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Russian Christmas overtures

by Michael Weare
10 November, 2010
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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For many watch enthusiasts, anything produced East of Switzerland should be viewed with suspicion if not outright contempt, but there’s no denying the pleasure of exploring and acquiring some excellent Russian watches.

Poljot and Vostok stock a wide range of good quality mechanical watches in a wide variety of imaginative designs, and they all represent superb value for money.

However for something truly different check out the hand-made watches section of www.smirs.com, the largest online watch store in Russia.

The three watches featured here, ‘Nereid’, ‘Contemplation’ and ‘Wisdom’ feature beautifully sculpted figures that adorn the exterior of the dial, and each of the watches is cased in white or yellow gold, and adorned with sapphires and brilliants. Not surprisingly, you won’t see any change from at least $13,000, but of course were similar quality hand-made watches to be sold in Switzerland you would expect to pay considerably more.

Now the chances are you won’t be able to get your hands on one of these exact models because each watch is made in a limited edition of just ten, but if you were to contact the maker, MWF, and ask nicely, no doubt a similar watch could be made just for you.

The watches are 20mm wide with a generous 40mm diameter, and are powered with hand wound 25 jewel mechanical movements on an alligator strap. The watches gain or lose between 20 to 40 seconds per day, but who cares about consummate accuracy when you can show such unique craftsmanship on your wrist and own a practically one of a kind Russian timepiece.

If you’re tempted to order one for Christmas, Smirs does warn that postal services tend to be slower than usual in Russia during December, so the time to buy is right now.

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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