Yesterday, the popular French brand Merci Instruments launched a trio of new iterations of their LMM-01 series, including a limited edition model for the Paris-based watch dealer The Archiwatch. The new versions follow the clean design language of the previous LMM-01s while offering three entirely different dial treatments, each with specific inspirations.
All three of the new LMM-01s use the same 38mm steel case that is 12mm thick (including the domed crystal) and carry a brushed finish, drilled lugs, and a closed steel caseback. Likewise, all three versions use the same movement, a Sellita SW210-1, a Swiss automatic that offers 42 hours of power reserve and ticks at 4 Hz. Also shared among the three new Mercis is an included black NATO strap with brushed steel hardware.
Finally, we have the limited edition "Archiwatch Alessandro" which has been designed in partnership with Richard Ménasé, the founder of The Archiwatch, a French dealer for collectible watches. Meant to invoke the style of the '60s, the LMM-01 Archiwatch LE has polished dauphine hands, a blued seconds hand, a sector-style minute and hour indication in tonal greys, and a stylized "12" forms the only numbered hour marker on the dial. Limited to 250 pieces, the example in this story is a prototype, especially so given the "Archiwacth" typo on the dial.