Friday, November 8, 2013

Introducing Pinion!

So yesterday's opening of Salon QP also ushered in a new watch company from England - Pinion!
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This is the Axis - available in three versions.  Including Black DLC,
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Bronze (above) and stainless steel (below).

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Here is the info, straight from Pinion -

The watch, which is designed in England is influenced by the sharp designs of early 20th century military timepieces and instruments. The pure function of timekeeping with the Axis is straightforward due to the highly legible dial and coated sapphire crystal allowing clear vision of the time and date from all angles and lighting conditions.

Housed in a versatile 42mm steel case which is made from a single solid block of stainless steel and water resistant to 100 metres, the Axis is extremely robust. This structural integrity also employs shock resistance for the movement, making it perfect for multipurpose wear.

At the heart of every Pinion Axis is a highly dependable Swiss made automatic movement (ETA 2824-2) which is renowned for it’s reliability and accuracy having been used by fine watchmakers worldwide for many years. With 8 beats per second (28,800 per hour) the movement allows for high accuracy and when fully wound has a power reserve of 40 hours. The power is retained by wearing the watch, as subtle wrist movements power a winding rotor to keep the watch fully wound.
Completing the Axis, is a leather strap which is hand stitched and made from the finest hides and fastened to the wrist with a Pinion buckle.

The Pinion Axis has been designed and manufactured to the highest of standards using bespoke made Swiss and English parts. Any case treatment such as DLC coating and final finishing is conducted in England, prior to the watches being assembled and tested here by our highly experienced watchmakers.
Every Pinion Axis will be presented in a English made leather wallet. This will house the watch, manual, warranty card and each watch will be covered by an international 2 year manufacturers warranty.

The following prices show UK retail (inc. VAT) and example US Dollars.
Axis Steel: £1,950 / $2,800 Axis Black: £2,150 / $3,000 Axis Bronze: £2,350 / $3,300
The watches will be available to order and buy from December, through Pinion direct or selected retailers and will be built and ready to ship in January 2014.

Movement: Self winding automatic Swiss movement ETA 2824-2, 25 jewels, power reserve 38
hours, 28,800bph, Pinion decorated rotor. Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case: Stainless steel with brushed finish / Stainless steel with DLC coating / Bronze with brushed finish 42mm in diameter (excluding crown) strap lug width 22mm. Steel engraved screw down caseback with watch serial number engraving.Steel crown at 3H.
Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Dial: Satin black dial / Military green dial with numerals and indexes covered with Swiss
Superluminova® coating.
Hands: Steel hands with Swiss Superluminova® coating.
Water resistance: 10ATM (100 metres)
Strap: Hand made 22mm leather strap tapering to 20mm with a stainless steel pin buckle. 
Packaging: Leather wallet (Handmade in England)

Founded in 2013 and based in South Oxfordshire, England, Pinion is a watch company that produces fine watches which are designed, finished, assembled and tested in the UK to the highest of standards.
The debut collection, called the ‘Pinion Axis’ is a timeless watch design presented in three variants: Steel, Black and Bronze. The 42mm timepiece has been designed to evoke: Simplicity, high legibility and hard-wearing robustness for daily and exceptional uses.

Pinion Watch Company is the vision and creation of experienced designer, Piers Berry. With many years in graphics and digital media, Piers’ love for watches and mechanical instruments inspired him to design his own watch and in doing so, created the Pinion Axis.

Not content with just the watch design, every aspect of Pinion is designed and produced by Piers. From the straps and packaging through to the watch photography and digital media, everything is painstakingly created by Piers to ensure his original vision is to exacting standards and the finest of quality.

The name 'Pinion' originates from the small but significant gear wheels, that sit at the very heart of every mechanical timepiece and are often used to drive the more visible parts like the hands in a watch. Being a small independent watch company, Pinion passionately embodies watchmaking from the heart.

The Motion Works is the name for Pinion’s watch assembly and service centre which is based in England. Our watchmakers are qualified BHI (British Horology Institute) members and carrying many years of experience and knowledge, providing excellent technical assistance and support for our watches.
When making a Pinion watch, each one is first assembled with precision and care. Once complete, the watches are regulated and adjusted for timekeeping accuracy before being pressure tested for water resistance.
Every Pinion watch is supported by an international two year warranty. 

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