For the 2013 holiday season, Xetum of California is releasing their second ever limited edition. Building off of the Tyndall design, this special version will have a PVD case, black trappings and a carbon fiber dial.
The Tyndall, which is perhaps our favorite of their watches, is a modern play off of a classic field design. With legible numerals in both 12 and 24hr scales, simple fence post hands, sub-seconds, and their standard 40mm lugless case, the Tyndall has a clean, restrained look with a masculine edge.
We had the chance to see the new Tyndall LTD in person, and were quite impressed by how well the carbon fiber worked with the overall watch. As someone who is not typically drawn to carbon fiber (a bit too sporty and flashy for my taste), I didn’t expect to personally like it. Well, I was pleasantly surprised by how subtle and effective it was. The carbon fiber adds texture and a dynamic finish to the back drop. This makes the white of the numerals jump out and almost appear as though they are hovering above dial. The sub-seconds is then slightly recessed and solid black, breaking up the carbon and adding a point of interest.
Against the black PVD case and beautiful matte black leather strap, the carbon fiber has a dark and brooding quality that I didn’t expect, and really liked. It definitely bolstered the masculine aspects of the watch, and added to the stealthiness of the PVD. Yet, this isn’t an overly sporty watch. Putting it on, I could imagine how the Tyndall LTD could easily be worn in formal as well as casual environments. The dial adds a bit more glitz to the package, but only in a way that makes the whole more interesting.
The Tyndall PVD LTD Carbon is an edition of 300 and costs $1,695. Each watch is numbered on the rotor, for an individualized touch. As with the rest of the Tyndall line, it is powered by an Elaboré ETA 2895 or SW 260, is Swiss made, features a sapphire crystal and a cork lined hand made leather strap with PVD deployment clasp. If you’ve been craving some carbon in your collection, the Tyndall PVD LTD would certainly make a nice choice.
by Zach Weiss