I love Filson. C.C. Filson’s “Might as well have the best.” quote has been in my bio on this website since Perpetuelle started over 5 years ago. And I am starting to become a fan of Shinola. Like Filson, Shinola is a multi-product brand which takes immense pride in the products it produces. Though it is probably most well known for its Detroit-made watches. The Filson watch collection made by Shinola includes two case designs (43mm and 44mm) and 25 styles, with prices ranging from $600 to $1,100. We’re not talking haute horlgerie here folks, but rather good, dependable (quartz) watches built for wearing. And also in the Filson (and Shinola) way, every watch is guaranteed for life. Could a good old-fashioned American collaboration get more perfect than this? I like it — no, I love it.
The last bit of news coming out of SIHH 2015 that I wanted to cover regarding A. Lange & Söhne is the new Lange 1. Having been the brand’s face since its presentation in 1994, the Lange 1 has now received an update that reflects the horological experience accrued during a period of more than 20 years. Aside from the brand new caliber L121.1 (the 50th caliber in Lange’s portfolio of in-house movements), the remaining changes are subtle. Largely unchanged as regards its iconic design, the second generation is endowed with a slightly narrower bezel and a new manually wound calibre. Another upgrade is the instantaneous jumping outsize date which advances precisely at midnight.
Below is a concise run-down on the new Lange 1, by Lange’s Head of Research & Development, Tino Bobe.
And you can check out my full introduction of the entire A. Lange 2015 collection, right here.
The “remade” Lange 1, explained by A. Lange & Söhne’s Head of R&D
A look at the new Lange Cal 121.1 — its 50th in-house caliber
Last year, Ralph Lauren introduced the standard Safari Chronometer and wowed fans with remarkable restraint coupled with unique design. This year, the brand builds off of the same template and unveils two familiar, yet wildly different, variations of a preexisting watch.
Paying homage to Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius…and the mirrored parabolic reflector!
Christophe Claret’s passion for history has inspired him to create Aventicum, named after the the capital of ancient Roman Helvetia. And also a watch whose primary “statement” is less about telling the time and more about its other unique attributes. You see, Aventicum features a miniature (just a few millimeters), micro-engraved gold bust of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, magnified and presented in the center of the dial with the help of an ingenious optical device known as a mirascope.
An example of a mirascope