Following on from our gtg today, I am writing this as a special thanks and sort of review of the loan watches we had today.
I will start by saying I am not in any way affiliated with either brand, this is just comments, opinions and pics from the day.
I have to give a very big thanks to Elshan from Zelos/Ventus and Rogier from Pheidippides Watches for the loans and Brad from reaching out to them. Rogier made the trip specially from Holland today and I hope he felt welcomed and enjoyed it.
I will start with Rogiers watches. The main attraction was the Hourglass. An unusual and interesting take on the 1 hand watch. The single hour hand on top gives a rough idea of the time and for a more detailed idea of time, the hour segments are marked off around the side. I have to say, this is a beautifully engineer piece and we were all surprised to learn the crystal is machined from a single piece of sapphire! The transition from crystal to case is perfect and the watch wears very well at around 41mm. There are some good strap and dial colourways too. The engraving on the case back is very fine.
Rogier also brought his other 2 models and like the Hourglass, are superbly engineered. I really liked the Porthole. The transition of screw in back and case, as well as crystal is flawless.
The Inkpot had a very unique "crown" that pushed through the case to adjust date and time and winding was done from the bezel. The tolerances again were very fine. Rogiers engineering background very evident.
Next up was the Ventus Black Kite. I really liked this piece. I was not able to back it on kickstarter so it was great to see it now and it's on the wish list for sure. The case is very interesting in carbon and has a lovely matt black finish. Sandwich dial was great, I liked the 'b' dial. It's very comfortable and light to wear. You can strap this on and forget about it and not worry about knocks with the tough carbon case.
The Hammerhead, once we pryed it from Brad's wrist is a really great piece. Very deceptive. It looks huge but wears very easily. The crown at 4 makes for comfortable wearing and the lume logo is a fun detail. The mertiorite dial was awesome, first one I had seen in the flesh and it didn't disappoint. It's difficult to catch the appearance in the pics.
The other Zelos, which model I have totally forgotten, sorry, was also a cool piece. The engineered case was very interesting. This is a very tall watch but again wears very well due to the short lugs. I only got this 1 pic though. The overall quality of these, and the Hourglass are superb.
What is clear from both brands is the passion and enthusiasm for bringing diversity and innovation to the watch world. For me, you just can't beat some of the stuff coming out of these brands. The quality and diversity ratio is amazing and it puts a lot of the major players to shame. It does mean though that for those seeking something different, it is well worth supporting these guys.
And for brands to be willing to send pieces for review at a gtg gives them vital exposure and really bridges the gap between product and consumer. A very cool move for Elshan and Rogier today. Thank again for the loan watches. (Brad, don't forget to send them back!).
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