While I have been on a bit of a GMT kick as of late (in terms of watches I have been reviewing), I also am now, apparently, on a bit of an Italian kick. Not that long ago, I reviewed the TCM Orienteering, and now we’re back into the world of Italian watch brands, this time with Chotovelli. When they first approached me about a review, I was struck by some similarities from their Gauge series to the Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri. So, while we will certainly review the Chotovelli Gauge for it’s own merits, it’s also worth considering it as a budget alternative to that Contagiri.
The Chotovelli Gauge (we’re reviewing both the 8000-1 and 8800-2), which are basically identical, other than dial color and case finishing. The brand lays claim to inspiration from Alfa Romeo gauges and speedometers; while I’m not familiar with those cars’ dashboards, I can see the influence present, at least in general terms.
- Brand & Model: Chotovelli Gauge 8000 series (8000-1 black dial, 8800-2 white dial)
- Price: $215-$225
- Who’s it for? You really dig the looks of the Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri, but want something a bit more wallet friendly
- Would I wear it? Sure.
- What I’d change: How the strap attaches to the case. After that, getting some luminous paint in the mix
- The best thing about it: How legible and “at-a-glance” readable the dial is, even with the stealth hands.