The Windy City This Weekend!
Chicago, we are coming to see you! If you're in the Chicago area come check us out at the Printer's Row Art Fest on August 7th & 8th. See more info below:
Be part of a new cool vibe art festival, Printer’s Row Art Fest, in Chicago’s up and coming South Loop, a vibrant, diverse and inclusive community. Just one block from famous Michigan Avenue and a short walk to the world famous Art Institute, this festival will be the place to be.
The festival showcases the beauty, creativity and culture of the area. Held on Dearborn Street from Polk to Harrison, the Printer’s Row Art Fest will be a buying opportunity for art lovers of all ages. There will be art from all price points by painters, street artists, jewelers, up-cycling artists, artisans of all kinds, photographers, and mixed media artists. Area restaurants and bars will be on hand to serve up their Chicago specialties. Live music will add to the atmosphere.
Here's your Weekly Roundup!
We have watches in stock! 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.
We are absolutely elated to present today the stunning Lancaster 097. This watch was originally manufactured by the Hamilton Watch Company in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and truly lives up to its name, The Masterpiece. The dial of this watch is absolutely impeccable, with this very clean face and crisp gold-colored numerals. Of course, we had to pair our gold-plated crown and hardware to match these lovely gold hands as well. The soft look and feel of the sandblasted titanium case let the rest of the spectacular elements of this watch truly stand out.
This top-of-the-line Masterpiece from Hamilton is truly a head-turner that begs to be shown off. This watch boasts 23 jewels, both screw set as well as friction set, to power this movement to perfection. The Masterpiece movement is one of the rarest and most valuable pocket watch movements any American pocket watch company produced, hence the name. This Masterpiece has a very unique bridge design that sets it apart from other Hamilton watches, with finger bridges over the escapement wheels and a delicately machined spiral pattern all across the entire build plate. The rose-gold gears beneath show through easily and add to the flare of this, especially beautiful timepiece. There were only 2,000 Masterpiece movements and we've only made a handful of watches with this movement, one of which is worn daily by one of our co-founders.
This pocket watch was first produced in 1929, the same year that the very first color television was introduced. H. E. Ives and colleagues held a public demonstration at Bell Telephone Laboratories in New York, with the very first images being a bouquet of roses and an American flag.
We have the pleasure of bringing you our Chicago 302. This watch immediately stands out with this very unique Breguet-style, bold numerals against the very crisp and clean white dial. A small chip at the bottom shows a repair attempt at some point in this watch’s very long life, but an otherwise pristine appearance. We are always curious when we notice certain marks and characteristics; if only this watch could tell the story of all the different people who have used it over the years. We wanted to keep this classic look with our machined titanium case, gold plated crown and finished it with a dark stout strap. This watch calls to be taken off in order to show the beauty that is inside.
Elgin is known for elaborate designs, carefully machined all throughout the movement. There is a wonderful gear pattern on the crown wheel and mainspring barrel, while gold inlaid text and floral pattern on the regulator pair well with the gold-plated gears beneath. 17 jewels screw-set with stainless steel hardware throughout continues to impress us as we marvel at the impressive craftsmanship. This watch was originally produced in Elgin, Illinois in 1917, over 100 years ago. A very trivial time in our world’s history at the time as tensions with Germany escalate. President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to declare war and join the fight in WWI in April of this year.
Here we bring you our elegant and beautiful Lancaster 096, a perfect way to finish off a week of amazing watches. This piece from Hamilton blends perfectly with the wonderful numerals reflecting the shine of the machined titanium case as well as our nickel-plated crown. Dark blue kite-shaped hands give a wonderful contrast to this crisp clean dial, paired perfectly with our dark navy strap. The light minute indicators around the outside of the numerals are part of the small touches that really pull everything together nicely.
We love the 912 movement, always a consistent and reliable timepiece throughout the years. Powered by 17 jewels, screw-set with stainless steel hardware all throughout the build plate. A beautifully machined pattern carries throughout, along with an eye-catching spiral design on the mainspring barrel and crown wheel. Gold-plated gears and a brass balance shine through from underneath and bring some visual interest to the inner workings of this fantastic timepiece. This watch was originally manufactured by the Hamilton Watch Company in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1930. This is the same year that the very first diesel engine trip was completed, by the founder of Cummins, Clessie Cummins. The trip was from Indianapolis, Indiana, to New York City.
We give you the Springfield 419, a beautiful timepiece from the Illinois Watch Company in Springfield, Illinois. This ornate dial stands out with this delicate design work in the center, as well as a perfect amount of character and wear around the edge displaying the age of this watch. This watch was originally produced back in 1922, and we can only imagine the different stories it has told and all of the watchmakers and owners that have left their mark on it over the years. These dark-blued steel hands combined with the incredibly bold numerals bring a nice amount of contrast to our machined titanium case and nickel-plated crown. We finished everything off with our natural strap, giving a soft touch to the overall look and design.
The movement powering this watch begs to be shown off, which is why we make sure that all of our case backs allow a view into the inner workings of the movement. This ¾ build plate has been carefully machined and inlaid with copper, adding to the precious metal spread all throughout the inside of this watch. Also in 1922, the USS Langley is commissioned as the first United States Navy aircraft carrier.
We are pleased to present to you this amazing example of class and elegance from the Hamilton Watch Company, the Lancaster 094. With such a bold and clean dial as this, we knew right away that we would set this movement in our black DLC case and finish it off with our black cordovan strap. The lovely stitching continues the black and white color scheme throughout, accented nicely with our nickel-plated crown and hardware.
This 912 movement from Hamilton stands out with this large ¾ build plate, showcasing these carefully machined Geneva lines all across the movement. Tucked neatly beneath are gold-plated gears and a brass balance wheel, all powered by 17 beautiful jewels. This watch is a timeless classic that we are incredibly happy to be able to give new life to it once again and for years and years to come.
Produced in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1929 this watch was created during the United States stock market crash right before the Great Depression. The 1920s were a prosperous time of growth and wealth, perhaps this watch was the perfect image to cap off a great few years before things started to take a downward turn
We welcome this fantastic timepiece from the Illinois Watch Company, the Springfield 418. We absolutely love the dial on this watch with an intricately designed pattern around the center, accented beautifully by gothic blue steel hands. The sandblasted titanium case brings a soft touch to the feel of this watch, letting the finer details shine through. We topped it off with our nickel-plated knurled crown and a dark coal strap to contrast the bright look of the face, giving this watch a truly classic look.
This movement is powered by 19 spectacular jewels turning the rose gold gears beneath. This classic bridge design brings focus to the escapement wheels with these separate smaller finger bridge elements, accentuating the curvature of the watch. Geneva lines all across the build plate have been carefully machined to bring visual interest along with brass hardware and balance wheel. A truly special watch that has stood the test of time and continues to impress us all these years later.
This movement was originally manufactured in 1922 in Springfield, Illinois by the Illinois Watch Company. In this same year, Leonard Thompson became the very first person to use insulin to help treat his diabetes