Lorier, in a relatively short period of time, has become one of the hottest small brands in the community that we cover here on Worn & Wound. Their brand ethos is straightforward, and frankly not unlike many other brands: vintage inspired watches that are accessible, can be used in the field, and could conceivably be any owner’s “one watch” collection. This focus on a classic aesthetic with a priority placed on functionality has led to a series of watches that hang together nicely as a group in the Lorier catalog, and get that great balance of “looks old” and “works new” just right. The Hydra, in its new Series II iteration, is another solid entry into a lineup full of watches that are, at this point, exactly what you expect, and do not disappoint.
Lorier’s strategy, in these first few years of the brand’s existence, seems to be to build out their catalog with their spin on classic tool watches. They’ve made a dive watch, a chronograph, and recently added a classically styled sports GMT into the mix. The Hydra is a bit more niche, and in my opinion is in more of a direct conversation with the watches of a previous generation, largely because the watches that inspired it are so much of a particular time period. Divers and chronographs have been constant staples for decades, but the supercompressor cased divers that preceded the Hydra II had their moment in the 1960s and then faded from popularity. As those vintage supercompressors have begun to increase in value in recent years, lots of brands have been quick to release tribute watches with a dual crown layout that mimics the look of the originals.