Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Model 2 Midnight Green

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Fresh off of their red-hot debut (the Model 1), anOrdain is back like Return of the Jedi with their new offering, the Model 2.

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Like its predecessor it is steeped in both arts and crafts.  The dial is of copper and the beautiful effect is achieved through the use of vitreous enamel.

Per anOrdain, this range is inspired by the Scottish Highlands.  Although I spent quite a bit of time in Fife during the late 90s, I never made it further north than Pittodrie Stadium ; ) 

This particularly range is a wee bit more affordable, weighing in 100 pounds less than the Model 1.

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Apart from the wonderfully beautiful dials, the other aspect of anOrdain that really speaks to me is the adherence to the watches that I fell in love with 30 years ago.  They were not the massive wrist pucks that seem de rigueur today.  Now my 51 year old eyes love a solid, visible watch as the next person, but I also appreciate subtle restraint.  In footballing terms I'd say the difference between a Gordon Strachan and Graeme Souness.  

But it goes beyond size.  A lot of it is about (to me at least) sensibility.  I love, Love, LOVE the choice of a solid case back.  Reason #1?  Unless you, the watch brand, are going to dump hundreds or even thousands into the finishing of the movement, it truly is not worth it for most of us, and becomes a reason not to purchase a watch for the snootier out there.  Reason #2?  Watches are (or at least should) be personal.  A solid case back permits the owner, or the gifter (or in the case of a watch being handed down) the re-gifter the opportunity to add a personal touch such as an engraving on it.

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The other thing that I truly appreciate about anOrdain and their watches?  Their charming.  And I don't mean that in the everyday, throwaway "ice cream cone" sense.  It is a charming enterprise.  A group of artisans working together to produce something unique.  While it would be easy to pander, anOrdain makes not excuses and no apologies.

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Either you get it, or you don't.  Well, the fact that Model 1 has completely sold out?  It's safe to say that what the team in Glasgow is well on their way to proving that Charles Rennie Mackintosh will be joined by anOrdain in discussions about the influencers in the arts and crafts movement.

The Model 2 is available in several flavors, the Midnight Green being my particular favorite.

The entry price is £950

Here are the pertinents -

Case diameter: 36mm

Lug to lug length: 43mm

Case depth: 11mm

Strap width: 18mm

Dial: vitreous enamel on copper

Movement: Sellita SW-210-1 with Incabloc shock protection

Glass: Sapphire with 6 layers of anti-reflective coating

Hands: Custom-made Superluminova

Case back: Solid screw-in

Waterproof: 5ATM

Warranty: 5 years