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Pinion Pure Bronze

I have had my Bronze Pinion Axis Pure for just over two months now so I thought it was about time I publish my initial impressions.

On the first day - shiny
On the first day – shiny

This watch, more than any other I have had, offers a very involving experience. This involvement starts every day with the morning ritual of winding the manual Unitas 6498 movement, which has a very satisfying dependable feel. I then usually put the watch to my ear just to hear the slow tock……tock. The day can now commence.

On a Green Nato
On a Green Nato

Every since my first meeting with Piers Berry, the founder of Pinion Watches, I have been fascinated by the idea of bronze cased watches. Piers was an early advocate of the material and would mention how if you google “bronze watch” Pinion came out top of the list. Piers has now decided the material has become a bit mainstream and is concentrating more on other materials and finishes. This may be, as he has told me,  that customers attracted to the brand by the bronze models more often than not ended up buying steel watches. I am sure this is because when you way up the pros and cons of each material steel possibly results more versatile and less of a risk.

By not taking the “risk” however I think you miss the opportunity to experience the changes, the development of patina. Each watch becomes more individual, more personal over time in the same way that selvedge denim does. As well as the case “maturing” then there is the lovely English leather strap which is slowly becoming creased and more flexible adding its character to the mix.

Leaving aside this development of character, the watch it self is very satisfying. I have been championing smaller, 38/40mm, case sizes so I was initially concerned that at 42mm I might find the Pure too big. But then I reasoned my Speedmaster is the same size and that sometimes even looks small. The Pure is not a “dress” watch but it does wear very easily. I have now got used to the size, and as it gets darker it is less “in your face”.

One design element of Pinion bronze watches that I initially questioned was the steel crown. I thought a bronze crown would have been more appropriate. Piers has obviously been questioned on this point several times so just had a slightly cross look when I mentioned it. Now I must agree with the choice of material as it broadens the choice of straps you can choose from, there are not many many available with bronze fittings, especially good quality Nato’s.

As my watch is one of the last of the bronze Pures, Piers had it made with the green dial which previously had featured only the the more recent gun metal cased watches. This adds further to its distinctiveness.

Another feature I really like is the case back. I have never been a fan of display backs, they always have seemed out of place on the more robust style of watch I prefer.

The caseback
The caseback

So, my conclusion for now is I am very happy with the watch. It has a distinctive non-generic look that however is not weird and has a character that is developing much in them same way as a pair of leather boots or raw denim jeans.

Pinion Pure Bronze & Selvedge
Pinion Pure Bronze & Selvedge

I will give a further update in a couple of months.

My (o)Pinion

You might have noticed on instagram that I now have my own Pinion, An Axis Pure with a dark green dial, The green dial previously on the Gunmetal Green version of this watch.

My Pinion
My Pinion

My first impression when compared to my previous English watch, the Smiths Deluxe, was big and heavy. But clearly that is compared to a 1950’s 35mm steel watch. You might remember that I have been suggesting for some time that cases over 40mm were getting a little large for my taste.  Maybe I should re-consider this as my other regular wear is a Speedmaster Pro which is also 42mm.

With it’s 42mm case and wide (22 mm) strap the Pure is actually re-assuringly solid. The manual wound Unitas movement reinforces that sense of dependability.  The last feature making this the perfect weekend/holiday (and maybe Friday) watch for me is the 100m water resistance rating.

Finally, there is the bronze case. Pinion now feel this material is becoming too mainstream. Coming from the generation that appreciated how materials such as denim and leather become more personal with age I am very happy to have a watch that will do the same.

I will keep you updated on how the patina develops.

Last Bronze Axis II from Pinion

Pinion Axis 2 - in bronze
Pinion Axis II – in bronze

The Axis II Bronze has only been available for a few months, but very quickly Pinion are down to the last two available – after these are sold, there will be no more Axis II Bronze.

The final two watches can be bought in either ‘E’ (Exhibition case back) or ’S’ (Steel case back) formats.

If you want one of these last two models, then simply select the model you wish to buy and pay a deposit to reserve the item; Pinion will then hold these watches for you until you wish to complete the purchase.

The watches will be available for delivery from the end of August onwards.

Pinion Yamaha

As mention in my post on this subject last month this is the ideal excuse to write about motorcycles on a watch blog. The British watch brand Pinion have finally released details of their custom bike, and pretty cool it looks to.

https://pinionwatches.com/news/yahama-xsr700-the-pinion-son/
Pinion Yamaha XSR700

Starting with a  Yellow Yamaha XSR700 this is the  list of parts used to transform the look:

– High-mounted exhaust (Akrapovic / Yamaha)
– Mesh covers for the side panels (Yamaha)
– Billet frame tube ends (Gilles tooling / Yamaha)
– Font and back axel covers (Gilles tooling / Yamaha)
– Black radiator cover (Yamaha)
– Black radiator side panels (Yamaha)
– Billet passenger footrest covers (Gilles tooling / Yamaha)
– Aluminium Chain guard (Yamaha)
– Brake oil side panels ( Baracuda Moto)
– LSL T6 ‘fat’ handlebars (Lower than the OEM ones)
– Domino grips (imported from the states)
– Rizoma mirrors (not pictured)
– Yellowed headlamp (tinted yellow spray)
– Single saddle (Yamaha – then re-made).

I think everyone would agree Piers has come up with an individual looking bike whilst maintaining “rideability” which is a factor often ignored by custom builders.

The watch shot
The watch shot

For the whole story behind the bike and more excellent photos visit

https://pinionwatches.com/news/yahama-xsr700-the-pinion-son/

 

Pinion – Yamaha motorcycle

This is a rare opportunity to post about two things that occupy the most of my online attention. Watches and motorbikes, I am also quiet interested in Japanese denim but that’s for another time.

During the last Apex evening Piers Berry did mention there was a “Pinion Motorcycle ” in arrival. In collaboration with Yamaha Europe, they are working on a customised XSR700.

Shun Miyazawa - Yamaha
Shun Miyazawa – Yamaha

Shun Miyazawa is the Product Manager at Yamaha Europe and the man behind ‘Yamaha Yard Built’ motorcycles. Shun wears the Pinion X Iron Heart Watch 01 – And last year we were delighted to produce a very limited run of these watches with a special ‘Yard Built’ engraved case back.

I am really looking forward to see what the result looks like.

Pinion Apex Meeting

I am finally catching up with my recent watch events. I was fortunate enough to attend my third Pinion Apex event in the Century Club in London. For those of you not familiar with these events, there a great opportunity to chat directly with Piers Berry the founder of Pinion Watches.

The big news of these event was the opportunity to see the latest Pure Pro range.

https://pinionwatches.com/pure/
Pinion Axis Pure Pro range

From talking to Piers these are the watches that best express what

Pinion is all about, robust time only manual watches in straight three straight forward versions. Steel, Black DLC and Bronze which has defined Pinion on Google search for some time.

These evenings are really enjoyable. If you are interested in Pinion watches or just interested in hearing what someone who really works at the “coalface” of the British watch business I thoroughly recommend you try to get along for the next one.