One of the brands that most impressed us at the WatchIt! watch fair last year was alkin. Their latest release, out soon, is called the Model Two.
Introducing the alkin Model Two
The Model Two is the second watch from British independent brand alkin. With the Model Two, founder Charlie Fowler has evolved the alkin house style to pay homage to the traditional dual crown compressor watch.
The case, hands, dial and branding have all been designed from scratch by Charlie, while the same Arabic numerals found on the Model One (designed by British typographer Gareth Hague) have again been used on the dial and bezel of the Model Two. The 41mm case has short lugs (48mm tip to tip) so the watch hugs the wrist, helping to balance out the slightly larger case diameter. As with most traditional compressor-style designs, the crowns are positioned at 2 and 4 o’clock.
In order to create a sense of depth in the dial, the Model Two has a sandwich design, with the hour indices cut out to expose the white lume on the lower dial. This is contrasted by the screen-printed 12, 3, 6, and 9 markers that are raised slightly from the dial. On top of all that is a flat rotating 1.4mm thick inner bezel.
The watch has sapphire crystals front and back, and the Seiko NH35A of the alkin Model 1 has been upgraded to a Miyota 9039. Three colourways are on offer: blue, black and a white “full-lume” dial.
The alkin Model Two builds on the styling of the aAlkin Model One, with the internal timing bezel adding depth to an already-striking dial, and the second crown giving a pleasing symmetry to the case. We handled alkin’s watches last year and were very impressed by the quality of the fit and finish. The full-lume dials were particularly impressive, and that would be our pick of the models on offer.
The alkin Model Two promises to be one to watch, and we hope to bring you a hands-on review before the end of the pre-launch campaign.
Buy an alkin Model Two
The alkin Model Two launches on 30th June at 16:00 hours British Summer Time (GMT+1). Find out more at www.alkinwatches.com