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The Collector’s Series – Scott and His Unusual Behrens B023

Neglect in regards to the hype, go your personal means… Look past the mainstream, search new manufacturers, search for the weird and go for what you really love! That is how you can summarize this new instalment of our collector’s interviews. At present we meet with Scott (29), a collector from Seattle, Washington within the USA. And he has a love for uncommon, bizarre watches, ideally from manufacturers that aren’t made the standard suspects. The mannequin he highlights in at the moment’s Collector’s Collection is a Behrens B023, a model he had by no means even heard of earlier than just a few months in the past! It was the mix of design and complicated mechanics that made him fall for the model. The affordable pricing was a plus.

Frank Geelen, MONOCHROME – Do you keep in mind the place and whenever you first got here throughout this model?

Scott – Just a few months in the past I used to be scrolling via random watch articles at dwelling (as you do) and I in some way got here throughout the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie’s web site. All the standard suspects had been there, manufacturers like Bovet, Armin Strom, Parmigiani, H. Moser & Cie, AP, MB&F; manufacturers I solely dream of proudly owning. However one of many watches there caught my eye: a model I’d by no means heard of known as “Behrens”, with a reasonably distinctive complication based mostly on a rotary engine. Some google digging led to a single video from Watches TV doing a brief unboxing and I used to be completely hooked with their design concepts. Absolutely anticipating a Grand Prix finalist to be someplace within the tons of of hundreds of {dollars}, think about my shock then after I came upon they had been sitting comfortably round $2-4k.

What’s it you admire on this model normally (should you do)?

I’m a giant sucker for bizarre/uncommon watches. I’m additionally an enormous fan of Urwerk, specifically the form of odd strategies of telling time together with the futuristic look of their timepieces. I love the brilliant inexperienced hand markers and the whole avoidance of any conventional watchmaking paradigms of their items. Behrens matches that for me as properly; they don’t actually do any “regular” watches. There are just a few different comparatively inexpensive manufacturers that do quirky watches, however I all the time really feel like there’s form of superficiality to the best way they implement it; there are manufacturers that form of simply mess with the dial however maintain a traditional, 1-cycle-per-twelve-hours hour hand and regular minute hand with some basic quirkiness to the best way it reads out on the dial. These are fascinating and have their very own deserves, however I respect the truth that Behrens is including a full complication on prime of the motion to summary the best way the time reads out. On this explicit watch, there’s a decreasing gear in the principle geartrain (the principle dial makes one full rotation each three hours which means the general motion must be decreased by 66%), and the Geneva gear on prime of that is an extra complication that enables the sapphire plates to swap out the proper hour marker because it passes across the backside of the dial. I additionally adore skeletonized actions and the uncovered date wheel and bits and items of the motion are mesmerizing to have a look at, in addition. So this actually checks all of the bins of what I’m on the lookout for in a watch.

So that you like ‘bizarre’ problems…

One of many first items I ever got here throughout after I initially grew to become concerned about watches was the unique Urwerk 202 Hammerhead. I distinctly keep in mind sitting in a Borders Bookstore (when that retailer was nonetheless a factor) in round 2006 or so on a wet day and I used to be flipping via a watch catalogue, and noticed this completely alien-looking contraption and thought, “That’s the coolest factor I’ve ever seen.” Ever since that point, wandering hours problems to me have been synonymous with high-asking-price watches, however I’ve all the time pined for one. Since then, my tastes have change into much more eclectic; I’ve just a few “conventional watches” (compared to this factor) however I nonetheless have a tender spot for the bizarre and quirky watches and am most likely happier carrying them than I’m the traditional watches, and by extension, my assortment has extra of those bizarre watches than the standard ones.

When did you purchase it, and the place?

I purchased this from the one manufacturer-authorized seller on Chrono24, in September of this 12 months.

What have you ever discovered about this watch, since you will need to have finished some homework first?

