Formex Swiss Made Watches unveils their new Essence ThirtyNine Automatic Chronometer watch. While the original Essence has been Formex’s bestselling model in the brand’s 20-year history, many in the watch community were cheering the brand on to make it just a tiny bit smaller. Formex listened and now launches a smaller, 39 mm version. The ThirtyNine comes with the same detailed case finishing as the original model, features an officially COSC-certified mechanical Swiss caliber and unique features that make it even more comfortable on the wrist. The new collection is now available for limited pre-order starting at $1,280.00 with delivery by February 2021.

Formex Essence THIRTYNINE Automatic Chronometer COSC - 10-min

ThirtyNine… because size does matter (at least sometimes…) 

The new ThirtyNine might be smaller in dimension but comes with the same detailed finishing as the original Essence. The brush finish on both case and bezel are perfectly rounded off with hand-finished mirror polished bevels. These polished chamfers can be found throughout the watch; on the machined indexes, the hands, the stainless-steel bracelet and the buckle of the new deployant clasp.

The horizontal lines on the dial are one of the watch’s most defining features. To achieve the crisp lines and sharp angles, each line has been CNC machined into the dial individually. Driving the hands is a Swiss Made Sellita SW200-1 self-winding movement with a power reserve of 42 hours. We’ve chosen its highest quality grade “Chronometer” because it comes with premium components such as a Glucydur balance wheel which is exceptionally hard and stable, very resistant to deformation, non-magnetic, and non-corrosive. The movement is completely decorated, has thermally blued screws and is wound by Formex’s custom-built skeletonized rotor. Each one of these movements is certified by the COSC (the official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute) and undergoes the meticulous 15-day rate test to ensure extraordinary levels of mechanical accuracy and precision. 

Besides contributing to visual appeal, the details on the Essence ThirtyNine also serve a purpose. For a timepiece to be a watch for all occasions, it needs to feel exceptionally comfortable on the wrist. For even more wrist comfort, Formex added their patented Carbon Fiber Composite Folding Clasp with it’s fine-adjustment system, allowing on the go strap adjustment for a perfect fit in all conditions and temperatures. The leather strap can be changed without the use of any tools and the extremely comfortable and well-built stainless-steel bracelet can be mounted on the watch in seconds. The bracelet features screwed links and a unique micro-extension system to match the comfort of the leather strap.

The Essence ThirtyNine Automatic Chronometer is available for pre-order at the Formex Online Boutique with 4 dial options on the stainless-steel bracelet and 4 leather straps. The collection is now available starting at $1,280.00 for limited pre-order and will be delivered in February 2021.

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Formex CEO, Raphael Granito, said of the launch, …

“Since we launched the Essence collection, there’s hardly a day we wouldn’t reply to an inquiry if we planned this model in a smaller case. However, we didn’t just want to make it smaller, we wanted to make it better. We added the new logo icon and now match the color of the date wheel to the dial and increased the filling depth of the Super-LumiNova to ensure even better legibility at night. Also, we’ve experimented with different dial colors and just love the new green version. By popular demand, we now use the new deployant clasp with the patented gradual fine adjustment for the leather straps. In short, I believe that this is the ultimate high-end made watch for every day, luxurious yet comfortable and practical. “

About Formex Swiss Made Watches

Formex Swiss Made Watches, established in 1999, is an independent Swiss watch manufacturer based in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland. Their timepieces are a fusion of high tech, high performance materials and reliable Swiss movements. They operate exclusively online selling direct to the customer and through a handful of trusted online retailer. Formex offer all-inclusive pricing including taxes & duties for most countries, a free return policy, extended warranty and an augmented reality app that allows watches to be virtually ‘tried on’. Their collection can be discovered at

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Technical Specifications

Formex Essence ThirtyNine Automatic Chronometer COSC


39mm diameter, 10 mm height, 20mm lug width, 45mm lug-to-lug

Water Resistance

Waterproof to 100 meters / 330 feet


Stainless steel 316L with titanium grade 2 container


Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment

Case back

Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and laser engraved stainless steel 316L


Stainless steel 316L


Blue, Black, Green, Silver Dégradé. Vertical brush finish with hand-sprayed gradient (Dégradé). Horizontal lines that have been CNC-machined individually into the dial plate. Hand-applied Formex icon and hour markers filled with Super-LumiNova® BGW9 


Filled with Super-LumiNova® BGW9 


COSC-certified Sellita SW200-1 Automatic movement, fully decorated with custom made skeletonized rotor. 26 jewels, frequency 28’800 A/h (4 Hz), 42h power reserve

Strap/Bracelet/ Clasp

Stainless steel bracelet with screwed links and stainless steel buckle with patented 4mm micro extension. Napa leather strap with carbon fiber composite clasp with patented gradual 7mm fine adjustment system. 
All straps and the bracelet can be changed using a patented Quick Release system and does not require the use of any tools.


COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres)


$1,280.00 on leather strap $1,390.00 on stainless steel bracelet
Taxes & duties, international shipping, 30-day returns and 3-year international warranty included.
Shipping of Pre-Orders starts in February 2021

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