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Whether you are a neophyte or an expert, hand-wound mechanical watches have always had a place of choice in the watchmaking landscape.
In this form, there is the absence of an oscillating mass which makes it possible to obtain a refined case and a light assembly. As a result, some very large manufacturers are now able to offer exceptional watches up to 2 mm thick!
To start these timepieces, it is necessary to regularly wind their movement by a few turns of the crown, an action which has the effect of ensuring their proper functioning for 30 to 120 hours depending on the model.
Their operating technology is old since it stems from pocket watches which were real tools for measuring time accompanied, during the last centuries, by an elegant gold or solid silver chain.
Nowadays, wearing a mechanical watch on your wrist has become a way of asserting your differences and revealing your love for the traditions that are passed down despite the frequent changes in the fashion and lifestyle worlds.
Whether you are attracted by its simplicity or by its ecological side, there are so many reasons to be tempted by the adventure!
That’s why the Ocarat Magazine has concocted an eclectic selection of models for you so that the curious that lies dormant in you can realize his thirst for a special object, capable of making you vibrate and shine whatever your budget.
1. Kelton Jungle Lava – 9123202
Proudly presented in an ABS case 11.5 mm thick and 35 mm in diameter, the Jungle Lava from Kelton sports a coral red tinted dress.
Equipped with a movement Seagull ST6 offering 30 hours of power reserve, its military-inspired dial with 12- and 24-hour indexes is surmounted by luminescent baton hands whose proportions guarantee optimal readability.
THE curved glass in acrylic gives the set an assumed vintage touch while its strap made of RPET, a material made from emptied and recycled PET packaging, brings you even closer to the planet. What a harmonious bridge between classicism and modernity!
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2. Humbert Droz Lou HD Duchess
To continue this selection, let’s focus on a watch for women of the Humbert-Droz house based in Besançon. A piece of 29 mm in diameter for 9.4 mm thick.
Its cushion-shaped case is magnified by an icy green dial whose sunburst treatment is the most beautiful effect. The sleek baton hands give way to applied indexes in shiny polished metal.
Movement France Draft offers 36 hours of power reserve and the transparent caseback allows you to admire this caliber that is part of French watchmaking history!
Finally, the water resistance announced at 30 meters will allow you to wash your hands without fear of damaging the timepiece.
Humbert Droz Lou HD Duchess watch on Ocarat.com
3. Echo/Neutra Averau Small Seconds White
Recognized as offering qualitative creations at attractive prices, the Echo/Neutra house is making a strong comeback by presenting us with a round-shaped piece equipped with a “big crown” type crown facilitating the winding of the mechanism.
The case has a diameter of 39 mm and is 12.5 mm thick and the set of hands gives the piece a very assertive character. In order to benefit from total readability, the white dial is accompanied by prominent indexes distributed in cardinal points.
In order to perfect the whole, the date is cleverly placed in a pretty circular window at 3 o’clock revealing, a little lower at 6 o’clock, the hand of the small second on black meter.
Powered by a strong movement Sellita SW216-1 the beauty is also waterproof to 100 meters deep, enough to take advantage of during your lazy days at the water’s edge.
Whether you are more of a metal or genuine leather bracelet or have a preference for textile models, here you can choose your future watch as you see yourself with it.
Echo/Neutra Averau 39 Small seconds watch on Ocarat.com
4. Herbelin Art Deco – 1938/08G0
Let’s now return to France on the side of Charquemont, historic land of the Ateliers Herbelin.
With a diameter of 33 x 39 mm and its small thickness of 9.2 mm, this watch made in France classic style is displayed in a barrel-shaped case crossed by two pretty gadroons at 12 and 6 o’clock.
The game ofblued sword hands reinforces the classic but timeless side of this life partner and recalls the historic art deco creations that appeared in the 1930s and 1940s.
We are therefore faced with a harmonious ensemble enhanced by subtle Roman numeral indexes, the quintessence of elegance!
The gentle flutter of the small seconds placed on the lower part of the dial will catch your eye and that of the people who will notice it on your wrist.
Fitted with a transparent case back, the model allows you to contemplate the Sellita SW216-1 which drives it with precision, a caliber with a power reserve given for 38 hours.
The genuine tawny cowhide leather strap with white stitching makes it “all season”, it will be easy to pair it with a natural-coloured linen shirt when the good weather arrives!
Herbelin Art Deco watch on Ocarat.com
5. Vulcan 50’S Presidents 110151G70.BAL130
How not to mention Vulcain within this anthology of models for the summer?
The Cricket model has been worn by most American presidents and has therefore become a true watchmaking legend.
Its case with modern dimensions measures 42 mm in diameter and displays a reasonable thickness of 12.4 mm making it easy to wear on a daily basis.
THE guilloche dial gray is embellished with a date window at 3 o’clock and is enhanced by elongated dauphine hands whose mirror-polished finish adds a touch of shine.
The fourth arrow-shaped hand reminds us that we are here in the presence of a part equipped with a mechanical alarm clock complication offered by the Manufacture Vulcain V21 movement equipped with 30 jewels and 199 components which come to life over 42 hours after complete winding!
The genuine alligator strap has a silvery gray tint that recalls the color of the dial and provides an entirely monochrome piece with an ultra-chic look.
It is therefore an elegant and refined piece, ideal for standing out in the important moments of life.
Vulcain 50’s Presidents watch on Ocarat.com
From ultra-accessible models to the most luxurious creations, the watchmaking world now offers the possibility of affording a timepiece that can provide authentic emotions capable of astonishing all enthusiasts.
Thanks to the Ocarat boutique, complete your collection with a summer style watch!