Melbourne Watch Company

With designs taking inspiration from iconic Melbourne locations, the Melbourne Watch Company aims to provide premium grade watches at accessible prices.

HANDS-ON: The Melbourne Watch Company Carlton – a smart meca-quartz chronograph

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Editor’s Note: For the final instalment of our 2016 Australian watch round up we’re looking at the fun and fashionable Carlton, from the Melbourne Watch Company. We’ve got a soft spot for the Melbourne Watch Company, and that’s not just because it’s named after our hometown. The serial Kickstarters have done well in separating themselves from the ever-growing pack of affordable, online watch brands. Last year we checked out the flagship Portsea, and today we’re spending some quality time with the Carlton. Its fifth and largest watch, and far more fashion-focused than the other models, this is another success story for the brand. Consistent with the rest of MWC’s catalogue, the Carlton is clean, restrained and honest, featuring two chronograph sub-dials (minutes and hours respectively), with pump-style pushers. Coming in at a larger-than-usual 42mm, the case is plated with rose gold, in a square cushion shape – a nod to the automotive-inspired designs of the 1960s, notably the Heuer Camaro. A silver dial with rose gold markers and hands match the case nicely, paired with a brown leather strap, so there’s no faulting this classic colour combination. Engraved on the caseback is Melbourne’s iconic Royal Exhibition Building, which is located in Carlton, the suburb that lends the… 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 Melbourne Watch Company Portsea

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The Worn & Wound Take: As part of Australian Watch Week we ask microbrand haven Worn & Wound for their off the cuff takes on every watch we review: “The Portsea’s clever twist on the Marine style and gorgeous layered dial make it one of the most attractive releases in recent memory.” – Zach Weiss, Worn & Wound There are three reasons why the Melbourne Watch Company Portsea is the watch we’ve chosen to kick off Australian Watch Week. Firstly (and it’s important to get this out of the way early), home town bias – sorry rest of Australia, Melbourne rules. Secondly, Melbourne Watch Company is probably the most well known of the Australian Watch Brands on the international scene, partially because of the name but mainly because they’ve been very successful with their well-made designs. The final reason we’re starting off with the Portsea is because at the moment it sets the bar. It’s not a perfect watch, but as a complete package it’s hard to argue with. The Portsea is a watch in the deckwatch or marine chronometer style. The style comes from highly precise naval watches that were used as navigational tools. They are characterised by their clean… Read More