Visitor Watch Co. is a brand that is unafraid to just be itself, totally unapologetically. Borrowing elements from calligraphy and pen design, as well as, with the new Duneshore Shallows, elements of fantasy, science-fiction, and heavy metal, the brand truly lives up to their “Offbeat Timekeepers” branding. It’s rare to come across a watch that is so clearly designed by someone with a lot of other interests. As a watch enthusiast who himself has many other interests well outside the realm of watches, it’s gratifying to see someone incorporating all of the other “stuff” that they’re into in a watch. A Visitor watch is, almost by definition, not going to be for everyone, but if the charm works on you, it’ll really work on you.
I should point out, I really have no idea exactly what the specific design inspirations are behind the Duneshore Shallows, besides the calligraphy angle, which is well documented and something we’ll get to. But I kind of like that this watch invites the wearer to bring their own interpretation to it. Even though writing about watches and giving them a lot of thought is what we do here at Worn & Wound, it strikes me that we don’t often think of watches in this interpretive way – you’d never ask someone about the artistic statement of a Tudor Pelagos, for example. But there’s a quirkiness and a veiled mystery to the Duneshore Shallows that invites this kind of thinking. It’s a physical object that seems open to interpretation in the same way as a Charlie Kaufman film, or a King Crimson record, or Moby Dick.
And look, I’m not saying this watch carries with it the importance of one of the greatest and most complex of American novels, but if you’ve read Moby Dick, and spend a good chunk of time wearing this watch, I defy you not to imagine yourself as some kind of modern day Captain Ahab on a maniacal, mythic quest. It doesn’t hurt that the autumn of 2020, when I had a chance to spend some time with the Duneshore Shallows, is one of the strangest periods of American life any of us have been through, and has me in an especially contemplative mood. The fact that the name of this watch could double as a Game of Thrones episode title is also probably playing a role.
So, with that, let’s get into the Duneshore Shallows in a little more depth, beginning with its most obvious differentiating feature, an incredibly strange and geometrically complex case.