In the modern era of postmodernism, one of the most relevant styles is vintage – a new interpretation of the recognizable “codes” of the design of the last century.
Vintage is in demand in almost all areas of life: from interior design to clothing, accessories and, of course, watches. Why of course? Because the whole history of watches precisely fits into the history of the twentieth century – the time when the most famous revolutionary directions of design thought appeared.
Back to the past
A funny observation is that the wristwatch in its main purpose is now as close as possible to the idea of a “time machine”. Against the backdrop of the rapid evolution of portable gadgets, classical mechanics has a unique and important function – it mentally brings us back to the time when devices were simple and understandable.
Ball Trainmaster Watch
As psychologists rightly note, it is common for people as a whole to idealize the past, and the more swift and uncertain the present becomes, the more acute is the nostalgia for the “good old days.” And mechanical watches are the best suited to quench this sadness, because, firstly, they are no longer participants in technological progress, and secondly, they are strongly associated with eternal and unchanging values. In addition, this accessory does not require excessive attention. For example, you can prefer a vintage style in clothes or ride a retro car, which involves maintaining a certain lifestyle and level of service. And vintage watches can be easily combined even with modern casual and enjoy this model of elegance on the wrist.
Of course, the trend towards retromechanics did not arise today. One of the first in the 1990s, he was anticipated by the independent Geneva master Frank Muller, creating his first iconic collection Casablanca. He came up with how to revive the most recognizable features of the “golden era of watchmaking” of the 1920-1940s in modern watch classics: the tonneau case, an elongated curved dial, ornate Arabic numerals in the style of French modernism. With his light hand, the beginning of a new millennium in watchmaking almost entirely passed under the sign of Art Deco with the dominance of complex geometric shapes and extravagant markings.
But if the “barrel” Casablanca and the rectangular Long Island only carried the retro spirit in a modern design, now Franck Muller, along with the futuristic Vanguard watch, represents a very successful line of mens classic vintage. The collection is even called Vintage Curvex, and you can find many characteristic features of authentic watches of the 1920s: a white or black enamel dial, large Arabic numerals, a scale in the style of the railway, not only on the main marking, but and on the side second hand.
Also in regard to art deco, Cartier is an undoubted specialist, whose most famous creations appeared just in the first quarter of the last century. And it can be considered a landmark event the restart in 2018 of the Santos de Cartier collection, both for men and women.
Watch Cartier Santos de Cartier
Designers at home tried to keep the original Art Deco ideology invented by Louis Cartier in a watch for his friend, aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont in 1904. The four corners of the square case remained unchanged, inspired by the supports of the Eiffel Tower, and eight large screws on the welt. Naturally, the new watch also contains the “railroad” scale and the geometric Roman numerals characteristic of Cartier. You may notice that the carefully re-created retrodesign comes with some very nice modern innovations like the new manufactory automatic caliber 1847 MC and the patented Cartier QuickSwitch bracelet replacement system.