Circa 1930's Tonneau Watch
I've grown tired of the gaudy, oversized designs that seem to dominate current watch offerings. Flashy, diamond encrusted watches the size of manhole covers may appeal to aspiring rap stars, but it's decidedly not the image I wish to portray. Fortunately the designers at Circa agree. And while ignoring the fleeting trends of today's fashion,
Circa is instead dedicated to capturing the classic American design elegance found in vintage timepieces from the 1930's, 40's and 50's — an era when watches were considered wearable works of art, whose timeless design never goes out of style. Presented here are three distinct styles which celebrate this golden age of American watchmaking. All have been painstakingly crafted to preserve the design cues that made the originals true horological classics. From the custom 23 carat gold plating that's been color matched to the gold alloy used in the early 20th century, to the gracefully curved cases, lugs and elegant dials with seconds hand sub-dials, individually stamped and applied numerals and indices — no detail has been overlooked. Yet unlike the vintage originals, each Circa timepiece offers the convenience of a modern day quartz movement, scratch resistant mineral glass crystal and is fitted to a supple, genuine leather strap that's embossed in croco or pebble grain. Select the simple elegance of a round case with silver dial, the art-deco inspired Tonneau (French for 'barrel3') case with crème dial or the classic rectangular case with deep cobalt blue dial.