Man, the open rate on these blogs is going to be great - but seriously...
We've got your weekly round-up here but we're keeping it short and sweet because we have something HUGE coming for you all next week. Sorry to tease you but just wanted to make sure you're paying attention! So, check out the newsletter next Tuesday at noon for some exciting news. Any guesses on what our announcement is?
Here's your Weekly Roundup!
The time is now (pun intended) to pick your one-of-a-kind Vortic Watch. Our team has been working hard to provide you with a variety of unique timepieces. Take a look, there's something for everyone!
Click the images of the watches to learn more about them. Make sure to check the website at 12 PM Mountain Time for the Watch of the Day! They tend to sell quickly.
For Today’s Watch of the Day we present this spectacular timepiece from the Waltham Watch Company, our Boston 091. We love the simplicity of this dial accented by beautiful grooves that wrap around the entire outer portion, reminiscent of a vinyl record. The stark, bold numerals lay over the top, and the minute indicators all around the outside truly pop. Simple spade-style hands bring subtle character and stand out against the soft dial, all inside of our sandblasted titanium case.
A copper crown brings a nice accent and a touch of color, while the black strap completes the look and ties everything together. We are treated to a visual display of craftsmanship on the movement within this watch, with the entire build plate being carefully machined with an incredibly detailed design that spans multiple layers and keeps your eye moving all around. Rose-gold gears peek through, and the brass balance wheel adds to the visual display. Decorated with 17 friction-set jewels that keep everything turning nicely, and stainless steel hardware throughout. This watch was originally produced in 1917 in Waltham, Massachusetts by the Waltham Watch Company.
This is the same year that the design journal “De Stijl” was published, popularizing the De Stijl movement. This was a collection of different designers, producing numerous concepts and publications that threw out the pre-war era designs and replacing them with very minimal style designs that focused purely on functionalism and abolished intricate surface decorations and colors. The style was strongly based in rectilinearity and simplified color tones, and would eventually inspire future designers such as Frank Lloyd Wright. The group never actually produced many of the products that they designed but played a major role in many of the future design innovations and minimalism movement that followed later in the early ’60s and still into the present day.
Here we have our incredible Lancaster 106, a stunning timepiece from the Hamilton Watch Company of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The face of this watch immediately draws you in, with the intricate designs that have been carefully machined into the double-sunk dial. The numerals stand out from the soft tones of the dial, with their unique curvature and shape that plays well with the design. Our gold-plated crown and hardware complement the dial wonderfully, while our soft sandblasted titanium case lets the rest of the details stand out on their own. Our merlot strap and these burgundy steel hands tie everything together nicely, giving this watch a truly classic look and feel.
The 912 movement from Hamilton that is powering this watch will have you showing off the underside of this watch frequently, making this watch a true conversation starter. The Geneva lines throughout the build plates are a signature look for the Hamilton watches we find from this era, contrasted with the spiral patterns that we find on the mainspring and crown wheels. Adorned with 17 beautiful jewels throughout, as well as gold-plated gears beneath. Stainless steel hardware all across the build plates gives it a very cohesive and clean look.
This watch was originally produced in 1924 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This same year, in New York City, Macy’s holds its very first Thanksgiving Day Parage. The parade was used to announce the opening of its flagship store on 34th street as well as promote holiday purchases for that season. The store was at that time the world’s largest retail store, with over 1 million square feet of space.
We are happy to present this beautiful timepiece from the Hamilton Watch Company from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, our Lancaster 105. Immediately, when we saw this dial, we knew that this watch would have that vintage high-class look that sets it apart. Gold-colored numerals, paired with gold-plated hands and crown, sit perfectly in this soft sandblasted titanium case. Our oxblood cordovan strap brings just the right amount of color to top it off, with gold-plated hardware throughout.
The inside of this watch begs to be shown off, with all of the wonderful copper accents all throughout that stand out against this gorgeous build plate. Carefully crafted Geneva lines contrast the radial pattern of the mainspring barrel and crown wheel designs. Gold-plated gears and a brass balance wheel add to the visual display of precious metals that make this watch truly stand out. Originally produced in 1936, the same year that Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, defying the Germans and becoming a true American hero.
For this Watch of the Day, we bring you this wonderful example from the Elgin National Watch Company, our Chicago 117. We love the classic look of this watch, featuring these very bold Roman Numerals following the outside face of the dial. With such a crisp white dial, we wanted to give this watch a stark black and white feel and decided to place it inside of our machined titanium case with a nickel-plated crown and classic black strap. The kite-shaped blue steel hands bring some visual interest and color to give a little more character and add to the appeal of the hard contrast within this watch.
As we turn this watch over, we notice the light, floral designs on the Moseley regulator, a signature design that we come to enjoy from these older Elgin movements. A shiny nickel-plated surface all across the build plate brings focus to the intricate designs throughout, while the 17 screw-set jewels stand out nicely. Gold-plated gears and a brass balance wheel beneath are the heart of this watch, powering everything nicely. This watch was originally manufactured all the way back in 1912, in Elgin, Illinois.
This is the same year that Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railroad finally completed construction, with the attempt to take advantage of trade passing through the Panama canal. The idea was to create a trade route that would take goods from South America through the canal, and train them up through Florida to the West Coast.
We happily present this fantastic example from the Hamilton Watch Company, our very own Lancaster 079. We love the aged motif of this dial along with the incredibly detailed design in the center. We appreciate the wear and tear that has accrued through the years, and really enjoy the look of the antique watch combined with our modern case that has this wonderfully crisp and clean facade. A bright nickel-plated crown and stout strap stand out and tie everything together nicely along with nickel-plated hardware and buckle.
As we turn the watch over we are once again stunned by the tranquility of this 916-grade movement from Hamilton, showcasing their signature Geneva line design all across this large build plate. Copper accents are seen all throughout the text and fittings of all 17 screw-set jewels. Gold-plated gears and a brass balance wheel add to the precious metal that shows off inside of this movement. This watch was originally manufactured in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1924 by the Hamilton Watch Company. In the same year in the United States, the first foreign language course was broadcasted on the radio.