Thanks to a reader tip, we learned of a new brand based out of L.A., Refined Hardware. Â Let’s have a look at their first model, the Harbinger.
Now, based on the name of the company, you might be tempted to expect an extremely polished piece (literally). Â Surprisingly, though, they’ve gone for much more of a raw machined aesthetic. Â The 45mm case is of course the most visually interesting part of this watch. Â It definitely seems like something you’d see someone turning out of their garage workshop, albeit with a higher level of figurative polish. Â This would include the titanium fasteners that you see around the face.
Inside the case, as befits the raw case, you’ve got a skeletonized movement. Â RH is calling it blueprinted – and while I have some idea of what that means in an automotive sense, I’m not quite sure how it applies to the watch. Â Regardless, with a claimed 48-hour power reserve, this doesn’t seem like it should be some “el cheapo” movement.
And, at a price of $1285, I would hope that it’s a well-honed and -tuned piece ticking away in there. Â Befitting the price as well, this is a limited edition model, limited to 125 pieces worldwide. Â Oh, and should you decide to order one? Â That’s when the watch is built – not a minute before. Â Which, I suppose, might open up some opportunity for customization if you get in touch with them.
Let us know in the comments what you think of the design they’re putting forth here.