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Microbrand Corner: May 2021’s Best New Releases

William Wood Triumph

William Wood Triumph

After making an impressive splash on the British watch scene with the superb Valiant, firefighter-inspired watch brand William Wood are turning the heat up with their latest release, the Triumph. Scattered with emergency service details – subdials taken from fire engine dashboards, pressure pump sub hands and a chronograph sections counterweight like an old fire bell chime – and a bright new look with a mix of steel and brass surfaces, it’s a stunner. Add in a Swiss movement and three striking colours and it looks like another winner for William Wood.

The Specs

  • 41mm stainless steel case with 100m water resistance
  • Sellita SW510 automatic movement with 48-hour power reserve
  • £2,150, available at William Wood.

SNGLRTY OH1

SNGLRTY OH1

While most of us have long since accepted that there are certain ways of displaying the time, there’s a sub-section of watchmakers that dispute that opinion. One such brand is SNGLRTY. Their single-handed concept combines a classic hours indication with a minute disc that revolves counter clockwise, highlighting the minutes in a circle on the hour hand. It’s a novel idea and helped by the fact that the COSC-certified OH14 is also a seriously cool looking watch with its multi-layered, impeccably finished dial.

The Specs

  • 40.50mm stainless steel case with 100m water resistance
  • Sellita SW300-1 automatic movement with 42-hour power reserve
  • From $4,350 USD (approx. £3,160), available at SNGLRTY.

Wilbur Automatic Launch Edition

Wilbur Automatic Launch Edition

What happens when a designer goes from futuristic automotive R&D to the world of watches? Wilbur. Created by award-winning designer Jason Wilbur, the eponymous brand’s debut timepiece is as much fuelled by petrol as watchmaking. With its unashamedly macho dimensions and a crown to put the Graham Chronofighter to shame, this combination of 3D space frame chassis and patent-pending suspended dial and movement is like nothing else out there. If Wilbur wanted to make a splash they’ve gone and done it – and in a big way.

The Specs

  • 44mm stainless steel case with 100m water resistance
  • Seiko automatic movement
  • $2,700 (approx. £1,950), limited to 250 pieces, available at Wilbur.

Roue TPS Chronograph

Roue TPS Chronograph

Overlooking the more obvious 911 in favour of the Porsche 910, Roue’s retro chronograph is inspired by the instrument panel of the famous racer in a handsome tricompax layout, with a particularly prominent tachymeter on the dial. It’s available in five different colours, though for our money this reverse panda with yellow highlights – The Four – is the star of the show. Backed by a Meca-Quartz movement, it’s an accessible timepiece with solid style credentials, whether you find yourself trackside or not.

The Specs

  • 40mm stainless steel case with 50m water resistance
  • Seiko calibre VK63 Meca-Quartz movement
  • $310 USD (approx. £225), limited to 1,000 pieces, available at Roue Watch.

About the author

Sam Kessler

Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.

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