Flash News: Pinion Revival 1969 Chronograph

By Thierry Ané on September 10, 2014

It is not very often that I have the pleasure of introducing a model from a small brand I have never discussed on Watch Agora nor already included in our iPhone/iPad app Watches of 2014Download Watches of 2014 on the App Store!

Today though, the release of the Revival 1969 gives me an excellent opportunity to introduce Pinion to our readers. Founded in 2013 in South Oxfordshire, this young British brand uses Swiss movements to produce fine timepieces entirely designed, finished, assembled and tested in the UK. As every watch lover will already have noticed, the brand’s name is a direct reference to the small but significant gear wheels that sit at the very heart of every mechanical timepiece and are often used to drive the more visible parts like the hands in a watch.

Until now the brand presented several versions of its self-winding “Axis” model, a beautifully designed time and date watch that I particularly appreciate in its solid bronze version with an extremely legible green dial with white markings. The Revival 1969 represents the brand’s very first chronograph model.

For this exciting timepiece, Pinion used a batch of historic Valjoux 7734 movements from 1969. Revered for its ruggedness and reliability, this manually-wound movement with a 45-hour power reserve is one of the most dependable watch engines of this era. Given its evident limited availability, the watch will only be produced in a series of 100 pieces.

To complement this exciting movement, Pinion imagined a stainless steel case that combines a beautiful retro look with a “Superdome” double bezel and bespoke pushers and crown with a contemporary 43 mm size. Perfectly polished, the case bears the watch number on the back as well as “R1969”, “Limited Edition” and “England” engravings. It is mounted on a black leather strap hand-made in England.

The multi-layer black dial offers contrasting finish and the white luminescent material in the polished and applied indexes, Arabic numerals, and hands make the watch extremely legible. The presence of just two chronograph registers facing one another at 9 and 3 o’clock strengthens the vintage look of the watch. Naturally, the back of this Revival 1969 is the part that will attract the highest attention. There, under a magnificent grey smoked glass, one can observe the beautiful historic movement.

The watch will be officially launched to the public during Salon QP that will take place in London from November 6 to 8, 2014. The Revival 1969 carries a price tag of GBP 4,950 and will be available to buy exclusively from the brand’s web site. Reservations can be made from September 2014 onwards and the first timepieces ordered will ship late 2014 or early 2015. You can contact the brand if you would like to secure a specific number in this 100-piece series.

For more information please visit the Pinion web site.

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