Yes, there were electronic Speedmasters. And there still are today, but we’ll get to that in a few minutes. But it seems like heresy, doesn’t it? A watch with ‘Speedmaster,’ even ‘Speedmaster Professional’ on the dial while inside beats an electronic heart! And yet, we know from their pursuit of timing excellence (through their work in Olympic competition, among other things) that Omega has always looked for ways to innovate and thus improve.
Christopher Ward continues to develop and surprise. In the last few years we have seen several higher end watches for the brand, all of which challenge our notions of what can be done in the affordable/accessible spectrum. Up to this point, the watches we’ve seen have all been focused on interesting mechanical complications, specifically a jump hour, mono pusher chronograph and dual 24-hr time.
Back in the 1970s, it was possible to walk into a UK car dealership and hand over your money for a brand new car that was so badly made and designed it would already have terminal rust. It would have been designed by a warring committee, it wouldn’t go properly, the engine would be made from bits of biscuit tin and the brakes wouldn’t.
What’s on the menu today? Chronographs and vintage. Why? Because we’ve gotten soooo many awesome submissions of both. Don’t forget, what you see here is only a few of what’s been submitted. Look up #wornandwound on IG and you’ll see close to 4,000 images of killer watches. Enjoy!
Many watch collectors would likely argue that they are always wearing art on their wrist when they strap on a beloved timepiece. While I’m certainly not going to argue this as I believe it myself, what if you could literally wear art on your wrist? Well, Schmutz Watches (pronounced sh-moots, for a history of the name, check out the video on their now complete kickstarter campaign) set out to achieve this goal with two lines of, well, wrist art-cum-watches.
Just a few months ago we reviewed the Halios Tropik B, one of the more interesting bronze dive watches to drop in recent memory. With a relatively small cushion case, an elegant vintage inspired dial and an interesting bronze alloy, it’s the kind of unique design that comes along once in a while and leaves a lasting impression.
Fancy owning a little piece of horological history? Well, you could head over to Geneva’s Patek Philippe Museum museum with your jemmy, a striped shirt and a ‘swag’ bag and quietly remove their Rieussec Seconds Chronograph. Feeling even braver? How about the earliest chronograph yet discovered? The Louis Moinet, in St. Blaise in Switzerland?
I can’t tell if it’s getting easier to pic shots because of all the great submissions, or harder for the same reason? Either way, great variety this week, ranging new and vintage, affordable and less so, common and very rare. Enjoy!