Is there an option for interchangeable straps?
No. Initial plans were to have the bracelet interchangeable to leather straps. Unfortunately with this approach, despite numerous design options explored, it created a slight but unsightly gap between the case and strap. Aesthetics won out and Metropolitan moved forward with the metal bracelet only.
Why Miyota 9015 movement?
We wanted a slim, accurate and reliable movement that allowed for an overall watch height under 11mm, to fit easily under shirt cuffs. With the sandwich dial and generous layering of Super-LumiNova, this required a movement under 4mm thick.
All available options from Swiss movements such as ETA or Selitta to Japanese movements like Miyota or Seiko were considered. All are quality workhorses and will, no doubt, be reliable for many years.
With that, with the significant difference in price between Japanese and Swiss and with many in the watch community now backing the quality of Japanese movements, a Japanese movement was preferred.
Both Miyota and Seiko are prestigious movement makers. Seiko movements were appealing due to significantly lower costs, however the movements are larger and would compromise Metropolitan's slim lines.
Ultimately, Miyota 9015 was the only choice. The slimmest of the Japanese options, the 28,800 vibrations per hour allow for greater precision and accuracy in time-keeping and results in a really smooth sweep of the second hand.
Will you be making a smaller size?
The Metropolitan is not a small watch. We understand 44mm seems big for some.
There is a careful balance of retro and modern design in The Metropolitan. While the cushion case is of 1920s in style, the size is of modern influence (See popular models from Panerai, Hublot, Audemars Piguet and IWC).
Where the design is elegant, the size is masculine. Though refined, we don’t want The Metropolitan to be described as ‘delicate’.
As there are no chunky numbers or oversized details, and everything is in careful proportion, The Metropolitan doesn’t look oversized on the wrist.
On a 6.5 inch wrist, the watch sits very comfortably with no ‘overhang’.
Can I expect this watch to last?
We focused on heirloom quality and build when we designed the Metropolitan, with the aim to create a watch to be passed on for generations.
The movement features shock absorption to protect your watch from damage when dropped, and is from a popular brand so it can be easily serviced by any good watch repairer.
Case and bracelet are Grade 316L Surgical Stainless Steel. The steel of choice for biomedical applications, 316L Stainless Steel is also regarded as the standard “marine grade stainless steel” as its low carbon content delivers increased corrosion resistance.
The links are a refined satin hand brush with a contrasting brush on the middle links. Polished links were ruled out both for personal preference as well as issue of maintenance and durability.
The watch face and exhibition back are protected with sapphire crystal glass, the most desirable for luxury watchmakers as it is the least prone to scratch or shatter.
Your Metropolitan will just need a little TLC like any other premium or luxury watch during wear.
Where is it made?
The movement from Japan, the Super-LumiNova from Switzerland and the local components of the Metropolitan are brought together in a workshop in Southern China near the border of Hong Kong.
Many certified 'Swiss Made' watches are simply polished and assembled in Switzerland from parts made in these same workshops in China. We are more than confident in the ability of these highly experienced manufacturers, who are held to rigorous quality standards and have been in the industry for many decades, to assemble these same components into a high quality watch.
Each Metropolitan watch is calibrated and tested first in the factory and then once again when it arrives in Hong Kong.
Is The Metropolitan covered by any warranty?
Your Ayers watch is warranted for a period of twenty-four (24) months from the date of purchase. The International Ayers Warranty covers material and manufacturing defects existing at the time of the purchase of the watch.
During the warranty period, you will have the right to have any defect repaired free of charge. In the event that repairs are improper to restore the normal conditions of use of your Ayers watch, Ayers World Wide Ltd (Ayers WW Ltd). guarantees its replacement by an Ayers watch of similar model. The warranty for the replacement watch ends twenty-four (24) months after the date of purchase of the replaced watch.
This manufacturer’s warranty does not cover:
- normal wear and tear and aging (e.g. scratched crystal by diamond; any damage on any part of the watch resulting from abnormal/ abusive use, lack of care, negligence, accidents (knocks, dents, crushing, broken crystal, etc.), incorrect use of the watch and non-observance of the use directions provided by Ayers WW Ltd.;
- indirect or consequential damages of any kind resulting from e.g. the use, the non-functioning, the defects or the inaccuracy of the Ayers watch;
- the Ayers watch handled by non-qualified persons (e.g. for services or repairs) or which undergoes alterations in its original condition beyond Ayers WW Ltd’s control. Any further claim against Ayers WW Ltd. e.g. for damages additional to the above described guarantee is expressly excluded, except mandatory statutory rights the purchaser may have against the manufacturer.
The above manufacturer’s warranty does not affect the purchaser’s rights against the seller nor any other mandatory statutory rights the purchaser may have.