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
Tangramatic watches are the brainchild of Sydney based Francis Del Mundo.
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: “It’s a quirky take on a Cali-Dial, but I’m not sure if that’s enough to make it stand out.” – Zach Weiss, Worn & Wound In a bunch of fresh-faced Australian brands Tangramatic is perhaps the freshest face of all – founded just last year by Sydneysider Francis del Mundo after he discovered the world of horology via the rabbit-hole that is Watchuseek. It’s a testament to the amazing opportunities of crowdsourced funding and golobalised production that del Mundo was able to express his love of watches by designing his own. The watches of Tangramatic lean towards the dressy end of the spectrum, with a distinctive design aesthetic that’s somewhere between Bauhaus minimalism and early ‘60s funk. The standout model for me is the 39 Alpha Brown California. Clearly Tangramatic are believers in the ‘what you see is what you get’ school of model names, as the most distinguishing feature of the watch is its (you guessed it) brown California style dial, in a 39mm case. Now what, I hear you ask,… Read More