If you’re reading this, you already know that a watch is more than just a mere timepiece. It’s imbued with seconds, hours, days, years and indeed lifetimes of stories. And while Marloe Watch Company may just be a mere five years old, its uniquely British pedigree has won plenty of admirers.
It all started back in 2015 when marketeer Oliver Goffe emailed industrial designer Gordon Fraser with a simple but brave idea to make well-made, accessibly priced mechanical watches.
Countless exchanges and hundreds of design hours later, their first concept watch, named after the River Cherwell that flows through Oliver’s native Oxford, was born. Then came the Kickstarter that changed everything.
Having set themselves a target of raising £30,000 to begin production on the Cherwell, contributions from 932 people raised some £179,194, and Marloe Watch Company was up and away.
In the intervening years, it has created six diverse watch collections, each inspired by great British endeavour and named after a river, loch or ocean.
The Coniston Vulcan (£299) is a chimera of engineering inspiration; the body of the Coniston, with the markings of the Avro Vulcan jet. Royal Air Force Grey alters with the light and with each movement of the wrist, switching from stormy grey to blue skies under the sapphire crystal.
The striking turquoise second hand, logo and painted markers on the outer rehaut provide a pop of contrast, all tied together with polished applied indices and hands.
A ring of Superluminova, sunken between the outer rehaut and the central plateau, provides a welcome break from the norm; using negative space and working with the lume-tipped hands to show the passing of time after dark.
Marloe also believes the rear of a watch should be as spectacular as the front, so the Coniston flaunts its oscillating balance wheel with a large glass aperture. The beating heart of the Coniston is the beautiful Miyota 8N33, which they selected not only for its reliability but also its delicate and eye-catching decorations.
For more information, see marloewatchcompany.com
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