Watch brands and sporting tie-ins. It’s a combo as old as time(keeping). We see it all the time. But you know what we don’t see all the time? Curling. Funnily enough, the sport of sliding large granite stones across sheets of ice hasn’t made too much of an impact on our sun-drenched shores, so when a curling-related press release pinged in my inbox, it’s fair to say my curiosity was piqued.
Oak & Oscar is a small independent brand that has impressed with their consistently solid (and well thought through) product offering. And clearly they haven’t just impressed us, as the USA Curling team, fresh from their PyeongChang 2018 gold medal-winning performance, asked Chase Fancher from Oak & Oscar to make coach Phill Drobnick a one-of-a-kind commemorative watch. All the team wanted was a special engraving, but Chase did one better, not only engraving the date of the gold medal win on the caseback, but also doing a one-off dial, with a curling stone printed above the logo, and ‘Gold 2018’ below it.
The Jackson is an attractive watch, and one with a strong American link, making it a strong choice for the USA Curling team. But more than that, the bespoke details are perfectly implemented and subtle enough to pass underneath the regular radar, but meaningful to the wearer. Congrats to Coach Drobnick and his team for the win, and congrats to Oak & Oscar for making such a nice custom piece.