The inventions of both the compass and timepiece have greatly improved our understanding of the world. Today, they have a broadened utility, serving as tools for survival and symbols of tradition. With the NORTH.er, we combine the two functions and the design language of each. Offering an appropriately designed GMT with maximum versatility. Suiting the needs of outdoor explorers and accomplished professionals alike.
While technology today makes the use of these instruments for time and direction largely obsolete in the field, their continued use today speaks to the human appreciation for non-digital ingenuity and pastime. With a cage above the crystal, the compass and timepiece were both carried in the field by soldiers. For ages, non-digital wrist compasses were developed for the military without having the capability of telling time. These vintage wrist-compasses with their 1940’s cockpit dial theme inspired us to create the NORTH.er. A timepiece capable of keeping measurements in multiple time-zones while assisting one’s sense of direction.
An automatic GMT crafted for the outdoorsman. The high-contrast palette produces clear readability in all conditions. The matte black dial is blasted in the TWC workshops to achieve its textured raw finish. With highly fluorescent SuperLuminova hour markers and rounded yellow-coated blued steel hands are shaped in our classic cathedral-style. Delivering elegance and opulence to the playful palette. The 41.5mm case was milled from a pure stainless steel block in Germany. Finished by hand-operated vintage lathes that allow for meticulous detailing amongst the varied surfaces. The quickset push-pull crown ensures 5 ATM water resistance. The scratch-resistant and anti-reflective sapphire crystal on the front is domed to capture an array of natural hues revealed from the surface. A high-grade 24 jewel Swiss Caliber 2893-2 automatic movement was built and adjusted six positions by our watchmakers to find North. Components of the movement are decorated with rhodium, Geneva stripes, perlage, blued screws and gold filling. The NP250 reference number and the serial number out of 250 is engraved onto the caseback. Production limited to 250 timepieces.
The NORTH.er was made for a wide range of Towson Watch clientele. The one common denominator - its owner seeks a distinctive tool and signature to wear everyday throughout their active lifestyle. Designed with rough weather conditions in mind yet equally suited for formal occasions. The 24hr scale represents standard time used in aviation and maritime spheres of the world. People traveling the world are able to adjust the watch to a second time-zone. Hikers are able to use it as a compass to establish North. Built for those who appreciate the utility and aesthetic of a tool on their wrist. The satin-finish midsection enhances the timepiece’s durability, making scratches less noticeable. The bezel, on the other hand, boasts a bold high-polish with formal undulations. With the varied finishes applied strategically to each component, the case and operation of what rests inside was built for the unpredictable lifestyle of a world traveler.