For when you want to be noticed
This review may end up a bit lengthy, but I'm setting out to describe the pros and cons of this very fascinating timepiece. I'll mention ahead of time that my criticism about this watch is all either a matter of personal preference or something that I don't expect to see done better at this price point. Overall, Xeric has done it again and created an eye-catching and (relatively) affordable watch that will definitely start some conversations.
The first and most important thing to note is that this watch is *big* and is likely to eclipse a small wrist. Xeric's website lists the case size at 49x42x13mm, and I'd recommend drawing that out to see how it'll fit on your wrist. It also feels incredibly heavy, even for an automatic watch. Neither of those aspects are flaws in my opinion, but you'll want to take them into account and think hard about whether a watch this large and heavy will match your personal preference and/or tolerance. The upside is that the watch is so solidly built, and I find that density and ingot-like feel to be very attractive.
As for timekeeping, the watch seemed to keep perfect time for the one week when I wore it constantly (it's in a regular rotation with two other watches now, but wearing it for 7 consecutive days helped me to get ready for this review). That being said, it's hard to tell exactly how much time it gained or lost given that this watch has a single double-ended hour/minute hand and a seconds wheel. This isn't always clear in the photos, since the other end of the hand is almost always covered by the center case bridge that separates the two crystals, but let me repeat: there is no independent minute hand. The watch is large enough that you can definitely tell time to an accuracy of less than five minutes, but it'll take some time to get used to, and if you have to be punctual down to the very minute, this may not be your watch. But again, as near as I can tell, the movement keeps perfect time.
The movement is certainly a fun one. I'm fairly certain that you can find this movement in many other round watches that feature double balances, but Xeric has done something pretty cool with it here. If you want to try to find more details about the movement, it's a Chinese PTS brand automatic movement. The double balance wheels are sort of a Breguet-inspired feature, though unlike a Breguet, these balance wheels aren't close together or precise enough to improve accuracy through resonance. Mostly it's for if you really like watching balance wheels and would love to have more of them in your life. The double-ended hour hand is pretty nifty in that the different lengths point at different sets of six hours, and the seconds wheel is actually offset a bit from that central hand, which adds to the attractive asymmetry.
Finally, as for finish, I consider it fairly good for a four hundred to six hundred dollar watch of this complexity. The back is beautifully engraved and the tint on the window for the automatic counterweight is a very nice touch. The case is smooth and evenly colored, though the gunmetal is nearly flat black as opposed to a dark grey as it appears in the picture above. The crystals feel robust enough, though there was a bit of glue visible in the seams between the crystals and case before I cleared it out. The inside of the face is dust free, and the materials used are attractive if not overly extravagant. There are a number of interesting textures beneath the crystal that tend to change its appearance depending on the lighting and your perspective. The strap is robust, and I'm not worried that it will ever break, even given the very significant weight of the watch itself.
All in all, if you want a large watch that will stand out and fascinate people, check out the Soloscope, and if it's almost your cup of tea but you would like something a little different (like a minute hand), definitely look at the rest of the Xeric line. Their mechanical movements are typically the same as those that can be found in other watches at this price point, but they strive to do new and creative things with them, which I appreciate. Hopefully this review helps if you're considering this watch, and happy hunting!