Product Reviews

ZIIIRO Celeste Watch Review and Giveaway

Jackson Chung 17-12-2012

I’m not much of a watch person. Between 1995 and 2012, I’ve only owned two watches, and both of them were relatively nondescript, plain and unattractive. Recently though, my watch-wearing philosophy was completely overturned after trying on and falling in love with the ZIIIRO Celeste designer watch. ZIIIRO watches are beautiful to look at, with minimalism at the heart of their designs.


We’ll take a closer look at this (dare we say geeky?) watch and we’ll be giving it away at the end of this review. So if you’re looking to own a ZIIIRO Celeste watch, read on and join the giveaway.

Initial impressions

At €149 a pop, I wouldn’t say that the ZIIIRO Celeste is an affordable watch. It may be relatively inexpensive compared to other designer brands, but for an unknown, the price may cause some potential buyers consider their purchase. With that said, there are currently a few geeky designer watch brands available online. Kisai instantly comes to mind, with watches from $99 to $199. We’ll be taking a look at a couple of watches from Kisai in a future article.

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The ZIIIRO Celeste was delivered in a boring white carton box, but its contents is rather interesting. The watch is nestled in an attractive clear plastic case, with the Celeste peeking through.

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The ZIIIRO Celeste is available in two themes: mono and coloured — and that just refers to its face. Each theme comes in two different colour options. You can get the mono design in either black or gunmetal (which is the one featured in this review). The coloured design comes in gunmetal or chrome.

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After unwrapping the thick plastic film protecting the ZIIIRO Celeste, I finally establish physical contact with the watch. Instantly, I feel its weight and its remarkable build quality. There’s some substance there and I’m really quite drawn to it. Some products look really good in photos, but after they’re shipped to you, they turn out to be rather disappointing. Most of the time, they feel cheaper than they look. Not with the ZIIIRO Celeste. It seems to be both beautiful and well-crafted at the same time.

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Some product feel cheaper than they look. Not with the ZIIIRO Celeste.

Fundamentally, ZIIIRO watches display no markings or hands on the clock face, in keeping with their minimalism motif. Instead, these watches implement moving rings to indicate the time. For the first few hours, guessing the time may be slightly tricky, but once you get into the groove, you’ll start appreciating how cool the design is. And others will too, I’m sure.

The stainless steel 40mm watch case sports a matte finish in gunmetal. Over on the other side of the watch, you’ll find a polished stainless steel case back. I really can’t iterate enough just how beautiful the watch is from every angle. The ZIIIRO Celeste is water resistant, up to 3ATM or 30 meters of water. Generally, that’s sufficient to withstand rain, perspiration and hand washing but the watch is not suited for swimming.

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The bracelet is made of stainless steel mesh and features a hook-on clasp, and it should fit any normal adult wrist. It’s adjustable simply by shifting the position of the buckle on the bracelet. You’ll find complete step-by-step instructions on how to do this in the product manual.


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The issue I had with the bracelet (and possibly metal watch bracelets in general) is the fact that it isn’t adjustable on the go, unlike straps. So it’s essential to adjust the position of the buckle to fit your wrist before leaving home, otherwise, you’ll have to endure an ill-fitted bracelet for the entire day, like I did.

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Internally, the ZIIIRO Celeste is fitted with a Japanese Miyota 1L-26 quartz movement, with a two-pole stepping motor and is accurate to +/-20 seconds per month under normal conditions. It’s estimated to be off by about 4 minutes a year, but I haven’t had the time to personally test that yet. Read the Celeste’s specifications, if you’re so inclined.


Living with the ZIIIRO Celeste watch

I’ll admit, I quite like it. The ZIIIRO Celeste is a fashion statement. It’s the kind of watch you’d want to wear if you like people staring at you, and if you enjoy looking at their faces while they try to figure out the time. And that’s another thing I like about this watch — it’s geeky.

