Review and photographs on Aether Watch Co.’s, Aether by Benzinger

“Æther (aithēr) was to the ancient Greeks the fifth element, the “pure, fresh air” where the gods were thought to live and breathe. In Greek mythology, Æther was personified as a primordial deity, the son of Chronos, Father Time. Like the ancient Greeks, we feel that it is a place where beautfiul things are created – today we welcome you to the re-birth of Æther”

The timepiece that we are having a look at today is the Aether by Benzinger. This piece is a limited edition and is one of twenty-five so you can imagine our delight when the team at Aether Watch Company sent one all the way out to Australia for us to play with. We had a lot of fun reviewing this piece, not only because of the beauty of the watch but also we are trying to push ourselves in terms of how creative and artistic we are making our photography. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Aether Watch Co. are an American brand that draws inspiration from the traditions of the Swiss, German and American Masters to apply their aesthetic ideals to their timepieces to create what could only be described as works of art. Originally the owners began making watch straps (Stone Creek Straps) but their love of watches drew them towards starting a small watch company. The founder Brad McLaughlin put it perfectly when we spoke to him a little while ago, “We make watches for people that appreciate the details – our cases and dials are made in Germany, while our hands and movements are Swiss, coupled with bespoke straps made to a very high standard”. With this piece they teamed up with Jochen Benzinger to make a movement that is quite exquisite.

The watch is quite plain and not at all in a bad way. It makes for a very smart dress watch. The case is 42mm in diameter and is made of stainless steel. The dial is a matte black with a small seconds dial at six o’clock. The timepiece also comes with one of their bespoke handmade straps just to top it off. Its not until you turn the watch over to reveal the movement and really what all the punters have come to see. If it didn’t make me look like a mad man I would walk around with the movement showing instead of the dial.

The movement is a mechanical movement that is a 17-jewel hand-winding caliber. It has a sapphire case back so that you can see all of the hard work that has gone into the design. In particular, the hand engraved rose gold plated balance bar with a screw weighted balance wheel. The watch also has a 46-hour power reserve and is water resistant to 5ATM.

Moving slightly away from the watch we noticed that the team at Aether spares no expense when it comes to detail. The watch came with amazing packaging as you can see below, as well as a hand written and wax sealed letter from the owner himself. All of these things plus the quality of the watch just add to the experience when you are purchasing a timepiece and all add up to being something you will never forget.

I have been looking forward to getting this on my wrist for a long time and it traveled a long way to get to me and I was in no way disappointed with what I received. Many of you would think spending close to $4000 on a little known brand is a lot of money. I’ve always said to everyone that I would rather buy a watch that I can appreciate and one that only other watch lovers will recognize rather than one from the well-known watch brands.

 

To see all of the Aether range go to http://www.aetherwatches.com or check out their instagram at @aetherwatches.

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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Quick look at the Avi-8 Fly Boy (AV-4021-04)

“Ever since the turn of military aviation in WWI – the term has stuck as a casual reference to describe young men, who if they were boys on the ground were definitely not boys in the air. Their heroism, swagger and bravado – especially in the hair-raising days of open cockpit combat have been immortalized in modern history”

The second watch that we received from the guys from Avi-8 was the Flyboy. This piece isn’t named after a plane as such but named after those who flew them. “Flyboy” was a term given to a person that was a pilot in the Air Force and this group of men were the inspiration behind these casual timepieces.

Between this and the Lancaster Bomber, the Flyboy was the one that took my eye in terms of looks. There are five different models in this version of the Flyboy but this was the one that really took my eye. It is made with the genuine Nato black leather strap, black dial and stainless steel rose gold plated case. It also looks really impressive on the wrist, as you will see in the picture below.

The movement in this piece is the same as most companies are using in their pieces to keep the cost down and that is a Japanese Automatic Precision movement. The diameter of the case is 42mm X 48mm and as I said earlier in the post it fits very nicely on the wrist. The timepiece has hour, minutes and seconds hand (tastefully shaped like a plane to top it off) as well as the date function.

The timepieces are priced at $640 and for what you are getting I think that this is quite a reasonable price.

 

To see all of the Avi-8 range go to http://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

And as always- Watch This Space. 

WATCH GIVEAWAY!!!

We are happy to announce that we are doing our first giveaway and we have started off with a bang! Watch This Space has teamed up with Bausele Australia to give a lucky individual one of their Vintage Coal Watches.

All you have to do is go to our instagram page (@watchthisspace11) where you will find this photo.

Once you find the photo all you to do is:

-Follow both @watchthisspace11 and @bausele

-Repost using #watchthisspace11 and #bausele in the caption

Good luck to everyone and a random winner will be chosen on the 14th of February. Let all of your friends know about this one. It isnt one to miss.

And as always, Watch This Space!