For reasons I can’t quite explain, meteorite dials seem to be having a moment. Not only do we see them at use within mainstay brands like Rolex, Omega, and Jaeger-LeCoultre, but more so lately in the small independent scene from brands like Zodiac, Formex, Zelos, and the brand in front of us today: Selten. Clearly, the material is more accessible than ever, and the Selten, priced at $579 is emblematic of that fact. Selten is a brand we first discussed in a Micro-Brand Digest earlier this year, and it stood out to us not just for its use of meteorite, but more for the inventive take on a 24 hour indication, and the almost over-the-top stylistic cues that comprise the rest of the dial.
The Selten Series 00.00 is a striking watch for a few reasons, and it feels strange to say, but the meteorite dial at its base might be the most subtle element to its design. Like the Zodiac we wrote about here, and the Zelos we showed you here, the Selten is using a slice of the Muonionalusta Meteorite. In fact, it doesn’t stop there. There’s a small section dedicated to some of the luxury products and brands that have made use of this specific meteorite, from Bremont to Rolls Royce. While the underlying substance may be from the same piece of space rock, the finishing applied by each of the brands using it does indeed vary.