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anOrdain Model 3 Method Impresses with Carved Wood Pattern Enamel Dial

anOrdain Model 3 Method

North of the border in Scotland, wizards are at work in the anOrdain workshop creating some of the most interesting and intricate enamel dials outside of Switzerland and Japan. However, the delicacy with which enamel needs approaching means their release slate isn’t exactly going to challenge the likes of Seiko. In fact, their last major new launch was over a year ago with the Model 2 MKII Field Watch. Fortunately, the wait for a new watch is always worth it. Don’t believe me? Check out the beauty that is the new anOrdain Model 3 Method.

This is by their own admission the most ambitious project they’ve ever brought to market and took four years of careful development. It features a carved wooden style texture over which their signature Grand Feu enamel is applied. Developing the wooden texture involved collaborating with the well-known artisanal woodworkers at Studio Method (hence the watch’s name) who have previously worked with clients such as Hermès, Burberry and Vacheron Constantin.

anOrdain Model 3 Method Aqua
anOrdain Model 3 Method Lichen

The facetted, concave undulations of the dial mean the surface area is virtually double that of a flat dial. Which means that during the difficult firing process in the creation of enamel, there are a lot more opportunities for it to fail. I can only imagine the attention to detail and care it takes to create a smooth layer of enamel with a consistent colour across such a complex shape. But the results are undeniable. In Aqua blue or Lichen green, it is fantastic.

anOrdain Model 3 Method Lichen

Those are the two colourways that are available. The Aqua blue is a rich azure colour with silver baton indexes and blued steel hands. Less traditional is the Lichen green, which is a particularly pale shade of sage green – a very popular colour at the moment – with purple hour markers and purple hands.

anOrdain Model 3 Method Aqua

Zooming out from the dials, the case is pretty nice too, a 39mm diameter piece in stainless steel with a polished bezel. It’s relatively slim as well at a thickness of 10.5mm with wire lugs. As for the strap attached to those lugs, there are several options including black, brown, teal and ochre leather straps, a grey suede number and kid.

anOrdain Model 3 Method Movement
anOrdain Model 3 Method Caseback

Inside the Model 3 Method is housed the Sellita SW300 automatic movement, an automatic movement with 42-hour power reserve. It’s a solid movement and no complaints here since it means that the watch is pretty incredible value. Both colourways are priced at £3,500 + VAT, which is frankly mad considering the amount of effort and work that goes into every timepiece. One thing’s for sure, by the time your name gets to the top of the waiting list, anOrdain may well have announced their next watch.

Price & Specs:

  • Model: anOrdain Model 3 Method
  • Case/dial: 39mm diameter x 10.5mm thickness, stainless steel case, vibrant aqua or lichen transparent vitreous enamel on textured silver dial
  • Water resistance: 50m (5 bar)
  • Movement: Sellita calibre SW300, automatic, 25 jewels
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
  • Power reserve: 42h
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
  • Strap: Leather or suede
  • Price/availability: £3,500 + VAT

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.