TRIWA — an acronym for Transforming the Industry of Watches — is a Stockholm-based brand with the goal of promoting “the ethos of attitude and individuality in the traditional world of watches and accessories.” For Spring/Summer 2013, timepieces range from the traditional and understated — the Nevil Brown in Havana brown — to eye-catching styles like the Chrono, with its flamingo pink strap and turquoise chronograph sub dials. Other designs such as the Lansen — with its steel sunray dial and woven leather band — slot in nicely somewhere in between, contemporary designs rooted in classic aesthetics. As with most TRIWA watches, this season’s timepieces feature either leather bands by Swedish tannery Tärnsjö or summer-appropriate NATO straps in a spectrum of colorful, lightweight options.
The Iconic is a statement. Influenced by industrial and avionic instruments, it is raw, tough and precise. With solid form and proportions, it’s a utilitarian piece built for durability and aesthetic beauty; its endurance and strength are paramount.
At the core of the Iconic lies a 1:10 chronograph Japanese Quartz movement. Its dial is designed for both function and symmetry, with acid-etched details and a rotating bezel that can keep track of elapsed time. A 3mm Italian calfskin leather band complements the durability of the case, and softens with each wear for every day comfort. The 316L Aircraft-grade stainless steel has been PVD ion plated, which, combined with the 42mm diameter construction, ensures the Iconic will remain strong and intact.
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Unlike any timepiece in the world, The Runwell is powered by the quartz Argonite 1069 movement, which is hand-assembled in Detroit from nearly four-dozen Swiss made parts. Premium components include domed sapphire crystal and an illuminated dial precisely secured in a 40mm (1.57in.) stainless steel case. Design details include the Shinola lightning bolt—symbolizing a commitment to quality—and an individually-numbered signature iconic case back plate that reads "Built in Detroit." The final touch is a premium, vegetable-tanned Horween leather watchstrap.
On the outside, the Nomos Tangente Datum Watch looks deceivingly innocent, perhaps almost too simple to function. The watch’s 37.5mm face and slim profile lend it a delicate, elegant edge. However, as with all great things (people included), a minimalist exterior betrays the watch’s complex innards. The German brand has already won a 2012 Good Design for this model, which uses its signature “Beta” system to reduce weight by placing the date functions on the outside perimeter of the movement. A sapphire backing allows for full view of the watch’s inner workings. The Tangente Datum is available for $2,610 at Wempe New York and other retailers, as well as Nomos’ online store.
A collaboration between Schofield and Cherchbi.
- The watch wallet will fit 2 or 3 watches, boarding pass, money and passport etc…
- The exterior is fabricated from vegetable-tanned, English saddle leather. Sourced from the famous Clayton Tannery in Derbyshire. Known for many specialty leathers and producers of our English cricket ball leathers.
- 2 pockets are lined in Herdwyck No.10 pure Wool Tweed, made from the Herdwick fleece
- 1 pocket is lined in vintage sail cloth dating from the 1950’s, with original stitching and markings
- 1 pocket is lined in Moon Mills tweed, red no. 15
- Bronze plastic (non scratch) RiRi Zip
- Dimensions – 280mm x 135mm x 40mm
- Packaged with original artwork by Giles Ellis
- Very limited in number
- Made in England
When it comes to ceramic watches, even though not a watch brand at core, we have to admit that Chanel led the way in recent years. Their entire J12 watch collection has been a massive commercial hit. Today we present the J12 GMT Matte Black, which is entirely made of high-tech ceramic. Featuring a GMT movement, the watch allows for you to display a second time zone, perfect for the world traveler.
At first glance, this IWC Mark XI Pilot Watch doesn’t look like much. However, peel back the layers on the watch’s storied pedigree and impressive vintage hand-wound caliber 89 movement and you just might find enough to justify the estimated $6,000 USD price tag. Swiss watch maker IWC was one of the original contracts whose watches were issued exclusively to British airmen during World War II, with production for the Mark XI beginning in 1948. Standard for many pilot watches of the time, the brushed, stainless steel case is fitted with an internal casing of soft iron to protect the movement from being adversely affected by magnetic fields. The watch itself gets a Nato strap, and luminous hour and minute markers. And if you’re still not sold, a close look at the watch’s case back reveals its extremely limited numbers — a true war survivor, and one highly sought after by watch collectors.
GC Watches arose out of Paul Marciano's desire to create a brand for people like himself who aspire to a sophisticated standard of living. GC is a 15 year old Swiss-made watch brand that combines the best of Swiss quality and precision with remarkable European design.
