Haigh & Hastings

West Australian brand Haigh & Hastings makes a range of classic dive watches guided by the principle of ‘timepieces for dangerous men’.

HANDS-ON: The Haigh & Hastings Classic – Aussie style with a serious Swiss pedigree

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Editor’s Note: Last year we held a special week of stories focusing on local watch brands, and in a fit of creativity we called it ‘Australian Watch Week’. Twelve months down the track, many of the brands have come up with a fresh crop of models, and we’re going to be having a close look at some of the stand outs over the next few weeks. First up, Haigh & Hastings. Perth-based Haigh & Hastings has spent the past few years developing a reputation for solid sports and diving watches, as we saw with the M2 Diver last year. The brand continues to go from strength to strength, bringing in former Audemars Piguet head of design Emmanuel Gueit to lend his expertise to their latest model: the Haigh & Hastings Classic. Gueit’s input on the Classic is immediately obvious; it’s a clean, simple design that’s very well balanced, and avoids many of the design pitfalls that so often plague young watch brands. Things like short hands, poorly sized date windows – the sort of problems you get with an off-the-shelf product. The Classic is a strong design and the decision to bring Guiet’s skills onboard has clearly paid off. Firstly,… Read More

AUSTRALIAN WATCH WEEK: Meet the founders

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All week we’ve been showcasing great watches from local brands.These watches are very different from the sometimes anonymous products produced in their thousands by the large Swiss brands. These watches are very much the result of an a personal vision. So we’re going to take a step back from the watches, meet the men behind the brands and find out what makes them tick. Todd Caldwell, Aegir Instruments The Pitch: We have an unalterable commitment to the highest quality product. The Price: $1750 – $1900. The Person: Todd is a commercial diver working mainly in bell bounce systems in the offshore oil and gas industry. Aegir Instruments was born as Todd whiled away the hours decompressing with little to do but stare at his watch (a Panerai), and think of how he could improve it. A few years and a serious accident later Todd decided to spend some time on dry land and make his watchmaking dreams a reality. Christophe Hoppe, Bausele The Pitch: Keep a piece of Australia with you. The Price: $490 – $4400. The Person: Swiss born Christophe moved to Australia in 2010, after many years working in the watch industry. Bausele was born out of his… Read More

HANDS-ON: The Haigh & Hastings M2 Diver

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The Worn & Wound Take: As part of Australian Watch Week we’re asking watch microbrand specialists Worn & Wound for their off the cuff take on every watch we review: “With clean lines and obvious inspirations, the M2 looks like a solid, but conservative option for those in need of a watch that can go from the office to the ocean.” – Zach Weiss, Worn & Wound The Haigh & Hastings M2 Diver is everything an Australian sports watch should be – bulky, unpretentious, reliable and with a sense of humour. We’ll come to the humour in a bit, but first let’s talk design. The M2 doesn’t aim to break any new aesthetic ground, opting for the tried and true (and commercially safe) option of a classic, vaguely military looking dive watch. This style is a common option for small brands starting out because everyone loves them. The challenge of course is making your particular version stand out. Haigh & Hastings are using their brand story to separate them from the herd via some pretty cute nuances. Nuance is needed, too, because the M2 is a hefty (44mm) chunk of steel, with little in the way of fine detailing on the main section of the… Read More