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The mesh bracelet can take rather long to dry after getting wet. Most of the time, I’ll resort to removing the entire watch and wipe it dry. The clasp is quite easy to unbuckle — it doesn’t require fingers the size of toothpicks to get it off, which is nice. The case is pretty solid and is quite resistant to scuffs. Apparently, the glass is made of hardened mineral crystal, whatever that means.

Should you buy the ZIIIRO Celeste?

As you can probably tell by now, I’m completely sold on the watch. I absolutely love it. Even though it doesn’t display the date and second, I still love it.

Our verdict of the ZIIIRO Celeste Watch:
It’s meant to be a simple, minimalist watch; and it checks all the right boxes in my book.
7 10

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  1. Robert Appiah
    January 7, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    nice one

  2. Adam Queist
    December 31, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Nice watch with trendy concept ,thanks to makeuseof for this cool details

  3. Mohamed IBRIHEN
    December 30, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Congratulation for the winner :D

  4. Prasanna Mestha
    December 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    sad that i did not win :(

  5. Wayne Lecoy
    December 28, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Please Enter Me In Your Giveaway.
    It Would Be Great To Win The ZIIIRO Celeste Designer Watch.
    Thank You For Having This Giveaway!!!!!!

  6. Josiah Brunne
    December 27, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Cool, I Think!

  7. Ikki Tenryou
    December 27, 2012 at 4:51 am

    My god these watches are crazy nice!!! Never have been big on jewelry but this is right up my alley. the prices are out of my budget but after looking at their site I instantly fell in love

  8. jan mess
    December 27, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Gorgeous watch - artwork truly!

  9. Prasanna Mestha
    December 26, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    cool watch. just keeping my fingers crossed now.

  10. Aeman Amin
    December 26, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    really nice!!
    i want it..=D

  11. gparra9
    December 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    The method used for entering Sweepstakes "SUCKS" !!!!

  12. Hiren Patel
    December 26, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Really Amazing watch :D

  13. Stu Spawton
    December 25, 2012 at 12:07 am

    This is a rather awesome looking watch.
    If i had the money to get one i would. i've always been a watch person, going for the interesting and obscure looking watches.
    anyway, i'd buy this.

  14. Va Du
    December 22, 2012 at 5:57 am

    I love the design but form w/o function is sort of pointless, then again I could always use my phone to check the time.

  15. Earl Speight
    December 21, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    It is a work of art, gorgeous yet minimal.

  16. Ed Buisan
    December 20, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    wow just wow! =)

  17. Doru Pu?ca?
    December 20, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    uaaaaaau, Nice timekeeper :D

  18. Ben Muriru
    December 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Ship it to me ASAP!

  19. Anonymous
    December 20, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Nice review, I'm IN!

  20. Grace Joy Nicor
    December 20, 2012 at 4:19 am

    i love your watches..its unique!!hope i have one!!that kind of give away

  21. T. S. McMullen
    December 20, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Cool watch, neat face design

  22. Anonymous
    December 19, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Awesome watch! Good luck everyone in the competition! I don't see myself winning. haha

  23. salvador hernandez
    December 19, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    haven't worn a watch in a while but i would definitely wear this one if I won it.

  24. Homer Tolibert
    December 19, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    This is a very different watch, given all the over sized-tach style watch's on the market. I have a touch model. but this a lot nicer and more functional.

  25. ashrakt
    December 19, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Wow . Coool watch . I really hope i can win it ..... Like it . And like make use of things

  26. Ihtisham ul haq haq
    December 19, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    nice watch love to owe it.

  27. dr muhammad ilyas khanzada
    December 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    excellent piece of electrical mechanical and lcd based watch

  28. JC Wats
    December 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    What a cool watch! This would be the only one I would wear...

  29. Cafe Tin Hoc
    December 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Nice giveaway. Hope I'll win one.

  30. Ayan Panja
    December 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    what a beautiful watch....
    I like to win this watch because this can not be affordable by me..

  31. Earl Fitzgerald
    December 19, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    ... Like it!

  32. apn58
    December 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Wonderful giveaway!

