It has been a while since I have posted anything, I am sorry if you are a returning visitor and found nothing new. My only excuse is that I was away for a weeks holiday which meant I had a fair bit of catching up to do on my day job.
Whilst I have been absent a couple of interesting articles have come up in the press about British watch brands.
The most recent being Hodinkee’s piece on the relaunched Vertex brand.
Personally I like the look of the watch and the idea of relaunching a family brand is somehow more “authentic” than inventing heritage. Some Hodinkee readers have made less favourable comments. But for the moment Don Cochrane ,the brands’s owner, only has to please 60 people.
Earlier there was an interesting interview wth David Brailsford of Garrick Watches on the Mrwatchmaster blog.
As you might remember the next watch we were expecting from British watch brand Marloe was the Lomond Chronograph. Therefore I was surprised to news of a further model the hand wound Derwent.
The Marloe website tells us this is born out of their love for traditional British watches of the 50’s and 60’s, with hi-dome acrylic crystals and small cases. They have added a few contemporary touches like a subtle domed dial leading outwards to an angled chapter ring and simple pitched profile hands for maximum readability, but the classic aesthetic remains. Most watches of this era had solid case-backs, but the Derwent Classic offers a small porthole displaying the balance wheel.
From the images I have seen they have produced a much nicer looking watch than the Cherwell with a pleasant non-generic design.
Interestingly, as you will see from the specifications below, they have also switched from the Chinese Sea-Gull to a Japanese Miyota