Based out of the Netherlands, Aevig is a relatively young brand (2013) with an already impressive portfolio (read our takes on the Corvid, Huldra, and Valkyr). Founder Chip Yuen certainly has an eye for good design, and his creations are a pleasant mix of familiar vintage cues and modern sensibilities. Continuing this trajectory, Aevig’s latest is a contemporary take on a retro classic—an EPSA-styled dual crown diver with internal rotating bezel dubbed the Balaur.
The Balaur concept began back in 2012 as a Watchuseek forum project, a year before Aevig was officially formed. Prototypes came and went, but none met Mr. Yuen’s standards, and the watch was temporarily shelved. Unfortunately, the project hit another snag when the initial manufacturer stole the Balaur concept and launched an inferior version based on an earlier sample rejected by Mr. Yuen. Not wanting to let the idea die, the Balaur was redesigned and brought to a manufacturer who could do the watch justice. After four years of anticipation, the Balaur is now available for pre-order.