For many of us, it was the dial work in anOrdain’s first release that got our blood flowing. The brand uses traditional techniques to create gorgeous enamel dials in a series of unique colors that give each variant a dramatically different look and feel.
The Model 2 continues the tradition, and the dials here, at first glance, seem to have all the depth and intrinsic drama that was present on the Model 1. The enameling process takes a long time and requires a great deal of skill — one mistake and a whole batch needs to be trashed — so understanding the labor and craft associated with the creation of each dial is a huge piece of enjoying a watch like this. In a given week, for example, anOrdain’s team averages about 8 finished dials. This is true old-world craftsmanship, and the result is a dial with a richness and sheen that is glass-like, that will never degrade, and is wholly unlike a dial made from any other material.
The case of the Model 2 contrasts the Model 1’s sharp lines with gentle curves, rounded lugs, and a smooth and contoured bezel. This design makes sense for a field watch. It’s small (only 36mm in diameter) and rugged, and won’t get in the way. We often associate modern, oversized watches with durability and ruggedness, but anOrdain understands that it’s not size, but design, that makes a watch appropriate for the field. There’s nothing delicate about the Model 2 — you can imagine it simply existing on your wrist unobtrusively until it’s called upon.