Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Edox unveils its new Edox Grand Ocean Collection
Edox is celebrating its 125th birthday this year. It is one of the few existing watch companies that remain independent to this day. In 1961, Edox introduced the world's first wristwatch with a double case back and protective gaskets and seals, raising the global bar for shock protection and water resistance. The watch was aptly named the Delfin as it could weather the seas like a Dolphin. To commemorate the Delfin, Edox has introduced the Edox Grand Ocean Collection. The watches are all mechanical with a distinctly maritime theme.
The Edox Chronograph Grand Ocean Automatic is powered by the automatic rewind calibre Edox No. 012 movement with a power reserve of 42 hours. On the watches back ,like a sea vessels porthole, is a small round opening exactly above the balance wheel.
The name Edox, chosen by the talented watchmaker and founder of Edox, Christian Ruefli-Flury in 1884, signifying "the hour" in ancient Greece., is emblazoned at the 12 'o clock position. Above Edox is Edox's symbol, "the hourglass", which was chosen in 1900.
Another watch in Edox's Grand Collection is the the Grand Ocean Decentrique Date Automatic.If you wondering about the term "Decentrique" check out the off centered dial. This watch is a grand 45mm in diameter with a popular fusion of rubber, PVD, and rose gold coating. This watch as with all in the Grand Ocean Collection is water resistant up to 100mm. The waxing and waning of the Roman Numerals portray a marvelous sweeping look, giving the timepiece a sense of space greater than its 45mm. I have a couple of misgivings about the date indicator as I feel the +1 and -2 are unnecessary, unless of course they portray a maritime meaning completely above my head. A handsome sporty watch for a reasonable $2,800.
This Grand Ocean is the most balanced of the collection, although I am not to thrilled by the three day window. Most people have learned the days of the week by the time they have reached the Edox wearing stage; however, it does add to the charm. Enclosed within its 45mm rose gold coated case is the small highly reliable ETA calibre 2836. Now we know ETA ,owned by Swatch Group, stands for Elegance, Technology and Accuracy which sums up the movement of this Edox Grand Ocean.
A fine collection.