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!

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

And as always- Watch This Space. 

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. 

Introducing the new Bausele Automatic Pilot Watch

What a privilege Watch This Space, Australia has been given with this article. If you have been with us from the start, you will remember that the Bausele Yachting Coal was the first article/review we had on our page. Today we have been given the opportunity to unveil the new watch from Bausele, the Bausele Automatic Pilot Watch!!

At a glance many wouldn’t notice the placement of the numbers on the watch (I can admit I didn’t either at first). In a daring move, as this watch is inspired by the traditional pilots watches, they have placed the 12 o’clock in the position 2 o’clock would normally be. The reasoning behind this is because pilots back in the day had an advantage if they didn’t have to move their hands to read the time. Christo and the team at Bausele believe this is the way it should be considering we are moving into an age of high performance cars and space travel. This is a bold move and will take a bit to get used to I think.

Bausele’s fundamental idea has always been to take a piece of Australia with you and this watch isn’t any different. There are four different colours, each of which has their own story behind them and also their own Australian element hidden in the crown-

  • The Black & White Limited Edition represents all the colours and creeds of our great nation and contains Cobalt (100 pieces).
  • The Red & Yellow Limited Edition represents the Surf Life Rescue Service and contains sand from one of Australia’s famous beaches (50 pieces).
  • The Blue Limited Edition represents the ocean and the sky and contains a trace of Opal powder from Queensland (50 pieces).
  • The Red Limited Edition represents the Red Centre of Australia and contains red earth from the outback (60 pieces).

Another feature that may not be apparent from first glance also continues with the Australian theme. If you look closely you will see that the second hand is shaped like the Sydney Tower (if you don’t know what that looks like you will have to take our word for it). I should really leave all of these hidden bits and pieces for you to find out but I can’t help myself. The last one I will point out is the cross in the centre of the dial is made to look like the metalwork on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The Bausele Automatic Pilot Watch is a limited edition of 260 pieces. 160 of them are with a Soprod movement which is swiss-made (sopord caliber A-10) and the other 100 are a Japanese miyota movement (miyota 9015). A few other features that we haven’t mentioned yet are; the case size (44mm diameter); superluminova on the hands and dial; it is water resistant to 50 meters; the strap is made from premium leather with a folded buckle of black high grade steel. All in all, this timepiece would be best described as amazing engineering at a great price. The retail cost for the Miyota version is AUD$888 and for the Soprod version it is AUD$1488.

Order yours today from www.bausele.com/men-women-watches/new-automatic.html or check out their Instagram @bausele.

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

All photos taken by the team at Bausele.

Written by Craig Anderson.

Quick look at the Riccardo from Lew and Huey

‘Every dog will have his day’

The second of today’s reviews is a complete contrast to our first in regards to affordability. In this post, we are going to be having a quick look at Lew and Huey’s Riccardo rally inspired automatic chronograph. Chris Vial is the owner and founder of Lew and Huey Watches in Philadelphia. His story started in 2012 when he “got it into his head that he could design a watch that people would like, get it made and sell it at an affordable price”. I think that with the Riccardo he has succeeded in that.

Through nothing but luck, the Watch This Space team were sent a Riccardo. The reason I say luck is that the day I contacted Chris he was shipping a watch to a friend in Melbourne and when his friend received that he shipped it directly to us. In my opinion, the face of the Riccardo is really cool. The colour scheme of this piece gels well together. The blue dial works in very nicely with the small touches of red used on the hands.

The case of the Riccardo is made of 316L stainless steel and its diameter is 42mm. The watch back is made up of a sapphire glass that shows off the ST1940 Cal movement. It is water resistant to 100 meters and has a one-year warranty. The watch is topped off with a brown leather and white stitching strap with a deployment clasp.

If you are looking for a beautiful watch that is going to turn heads at an affordable price, then look no further than the Riccardo. The Riccardo sells for USD$550 and also comes in a black and orange, which I prefer to the blue dial.

To check out all of Lew and Huey’s pieces go to www.lewandhuey.com or check out their instagram at @lewndhuey.

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. 

Review on De Bethune’s DB28TIS8 from the DB28 Collection

Before we do that the team at Watch This Space Australia would like to apologize for not keeping up too date with our blog. It has been a couple of weeks since our last post so I’m going to brush off the cobwebs and get into the beat laboratory and get it done. The reason behind our absence is that behind the scenes we have been working on a couple of really big projects that are going to come to light over the next couple of weeks and this has taken up majority of our time. We are really excited about these and once you find out about them you will be too.

