Monday, August 27, 2012

Eberhard's Champion V - Arise Sleeping Beauty!

This is Eberhard's Champion V -

Courtesy of Eberhard
Although this was a BaselWorld release, it is one of those watches that keeps calling to me.  This is the Champion V from Eberhard.

A 42.8 mm stainless steel case surrounds the ETA 7750 movement.  Three registers and date, it is at once sporty and functionally useful.  But I think one of the most appealing aspects is the departure from the Eberhard of the 80s and 90s.  This has been a gradual process that has seen the once sleeping beauty emerge from her slumber with some new takes on the classic forms of the Eberhard of old.

The numbered bezel, the red accents - including the red stitching on the strap - you can see the DNA, but this is not your father's Eberhard!  And that is a good thing!

Up until about 5 years ago, Eberhard was about as sexy as a Buick.  Today - not so much!  There seems to be a much greater focus on not just making highly functional watches, but making visually appealing ones as well.  I think we are witnessing the first few years of the next era for Eberhard - one where the traditional values are maintained, while nurturing creativity - allowing for new interpretations of their classic lines. 

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