A Legacy of Timeless Elegance
Since its founding in 2014, Ibarra Watches has become a name synonymous with classic appeal and timeless elegance. Over the years, the company has released several timepieces that have left a lasting impression in the market, embodying the brand's core values. Let's take a closer look at some of Ibarra's most notable watches in recent years.
The Plaridel was the flagship model of the brand, released in 2016. This dress watch featured a clean dial with railroad tracks and Arabic numerals for its indices. The use of a high-domed acrylic glass not only provided a true classic aesthetic but also ensured durability against shattering, given its structure. The "Breguet" hands added to the watch's elegance, making it a popular choice among collectors and enthusiasts alike.
The Mariano, released in 2017, built on the success of the Plaridel by using a similar aesthetic. Its uniqueness came from the beauty of its dial, where a detailed guilloché pattern could be seen at the center with the tooled Ibarra logo. The applied Roman numerals gave the timepiece a luster that complemented the effect of the high-domed acrylic glass. The Mariano's popularity can be said to have matched, if not exceeded, that of the Plaridel.
An understated model, the Soldado was released in 2018 and was an effort to experiment on timepieces beyond the category of dress watches. This vintage-inspired field watch was an instant hit, with the perfect matching of the brushed-finished case, faux patina on the dial indices, and the acrylic high-domed glass, making the wearer feel as if they were sporting an age-accurate field watch but with a modern movement.
Released in 2019 as a modern interpretation of the timepiece worn by Dr. Jose Rizal, the Sucesos was made to pay tribute to the Philippine national hero on his 158th birth anniversary. What made the timepiece special was that it was the first time Ibarra made a dress watch with an antique-inspired design. The model was housed in a Sellita SW210 manual winding movement on a ceramic-coated case that had a hinged double caseback. The unique design, considered rare in today's time, became an attractive option to add to any watch collection. Intended to be released in a batch of 158 units, the full release was put on hold due to the COVID-19 disruptions that followed, making this model the rarest of Ibarra timepieces on the market today.