In December of 2014, when Tempest Watches sent me the Carbon 1 to review, I was extremely excited by what they had done. They had made a forged carbon cased watch for under $1,000. This was a first. Most watches with carbon cases, of which there were few, costs thousands of dollars at least, making them inaccessible. They were also largely quite tacky, leaving room for a brand with some style to show how the material could be used differently, and not just for wow factor.
As you can read in my review, the Carbon 1 was a success. It was fun, unique, attractive, and brought this material into the realm of obtainability. Now, a little over a year and a half later, Tempest is following up on that watch with a new design, aptly titled the Carbon 2. Following clearly in the footsteps of the first, the Carbon 2 takes the platform and adds an internal bezel, giving it added functionality for divers and in general. The design draws on the first, but takes things into a different, perhaps weirder direction. Still boasting a gorgeous carbon case, huge domed sapphire crystal, 200m WR and a Miyota 9015 automatic movement, the Carbon 2 comes in at a retail price of $965, and is one of the more exotic looking timepieces we’ve come across.