When it comes to dial materials, we’re the most familiar with brass, as those are the blanks that make up many dials. They’re often painted or coated (enamels being a lovely option) but that’s not all there is. When you get into the semi-precious stones, then some amazing looks can be achieved. While I’m fond of mother-of-pearl, the starry-night effect you can get from aventurine is another top favorite. Recently, the Moser Endeavour Perpetual Moon Concept Aventurine, and I was simultaneously smitten and irritated.
So here’s a bit of inside baseball for you all: E.Gluck has acquired small pilot watch maker Torgoen for an unknown amount, merging a relatively unknown boutique brand with something much, much bigger.
While I’m all for a classic design (and recently, my tastes have definitely skewed in that more-conservative direction for watches), there is most definitely a part of me that hungers to see brands unafraid to play with colors – either through treatments or by material usage. Established brands (unless they’re prone to flights of fancy in their design DNA) seem afraid to take that leap. That means that it’s a great niche for smaller brands to shine, and I think the Ardor & Forge Rothrock Detweiler exemplifies this.
Jean-Claude Biver is the seminal watchmaker. The head of LVMH’s watchmaking division, he’s been the defining force in modern watchmaking, creating many of the pieces we know and love.
Now he wants to retire.
If you’ve followed my writing for the past few years, you are no doubt aware that one of the reasons I like mechanical watches is the simple fact that they buck the trend of disposable consumerism. In other words, properly maintained, a quality movement can last for decades. This is nowhere more evident when a brand takes an old movement and puts it into a new application. One of the latest ones to do this is the Circula Heritage Automatic.
One of the more interesting watch designs of the past few years was the Eone Bradley, which leveraged ball bearings and a tactile (and exposed) dial that allowed folks with limited (or no) vision to be able to tell the time using the watch. The design has been largely unchanged, until now, and the introduction of the Eone Bradley Apex.
Calvin Klein’s watch line is produced by Swatch Group in Switzerland. Occasionally, that means some really interesting things happen for a brand that is unapologetically a fashion brand. Like today, where you could get a watch with an automatic ETA 2824-2 movement for $130.
Hey, so you all saw the news on the new Tesla Cybertruck, right? If not, check out what Victor had to say about it on KN. Well, Triwa likes to do interesting things with materials, and they couldn’t resist poking some fun – and I, for one, dig it! BEHOLD – the Triwa Cyber Watch! Also, if you buy a watch today, you can get a pair of free sunglasses using the code CYBER triwa.com
Just as simple as the image up there shows you – save 25% today with the code CYBER25. timex.com
It’s a new month, so that means it’s time for a new giveaway! To close out the year, instead of giving away one watch, we’re giving away five! Read on for the details.