This time on Match The Watch With The Shoe, if you find the watches to be of above average taste and refinement, that’s because I invited our very own style council, Ernie Romers, to make the watch selections. Ernie has made some excellent and very recent selections.
The Nike Air Max 90 Denim Corduroy sneaker is so new it is not yet launched and there is no release date announced yet, but NIKEiD are adding it to their Indogo design options for the Air Max 90. This denim and corduroy ‘mashup’ comes in a simple light blue with off-white midsoles and a classic gum outsole. Nike has continued to push its design language by incorporating more textile variations, with this fabric-blocked model being one such example.
Are there any watches that can complement these sneakers? Ernie says yes.
Superb Malaysian commercial photographer Ming Thien has started Ming Watches as a microbrand, and the 17.01 is his first release. It has already garnered rave reviews from the watch loving cognoscenti such as Hodinkee and Monochrome. The Ming 17.01 is a limited edition in two dial variations – blue, and anthracite grey. There will be 150 made of each. The watches are hand-wound, with a three-part sapphire dial; the central area of the dial carries a guilloché-like pattern. Made of Grade 5 titanium, the watch comes with three straps. It runs on a hand-wound Sellita caliber SW210-1. $900.
This watch introduces Omega’s first ever Worldtimer, with all 24-main time-zones around the world displayed on the dial. The dial is made of solid platinum 950 and features applied markers and hands in 18K Sedna gold. The dial features date aperture at 6 o’clock, a day/night 24-hour ring around the map at the center of the dial and the full 24-time zones with ‘Bienne’, the home of Omega being listed as one of them. With only 87 pieces being released, the 43mm Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer Limited Edition In Platinum will be available at Omega boutiques and retailers in December 2017, and will be priced at US$48,600.
Quite a watch title eh, and it should go splendidly well with your new Nike Air Max 90 Denim Corduroy sneakers. Sneakers these days are definitely taking a leaf out of watchmakers’ archives by giving their shoes important sounding titles.
As for the watch, this is a discreet 36mm one-off piece by Czapek, so sadly unless you can pay big money for it at this year’s Only Watch auction in Geneva, you won’t be able to get your hands on it. Apparently, the dial is a ‘Secret Sentence’ which is hidden below the hands and the watch contains another secret signature, that of the company founder Francois Czapek, on the sub seconds dial. Price: Still to be determined.
Richard Habring’s Doppel 3.0 takes things a step further from the 2012 launch of the Doppel 2.0. According to Richard, the Doppel 3 is even closer to its roots, namely the sports stopwatches of the 1960s. The Doppel 3 is also a step further than its immediate predecessors with regard to technology. Reduced to just one button for the chronographs start-stop-zero functions, it bridges the gap to the pocket watches with timing functions and rattrapante that were the benchmark in the pre-electronic age. Ernie chose the blue dial version to match the shoes. Price €6,750
This is a relatively new brand, having been established as recently as 2004. The 24 Flytande matches beautifully with the Nikes. Björn Hendal is apparently a sister brand of Blancier, an established watch brand known for high-quality and creative watches. Made in Germany for more than a decade, this is a beautifully simple watch with small seconds at 6 o’clock. The watch is not listed on the brand’s website but watches tend to be very reasonably priced at around £350.00
Bjorn Hendal 24 Flytande wrist shot courtesy of Willem Kamerman