is “inspired by the navigation tools that guided the great explorers of the past; it’s our way of honoring those remarkable adventurers of a bygone era, who relied on their equipment for successful land, sea and air expeditions.”
This inspiration is shown in their work; both watches feature simple-yet-sophisticated designs as well as chronograph functionalities that were surely essential to the adventurers the pieces pay tribute to.
I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my Le Mans Chronograph, and it has quickly become one of my favorite replica watches. I was initially drawn to the font on its face – it’s elegant and formal, but contains enough movement to register as playful. A bit smaller than the Spirit of St. Louis Chronograph, the Le Mans Chronograph features a perforated leather strap that Deckers told me is meant to be reminiscent of the interior of a finely tuned racing car.
If you consider yourself a watch person, I would take note of Armogan sooner rather than later. Although they only have two designs under their belt, it’s a promising start to what could soon be a big business. Finding watches I enjoy this much at such an affordable price is not a common occurrence.
Whether you’re racing to work or racing cars, whether your crossing the Atlantic for business or pleasure, Armogan wants to be the watch that helps you get there.
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