Australian-based watch brands? Yes, there is such a thing. I recently did a column for The Weekly Review – where I am ‘MAN OF STEEL’, insert Superman music – on three relatively new Australian brands trying to capture the imagination of our people and the spirit of our great country in their timepieces. It was interesting to me in the writing of this story just how different their perspectives and visions for uniquely Australian watches actually were. One honed in our heritage, another on our character (‘dangerous men’) and one is literally mining the natural elements for display in the crown. All, encouragingly, are majority mechanical. One brand in particular mentioned below is on a mission to do more than just assemble, or ship-in foreign made watches – we’ll save that story for another day as it develops, and we get closer to an ‘Australian made’ mechanical watch. It does have a ring to it… Featuring Bausele Pilot Watch Automatic, Haigh and Hastings M2 Diver SAS Limited Edition, Melbourne Watch Company The Portsea.
About Andrew McUtchen
Andrew is the founder of Time+Tide and an established journalist and interviewer, with a background as a watch and associate editor for several major print publications. Andrew has a thing for clear, simple storytelling.