Walter was the kind of guy who spent way too much time tinkering in the basement. He had a knack for taking things apart and putting them back together. The man was obsessed. When he talked about his mechanical creations, he got the wild-eyed look of a mad scientist. I was dying to find out what he was up to. Then one day he invited me downstairs.
"I build time machines," he said. Luckily there were no DeLoreans or tin foil hats to be found. The man had real talent. A retired watchmaker, Walter built one-of-a-kind watches and clocks from spare parts and scrap metal. They were definitely unusual, but also undeniably beautiful. Our mutual love of machines made us fast friends. I was lucky enough to get one of Walter’s creations as a gift and to this day it’s still the most talked about object in my office.
Unfortunately, Walter’s gone. But I’ve never forgotten his love for all things mechanical. Inspired by my old friend’s passion, I created the Oberon Watch as an ode to the art of the machine. This timepiece is a celebration of mechanical personality. The lower half of the face opens like a wide, toothy smile of rotors and gears. The distinctive upper dial features a black and white circle of numerals topped with a rose-gold "grill" that rotates to reveal the hour, while a large, blued arrow marks the minutes.
The Oberon has two distinct movements. The metallic seconds dial on the face is driven by the automatic mechanism, while a precision quartz movement keeps time on the main dial. The watch secures with a genuine brown leather band with white stitching, it fastens with a gold-fused steel buckle and is water-resistant to 3 ATMs. The Oberon Watch is incredibly accurate, terribly interesting and unlike anything you’ve ever put on your wrist. Walter would be proud. Fits wrists 7 ¼"—9 ¼"