Earlier this year Baltic surprised us with their first manually wound chronograph, done in spectacular ‘70s racing watch fashion, including a pair of included flyback timers in the box. See our review here. That watch, which was a collaboration with Peter Auto, featured orange and yellow accents set against a creamy white and black dial, and wasn’t shy on flair as a result. It was also 300 units, which predictably sold out rather quickly. Today, Baltic brings us a regular production variant of the Tricompax, and while it ditches the color, it gains a sleek new personality with panda and reverse panda dial options.
The Tricompax is a watch that gets a lot of the little details right. From its dimensions to its design, there’s a balance achieved here that sets its era specific inspiration within just enough of a modern context that none of it feels like a throwback attempt, or a recreation of something specific. Sure, the influences are there and readily apparent, particularly without the dashes of color, but there’s an element of restraint here that feels very ‘Baltic’ in its presentation. Something they’ve certainly proven adept at over the years and it pays dividends here.