In the UK - Ultimate Microbrand Guide 2020
From its unusual cushion case shape with circular bezel to the cream dial with fan-like guilloche dead centre, the Makina Uriel I is equal parts quirky and elegant. The Filipino brand seems able to tread Art Deco territory without straying into cliché or ripping off more famous designs, a manoeuvre many a watch brand would kill to be able to make. Every part of the Uriel I is custom made in either Hong Kong or Manila – except of course for the Miyota 821A movement inside – and it shows. Even the custom rotor is a thing of beauty.