Now that that’s over and done with its time to get onto the brand that is De Bethune and the beautiful DB28TIS8. It has only taken David Zanetta and Denis Flageollet eleven short years to make De Bethune what it is today. David is a collector of art and timepieces and Denis is the son, grandson and great grandson of watchmakers. They both had the same vision and passion about what their brand was going to evolve into and how it was going to shape tomorrow’s watch making. In these eleven short years they have come up with nine patents, thirteen calibres and fifteen world premiere innovations, mind blowing to say the least! Adding to that in 2011, The Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix awarded it the famous “Aiguille d’Or” or Golden Hand, its most coveted title. The sky is the limit for this company who could be considered a baby in the watchmaking world compared to its competition.

Now we will give our opinion on the timepiece itself and show off a few of its features. Aesthetically the DB28TIS8 is beautiful, it has quite a large dial opening that allows the owner to view both the heart of the unique movement (Calibre DB 2115 – mechanical hand-wound) as well as the moon phase at six o’clock. The moon phase is one of my favorite parts of the watch. It is a spherical moon phase indicator that is made from a fusion of blue steel and palladium.

As soon as I put this watch on I was amazed by how comfortable it was to wear. This is partly because of the ergonomically designed lightweight grade 5 titanium case (42.60mm) but was mainly due to the ‘floating lugs’. The floating lugs allows the timepiece to mould perfectly to the wrist of any wearer and will follow the natural movements of the wrist. This is due to a pivoting system and hairsprings that follow the shape of the wrist. Even though it is a relatively small case the floating lugs make it seem a lot bigger than it is. There are two types of floating lugs either short or long and both come in grade five titanium. Other features of this watch include both an hour and minutes hands, a six day power reserve (linear power reserve indicator situated on the back) and a performance zone read off that is placed between two and three o’clock. The watches strap is an extra supple alligator leather with pin buckle.

It is hard to give an accurate and fair summary to this piece. Like all of the independent brands this watch was created as a limited edition (limited to 50) piece with quite a hefty price tag. This watch would be able to be worn on any occasion and would make your friends quite jealous but with a price tag of around $87,000 this is a collectors piece for a serious investor.

To see all of the De Bethune range go to www.debethune.com or check out their instagram at @debethune.

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. 

TW Steel CEO Tech Multi Function Automatic Mick Doohan Limited Edition (CE4010)

“I love the way that all of the various elements have been fused together to make it relevant to me and my accomplishments” – Mick Doohan

A while ago now we were sent a package from TW Steel. This package contained some amazing timepieces. Since we have been so busy over the last month and a bit we have had to leave talking about these watches until now. You may have seen a few pictures floating around our instagram but over the next couple of weeks we will have several timepieces from TW Steel to show off and review.

The one we are starting with is my personal favorite and that is the CE4010 Mick Doohan Limited Edition. This watch is honoring the Australian motorcycling legend, five time 500cc World Champion (now MotoGP), Mick Doohan and is limited to 500 pieces worldwide. Mick Doohan became the ambassador of TW Steel in 2011. TW Steel has produced two other Mick Doohan watches, the TW Steel TW612 and the TW Steel TW613.

The story of TW Steel is quite astonishing. The Dutch brand started in 2005 with a simple four-watch collection, but since then has cemented itself in the market with over 140 unique executions in 2013. TW Steel is now available in 100 countries and has over 5000 retail outlets. They celebrated this feat recently by releasing a one of a kind CEO Tech Centenary Edition watch that had a price tag of one hundred thousand dollars and was sporting over 450 diamonds on the case. TW Steel boosts being “Big in oversized watches” and most of there pieces definitely make a statement with their innovative designs and individuality.

Now that we have got a bit about the company out of the way its back to the watch itself. The colours of the dial are actually very appealing but there is a bit much going on for my liking. The reason behind this colour scheme is that these colours (white, orange and red) all tie into the colours used by the Repsol Honda team that Mick has led to victory so many times. This is the reason that the 1,5 and 9 are blown and and shown in these three different colours. As I said before, the dial seems a little busy and they really only just fit everything on, with dials for the day, month, date and a power reserve dial as well as the hour, minutes and seconds hands.

This watch has a 48mm case, which actually fits very well on the wrist despite its size and is sandblasted with a matte black PVD coat. The bezel has a hammered pattern on it that is complimented with bezel screws that are designed to look like motorcycle shock absorbers. The movement in this piece is a Citizen Miyota 9100 Multifunction Automatic that has a sapphire case backing so that you are able to have a look at whats going on inside your watch. To finish off this piece, they have used a silicon rubber strap that matches the titanium colouring of the case and all for a very competitive price.

For more information about TW Steel go to http://www.twsteel.com or check out their Instagram @twsteel or @twsteelaus

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.