  33. vera van dillen
    December 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Yeh, if i'am a lucky one

  34. Phil Botsky
    December 19, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I love this watches i'll try my luck here :D

  35. Ivan K.
    December 19, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Great review and giveaway! I would love to get this watch.

  36. randy
    December 19, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Done , I like in gunmetal

  37. norogis
    December 19, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I like the strap and that's about it

  38. Saumyakanta Sahoo
    December 19, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Its awesome and looks geeky......a piece of art.

  39. Andrew Righthouse
    December 19, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I have been waiting for years for a watch like this ! At last, the "ZIIIRO Celeste" is the coolest one I've seen, and I can't wait to take it for a walk along the beach front, and in the mall !

  40. Ravinder Putta
    December 19, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Thanks :)

  41. ?????????? ???????
    December 19, 2012 at 7:05 am

    nice article

  42. Eath Chantrea
    December 19, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Nice Watch

  43. Nahla
    December 19, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Sweet! Love to have one! XD

  44. Douglas Mutay
    December 19, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Oops! still trying to figure out how you read the time on this geeky watch!!!

  45. Anil
    December 19, 2012 at 5:47 am

    This watch is for the intelligent. All those who think themselves intelligent should consider it. (if they afford, of course!)

  46. Totoy Badiola
    December 19, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Sweeeet! Looks like this is one kick-ass watch. Would love to see it on my wrist!

  47. Lynda Sanders
    December 19, 2012 at 2:46 am

    Really mod. How do you tell time on it??

  48. Catherine McCrum
    December 19, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Love the look of this watch, manly!

  49. Cindy Abernethy
    December 19, 2012 at 2:22 am

    One of nicest designs in watches I've seen in awhile..........

  50. jerry
    December 19, 2012 at 1:21 am

    very unique watch

  51. Brandon Brown
    December 19, 2012 at 1:00 am

    I am very much a watch person, particularly watches that make the casual onlooker double take. The geek in me has loved the non traditional faces since I first learned miltary time!

  52. Earle Jones
    December 19, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Jazzy looking watch. Does it tell time?

  53. Vinh
    December 18, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    I'll pass, but thank you for the giveaway. Good luck to everyone that enters!

  54. Ronald Smith
    December 18, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    That actually is a pretty stylish watch. I'm a fan of current digital watches much more than those beforehand. The simplicity of this thing is a key part of it's beauty, and yes it's done just right. Thanks for this great opportunity!

  55. Ridge Nairn
    December 18, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Looks very nice, I may have to consider purchasing one! (if, of course, I do not win it) :p

  56. Nohl Lyons
    December 18, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Those are pretty watches. I've always leaned toward digital watches.

  57. Ravuama Nayago
    December 18, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    cool watch

  58. Chet Norris
    December 18, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    this watch is beautiful and i figured out the time shown just from the pictures in your review..very ez.

  59. Darrell Thomas
    December 18, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    thanks and fingercrossed to all of us in winner this nice watch thanks make use of

  60. manoj
    December 18, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    is this real because i never got any. Read and entered code of give away more than 20 odds.

  61. Jaxx D
    December 18, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Simple and beautiful.

  62. Nick Odemus
    December 18, 2012 at 8:17 pm


  63. CYBERpsycotic
    December 18, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    I am a watch fan and this one definitely looks cool. I could see this one getting attention. Good call!

  64. P Tan
    December 18, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Great watch! Love it!

  65. Victor Bouffier
    December 18, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Nice watch. Would love to win it.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  66. Akarsh Seggemu
    December 18, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I like the way the watch appears, but i am not sure how does it look when we are using it, as i dont own one :(

  67. Bart Aronoff
    December 18, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Looks great! I want it.

  68. Anonymous
    December 18, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Great idea for a gift. Hope I get to see the watch on someone.

  69. Cathy Horner
    December 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I like this! I'm a geek! :)

  70. Anita Lee
    December 18, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Like the watch, very cool. I still wear a watch in spite of having an iPhone and still have people ask me for the time.

