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Pinion Atom etc

After what seems a relatively quiet time in terms of news from Pinion, Piers Berry has made several announcements recently.

The most imminent being the availability of the “new entry point to the Pinion family” the Atom.

Pinion Atom

The Atom inherits all of the design and production qualities seen in the previous watches in the Pinion collection, but priced at £790 (£658.33 ex.VAT).

The Atom is sized at 41mm diameter, with a slim height of 11mm and is encased in 316L stainless steel with a bead-blasted finish.

The design of the dial follows the graphic code established by earlier models and presents typographic numerals in white, coated with SuperLuminova and contrasting radium colouring. The watch is water resistant to 100-metres.

Unlike all other Pinion watches, the Atom uses the Japanese automatic  calibre (Miyota 9015) which provides accurate timekeeping and a 42-hour power reserve. The reverse of the watch features a solid steel case back that is engraved with the Atom motif and individually numbered.

The Atom is built and tested in England. The watch is available from the Pinion website http://www.pinionwatches.com

Then coming later in the year will be a watch in a new material for Pinion; the TT their first watch in titanium which almost halves the weight of the case when compared to the steel models.

Pinion TT

Weight aside the TT has the familiar design elements of the Pinion range, as you can see on this prototype above. A brushed finish 42mm case with an exhibition back. Offering 10 atm (100 meters) water resistance.

The movement inside being an ETA 2893-2 with a 24 hour hand (second time zone /GMT). The first GMT from Pinion. I am really looking forward to see the final version.

Then this week came the very interesting announcement. Pinion will return to offering bronze watches. After launching the Pinion brand  in 2013 with bronze watches at the core of his range Piers judged that bronze was becoming too mainstream and decided not to offer them anymore. He has had a re-think, done a survey of friends and clients and decided to return to bronze in 2018 with a re-worked Axis II automatic. The interesting he will this time use a bronze, rather than steel, crown. This I remember being a point of discussion, personally originally thought a bronze crown was the the best fit, now after a year with my Pure bronze I am a big fan of the steel crown. I find it links visually very well with the hands and strap fittings. I will reserve final judgement until I have seen the new version.

2018 looks like another interesting year for Pinion.

 

Bronze Patina

More Bronze watches are now available and one of the first questions you might ask before committing to buying one is “how does the famous bronze patina develop” ?

As I took procession of my Pinion Pure Bronze the week before Christmas I thought it might be useful to post weekly updates.

New Bronze
New Bronze

Despite wearing the watch every day the colour change is very gradual.

After one week
After one week

I will try to make some better close-ups for next week.

 

Pinion Axis Pro Pure

 

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The Axis Pro Pure collection from Pinion Watches is now complete, available in polished steel, marine bronze or DLC black this new non-limited run features a dial design with ‘professional’ styled applied batons, two-step bezel, anthracite sub seconds and radium or green luminova. Prices will start from £2,300 inc VAT .

If you get a chance try to get along to one of the Apex London meetings to see these great looking watches in the “metal”.

Bremont – Basel

This has been a pretty exciting week from a watch point of view given all the new watch announcements. One company worth a mention, despite them not being British, is Tudor. I am particularly taken by their Black Bay in bronze which I like to believe is following the lead of Pinion and Schofield in the use of this material.

Anyway moving onto the news in the title of this entry, Bremont and their new models. At the watch fair they announced no fewer than 10 new watches.

Four of which coming from their involvement in the Americas Cup and collaboration with Boing.

AC-R-SS-Front            OTUSA-R-BK-Front

On the left is the AC-R in steel and the right the OTUSA.

Bremont also have three new watches for women. Based on the 32mm case below.

SOLO-32-LC-Front

For all the news follow this link  2016 Releases

Pinion Axis II – range

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The latest newsletter from Pinion, that arrived this morning, announced that the Axis II range now consists of a choice of three cases, Steel, Bronze and Black DLC. Each being available either with a closed or exhibition back. One interesting “Pinion Fact”  is that emerged from reading about these watches was that the Bronze Axis was the first bronze watch from a modern British company.

For more news of the range follow this Axis link

I really looking forward to seeing this new range soon.

New Pinion Axis Bronze

I cannot believe I have not posted for 12 days! Sorry. I am also surprised that I have not mentioned the latest news from Pinion, their new Axis Bronze.

This latest bronze model is a fascinating alternative to the existing steel version.I personally think bronze is a great material for a watch given how the patina can develop over time.

The great appearance of this watch is not limited to the front, have a look at the caseback and the special green rotor.

Well done Piers !

 

Schofield

Today has proved to be a “Schofield Day”

First of all I found this great article describing the Schofield Beater, which in bronze is my favourite of their range.

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Salon QP – Schofield Beater

Then their regular newsletter arrived in my in box. These newsletters would be worth opening just for the quality of the photos like this one of a batch of Signalman’s awaiting dispatch.

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