A short review of the RGM Scatola del Tempo watch box
A WatchCarefully Review by C. Bradley Jacobs
Posted on EOT 02-24-2019
Overlooked in most reviews of RGM watches is the quality of the accessories they offer with their watches. Along with straps of high quality, RGM-branded knives and loupes, RGM is known for choosing fine materials and craftsmen to produce the boxes and wallets for delivery and storage of their watches. The newest item in their catalogue, a small travel box from Scatola del Tempo is no exception.
The intent with this piece is to provide the RGM watch owner with a versatile and stylish receptacle which can be used for either storage or travel. In a market where enormous boxes of lacquered wood or flimsy leather are commonplace, Roland Murphy intended for this to call to mind the small, eye-catching boxes of decades past; items which were both understated and well-made. Rather than force watch collectors to make room to store large and useless monuments to the importance of the watch company, this leather case is easy to fit into a dresser drawer, a carry-on bag, or a bedside table, and its sturdy construction means it will hold up on your travels.
Constructed of textured leather, this hand-made box is at once rugged looking and elegant. The stitching, leather quality and pattern call to mind some of the finest padded watch straps, while also being reminiscent of fine vintage fitted luggage. There is a generously proportioned recess within, with a cushion small enough to accept a woman’s watch but snugly held in place so even a heavy watch should be stable in transit. As with any luxury item made in Italy, the choice of fabric for the inside, and leather outside are smart and stylish—the box and interior wrapping gives a clue to the quality within.
Embossed with RGM’s logo, and accompanied by an RGM polishing cloth, the package is quite enticing and useful. The size is 11cm x 8cm x 6cm. Inside, a 9cm recess is 5cm deep and includes a 5.75cm opening for the watch case. The fabric-wrapped hard cushion is 7cm x 2.2cm. It is available via RGM’s website or by calling the company directly, as they do not maintain a network of retailers, instead choosing to focus on direct-to-customer relationships and service.
For more information about the RGM Ref. 222-RR pictured above, feel free to read my review here.
Text and images © C. Bradley Jacobs, WatchCarefully.com