When I see pocket watches, I’m always fascinated by it because I see simplicity in action. Compared to how we do things today, pocket watches don’t seem to be that useful especially if you have a company issued smartphone for your daily work. Other than telling time, it can do so much more like notifying you about your next agenda or simply reminding you about something although these endless notifications simply take so much time to sort things out. I have to mention this because this is what drives the Kickstarter project Wanderlust Watches to make their modern version of the pocket watch. Besides being cheap, I mean come on this is a Kickstarter project… also, you get to support what the team supports which is wildlife conservation, a chance to give back.
The design of this pocket watch arises from the need to overhaul the traditional pocket watch, meaning letting go of the bulkiness and the thickness which does not make a sense in today’s fashion statement. If you like skinny jeans, having this pocket watch around would be quite a burden. So Wanderlust’s answer is to make it thinner and modern thanks to its thin power horse and lovely stylistic dial. This design philosophy comes alive on their Paris Collection which comes with 3 distinct colors inspired by the Paris ambiance, Vaugirard, Le Marais, and Champs-Elysees.
Besides the wonderful design, the materials used are top notch. The case is made from 316L stainless steel and measures at 8mm, therefore, answering the bulky thingy. It also weighs in at 60g which is very light indeed. There is also the premium sapphire glass which we all know are scratch resistant. Imagine not having to worry about bumping your pocket watch with your car keys for example which would normally scratch a regular glass. We also get to see a nice quartz movement based on the Swiss Ronda Movement 763 sporting precision and performance.
Where this pocket watch shines is its simplicity but not so much that it affects its fashion statement. The dials employ minimalist design but for me, it’s more than that. Having to easily flick out this pocket watch with ease and read time instantaneously is thousands times better than being distracted by countless notification on a smartphone. Plus the looks of the darker dial version is mesmerizing. Moreover, I appreciate its price point which honestly the selling factor of this timepiece.
JOVAN KRSTEVSKI – FOUNDER, PROPRIETOR & EXECUTIVE EDITOR
Watch collector, aficionado and an Event profile in the Swedish nightlife. He launched Watchgeek back in 2011, which is now known as WristReview and is one of the most widely read watch blogs on the Web. He quotes ’WristReview is a site to help people find, explore, discover and enjoy wristwatches.’ The passion for horology jump started in his early teens when his father bought him an Omega Seamaster which he still has in his collection. Since then he has always been in love with wristwatches! Besides WristReview, he also writes for a number of publications. P.S. He is also a huge fan of The Man of Steel. Read his articles here