Review and Photographs of Avi-8’s Lancaster Bomber

Faster, further, higher – Aviation exemplifies man’s desire to fly and soar above the Earth…

It has been a little while in between articles but we are more than certain that this one will make up for it. Many people believe that watches are a status symbol and the more expensive the better and sometimes I buy into that approach. In this case with Avi-8’s Lancaster Bomber it is all about the story and we believe that if a watch means something to you or there is some sort of sentiment behind it then it is the watch for you. The Lancaster Bomber did this for us and as soon as I found out that UK based brand Avi-8 were doing a range of watches revolving around old World War Two era planes we jumped at the chance to get our hands on them.

The reason this pulls a heart string with us is that in WWII my grandpa, Raymond Lewis Merrill, was a rear gunner in a Lancaster Bomber and received a Distinguished Flying Cross for an incident that happened mid-flight. While dropping bombs there was an incident where the hatches didn’t open properly and a bomb got caught in the plane. Ray was able to manoeuvre himself out of his tight turret and get to the hatch, getting the bomb out of the plane before the bomb detonated. If he hadn’t have done this it would have more than likely taken the plane and crew down. Due to these events and also my great grandfathers being involved in World War One the concept behind these watches really hits a nerve.

Avi-8’s collection of watches ‘seeks to honor both the aircraft and the untold story of the airmen who have dedicated themselves both in and out of the cockpit to bring these incredible machines to life’. ‘The Avro Lancaster is a British four-engined Second World War heavy bomber designed and built by Avro for the Royal Air Force (RAF) The “Lanc”, as it was affectionately known, became the most famous and most successful of the Second World War night bombers, “delivering 608,612 long tons of bombs in 156,000 sorties’. We choose to take these sentences straight from Avi-8’s website because we thought that they were perfect the way they were.

Now we will get onto the information on Avi-8’s Lancaster Bomber. The design of the watch is actually quite nice to look at. The watch has a 44mm stainless steel case that has small details that got through both mine and Chris’ eyes on first inspection. One detail on the side of the case is made to look like a seam in the metalwork of the Lancaster Bomber complete with lookalike rivets. The second detail took my eye straight away and is really the main feature of the watch. This is the ‘bubble’ lens over the date which is put there to signify the 3 positioned “bubble” like turrets that were on the Lancaster Bomber and were meant to be used as 360 degree capable machine gun stations. The crown also has both a red and blue ring on it that in my opinion signifies the decals that used to be drawn on the Lancaster Bombers and other fighting planes. This small feature really set it off for me and showed us that Avi-8 had done something really special with this piece.

The case back of the watch has a beautiful sketch of the Lancaster bomber as well as Bomber Commands motto which is ‘Strike Hard, Strike True’. In describing all of these small features we haven’t had a chance to give the real details of the watch. These are that it is a Japanese Quartz movement which probably doesn’t make true watch enthusiasts too happy but as we said at the start it is all in the story with this one. The watch also has a leather strap giving it even more of a vintage look. There are five different versions of the Lancaster Bomber and at a price of AUD$290. It’s hard not to say yes when there is a story like this behind it.

We had a great time shooting this watch with my grandpa and our photographer Chris did a really good job of making them come to life.  A few of the pictures you can see scattered throughout this post have some real meaning behind them. At the shoot we got to have a look through old photos, documents, to scale models of the Lancaster Bomber, my grandpas medals and even his flight log which in all of the pictures is opened to his flight on D-Day. As you can see from the pictures above they all come together to make one of our best shoots to date.

To see all of the Avi-8 range go to  www.avi-8.co.uk or check out their instagram at @avi_8.

While you are at your computer, check out our Instagram @watchthisspace11.

All photos are taken by Christopher Morrison. His details are as follows. Instagram- @_christopher_morrison

Website- www.christophermorrison.com.au

Email- [email protected]christophermorrison.com.au

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Photoshoot with the Bausele Automatic Pilot Watch

Early last week we got sent a package from the guys at Bausele Australia. We were sent the only sample that has ever been made and we’re amazed with what was in the box; A limited edition number 1/50 Bausele Automatic Pilot Watch with the red and yellow dial. The red and yellow signifies the great work that Surf Life Saving Australia does in the community so we decided to run with that on our photoshoot. Below are a few of the pictures from our shoot, I’ll explain some of them but the rest I’ll just let you enjoy!

 

In the picture below you can see the Australian material in the crown of the watch. In this case it is red earth from somewhere in outback New South Wales but other models include cobalt, opal or sand.

 

Next we have a shoot on the balcony at the West Beach Surf Life Saving Club. The guys there were nice enough to let us take some pictures. You can’t tell but we were meant to shoot on the beach but it was ridiculously windy that day and we got blown off of the beach and into the club for a couple of beers.

