Just about a year ago, we introduced you to the Boldr Voyage, a “clever” watch that mixed pilot style with some interesting “smart” technology. Now, Boldr are back with a more classic time piece that lives up to their name.
The new Journey is a curvaceous meca-quartz chronograph that draws on the vintage aviator aesthetic seen in the Voyage, but pushes it into much more aggressive territory. The 43mm case comes in a satin/matte finish and features wire lugs and a big dome mineral crystal. The wire lugs clearly reference the early days of the military watch, when pocket watches had lugs soldered on to them to strap to the wrist. The giant domed crystal then gives the watch a sculptural feel, adding distortion when viewed at an angle.
The dial design takes the theme of bold and runs with it. This sandwich style-dial features large numerals for the even hours and large rounded slots for the odd, all of which are cutouts, showing the color of the layer below. This adds a lot of texture to the dial, as well as an overall military-stencil feel. Around the edge of the dial, you will find a minute/chrono seconds index of contrasting lines. Because of the meca-quartz movement, they included fine 1/5th second marks, really adding to the precision and legibility of the design.