Now I know in the past I’ve said that I tend to stay away from battery powered watches. I prefer the craftsmanship of a hand wound piece. Well I hate to contradict because this watch, number two on my list has many different characteristics compared to the others. The main being that it is powered by battery and comes with a 45 month power reserve. Its still British designed and for that reason, here it is.
Introducing the Flagship Horizon from Optik Instruments.
The first thing you notice about this is that there are no hands. The whole dial rotates as time ticks by rather than the hands doing all of the work. Amazing in itself. Most manual analogue watches are attached rigidly to the movement. Not on this one.
So at the classic 6 o’clock position you will find a red line, this is where you read your time. The grey side of the dial is from 6 pm to 6 am (night time). You’ve already guessed the yellow side of the dial is 6 am to 6 pm (day time). This watch is so different, I cant help but want one.
Let me tell you a little bit about Optik Instruments and then we’ll go into the specs of the watch.
Optik Instruments began as a kickstarter project. 4 models: flagship, navigator, billet and technik. All essentially the same watch but with differing dial/disc design. Over 1000 people backed the project and with production underway unforeseen issues with quality and manufacture hampered the intended delivery dates. There are Horizons out there but I’ve recently read on kickstarter that more are now being shipped.
I’ve heard all sorts of rumours about this company. It is founded by the guys who own the Marloe Watch Company. Marloe who happen to be my favourite British Watch Company. I believed the company had ceased trading, or that they would be after they had fulfilled the orders from their kickstarter backers.
What ever the situation may be, I send them my wishes and hope to see more from them in the future. Lets get down to the specs on this and I’ll explain why I like it so much.
The case is 40 mm in diameter and 10.5 mm deep which is beautifully machined in the shape of a pebble. No edges just smooth angles. The case and rotor are 316L stainless. The only difference between the models are the coating/finish. Depending on model you can choose sandblast, polished or DLC coated.
The lugs are machined to suit a 20 mm strap. The buckle on each strap is again finished depending on the model and case finish chosen.
To further give the “pebble feel”. The case is finished wonderfully with dome sapphire crystal glass and AR coating. This gives off great reflection in differing light. The back of the case is machine marked with lots of information, take a look below to see the detail.
Within the case is again the beating heart of this watch. The movement, the Swiss electric – 515.24 by Ronda AG. On testing the movement boasted accuracy of 6 seconds per month. As already mentioned the 45 month power reserve makes this all the more impressive. Another impressive detail the watch comes with 100m WR rating for swimming & snorkelling
The first of its kind to use a single rotating disc as a method of telling the time makes this a very attractive timepiece indeed. Add to that the fact it is designed in Britain makes it all the more appealing to me.
Thanks for reading. Sorry for the delay in posting this blog, life has got the better of me recently. I’ll be back soon however so please stick with me.
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