Behrens has plenty of different watches with odd time-telling capabilities (together with one which has an correct perpetual calendar for each Earth and Mars time adjoining to 1 one other…. that one was actually tempting), in addition to some very distinctive methods of displaying wandering hours, although this one simply form of spoke to me by way of dial intricacy and general design language. The watch has the nickname/moniker “The Da Vinci Code” from the producer, owing to the reasonably distinctive design on the dial which takes its inspiration from the Notre Dame cathedral’s stained glass window design.

The technicality of the motion, the general look and intricacy of the dial, and the very clear homage to Urwerk’s design language are all components that drove me to this piece. The Rotary watch by the identical firm was additionally a powerful contender and attracts very carefully from the Urwerk + MB&F Nitro C3H5N3O9 collaboration which is one other stunning piece. All in all of the B023 received out simply based mostly on desire, no different deeper which means. I simply appreciated it extra.

Does your watch get loads of wrist time? 

This watch most likely will get essentially the most wrist time of any watch I personal in the intervening time. I’m nonetheless type of obsessive about it and reality be advised a lot of the occasions I look at it, I come away having not even registered what time it was; I’m normally simply staring on the dial. I spend most of my time within the hospital or within the OR, so on these days it’s both a smartwatch or one thing easy on a NATO), however principally any clinic day this will get essentially the most wrist time, at the very least on the second.

That should result in some humorous reactions… 

Just a few of the folks I work with have commented on the way it’s one of many craziest trying watches they’ve ever seen, which is all the time enjoyable. There’s an understatedness to traditional watches that generally doesn’t appeal to a lot consideration to anybody who doesn’t expressly know what they’re on the lookout for or at (a Patek Nautilus is a traditional and beautiful design, however will possible elicit little to no response from somebody who doesn’t know what they’re ). The other is form of true with this watch; the less folks know, the extra they’re within the unorthodox dial and unconventional means of displaying the time.

Do you care to inform us what you paid for the watch? 

I paid $4,000 for the watch, which all issues thought-about is a fairly screaming deal for any complication, and a far cry from the asking worth of even essentially the most inexpensive Urwerks, which I’d think about my grail at this level.

The method of shopping for from the seller on Chrono24 was an absolute deal with, by the best way. If anybody is seeking to choose this up, I imagine there’s primarily just one seller who sells it on Chrono, and your complete course of was remarkably reassuring. Images of your complete course of, immediate communication though we had been on reverse ends of the globe, and thorough follow-up had been there the entire time. In equity, it was some huge cash to drop on an unknown model however the course of of truly shopping for it was deeply reassuring and made me glad I supported the model. I’d fortunately purchase from them once more and may wind up choosing up one other Behrens in some unspecified time in the future sooner or later.

Ah? Have you ever seen one other mannequin that pursuits you? Why?

Their Mars/Earth perpetual calendar is absolutely engaging. I actually form of like the concept in some unspecified time in the future sooner or later once we lastly colonize Mars, somebody will discover that piece in a drawer someplace and it’ll wind up in a museum. Konstantin Chaykin additionally did a Mars watch with a tourbillon for OnlyWatch this 12 months which can be beautiful however it’s not a twin timer just like the Behrens. Nonetheless it’s a loopy, bizarre gadget that’s simply superior for the sake of being superior. Completely ineffective on Earth. I like that; it form of hammers dwelling the purpose to me that one of many final causes any of us actually even put on a watch is to inform the time.

How would you describe your watch assortment up to now?

It’s a really eclectic mixture of no matter I discover visually interesting, and I don’t actually discover that worth dictates my enjoyment of any explicit watch. I do respect haute horology and the gorgeous quantity of expertise that goes into a few of the higher-end watches, however fundamental dials are inclined to bore me a bit. I like chronographs and the complexity of their related actions, however a well-laid-out dial is simply as interesting to me as is the tremendous ending that goes into a few of the costlier items I’ve.

