William Wooden Watches is a relative newcomer, based in 2016 by the grandson of William Wooden, a firefighter of over 25 years with the British Hearth Service. It’s one factor to have a themed assortment, however one thing else to dedicate a whole portfolio to a specific topic. Firefighting will not be solely a visual theme in each William Wooden watch, upcycled firefighting supplies are used of their creation like repurposed hoses and melted vintage brass helmets. The model has beforehand targeted on extra advanced collections like sporty chronographs and collaborations with the Hearth Division of New York (FDNY), however now we’ve got a trio of smaller subject watches, which is a brand new course.
Till now William Wooden watches have been up to date in dimension with 41mm in diameter, however the brand new Fearless Assortment shaves a millimetre for a 40mm case (lug-to-lug 45mm). It doesn’t sound like a lot, nevertheless it makes a noticeable distinction. It’s a bit hefty at 13.8mm in top however stays very wearable and thinner than prior fashions. The 316L stainless-steel is completed with IP Stealth Black plating and every mannequin is separated by dial accent colors. There are two areas the place upcycled firefighting gear is discovered, beginning with the crown that has a brass insert from a melted-down vintage firefighting helmet, and the opposite being the strap (extra on that later).
A sapphire crystal protects the dial and the enjoyable continues whenever you flip the watch over. The case again is definitely distinctive with an embossed, modern-day firefighter’s helmet with a tinted visor to match the respective dial colors. A portion of the motion reveals via the visor for a slick tackle an exhibition case again. These are restricted editions, so every again is numbered from 1 to 250. Water resistance is rated at 100 metres.
Though these are subject watches with a comparatively easy aesthetic, firefighting remains to be entrance and centre. The acquainted vintage brass helmet brand sits at 12 o’clock and the double-line index above represents a Crew Supervisor’s collar. The lollipop seconds hand additionally resembles the chime from a hearth engine bell. The dial itself has a charcoal-inspired textured black end that contrasts nicely with the utilized rose gold (colored) Arabic numerals. The numerals, indexes and all palms have Tremendous-LumiNova for glorious night time viewing. A framed date window sits at 3 o’clock with a white background. Accent colors separate the three fashions, beginning with an angled flange with printed numerals for seconds. Color choices are orange, yellow or purple, and lengthen to the seconds palms, date body and AUTOMATIC printed at 6 o’clock.
Powering the brand new Fearless Assortment is the Seiko NH35 computerized, which additionally they provide within the Valiant, alongside an ETA 2824-2. This workhorse motion by Seiko is utilized by a variety of manufacturers and comes with 24 jewels, beats at 21,600vph (3Hz) with a 41-hour energy reserve. It’s hand-windable and consists of central hours, minutes, hacking seconds and the date. Accuracy is rated at -20/+40 seconds per day however is nicely inside these parameters in follow.
The William Wooden Fearless Assortment comes with a purple Italian leather-based watch roll that may maintain three watches, which is ideal for travelling. Every color variant is restricted to 250 items and all include a three-year guarantee. The 20mm straps are constituted of uncommon black hearth hoses with stitching that matches the respective dial colors, all completed with characteristic quick-release push pins. The gathering is a departure from the fancier, extra detailed fashions of the previous, however nonetheless finds a strong stability of no-nonsense subject watch and a well-known firefighter theme. In spite of everything, subject watches don’t must be boring and William Wooden proves it right here. The retail worth is GBP 895, which could be damaged into three funds of GBP 299 through their web site. It appears a bit excessive for a chunk with a Seiko NH35 motion, however the design components and a spotlight to element are definitely above the norm.
For extra info and to make a purchase order, please go to WilliamWoodWatches.com.
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