Earlier this year we got our first look at a new GMT watch from the Swedish brand MAEN called the Greenwich. While the inspiration is clear at a glance, this was a watch that lingered on the mind longer than it had any business doing. Crisp case finishing, a trick rubber strap, and an automatic GMT movement for under $800? Yeah, that’s got a nice ring to it. But is that ‘inspiration clear at glance’ bit a little too clear? This is not an homage, nor is it trying to look like something else at a glance, but what it does feature heavily in will certainly raise a few eyebrows, depending on the company you keep.
Now, let me be clear, I’m not here to stir up drama around which features and traits belong to which brand, or who used what first. The landscape of modern watches is awash with great ideas and features built on an existing foundation and framework formed over hundreds of years prior. Let’s keep that pandora’s box closed for this discussion.