  71. TeresaC
    December 18, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Sweet watch...Thanks for the giveaway!!!!!!

    Hope I win this!!!

  72. James Walmsley
    December 18, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Looks great!

  73. Antonella Togato
    December 18, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    fantastic giveaway! finger crossed

  74. Vipul Jain
    December 18, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I seriously just checked this watch a week ago through an article.. This is a real kick-ass gadget!

    Also i'd like some guidance on my login! I had this problem for some weeks few months back, that i could comment as Vipul but the top right always kept saying login and showed the social media buttons! It's back.. :/
    This happens on chrome. So for now i'm using FF, but i dont prefer using it, so any help how to get it working on chrome?

  75. Teresa
    December 18, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway...nice watch!!!

    Good luck everybody!!

  76. Sarah Lam
    December 18, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Loving it!

  77. Kevin Németh
    December 18, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    OMG! This looks awesome, I totally want it!

  78. Vicky Gregory Moss
    December 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    This is a watch I would actually wear. Love the simplicity and geek factor. Please, please geek master of the universe, pick ME!!

  79. Gino
    December 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm


  80. William McDaniel
    December 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Very interesting, amazing, fascinating, neat, nice, and very very cool for the geek in me. Thank you for the info and the give away.

  81. Hoa Giang
    December 18, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    To me, it is new brand watch...very cool. I like it!

  82. Anonymous
    December 18, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Looks like a fantastic watch. My current one is just about dead, and so I've been thinking of getting a new one for a while. I'll definitely be checking out Ziiiro models.

  83. TheBigOldDog
    December 18, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    PS - Go to the website and check out the Saturn and the Orbit...

  84. Donna
    December 18, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Love the gun metal and design, not typical of a watch face!

  85. TheBigOldDog
    December 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I am a watch person having a decent collection. I love wristwatches as art and engineering. This is a completely new way of approaching the face in a truly artistic way, It looks like it has a lot of potential. It will be interesting to watch (no pun intended) how it evolves.

  86. Dave
    December 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Now that's a converstion watch, no pretents here, I want it1

  87. Richard Pitcairn
    December 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Looks like a very interesting watch. Thanks for sharing this information.

  88. dragonmouth
    December 18, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I suppose it's cute if you're into wearing ornaments the size of a demi-tasse saucer..... It goes great with 100mm earrings and 8 inch platform shoes.

  89. David
    December 18, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Sleek looking watch. Wow that band is wide!

  90. Hoa Giang
    December 18, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    This watch is cool if I can win it. Thanks to Makeuseof.


  91. Dave Rimmer
    December 18, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    About time (sorry for the pun) you gave a watch away, very nice so count me in please and thanks.

  92. Anonymous
    December 18, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    this watch is futuristic

  93. Bryan
    December 18, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Incredibly cool watch, finally one I could see myself wearing. *crosses fingers*

  94. george mellen
    December 18, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    "Does Anybody Know What Time It Is; Does Anybody Really Care?" (kudos to 'Chicago'!)

  95. Anonymous
    December 18, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Woo hoo!!! What a great giveaway. I would love to win.

  96. Walter Gilbert
    December 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Wow...very avant garde. Thank you for counting me in.

  97. Carolyn Barnett
    December 18, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Thank you for a chance to win.My husband would love this.

  98. stan hough
    December 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Fascinating watch. Nice easy article. many thanks.

  99. stan hough
    December 18, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Fascinating watch. Easy to read article. many thanks.

  100. Concerned Citizen ?
    December 18, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Nice watch. Thanks for this giveaway. Like to win this, yeah !!!

  101. shaurya gupta
    December 18, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Geeky enough and a geek like me likes it!! Hope i win it..........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  102. Xeon Shu
    December 18, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Love how MUO do giveaway for worldwide :)

  103. Junil Maharjan
    December 18, 2012 at 4:19 am

    I don't normally wear a watch, but i think i would like to make an exception.

