On the back of the success of the two-year-old Bronson, L.A. based Collins Watch Company is back with the Hyperion, a logical continuation of the aesthetic that brand founder Jimmy Collins has been cultivating from the beginning. Collins designs are simple, functional, and, according to the founder, rooted in a love of vintage audio equipment. Like previous Collins projects, the Hyperion is getting its start on Kickstarter, and appears to represent a solid value for micro-brand fans looking for a well-made, vintage-inspired everyday piece with a workhorse Swiss movement.
The Hyperion, to my eyes, has elements of classic aviation watches and field watches folded into a case design using high quality materials. It’s extremely legible, with Arabic numerals at 12, 3, 6, and 9, and large stick indices everywhere else. The hour and minute hands are in a broad, sword style, and painted with a soft faux vintage lume.
Huge props to Collins for the subtle execution of the date window at 4:30 with the highly sought after but all too infrequently used matching of dial color to date wheel. The asymmetry inherent in most date windows never bothers me as much as the color clashing, but of course this is highly personal and your mileage may vary. For those who will absolutely under no circumstances ever need to check the date, Collins is offering a gun-metal PVD coated variant with a date-less carbon fiber dial. It’s sleek.