Watches of the Week: 28/12/2020 - 03/01/2021
Welcome to the first Watches of the Week post of 2021! Given it's the first week of the year new watch releases are sparse, but we've managed to round up a handful of new pieces from some very interesting watchmakers that we think you'll enjoy. Enjoy and happy New Year watchfam!
You can check out last week's picks here, too.
Cramain Mark II Constant Force
Founded by Kilian Leschnik and Dr. Julian M. Stiels, Cramain is the brainchild following the pursuit of individuality, expression and passion. Predominantly hand-made, with 235 of its 267 being crafted by hand, the Cramain Mark II Constant Force shares many aesthetics similarities with Greubel Forsey. The piece itself measures 39.50mm across and 11.70mm in thickness, crafted in either platinum, white gold or titanium and features a 20-second remontoir. The inverted dial features high-grade finishing throughout and, coupled with the depth of the openworked portions of the mainplate, result in a timepiece that is dramatic, intriguing and highly technical. The Cramain Mark II Constant Force is priced at 152,000CHF in titanium, 154,000CHF in platinum and 158,000CHF in white gold.
Marco Lang Watches Zweigesicht-1
After having left his eponymous Lang & Heyne brand in 2019, Marco Lang opened the doors to his own personal atelier. A fifth-generation watchmaker, Marco Lang has operated within and for the industry for all of his professional life, so to say that he knows a thing or two about watchmaking would be an understatement. Enter the Zweigesicht-1, the first piece crafted under the Marco Lang brand. Loosely translating to "two face", the Zweigesicht-1 boasts the incredible ability to be worn on either side. The Zweigesicht-1 has a unique system where the strap and lug module can be removed, enabling the wearer to flip the case around and where it "back to front". This is an usual and very novel approach but it's one that solves the long-standing issue of openworked vs. closed-dial watches.
Damasko Releases New In-House Movement
Damasko has released an in-house manufacture movement, named the A26. The A26 calibre will be made available with a date and no-date option, sharing dimensions not that dissimilar to the ETA 2824. The news of an in-house calibre being released might not be all that exciting, but there is an enormous amount required to pull off something like this. The A26 features a somewhat modular design in that all of its components are interchangeable, improving serviceability and ensuring cost-effectiveness.