Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Trans Siberian

We received news of a new brand entering the market place yesterday -

Courtesy of Pramzius
I  have not yet had the pleasure of seeing one in person, so I am going to leave it the folks at Pramzius to tell the story in their own words -

The Return of the Railroad Pocket Watch – For the Wrist
Pramzius is a new brand launching in 2017 developed by the North American distributors of Vostok-Europe, Sturmanskie and other Eastern European and Russian watch brands. The company is based in Connecticut, USA. Pramzius, which is named for the mythological Baltic Ruler of Time, pulls together the two decades worth of experience the team has in importing and assisting with design of watches from this part of the world. All Pramzius watches will use inspirations from one of the eight countries that border the Baltic Sea.

The first edition is inspired by a Russian railroad pocket watch popular in decades past built by a company that ceased operation in 2007.

The watch is unapologetically big at 48 mm in order to be sized similarly to the inspiration. Instead of a pocket watch movement with a sub dial seconds hand, the watch uses the NH38 open heart movement built by SII, with the open heart displayed where the sub seconds would normally appear. The case back features a large, 3D rendering of the original train that appeared on the inspiration watch.

The watches retail for $459 to $509, however in the launch period there is advance order pricing at www.pramzius.com and there will be a Kickstarter campaign launching in March/April 2017.

Courtesy of Pramzius

Pocket watch for the wrist
24 Jewel SII NH38 open heart movement. Automatic winding. Can be manually wound.
Main daily rate from -20 to +40 s/day
Power reserve
At least 41 hours
Sub dials
Open heart
Vibrations per Hour
K1 Mineral (optional sapphire model for additional $50)
Dial Color
Coin-edge crown inspired by locomotive smoke stack
Double layered
Case Material
316L Surgical Grade Stainless Steel
Case Width
48 mm
Strap Material
Bund leather (fully underneath the watch), wide grain screw-on leather and Zulu style nylon strap all included.
Strap Measurement
24 mm
Clasp Type
Water Resistance
10 ATM
Other Features
3D rendering of original train from the inspiration pocket watch.
Limited edition of no more than 999 pieces per dial.
Cherry wood veneer desk stand for watch to allow for alternate use as a clock.

Courtesy of Pramzius

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