Australia’s own Wrist Lore is a new microbrand that we can all rally behind. A family-run operation, it focuses on hand-crafted aviation watches that deliver overt fashion and minimalist allure in equal measure. After sketching each design on a computer, the brand constructs a working prototype before arriving upon a production-ready model, representing a process that takes over two years. The end result is an exceptional watch that costs about five times less than its standard counterpart.
The first model to emerge from Wrist Lore’s workshop is the Blackbird LE Automatic. It’s named for the long-range Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft once used by the US Air Force, which flew at record-breaking speeds and on stealth missions. Available in three separate iterations, the 45mm model emanates with considerable distinction. For a new microbrand like Wrist Lore, it makes for a bold and defiantly impressive debut.
Presented on the face and bezel are a workmanlike myriad of expressionistic details, which draw upon cockpit dials and hinder on the avant-garde. Water-resistant to 100m, the Blackbird LE Automatic additionally features a military-style canteen protection lock, Super-LumiNova SC C-1 markers, scratch-resistant sapphire glass, a chapter ring, and an exhibition case back. Powering the watch is Miyota 82S0 Automatic movement.
On the cusp of availability, the Blackbird LE Automatic will be limited to just 1966 models per colourway. The watch will debut on Kickstarter for just $369 and then move up to a suggested retail price of $450-550, which is still quite a deal. Consider this a promising sign of things to come from Wrist Lore, Australia’s newest microbrand.