Hands-On: The Richardt & Mejer Automatisk
The Automatisk blends smooth lines and modern Scandinavian aesthetics into a stylish package.
Richardt & Mejer hails from Copenhagen, Denmark. More recently, this independent watchmaker in the Nordics extended their range of contemporary timepieces with the launch of the Automatisk line, incorporating a high-quality Swiss STP1-11 automatic movement while design aesthetics remain true to their Scandinavian heritage.
At first glance, the Richardt & Mejer Automatisk is a handsome dress watch with smooth clean lines, measured at 38.5mm in length x 11mm in height. Those angular lugs remind me of contemporary architecture, and give a solid yet subtle wrist presence. Housed in a well-executed stainless steel case with brushed finish all round, the Automatisk is deceptively understated yet visually captivating.
The dual-layered "bullseye dial" of the Automatisk features the two-tone combination of a matte dial with black printed markers at the bottom, and a sunburst dial with printed logo and date window at the top. The raised, lumed markers at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o'clock offer yet another visual dimension and contrast to the black printed markers. There are three colourways available for the dial - Stone, Plum and Moss (seen here).
Inside the Automatisk runs the STP1-11 Swiss automatic movement, ticking away visibly under the sapphire glass case-back. The STP1-11 has in recent years become a genuine alternative to the ETA-2824, given the rumblings around the continued supply by Swatch group of the ETA movement in future years.
The Automatisk comes with durable calfskin with structured surface and fine grain pattern. The 20mm-wide strap is equipped with easy release spring-bars, a must for those watch aficionados who like to mix it up on a more frequent basis.
Also check out a more in-depth view of the Richardt & Mejer brand by Montredo here.