The word “charm” is thrown around a lot in the watch world, and I confess I usually don’t know exactly what people mean by it. I know what I mean when I use it, but it’s a term that’s so elastic and subjective, I sometimes think that one person’s charming might just be irritating to someone else. I’ve had a chance to wear the Descent, by Haim Watch Company, for a few weeks now, and the best way I can describe it is, well, perfectly charming. It’s the kind of watch I think certain collectors will really appreciate – it won’t bowl you over and be your watch of the year, but it has a quirky sensibility to it that will put a smile on your face, and is filled with little details that represent conscious choices on the part of the people who made it. Charming.
A little background on Haim before we get into it, as they’re a relatively new brand with a following that’s still a little smaller than some of their peers. Haim is Chicago based, and like many small independent brands has leveraged crowdfunding platforms to build an audience and create physical products. So far, there are three watches in their catalog: two different versions of a chronograph dubbed the Legacy, and the Descent diver seen here. Haim claims to be inspired by the past and called to create watches built for a contemporary world. Yes, yes, we’ve heard that before. It describes *gestures theatrically with my arms* just about every small brand looking to make a dent in the still growing microbrand scene. I don’t think anyone would accuse the folks at Haim of stumbling across a wildly new and original recipe for success, but their execution is commendable, and the end product, at least in the case of the Descent, stands on its own.