Minus-8 is a San Fransisco based watch brand (their name describing their timezone) that we’ve talked about before on worn&wound. Last July, I did a hands-on with their Layer Black-Silver watch, a bold, but minimal automatic with a dramatic use of PVD. The very contemporary design had hard lines and featured a stacked metal case that created a gradient out of PVD coatings. Designed by ASTRO Studios, the group behind the XBox 360 and Nike Fuel band, the Layer Black-Silver was a unique contemporary piece with an industrial aesthetic.
Where the Black-Silver was machine-like and serious, the new Silver-Blue model is warm and more playful, introducing some color and texture into the design. It features the same 45 x 53 x 14mm case as the previous model, also with proprietary 16mm lugs, but changes up how the stacked case is colored. The base layer, which includes the lugs, is matte black, which is followed by a layer of copper, and then 3 layers of matte steel. The tri-tone case is very appealing, with the layer of copper adding an unexpected warm, but still industrial line of color.