Without doubt one of the appeals of a mechanical watch is the pleasure derived from the sense of wearing a piece of history on the wrist. This tangible link to the technology of a more romantic age transforms a timepiece into something more than simply a tool or a trinket.
So in some ways it is surprising that there is one relatively recent development has come to dominate the market to the virtual exclusion of its predecessor - the automatic movement, that first became commercially available in the Twenties. And while the power of all watches is stored in the spring, whether wound up by an oscillating weight or manually using finger and thumb, it seemed that in this area convenience is our most important consideration as the vast majority of all mechanical watches sold today are automatic.
That is why it is such a pleasure to come across a new manually wound piece such as the Omega De Ville Trésor Master Co-Axial - especially as when the model in question is so handsome. Handsome enough, indeed, for George Clooney to sport on his wedding day. Deliberately retro in feel, it is inspired by a 1949 piece that shared its name. The honeycomb dial, hands, hour markers and crystal are all domed to give it the feel of its forebear, though its super slim 40mm case is also completely contemporary, made possible by the Omega caliber 8511 - no rotor means less bulk. And call us old-fashioned if you like, but the pleasure of winding it up every day is all part of the pleasure. (via GQmagazine.com)