There’s no denying the latest thing for the extravagance sports watch; hardened steel watches with formed cases, generally flimsy profiles, a combination of lavish allure and durability and, in particular, integrated bracelet/case plan. Notwithstanding the standard suspects (AP, PP and VC) , we’ve seen different brands introducing their own (accomplished or not) vision of an extravagance sports watch as of late, taking all things together value sections – from open to super top of the line . Furthermore, today, there’s another part from a startling brand… Meet the Wempe Iron Walker Collection, another steel sports watch with an integrated bracelet.
Wempe, Retailer and Watchmaker
Wempe is quite possibly the most acclaimed names in the watchmaking business and is prestigious as a retailer of extravagance watches. Surely, Wempe is one of Europe’s greatest retail sellers in watches and gems. Established by Gerhard D. Wempe in 1878, it is as yet claimed by the Wempe family. Today Wempe has 34 display areas in Germany’s most significant urban communities and in significant global urban communities like New York, Paris and London. Significant strides in the brand’s history incorporate bringing the Rolex brand to Germany in 1953 or opening the main Wempe display area outside Germany on Fifth Avenue in New York in 1980. From that point forward, the name Wempe is related with retailing watchmaking goliaths, for example, Rolex, Patek Philippe, Omega and numerous more.
However, there’s more to Wempe than selling other brands’ watches. The name Wempe is likewise imprinted on self-delivered watches, under the brand Wempe Glashütte I/SA, an assembling situated in the area of Saxony, in the little (however horology-pressed) town of Glashütte. The brand produces two collections – the Zeitmeister and Chronometerwerke lines – in the structure that in the past housed the noteworthy Urania observatory, which is likewise the area of the lone chronometer-testing focus in Germany – watches tried by the ISO 3159 standard.
The Concept behind the Wempe Iron Walker
Today, the brand develops its offer with another collection of sports watches. The Wempe Iron Walker collection – comprising 16 references, with 4 programmed watches (chronograph, jumper, time-and-date 40mm and time-and-date 36mm) just as 2 quartz models (40mm and 36mm) – highlights integrated bracelets and chronometer-appraised programmed and quartz developments (all fabricated by ETA).
The idea driving this new collection is quite clear; to offer a trustworthy, solid, first rate watch that answers the current interest for available extravagance sports watches. An in vogue all-rounder made for day by day activity – business and end of the week – with a la mode plan. All the models share a similar base design, with a tonneau-molded case in treated steel, a combination of brushed surfaces and cleaned emphasizes, a round bezel that is cleaned and doesn’t attempt to impersonate a portion of the symbols in the classification and pleasantly executed dials with sunray-brushed examples, applied lists and an advanced inclination overall.
In a similar vein, all the watches in the Wempe Iron Walker Collection are furnished with a crown monitor, screw-in crown, a base water-opposition of 100m and a shut caseback. In the wake of taking care of the watches for a more extended period, we were very intrigued with the nature of the case, its pleasant aspects and cleaned highlights, the impression of solidness yet in addition a specific polish and caution in the design.
Mechanically, Wempe depends on its long-lasting accomplice Swatch Group and all the watches are furnished with ETA developments and chronometer-guaranteed by the German ISO 3159 norm. At last, all the models are worn on an integrated treated steel bracelet, which consummately follows the lines of the case and tightens to the clasp. The bracelet has H-molded connections and is brushed with meager cleaned inclines on the sides, just as prudent cleaned emphasizes on the focal link.
Finally, before we proceed onward to investigate the three men’s forms, it must be noticed that these highlights and quality come at sensible costs since the collection goes from EUR 1,700 to EUR 3,700 (contingent upon the adaptations and movements).
The Wempe Iron Walker Automatic Chronograph
The first and positively most striking model in the Wempe Iron Walker collection is a programmed chronograph. This form has the biggest instance of all, estimating 42mm in width. The case stays proportional however and simple on the wrist, because of the basic plan. The watch has some presence, with a thickness just beneath 14mm – not slender but rather in accordance with most programmed chronographs. Complementing the precise state of this collection, this model is outfitted with rectangular and angled pushers, very much integrated into the crown monitor module. By and large, regardless of its powerful measurements on paper, the watch is compact, adjusted and fits most men’s wrists, with a sensible carry to-haul measurement – about 48mm. One of the benefits of watches with integrated bracelets.
This chronograph variant of the Iron Walker is accessible with two unique dials. First is a completely blue adaptation, with tone-on-tone counters and, as captured here, a very alluring switched panda combination with dark dial and silver sub-counters. The dial is outlined by a slanted inward rib with a tachymeter scale. For this form, the brand settled on the decision of a 3-6-9 showcase, with the date (outlined by a metallic ring) situated at 4.30 – the presence of a date bodes well in this context.
Powering the Wempe Iron Walker Automatic Chronograph is the universal Valjoux 7753 base, an integrated chronograph with cam-switch design. In any case, because of Wempe’s notoriety in chronometry, the watch comes with its own fine change just as an enhanced force save of 54 hours and is chronometer-affirmed. It is worn on the very much planned tempered steel bracelet with a security collapsing fasten. This chronograph form of the Wempe Iron Walker is evaluated at EUR 3,675 or USD 4,250.
