To coincide with the competition we are running at the moment we are going to have a look at Melbourne Watch Company who started in 2013 and has wowed the online watch community ever since. Melbourne Watch Company is a new Australian brand focusing on producing high spec mechanical timepieces with an affordable price tag. Late last year they revealed their first model the ‘Flinders’ which was a great success. Of late they have started a kickstarter campaign for their new model which is the ‘Hawthorn’ and over the last week or so they have given punters a sneak peak of the next model called ‘Portsea’. In this article we will have a quick look at all of their models as well as a bit of a history behind the brand and founder Sujain Krishnan.
We will start with a bit of history on the founder of the company so that we can gauge where the motivation and inspiration behind Melbourne Watch Company came from. The next few paragraphs are straight from Sujain himself-
“As an enthusiast and collector of affordable mechanical watches, I originally started my adventure into the world of watch making through building homage style pilot and military watches for the online enthusiast community. I ran this small business (“Melbourne Custom Watches”) for the better part of the last year with success”
“However, I decided recently that I was not satisfied with simply building other people’s designs and that I would like to pursue the goal of launching my own brand of original design mechanical timepieces. From this idea, the Melbourne Watch Company was born. My goal is to create product offerings that provide customers with the option of a quality mechanical timepiece at an affordable price point”
The Flinders was the first model that Melbourne Watch Company delivered us and was named after Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street Station. It has a very simple design that makes it very appealing to the eye and is quite a nice dress watch. The Flinders comes in two different types, one with a black dial and black leather strap and the other with a white dial and brown leather strap. The Flinders goes for AUD$525 and a few of the watches details are below.
CASE: 40mm 316L Stainless Steel
CRYSTAL: Flat Anti-Reflective Sapphire
CASEBACK : Sapphire exhibition
MOVEMENT: Miyota 9015 Automatic 28,800bph
DIAL: Guilloche with date window at 3
STRAP:20mm leather, 18mm at buckle
The Hawthorn is the second watch from Melbourne Watch Company. They are running the kickstarter campaign for this beautiful timepiece as we speak (http://kck.st/MGmNyv). The Hawthorn as decribed by Melbourne Watch Company has been designed to bridge the gap between a dress watch and sports watch to create a more casual feel. They have definitely pulled this off with the Hawthorn. The Hawthorn is still available for pre order through kickstarter at AUD$295. It comes in three different types black dial and a black leather band, black dial with a tan leather band (my favourite) and a black dial with a steel bracelet.
MOVEMENT: Miyota Cal. 8205 automatic movement with a beat rate of 21,600bph and a power reserve of approximately 42 hours when fully wound.
CASE: Fully brushed 316L stainless steel case with a diameter of 42mm. The case is 48mm lug to lug and is 12mm thick. The crown is engraved with the Melbourne Watch Company logo.
CRYSTAL: Fitted with flat anti-reflective sapphire crystal, both on top and on the display case back.
DIAL: “Carbon” textured centre and applied stainless steel markers with C3 super-luminova for nighttime illumination. The dial also features a Day/Date complication at 3 o’clock.
HANDS: The Hawthorn features a standard set of hour/minute/sweep second hands. The hour and minute hands feature C3 super-luminova for nighttime illumination.
Over the last week or so a few pictures have popped up on Melbourne Watch Company’s instagram of their new model so we have a few pictures below of what the watch is likely to look like. Only time will tell but it looks like it is going to be another success.
To see all of Melbourne Watch Company’s pieces go to http://www.melbournewatch.com.au or check out their instagram at @melbournewatch.
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