The name Flint Watches may be somewhat familiar to you. Late last year we featured their A38 Aravalli Range, which we actually took to really well. Its simple and clean aesthetic reminded us that sometimes less really can be more, and the exercise in restraint portrayed throughout the piece was quite outstanding. Fast forward to a few months later and Flint Watches is back, and this time they’re packing quite the artistic punch with thanks to a very special addition to one of our favorite pieces we’ve ever featured.
Flint Watches have collaborated with Abigail Isabel Burt, a very well-known artist originally from Northamptonshire. Her design style is as unique as it is impressive, well versed in the fine art of bronze casting, as well as being on the receiving end of multiple awards and plaudits. Her commissions are quite remarkable, and they impressed enough so as to be awarded the Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2016 as well as the Award for Concept and Bas Relief from the British Art Medal Society in 2010. Flint Watches, wanting to create something out of the ordinary, enlisted her help, and that’s where the Patina Collection was born.
Each bezel existed primarily as raw copper prior to its integration into the piece. Once obtained, the designers at Flint Watches and the artist Abigail Burt formulated a really very special and specific process to bring the best out of these pure metals. The copper bezel receives a very thorough heat-treatment which produced the most vivid and beautiful of patinas. In order to seal in the accelerated natural occurrence, they finished the bezel off with a sealant, basically stopping the oxidation process, preventing deterioration and preserving its beauty for all of us to enjoy. This collaboration between watchmaker and artist has led to the production of sheer splendor. It’s fairly easy to overlook something as just being “pretty nice”, and sometimes in order to fully appreciate how and why something looks as good as it does, you need to delve a bit deeper. Hopefully you can all understand just how painstakingly meticulous, time-consuming and exacting the art of manufactured patina can become.
Beyond the patinated bezel which frames the 38mm wide timepiece, we have the usual cleanliness and crispness we’ve become accustomed to seeing from Flint Watches. The expansive dial real estate, minimalist hands and dial markings and lug-less case really draw the eyes to what is obviously the highlight of the piece, the patinated bezel. The original copper block that the bezel has been forged out of was quite versatile to use, and as such Flint Watches, along with Abigail Burt, created several color palettes for you to choose from. You have a blue patinated bezel option, a green patinated option and a very poppy turquoise patinated option. Each bezel optioned piece is available with a variety of strap colors to choose from.
I personally think that the Blue Patina looks best on the Burnt Amber strap, the Green Patina looks best on the Verdigris strap, and the Turquoise Patina looks amazing on either the Midnight Ore or the Sandstone strap (I couldn’t choose!). To be quite honest with you, and this is obviously a very personal and very subjective choice in the matter, any strap option fits any of the pieces in the Patina Collection superbly. Each strap works very well in the watch’s favor and really extends the piece’s elegant stature. Like the A38 Aravelli Range, the Patina Collection is powered by the Swiss-made Quartz-powered Ronda mechanism, very reliable and very accurate. Oh, and servicing is basically zilch considering the only money you should really be putting into the piece is either giving it some new shoes or getting it a new battery in 3-years or so.
As far as captivating watches from a micro-brand go, the Patina Collection from Flint Watches is the most interesting and most appealing, from an aesthetic perspective. There is no such thing as the perfect watch. In most instances, there is some kind of drawback or shortfall that you seem to always find just after you’ve purchased it. The Patina Collection’s simplistic and exposed nature really leaves no room for error, and there is nigh an error in sight. I’m a fan, the team are all fans, and I know you will be too. The Patina Collection is priced at £180, while each additional strap costs £35. Head to Flint Watches to find out more.