new products

  • Hermle Tellurium II 22823-740352

    Hermle has a long tradition of making beautiful timepieces – they’ve been at it since 1922. They have a willingness to challenge design and quality standards while still remembering the past. We’ve been happy to sell their clocks for quite some time, but they’ve released a truly spectacular clock that’s worth taking some time to talk with you about. Hermle calls it their Tellurium II. It is a stunning mechanical mantel clock whose name is derived from the latin word “tellus”, which means “earth”. This clock also shares its name with the early scientific apparatus designed to demonstrate the motion of the planets within the solar system. True to its name, the Tellurium II displays the relative motion of the sun, moon, and earth under a hand blown glass dome atop the clock. The earth’s tilt on its axis is accurately represented, as is its rotation. The moon accurately represents its phases across a 29 ½ day lunar cycle. Each orbits the sun, finishing their full motion in a year. A plate forming the base of the mechanism is engraved with days, months, and the symbols of the zodiac, through which the earth’s motion is demarcated. The mechanism of the clock itself is built with Hermle’s traditional standards in mind. It is an 8 day spring driven movement utilizing an 11 jewel Swiss deadbeat escapement. It utilizes four polished bells to play the Westminster chime quarterly and hourly. These nested bells have a sweet tone that is entirely unoffensive. The Tellurium II’s mechanism is housed in curved beveled glass, and finished with a black piano gloss wood base. The entire mechanism is nickel plated brass, offering a durable finish that will resist tarnishing. Hermle’s Tellurium II is a beautiful clock that we’re proud to sell, and is sure to become an heirloom your children will cherish.
  • New Products

    We are excited to announce our newest watch brands!

    All of these brands bring something unique to our already extensive watch inventory.

     

    Tense Watches

    Tense Watches designs high-quality wooden watches. They are made from 100% recycled or reclaimed wood and are powered by Miyota Watch Movements from Japan. Each watch is manufactured by hand in their workshop in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Read more about them here on our blog.

     

    Vostok Europe

    Vostok-Europe watches represent an unprecedented alliance of European and Russian timekeeping. By combining the watch-producing team in Vilnius, Lithuania with the largest Russian watch manufacturer Vostok the result is a unique fusion of tradition, innovation and cost-effective style. These rugged watches offer unique styling with a story behind each design. Read about one of their new models, the Energia here on our blog.

     

    Coming soon: Kronaby

  • Tense Watches

    Introducing our newest watch brand: Tense watches. There are many wood watch options on the market, but we have hesitated to sell any because of our experience with quality problems. Cheap wood watches are prone to break and leak, are difficult to adjust to size without damaging the bracelet, and can lose pin attachments as the wood expands and contracts. Because it was a living material, wood is much trickier to make into a functional watch. Through research and comparing different products, we have found Tense Watches to be a brand that we are comfortable recommending. With over 40 years’ experience, they are one of the oldest wood watch manufacturers, and as a result have worked out the difficulties of manufacturing a quality wooden timepiece that will stand up to real world wearing conditions.

    Here is a little about the brand from their web site:

    Tense (noun): A set of forms taken by a verb to indicate time; One moment in time in relation to another moment in time. Past, present, future.

    Tense Watches designs high quality wooden watches. They are made from 100% recycled or reclaimed wood, and are powered by Miyota Watch Movements from Japan. Each watch is manufactured by hand in our workshop in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

    Our products are designed and built around our core beliefs in quality and craftsmanship. In 1957, Ken P. Lau started his profession as a clock designer. He pioneered experimentation with natural components, such as wood and stone. In 1968, Ken moved his focus to wristwatches, and in 1971 Tense Wooden Watches was founded. To this day, Ken brings his almost 50 years of experience as a crafter of timepieces to the office.

    We like the fact that Tense Watches are made in North America and as a result we can get repair parts if necessary. We like their design, for the quality aspect, but also because they are great looking watches. If you have never tried a wood watch on your wrist, you are in for a surprise. A solid wood case and bracelet makes a unique feeling product that brings a smile to your face. A recent addition to the Tense Watch lineup is their hybrid collection. Made of surgical steel with wood accents, these watches utilize the best of both materials. With sapphire crystals, Swiss movements, and water resistance from 3 ATM to 5 ATM, Tense Watches continue to show their commitment to quality. Oh, and they look great too!

  • Vostok-Europe Energia Watch Review

    We’re quite pleased to bring in a new line of watches produced by Vostock Europe. Vostock Europe is made up of an alliance of Lithuanian and Russian watchmakers aiming to produce watches that celebrate the biggest and the boldest. All of their watches are designed with that theme in mind, and each has a story. Today I want to tell you the story of the Energia.

    Energia Rocket Liftoff

    The Energia’s design is inspired by the Energia super heavy-lift launch vehicle. It is the most powerful launch vehicle ever built, capable of putting a 100 ton payload into low earth orbit. The watch it inspired comes in several finishes and metals, but all of them use a Seiko NH35 24 jewel automatic movement.

    The Energia comes in a large durable locking dry box. Inside you’ll find your manufacturer information and manual. A hex key is included to facilitate changing bands from the beautiful leather strap to the durable water-resistant silicone strap included in the box. In a bit of forward thinking, all of the foam insulation in the dry box is cut to allow you to turn it into a four-watch holder with room for four additional straps and the strap tool, saving you the cost of purchasing something additional specifically for the task.Vostok Europe Energia watch with box

    The Energia watch case comes in stainless steel, PVD plated rose tone over stainless, PVD plated black over stainless, and solid bronze! The particular one we’re looking at is the solid bronze model. It has a great natural tone that is like a dark rose gold. Because there is no plating on this watch whatsoever, the natural surface of the metal will, over time, develop its own one-of-a-kind patina. Given time, no two bronze watches will look the same. Beyond the aesthetics of the case, specific attention was paid to the more useful features. A screw-down crown and helium release valve are incorporated into the case, as well as a unidirectional bezel. The Energia has an excellent water resistance rating of 300 meters. The lugs are designed for easy strap removal and replacement with a hex wrench, not that you would have to replace it often; the leather strap is thick and stitched in all the right places.

    Inside the case, the dial is clearly designed for legibility. Oversized bronze-tone dial markers and hands make legibility a nonissue. Each of these markers has a t-25 tritium tube affixed to it. The hands are differentiated at night by not only the length of the tritium tubes, but also by the twin tube arrangement on the hour hand. The cool blue of the dial matches the band, and is an attractive contrast between the warm bronze case and band hardware.

    Last, but most importantly, let’s talk about the movement. The Energia uses a Seiko NH35R movement. Unlike lower cost automatic movements, this one is hackable and manual wind capable. It is a durable workhorse movement that offers great timekeeping. It is hard to overstate the quality Seiko produces.

    If this brief overview hasn’t quenched your thirst, drop by the shop and see the watch in person. It’s hard to appreciate this scale of the watch until you have it in your hands. We’re happy to show you not only this watch, but the entire range of Vostock Europe watches.

    Reviewed by George Black July 11, 2017

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