To that finish, I’ve a Daytona 116500LN on a white rubber strap (beautiful distinction) and an Omega Seamaster on titanium mesh (each of which I used to be fortunate to acquire shockingly near MSRP), in the identical watch field that I’ve a Fossil ME1122 and a Sternglas, and all of these get across the identical quantity of wrist time as a result of I discover all of them equally fascinating. I’ve just a few different nifty microbrand watches as properly; Vario, Boldr, Farer.  General I’ve saved a lot of the watches I’ve ever bought.

Are there any extra watches you wish to purchase? Which of them, and when?

I’ve not but been capable of deliver myself to spend Urwerk cash on a watch however the UR100V is deeply tempting me. That is possible going to be my subsequent “large” watch, however I’m unsure but after I’ll make the leap. No large purchases at the moment on the horizon.

Which manufacturers do you suppose are doing fascinating work on the market?

I’m infatuated with the collaboration items between De Bethune and Voutilainen, significantly the Type of Magic made for OnlyWatch. One other model I’ve seen that appeared to fly below the radar is Vanguart with the astonishingly complicated Black Gap Tourbillon. The Vianney Halter Deep House Resonance is one other one I discover extraordinarily fascinating; you most likely begin to see a sample. I like seeing the equipment work, and I like manufacturers that put it on the forefront of the timepiece. On a barely extra inexpensive notice, Trilobe is one other model that has been doing some very fascinating issues at affordable costs (particularly for a very customized micro-rotor motion) and is one I would discover myself choosing up within the not too distant future. Final point out: Ming can be a beautiful model that everybody appears to like as properly, nevertheless, the synthetic shortage and general gross sales mannequin of their watches have sadly been an enormous flip off to me.

Are you able to give tricks to different collectors who need the watch you possess?

Realistically, I’m unsure I see the Behrens as an funding piece that’s going to extend tremendously in worth over time. However that’s not why you can purchase it; you purchase these items as a result of they’re unbelievable little nuggets of watchmaking, they convey you pleasure, and so they’re fascinating to have a look at. For somebody moving into off-beat watchmaking (ha!), I don’t actually suppose you may beat Behrens for an uncommon, gadget-centric mechanism at this worth level.

Do you could have basic suggestions for individuals who wish to begin amassing watches?

Begin someplace! Simply search for the stuff you like and also you suppose you’ll persist with. I discovered my area of interest in bizarre, eclectic watches and that’s been the place I’ve stayed for essentially the most half. With very few exceptions, I nonetheless have each watch I’ve ever owned. My first watch was a $15 Goal model “Mossimo” watch with a blue dial after I was like six years previous. Nonetheless have it in my watch field subsequent to my desk. Strive to not let the pretence and expense of tremendous watchmaking get to you; there are loads of manufacturers doing wonderful, modern work that doesn’t require a second mortgage to get into.

Are you in contact with different collectors? 

I’m not actually in contact with different collectors save for just a few folks I’ve met on Reddit who additionally bought Behrens’ watches, and this very small neighborhood appears to be the folks I’ve interacted with who’re most concerned about what they’ve acquired, mores so than a majority of the folks on the Rolex boards who appeared extra within the standing afforded to them by an costly watch over the love of the craftsmanship. This can be a considerably cynical and maybe “reverse-pretentious” viewpoint, I notice; everybody has their very own motivations for why they’re concerned about watches and watchmaking, and honestly all are simply as viable as the subsequent. However I discover that these which are extra within the craftsmanship or gadgetry features of watches, are inclined to have tastes and pursuits that align extra with my very own, and thus that’s the gang I gravitate towards.

Thanks Scott for this perception into your collector’s thoughts

I’m very glad to have been given the chance to share this actually cool contraption with you guys, and to deliver some consciousness to an in any other case fairly underappreciated model. Selfishly I’m hoping this provides them a little bit of a lift and so they maintain making extra fascinating watches so I can proceed to fund an unhealthily costly passion.

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