Unbiased watchmaking is certainly one of our favorite matters at MONOCHROME. It has all the time been a part of our DNA, and we now have a deep love for every little thing made with soul and keenness. However, we’re additionally life like, and lots of the watches made by impartial watchmakers we’re speaking about are inaccessible for many of our readers. Nonetheless, some indies are dedicated to producing inexpensive watches, such as Spanish model Ophion. We’ve been notably impressed by its newest creation, the OPH 786 Velos, a watch with an unbelievable degree of element contemplating the worth. So, what occurs whenever you give this watch as a base to Amr Sindi (a.okay.a The Horophile) and Pietro Tomajer of The Restricted Version? The result’s a really sharp, trendy but delicate version named the Ophion Gilt Spectre Restricted Version.
Amassing impartial watchmaking is commonly a relatively costly interest… If you concentrate on the main representatives of this sport, corresponding to FP Journe, Urwerk, De Bethune, MB&F, and plenty of, many extra, you’ll usually find yourself with watches within the excessive 5-figure value vary – if no more. But, there are different way more accessible options round, and Ophion is a model that, since its creation in 2015, has all the time made an impression on us. The model’s newest watch, the OPH 786 Velos, made extra than simply that. It’s a stunningly detailed timepiece with a placing dial, a formidable motion, and a producing course of that entails some nice names too. And it’s out there for an affordable value (round 3,000 EUR earlier than taxes).
With this watch as a base, Amr “The Horophile” and Pietro “The Restricted Version” have determined to work along with the model to create an attention-grabbing, up to date version. Combining classical gown watch design codes with trendy parts and utilizing state-of-the-art manufacturing processes and refined particulars, the Gilt Spectre version makes an impression and units itself other than the remainder of Ophion’s manufacturing.
The bottom, the OPH 786 Velos, continues to be clearly recognisable, but this Ophion x The Horophile x The Restricted Version comes with greater than only a few design tweaks. To start with, its compact 39mm case is now product of grade 5 titanium with a bead-blasted end, leading to a singular darkish gray color and a advantageous matte end with some shininess – one thing traditional sandblasting doesn’t provide. The bespoke case nonetheless has its easy pebble form, with its onion crown and retro-styled, individually welded teardrop lugs. And if you wish to know, it’s manufactured by Voutilainen & Cattin SA (Kari’s case manufacture). The case, with 50m water-resistance, encompasses a domed sapphire crystal on prime and a see-through caseback revealing the motion.
One other distinctive function of this Ophion Gilt Spectre Restricted Version is its dial. The traditional Velos was out there with a guilloché-like or a round brushed dial. This version comes with an anthracite dial with a vertical-grained brushed end. The tri-dimensional look of the unique mannequin has been retained, with the silver-coloured, laser-cut chapter ring and minute observe. In the identical vein, the extremely enticing Breguet numerals, individually utilized to the dial, have been retained to stress the traditional look of this Ophion x The Horophile x The Restricted Version mannequin. To provide this Gilt Spectre version its persona, the fingers and the numerals are actually gold-coloured – a heat color that contrasts with the in any other case monochromatic look of the watch.
Beneath the caseback is a formidable hand-wound calibre manufactured by MHVJ and Soprod in Switzerland. This base calibre measures 30mm in diameter, thus wanting nice on this compact case. It’s geared up with two barrels, offering a strong 5-day energy reserve, and it beats at 4Hz. Importantly, this base calibre is then disassembled by Ophion, with the unique parts changed by custom-made bridges, that includes an evenly utilized hammered impact and diamond-cut bevels – the look is thus harking back to previous pocket watch actions.
Giving the ultimate “trendy traditional” contact to this Ophion Gilt Spectre is a matte, suede gray leather-based strap. And as indicated on the again, most elements are both Swiss or German-made, aside from the strap produced in Spain.
Availability & Worth
Solely 40 items of the Ophion Gilt Spectre Restricted Version with The Horophile will probably be made. Will probably be out there from The Restricted Version and priced at GBP 3,250 (excl. taxes).