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Dec 30

Magrette Kia-Kaha (Be Strong) Limited Edition Watch

Mysterious, alluring, old world, strong- these are the main characteristics of the timepieces produced by Magrette – one of the most promising newcomers in the elitist world of today’s Haute Horology. Headquartered in Auckland, a New Zealand town, for many known as the City of Sails, Magrette is a very young company, created by an impassionate watch collector and skilled designer named Dion Wynyard McAsey.

His passion for high-end mechanical watches started at a young age, but the idea of launching his own watch manufacture, emerged after McAsey, worked for a couple of years as Managing Director of a Creative Agency, which designed timepieces for a French Canadian watch manufacture.

Shortly after launching the first timepieces created by the designer, the name Magrette started to be a renowned trademark, highly appreciated by the watch connoisseurs worldwide for the high-quality Swiss-made mechanisms and the sophisticated design, inspired by the centenary traditions of New Zealand.

One of the most interesting models created by Magrette, the outstanding Kia-Kaha (Be Strong) Watch is an impressive timepiece, which uses phallic Maori symbolism, in the engraving which decorates the model’s case-back, and the traditional Kia-Kaha, Kia-Kaha! – an encouragement say, which means be strong, be strong!.


The model features the brand’s signature cushion-shaped case, measuring 44 mm in diameter, which demonstrates a nice satin polished finish and sporty black PVD-coating. The robust architecture of the model incorporates a round bezel, a fluted crown and a sophisticated engraved case-back, and provides a good water tightness of 50-meters beneath the ocean’ surface.

A remarkable model, defined by clean minimalist design, the timepiece features a black elegant dial, nicely highlighted with vibrant red accents, and fitted with baton-shaped hour and minutes hands, laser-cut hour indices and Arabic numeral hour markers. In addition, it is noteworthy to mention that the watch’s hands and indices were manually filled with LÜM-TEC GX a strong luminescent pigment, which confers the upmost level of time-legibility in any conditions.


At the heart of the remarkable Kia-Kaha (Be Strong) Watch beats a high quality Swiss-made automatic movement, the ETA 2824-2 Caliber, which incorporates 25 jewels, and which provides central hours, minutes and seconds functions.

Especially designed to impress the charismatic modern man, the new Kia-Kaha (Be Strong) Watch embraces the wrist with an elegant black leather strap, and has a price tag of $1,550.0. However, we have to mention that the model belongs to a limited edition of 25 pieces, which come in a high-end handmade wooden box, and they will surely become coveted collectables.

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