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Bronze watch on the beach

If you have been reading some of my previous posts or maybe seen my Instagram stream, you will know I have a Bronze Pinion Axis Pure LE for which I been giving updates on the development of the famous “bronze patina”.

Anyway slowly slowly the case of my watch  has been getting darker and I have been quiet pleased with the result.

Axis Pure – before my holiday

Having read about and seen the drastic effect contact with sea water can have with bronze , some examples I have seen such as some bronze Panerais or the Oris diver of which have gone pretty extreme. I was interested and slightly concerned how my watch would react to my two weeks in Sicily.

Before I show you the effects of seawater I must say the Axis Pure with a couple of Nato straps works out as a pretty good holiday watch. It is water resistant to at least 100m which avoids worrying about swimming. It is tough and any knocks it might take can only enhance its “lived in” look. Finally you don’t have that worry of it attracting the undesirable attention, some more famous Swiss brands get, from street criminals. With the bronze version you get the added interest of how the case will react to different environments like the chlorine of the swimming pool to salt water of the sea.

The conclusion is chlorine seems to have the effect of slightly brightening the metal whilst the sea is the most fun.

Pinion Axis Bronze + Sea water

The photos above and below where taken after the watch had been in the sea for an hour.

Pinion Axis Bronze + Sea water

My first thoughts were “wow, that looks pretty cool” quickly moved on to “will that come off?” Now I was pretty confident there are ways to bring the watch back to its original finish but I did not want to return to the “as new look` – fortunately with a bit of a rub you can bring the watch back to whatever level of patina you like.

My next experiment will be to leave the watch a little longer before taking it back to normal.

Pinion still have a few of the Bronze watches left and they are now available a special price here

https://pinionwatches.com/product/axis-pure-bronze/

Pinion Atom

As I am sure you will have noticed I like the watches from British watch brand Pinion. I was therefore really pleased to receive an e-mail announcing their new watch, the Atom.

Pinion Atom – 2107

Rather than wait to get hold of an example I thought I should get the news out as soon as possible, so this is what Piers the owner and designer of Pinion watches says about this new model.

The Atom inherits all of the design and production qualities seen in the previous collection of watches, but priced at £790 (£658.33 ex.VAT) signals it as the new entry-point to the Pinion family.

Like the Axis II and Pure before it, the Atom is sized at 42mm diameter, (but slimmer in height at 11mm) and is encased in 316L stainless steel with a bead-blasted finish.

Central to the watch, is the dial, coloured black in a smooth satin finish, it features a dominant inner raised level, textured with a geometric machining.
The design of the dial follows our graphic code established by previous models and presents typographic numerals in white, coated with SuperLuminova and contrasting radium colouring. For durability, the watch is water resistant to 100-metres depth.

In a new move for Pinion, the Atom utilises the Japanese automatic winding 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.

As with all of our watches, the Atom is built and tested in England and comes with a hand-made leather strap, leather and canvas watch roll plus international two-year warranty.

When Piers first mentioned the price I was a little incredulous given the price point of other watches in the range, you might notice in my earlier post mentioning this launch I mentioned a price of circa £800.

I am really looking forward to seeing this watch in the metal. I really hope it gives Pinion the sales lift they deserve.

Pinion Atom

After a relatively quiet period Piers Berry is starting to release news of his next new watch – the Atom.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BTjrEZnBHF7/

An entry level three hander with a bead blasted case, citizen movement . Although the design is  different to the Axis II it will carry lots of detail and value for the watch as case, crown components, dial very high quality and built in the UK.
No detail of a release date yet but they should be priced at the great price of under £800
Watch this space for more news.

Pinion – Piers Berry Interview

 

Piers Berry talks to "The Jewellery Editor"
Piers Berry talks to “The Jewellery Editor”

I thought this interview with Pier Berry of British watch brand nicely sums up many of the issues around the British watch revival.

http://www.thejewelleryeditor.com/watches/interview/truth-behind-revival-british-watchmaking-pinion-watches-piers-berry/

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.

 

Time to buy a British watch

Google analytics tells me that I do have some readers from outside of the UK. From a watch point of view you are lucky people because the recent Brexit decision has had a considerable effect on the value of the British pound.

Both GasGasBones and Pinion have recently communicated this.

Here is what Pinion have published.

Pinion price promotion
Pinion price promotion

That looks like quiet a saving. The same is clearly true for all watches priced in Sterling. I imagine though this will not last long though as soon British companies using Swiss parts will be hit by higher costs.

Neither Schofield or Pinion will be attending Salon QP

The salon QP is where I first met with both Schofield and Pinion, so I am a little disappointed to discover that after the absence of Pinion last year, Schofield have decided not to attend either this year.

For the first year since Schofield launched its Signalman model watches they are not exhibiting .  The reasons are simple; wthey are very busy with a completely new watch called the Daymark and very busy with the production of the new bronze Beater B2. There is a risk that none of their new watches would be ready .

On the up side there will still be a significant presence from British watch brands such as Fears, who will be launching at the event, Dennison, Robert Loomes and Garrick. The last two with new movements.

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 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.