The phrase “You have a visitor” is a bit mysterious. If it were referring to someone familiar, you’d probably just say “Oh, by the way, Zach is here”. While the term “visitor” isn’t necessarily ominous, to me it hints at the unknown. When an unexpected visitor arrives, your mind immediately runs through the “who, from where, and why” cycle until their identity is ultimately revealed. Hopefully your visitors are as much of a pleasure to spend some time with as the Linden Calligraph from Visitor Watch Co. Phil, the founder of Visitor Watch Co., shares in this sentiment. When speaking with Phil about the inspiration behind the name of his brand, he said “Locals often see “visitors” as interesting and unexpected. Those are two adjectives I strive for in watch design. Also, being a “visitor” often implies leaving your comfort zone and doing something memorable.” When looking at the Linden Calligraph in Larkspur Blue, all of these questions and feelings do indeed come to the forefront of your mind.
The watch itself is familiar, yet different. A quick run down of the spec sheet doesn’t turn up anything too out of the ordinary. The Linden Calligraph is a 39mm watch housed in a 316L stainless steel case with a thickness of 10.5mm. Up top, there’s a sapphire crystal with some AR coating, and a Miyota 9015 beating away inside. We’ve all seen plenty of watches with similar specs, but I’ve honestly never seen an affordable watch with such a unique approach to design and details. The main design cues are inspired by fountain pens (something I happen to be very familiar with) and the art of writing. The nib-inspired hand set and case are very unique — almost like something from an alternate past. They’re a bit steampunk, but not so over-the-top as you’d feel uncomfortable wearing it without a pair of matching goggles and a unicycle. The dial is reminiscent of wet ink, as highlighted by the glassy smooth finish. There’s a lot to take in from this interesting piece from Visitor Watch Co., so let’s dig in.