- Case: 42mm width x 13.95mm tallness – tempered steel case, brushed and cleaned – sapphire gem with against intelligent covering on the two sides – screw-in crown, rectangular push-pieces – 100m water-resistant
- Dial: blue or switched panda dial – steel applied lists and hands with Super-LumiNova
- Movement: programmed chronograph ETA 7753 Valjoux – 4Hz recurrence – fine change planned by Wempe – 54h force hold – German chronometer officially tested
- Bracelet: tempered steel, brushed and cleaned, integrated – collapsing clasp
- Price: EUR 3,675 or USD 4,250
The Wempe Iron Walker Automatic Diver’s Watch
The second men’s model is positively the most astounding of the parcel and the sportiest. This Iron Walker is a jumper with a few updates compared to the remainder of the watches to make it more impervious to water pressure.
The Wempe Iron Walker Automatic Diver’s Watch is housed in a 42mm case, yet with a very sensible tallness of 11.70mm. A beautiful compact case taking into account that this rendition is water-impervious to 300m. To keep the general plan flawless, Wempe went for an interior pivoting bezel rather than the typical outer arrangement – such a compressor watch. The internal spine turns 360 degrees and is printed with an hour long scale with a differentiating 15-minute territory. Accordingly, this adaptation highlights two screw-in crowns, one for the development and one for the bezel. A little distinction with the remainder of the watch is the completing of the case, with a round brushed top surface – vertically brushed for the other models – which stresses its sports vocation.
This model, regardless of its sportier job, holds practically similar style as the remainder of the watches in the collection, with similar slim applied markers and hands, aside from the seconds hand with its sharpened stone tip. It comes to a fair compromise between an excessively utilitarian plunge watch that can scarcely be worn in a business setting and an excessively rich watch. However, the watch satisfies the tough models of the DIN and ISO norms for jumper’s watches.
This Iron Walker Diver’s Watch is accessible in two renditions, either the current blue dial with white accents or a dark dial form with blue accents. Inside its case is the programmed ETA 2892-A2, which has been updated with a chronometer affirmation and a more drawn out force save of 50 hours (rather than 42h). It shows the time on three hands just as a date (at 3 o’clock). The steel bracelet is equivalent to the remainder of the collection, then again, actually it includes a jumping expansion so it very well may be handily lengthened by up to 17 millimeters. This diver’s model is evaluated at EUR 2,975 or USD 3,450.
- Case: 42mm distance across x 11.70mm stature – hardened steel case, brushed and cleaned – sapphire gem with against intelligent covering on the two sides – two screw-in crowns, one for the development, one for the inside bezel – 300m water-resistant
- Dial: blue or dark – steel applied files and hands with Super-LumiNova
- Movement: programmed time-and-date ETA 2892-A2 – 4Hz recurrence – fine change planned by Wempe – 50h force hold – German chronometer officially tested
- Bracelet: treated steel, brushed and cleaned, integrated – collapsing catch with plunging expansion (up to 17mm)
- Price: EUR 2,975 or USD 3,450
The Wempe Iron Walker Automatic 40mm
Last however not least, the most traditional and absolutely the simplest consistently, the Wempe Iron Walker Automatic Men’s Watch. Less difficult, up-to-date and with some punch, this model with its 40mm breadth – which wears somewhat more modest – and its position of safety of 9.75mm is more compact and will fit most men. Likewise, with a haul to-carry measurement under 46mm, the watch is compact. While the case completing and bracelet are imparted to the remainder of the collection, being a period and-date watch, this adaptation is the most attentive and elegant.
However, it isn’t a fragile watch and holds all security highlights, like the screw-in crown, ensured by precise watchmen and a 100m water-obstruction. Compared to the two models over, this Automatic 40mm is accessible, notwithstanding the beat up renditions, in a third, circumspect and glowing, gleaming white choice – here with a matte surface.
Powering the watch is a similar redesigned ETA 2892-A2 as the jumper with chronometer accreditation and a 50h force save. The shortfall of a presentation back is fine for us – some of the time a pleasant plain steel caseback is superior to a view on an ETA movement.
Finally, as the less complex of the three models, it is additionally the most open, with a cost of EUR 2,375 or USD 2,750… Considering the general nature of the case/bracelet, the presence of a chronometer development and the different completing subtleties, it seems like a reasonably evaluated watch.
- Case: 40mm width x 9.75mm tallness – treated steel case, brushed and cleaned – sapphire gem with hostile to intelligent covering on the two sides – screw-in crown – 100m water-resistant
- Dial: brilliant white, blue or dark – steel applied files and hands with Super-LumiNova
- Movement: programmed time-and-date ETA 2892-A2 – 4Hz recurrence – fine change planned by Wempe – 50h force save – German chronometer officially tested
- Bracelet: hardened steel, brushed and cleaned, integrated – collapsing clasp
- Price: EUR 2,375 or USD 2,750
The Wempe Iron Walker is currently accessible (May 2020) from all Wempe shops around the planet and at wempe.com .