So how does the 'Aston' compare to the other organisers in the range... ones you will most probably be more familiar with. My first impression when I opened the package was 'Finchley'. It has the same soft feel of the Finchley mini that I have. It is very soft to touch, but may be not as supple as say the Malden, but no were near as stiff as say a Finsbury or a Classic.
In pocket size the Aston has the following features:
- 19mm rings, yes I've measured them! This is the same as the Malden.
- On the left hand side there are four horizontal credit card slots, and a full length vertical pocket behind them.
- On the right hand side there is a leather zipped pocket. On the Finchley this is a mesh pocket, not as nice as the leather on the Aston in my opinion. There is also an elasticated leather pen loop.
- The Aston comes with cotton cream inserts: Diary(Week on Two Pages), To Do, Ruled paper, Addresses, Three letter index, Brown ruler.
However, when I have tried the Aston out as a Wallet/Filofax and it holds everything that I need to carry: Passport, Drivers licence, Credit Cards. The rear pocket I only use for paper money and as I carry less and less of that these days, the lack of the rear pocket on the Aston wouldn't be a big issue for me.
So some pictures, this is the pocket size in Mushroom. The leather 'panels' reminded me of the crease lines you get on a car bonnet (or hood if you are in North America)
They continue on to the back of the organiser as well, but without the centre stitching, so just like a boot or trunk of a car.
Without the stationary you can see how flat the Aston lays.
A close up of the inside front cover.
And also a close up of the base of the spine, stitching all the different panels together must be quite a task, even if it might be done by a machine these days.
And finally open with the cotton cream stationary back in place.
The Aston is available at present in the following colours: Black, Chocolate, Orchid, Mushroom. It is available in Pocket, Personal and A5 sizes. and the prices range from £72 for the Pocket, £83 for the Personal and £125 for the A5. These prices are the same as the equivalent size Finchleys.
The Aston I'm told will be available on the Filofax website sometime in June 2011.
I would like to thank Filofax for the opportunity to review this new model and for sending me this free sample.