 

The next couple of pictures show some of the details behind the watch including the sapphire glass backing that allows you look into the automatic movement. It comes with either of two movements; Swiss manufacturers Soprod, who are responsible for the precision movement of caliber A-10; and the second version by Japanese manufacturers Miyota, who power the caliber 9015. This is followed by a picture of the black leather strap and the folded black IP steel buckle.

 

The rest of the pictures are pretty self-explanatory and are just in different scenes with a few cool props involved and some great scenery off of the sand dunes at West Beach.

 

 

Last but not least, we couldn’t have a pilot watch without a pin up girl. Had to show a bit of skin in this one but I think the picture turned out pretty nice.

 

The prices for these beautiful timepieces are as follows: Retail cost is from $888 for the Miyota version to $1488 for the Soprod version. At the moment they are having ten per cent off of pre-order watches. The revised prices are as follows: Soprod movement $1,380 and for the Miyota movement $800. To get in contact with the team at Bausele go to http://www.bausele.com or follow them on Instagram @bausele.

 

Written by Craig Anderson.

All photos are taken by Christopher Morrison. His details are as follows. Instagram- @_christopher_morrison

Website- www.christophermorrison.com.au

Email- [email protected]christophermorrison.com.au

And as always- Watch This Space

 

Review on Urwerk’s UR202-WG and a look into the company

“Horology is in my blood. I am the son and the grandson of watchmakers. The first musical concert I remember was played by the more than 50 clocks tick-tocking in my father’s atelier in our home. I was a watchmaker by birth, but I also became a watchmaker through passion.�?-Felix Baumgartner

“After studying visual design and arts I came in contact with a wide variety of influences and cultures. When the world of horology opened its doors to me, I entered with my entire artistic luggage in tow. I did not find having an art background limiting; instead, my art opened new horizons in watch design. Technique, concept and aestheticism are, above all, acts of creation.�?-Martin Frei

It has been a busy couple of weeks and we wanted to bring in the New Year with a bang, with a review on the watch that probably took top spot for me in the watches we looked at last year. The thing that amazed me about this piece is that it is so far from what a conventional watch “should�? look like that it compels you to give it more and more attention. The watch I’m talking about is the Urwerk UR202-WG! This watch just does something to me; maybe its the innovation and creativity in the timepiece or it might be the fact that I’ve got the price of a small apartment on my wrist. Either way it is amazing!

Urwerk is another one of the independent watch companies that hasn’t been around for very long but is making big waves in the watch community. The company was founded by Felix Baumgartner (co-founder and master watchmaker) and Martin Frei (co-founder and chief designer) in 1997 and their first timepiece was presented with the AHCI at Baselworld in the same year. The two have a common passion for measuring and portraying time and that’s what makes their pieces so breathtaking. They have assembled a extremely talented team that is focused on their vision and in just 15 years have come leaps and bounds.

In my opinion the most intriguing part of this watch is the movement. Urwerk have dubbed this movement the revolving satellite complication with telescoping minutes hand. The telescoping minute hands adjust their length to follow the different sections that mark the minutes operating through the middle of three orbiting and revolving hours satellites. The carousel is the most important part as this rotating central hub controls both the hour satellites and the integral telescopic minute hands. It’s an extremely complex part as this part has to be machined and finished to tolerances of 1/1000mm.

The UR-202 is also the world’s first watch with the winding rate regulated by fluid dynamics. There are two turbines on the back of the watch that can be seen spinning (miniature compressors). The turbines force air through the holes in the chamber, with a selector switch that controls the amount of air escaping from the turbines. By restricting the airflow, air pressure increases and slows down the turbines and the winding rotator. The different positions on the selector switch are as follows.

FREE – where the turbines spin freely

SPORT – where the air pressure generated by the turbines reduces the winding rate by approximately 35%

STOP – where the turbines and rotor are fully blocked – the UR-202 then operates as a manual wind watch.

The watch itself, although as we said earlier is nothing like a conventional watch, is very visually appealing. The white gold case (other choices are Red Gold, Black PE-CVD Platinum & AlTin) coupled with the almost fluro numbers really set this piece off. On the dial of this timepiece there is also a moonphase indictator and a day/night indicator. Even with the very strange shape of the watch and having the crown at the top of the piece it still fit quite comfortably on my wrist. I was a bit worried about the size at first being 46.6mm x 43.5mm x 15mm but it fit amazingly well. It is topped off by a hand stitched alligator strap.

Personally I think this timepiece looks amazing but like all watches it isn’t going to be to everyone’s taste and with a price of AUD$172,000 it isn’t going to be in everyone’s price range but if you can get your hands on this limited piece I wouldn’t hesitate.

Head to www.urwerk.com for any further information or check out their instagram page @urwerkgeneve.

While you are at your computer, check out our Instagram @watchthisspace11.

All photos are taken by Christopher Morrison. His details are as follows. Instagram- @_christopher_morrison

Website- www.christophermorrison.com.au

Email- [email protected]christophermorrison.com.au

And as always- Watch This Space.