So what exactly is Smart Luxury? David Yim, the COO of Sequel AG, a division of Timex Group which manages GC Watches, tells Anchor Division more about the philosophy of Smart Luxury at the Moments of Smart Luxury event where they honored GC's rising stars.
Anchor Division: Can you tell us about the brand ethos behind GC?
David Yim: Sure. The brand is Smart Luxury. Our event tonight is to honor those who have found a way to live out their dream creatively and figuratively. The brand is a promise to recognize the luxurious moments in life but at the same time not to blow the bank, not to overscale things. Our brand is all about time and timing, and recognizing the fact that life goes by quickly. You have to savor precious moments and smart luxury moments that occur in everyday life.
I had a Smart Luxury moment earlier this week. I travel a tremendous amount. I live in Connecticut just outside of the city and I have two boys, a 7 year old and a 6 year old. Normally they're in school but I brought them into the city this week since it's the summertime. It turned out what they wanted to do was just order Dallas BBQ, sit in the hotel room, and play Monopoly. And that was my Smart Luxury moment, but everybody can have a Smart Luxury moment.
AD: Can we talk a little bit about your definition of Smart Luxury? Most people think of luxury as being expensive and decadent. The way you describe your Smart Luxury experience was spending quality time with your children doing something they really wanted to do.
DY: Luxury is the ability to do what you want to do without boundaries. That's luxury. In a lot of ways today's society has really defined luxury as more as "what can you afford". 'Afford monetarily' is a great dimension of luxury but it's not the only one for both our rising stars as well as all of us in our life. Our brand is designed to allow people to recognize that luxury is not just in the format of how much you spend. Our product displays that because we have great quality stuff that is really representative of how people want to dimension and reflect themselves.
A lot of times fashion and accessories are a way of expressing yourself. People will find a way of doing it but not in a way that sets them back or that is an unwise thing. Luxury should never be an unwise decision. That's what we're all about.
AD: How are your ambassadors working with your brand and exhibiting that Smart Luxury?
DY: Our ambassadors are the embodiment of people who have found ways of being smart and luxurious at the same time in the way they live their lives and the way they define their passions in what they get to do every day. We've been embarking on this smart luxury emphasis for almost two years now. All of these people share a thread of commonality where they've discovered in their own selves what they're passionate about, what they want to do.
We're honoring Shaina and Moises, who have found a way to parlay that passion into what they make a living out of. They're our rising stars. They're able to have that be a part of their every day life. We think that's spectacular. We applaud it. We want to lift these people up all over the world and give them a platform, not just for our brand but for themselves as well to describe how smart luxury is a part of their everyday. It's the perfect synergy for our brand.
AD: What can we look forward to in the future?
DY: That's a great question. A lot of people feel like this is a culmination of smart luxury for them. For us this is really the beginning. GC is a brand of Swiss made watches. It's been around for quite some time. We're celebrating our 15th anniversary globally. It's something that in the US is more of a launch. It's more of a new brand for the marketplace. Amongst the global Swiss-made brands GC is number 15 in the world in terms of watch units sold globally.
In the US we feel like we're getting off the ground at 15 years old, but it's an exciting thing! We're looking to follow in the footsteps of our Swiss parent company and our other partners around the world who really make GC a part of the Swiss watchmaking industry. At 15 years we're super excited about what that means. We're in a league of folks who have been making watches for a much longer time than that but we do feel like we have a unique point of view. I think our ambassadors are the embodiment of that point of view. It's really exciting.
AD: Awesome. Thank you.
DY: Thank you. I really appreciate it.
Anchored in timeless style, this classic new timepiece feature a handsome brushed silver case and dial with a sturdy grosgrain canvas strap. Great strap on this bad boy. This is more of the sport watch look. I'm a fan of the orange accent to show the last 15 minutes for diving. Has brushed stainless steel bezel which adds a wear to it but maintains a classic look. Grab one HERE.
Epaulet bring in MK II watches to produce this hardwearing piece of kit. An automatic Swiss movement specialist the company is reknonwed for simple, beautifully constructed watches this particular model, the Milsub, is their show-off model. A lengthy spec list; bi-directional GMT bezel and independently adjustable GMT hand to keep up with two different time zones, a double-domed sapphire crystal solid stainless steel construction, water resistance to 300 meters all presented in a molded ballistic case with a mirco screwdriver to adjust the strap. Find it here.
TSOVET’s SVT-RS40 series of Swiss made watches offer the look of the simple aviator with the addition of Italian leather straps. Inside the 40mm casing – made from aerospace grade stainless steel, fans will find a Ronda 513 movement. Check the trademark zero at the 10 oclock postion. As clean as it gets from the TSOVET line of watches.