  104. Mayur Godhani
    December 18, 2012 at 3:45 am

    So, another beautiful watch in giveaway !!

  105. Michael Jan Moratalla
    December 18, 2012 at 3:06 am

    Nice watch

  106. Qin Tang
    December 18, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Beautiful watch, I want one.

  107. All Ed
    December 18, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Celestial watch truly amazing ~ drool! d(-_-)b

  108. Phúc Ng?c
    December 18, 2012 at 12:46 am

    So elegant to me :* Love it!

  109. Larry Johnson
    December 18, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Cool Watch!

  110. Yang Yang Li
    December 17, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Finally! The giveaway using points works on IE 64-bit. Thank you MakeUseOf devs!

  111. David Grant
    December 17, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    This is right up my geeky alley :)

  112. Mohamed IBRIHEN
    December 17, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I like the design of the watch ! thanks for this giveaway

  113. Muhannad Agha
    December 17, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Looks awesome!

  114. Nazim Lachter
    December 17, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Thank you MUO for this gift <3

  115. Jason Papapanagiotakis
    December 17, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Nice watch :) let the luckiest win!

  116. David Yaroshevsky
    December 17, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    the fact that it's water resistant really sets it apart from most other watches of its type!

  117. Anonymous
    December 17, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I like the futuristic nature of this watch. I'll take one... :)

  118. Arxadius Stark
    December 17, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    A very weird watch I must say, but nowadays weird things are the ones that are trendy and hip.

  119. Obed Cutaran
    December 17, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I hate you MUO! The first time saw this I drooled and now I am drooling again!

  120. Gerald Huber
    December 17, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    i love watches. this one is pretty interesting. I will be entering this contest.

  121. Anesh Srinivas
    December 17, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    this could come in "handy"!!! ROFL!!!

  122. akshay chandna
    December 17, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Stunning piece of art ...

  123. PixelPinch | Abhash
    December 17, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Badly in love with this watch.

  124. Yogesh
    December 17, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Excited about the watch. Just wanted to let you know the google plus button isn't present for sharing.

    • Jackson Chung
      December 19, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      Thanks! Fixed!

      • tony
        December 24, 2012 at 5:18 am

        Thanks, Jackson, great looking watch.
        Merry Christmas from Australia.

  125. Scott Macmillan
    December 17, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I collect watches and this would be a nice addition to the group!

  126. Les
    December 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I shouldn't mock your form designers, but...each time I enter a Giveaway, I advance through the text boxes by using Tab. And each time when I Tab to the email entry box, I expect that the existing text will be highlighted (selected) and will disappear as I begin entering my email. Each time, though, I have to stop myself and either reach for the mouse to double-click the existing text, or Right-Arrow over and Backspace to delete it.

    There is a simple fix, usually just a check box, to change this behavior although I can't say for sure since I haven't rooted through to find what you are using to create your pages/site. Just a suggestion, how about someone looks into it and learns the necessary changes for future form creation? Thanks...Les

    • Totoy Badiola
      December 19, 2012 at 1:48 am

      Gee, so, it's only me who finds it irritating.

    • Muo TechGuy
      December 19, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      This isn't our form, it's provided by a third party. If you create an MUO account and use points to enter instead, you needn't fill in any form.

  127. Mike
    December 17, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Another wonderful giveaway!

  128. syed asghar
    December 17, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    As Mobile Phones are such handy, the good old watches have been forgotten. But I like to see the time on my wrist on watch.

  129. Eric Wilborn
    December 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I love watches.. this one's a beauty!

  130. Tom Sobieski
    December 17, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I have the Ziiro app on my iTouch and liked it. Is the waztch face mechanical, with physical rotating disks, or is it electronic, with say an LCD interface?

    • Achraf Almouloudi
      December 18, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Considering the fact he said the name of the quartz unit I assume it is mechanical, electronic LCD based watches uses a processor instead.