A few years ago, we wrote about the the Cherwell watch from a small outfit out of the UK, Marloe Watch Company. Featuring a multi-level dial and powered by a mechanical Seagull ST36 movement, the Cherwell was a strong first effort from the young brand. The watch was not without its faults, as we noted in our review, but it showed some promising design sensibility from the burgeoning firm.
Marloe Watch Company is back with its latest project dubbed the Lomond Chronoscope, a series that consists of four distinct chronograph watches. With one foot in the past and another in the present, the Lomond Chronoscope pulls on the best elements of the Cherwell, mixes them with some cues from a handful of notable references, and ultimately creates something that feels surprisingly unique and contemporary. It’s not another racing-inspired chronograph, nor is an outright homage. And while there is a certain level of familiarity here, the Lomond Chronoscope ultimately feels like its own design.
The project is currently being crowdsourced on Kickstarter starting at $372 as of this writing, with the lower early-bird pricing having sold out within the first day of the launch. Making that price even sweeter is the fact that the Lomond is powered by a mechanical chronograph engine—a Seagull ST19.
I was immediately drawn to the design, so I reached out to get my hands on some samples to see if the quality held up in the metal. Let’s take a closer look.