- Avoirdupois is a furnishings and lighting firm based mostly in NYC
- The Avoirdupois Drive Majeure is a 550-piece restricted version engineered and manufactured in Manhattan
- The built-in ultra-thin metal watch has an in-house calibre comprised of solely home components proper all the way down to the hairspring
Some collectors get hung up about Swiss made. However, we now have lengthy seen that areas resembling Britain, Germany, Netherlands, Japan, and plenty of extra are all able to introducing some actually nice timepieces. Traditionally, the USA was as soon as residence to an enormous watch business – a golden age that has since gone. However, there are actually American watch manufacturers who’re keeping USA watchmaking alive. One model, nevertheless, is making enormous strides in direction of a really USA-made watch – and it isn’t even technically a watch model. At the least but. Meet the Avoirdupois Drive Majeure, a watch designed and manufactured in Manhattan, New York Metropolis with an in-house motion comprised solely of home components all the way in which all the way down to the hairspring.
As a born and raised New York Metropolis man who has lived his total reside in Manhattan, the thought of a Manhattan-made watch may be very intriguing. Avoirdupois is a vertically built-in manufacture. However, till now, their manufacture has solely been round in-house designed and manufactured furnishings and lighting objects. I can’t attest to their watch manufacturing abilities, it’s but to be seen in a stage the place solely renders of the watch have been shared. That being stated, they clearly have expertise creating novel and distinct objects absolutely in-house. The Avoirdupois Drive Majeure is an built-in stainless-steel watch with a lovely dimension set: 38.5mm in diameter, an ultra-thin 5.95mm thickness, and 48.5mm lug-to-lug size. Nothing concerning the design of the 50-metre water resistant watch feels borrowed, with its distinct case form, dial design, and novel bracelet format. Once more, I can’t converse to the extent of end, but it surely seems to have a radially brushed brushed case and bezel with accents of mirror-polishing on the sides. It has an fascinating geometry as nicely, with a conical bezel that then steps all the way down to a cushion-meets-octagonal kind that then seamlessly flows into its ridged built-in bracelet. Its black dial color is actually not novel, however I’ve by no means seen screws utilised for hour indices – nor have I’ve ever seen what seems to be raised outer minute hashes on a raised outer ring.
The Manhattan engineered and manufactured externals are already an intriguing factor in their very own proper, however spicing issues up additional is the in-house AVDP.130.LB micro-rotor automated calibre inside. In line with Avoirdupois the AVDP.130.LB is “the primary modern in-house motion from the USA” and it’s comprised of “zero Swiss or overseas parts and all parts of the Drive Majeure are of home origin – together with the hairspring.” The calibre gives 60 hours of energy reserve, has a definite 17,280 vph beat price, and a 22K gold micro-rotor. This patent-pending calibre doesn’t provide a big view of it’s internal workings, with an almost full bridge protecting the whole lot however the stability wheel beneath. Once more, solely these renders have been shared to this point. However, the ending seems to be of a better high quality with proof of chamfering to varied edges of parts and texture to the highest of the 22K gold micro-rotor. The largely matte-grained and blackened surfaces of the calibre have a relatively fashionable and mysterious aesthetic vibe that matches the texture of the dial.
Its domestic-made nature and novelty, after all, comes at a value. This 550-piece restricted version has been priced at US$12,950 by Avoirdupois. Now, for a model with no historical past in watchmaking, but manufacturing completely in-house, there may be quite a lot of uncertainty right here. The uncertainty, nevertheless, can also be very thrilling. Positive, the lack of expertise, no less than for now, as to the guarantee of the watch, who can/will service it when wanted, and the efficiency of the calibre is usually a second of pause for customers at any worth – significantly above US$10K. Those that do buy the watch will really be embarking on an horological expedition, like an explorer navigating unchartered waters. It’s undoubtedly scary, however an absolute thrill as nicely.
The ethical of the story is watch fans, particularly NYC-based fans, want to remain tuned in on this Avoirdupois Drive Majeure. And I’ll actually look to achieve out to Avoirdupois to get a extra in-depth understanding of how the watch is made and the genesis of its thought and design. For a primary outing, to have a Manhattan-made watch that’s beneath 6mm thick with a completely new domestic-made calibre is insanely bold. However this NYC-native is unquestionably rooting for them to succeed.
Avoirdupois Drive Majeure pricing and availability:
The Avoirdupois Drive Majeure is about to be launched in 2023 as a restricted version of 550 items. You can learn more about the watch and join the waitlist for updates and availability here. Value: US$12,950
|Case Dimensions||38.5mm (D) x 5.95mm (T) x 48.5mm (L2L)|
|Case Materials||Chrome steel|
|Crystal||Sapphire crystal and exhibition caseback|
|Strap||Chrome steel bracelet with micro-adjustment|
|Motion||In-house micro-rotor automated AVDP.130.LB|
|Energy Reserve||60 hours|
|Availability||2023, restricted to 550 pcs.|