Back in late June, when the Only Watch auction pieces were unveiled, we were all met with a charming surprise. An event of bespoke one-off timepieces, the brands that contribute typically fall well within the typical definition of “luxury brand,” from Tudor to F.P. Journe and beyond. So, to see Baltic, a Worn & Wound mainstay, as well as a generally excellent representation of what micro-brands are up to these days, was very exciting. And the watch didn’t disappoint either. A monopusher with a vintage movement, a new 36mm case, and applied Breguet numerals, it was very sexy, and left us all wondering if we’d see something in their mainline that would pull from this model. Well, today we have the answer.
The Baltic MR01 is a series of three-handers that are their version of a truly classic, thin dress watch. Though Baltic’s HMS and BiCompax have always aired on the side of dress, particularly once they moved to a sector layout, these new models are undoubtedly formal by today’s standards. The 36mm case from Only Watch makes its catalog debut here, and at least on the production samples sent our way, sets a new standard of finishing for the brand. The dials then have an element of glamour that is new to the line, coming largely from the evocative forms found in Breguet numerals. But, the biggest surprise is actually what is within.