The watchmaking industry can now and again be conflicted. From one perspective, we hear slogans of “timeless articles made to be communicated to the future generation” and then again, it’s protected to say that extravagance watchmaking has never been nearer to design and its continually advancing patterns. Clients need to change, to switch, to wear something other than what’s expected relying upon their temperament or the event. Also, with regards to watches, that requires a serious financial plan. Be that as it may, here comes Hegid Watches and its fairly interesting idea of “dressing” the outside pieces of the watch, such a “DIY-blend and-match” watch.
This thought of “dressing” the watch came to Henrick Gauché, organizer of Hegid, as he was requesting modest Russian watches on the web. As he was messing about and dismantling the watches, he set up a watch that fit him yet which could he actually modify to accommodate his mind-sets or match the event. At the point when he turned into an expert in the watchmaking business, this thought of offering solid mechanics that could be spruced up or down with various alternatives reemerged. “Thus was brought into the world the craving to profit by an honorable mechanics that would give freedom to be dressed by our temperament, to advance over time,” says Henrick.
Apart from the standard difference in tie alternative offered by many watch marks, the plan of a watch is normally frozen, something you can’t modify. Positively, this can be acceptable, as long as you’re sure you’ll still like the watch a long time from now… Hegid Watches has reacted to the consistently developing pattern for DIY customisation and applied it to watches. The principle thought behind Hegid is to let the proprietor select the style of his watch.
The “dressing complication” concept
Paris-based brand Hegid has made, autonomously, an idea where the whole habillage of the watch – the outside parts that “dress” the watch – can be changed by the proprietor, without the mediation of a watchmaker, at home, without tools.
The thought begins with a “capsule”, the lone non-compatible component of the watch, a focal holder in steel comprising all the specialized components of the watch. This container, accessible for the second in two forms (dark and earthy colored) with this Inaugural Series (S.I), contains the dial, the hands, the sapphire precious stone, the development and the crown. Actually speaking, Hegid depends for the most part on French providers (and some Swiss as well, obviously). The development is a dependable and notable ETA clone by Sellita and the case is 100m water-safe (consistently reassuring).
As we’re discussing an Inaugural Series, and on the grounds that the ‘originality factor’ at Hegid rotates around the case and the ties, the dial and the focal compartment stay exemplary in plan. The combination of dial and hands is cautious and exemplary to bear the trial of time.
Let’s take a gander at the “dressing complication”. To put it plainly, this includes the consolidation of two components; the case (the focal compartment) and the carrure (French word for watch case). In 30 seconds, you’ll have the option to change starting with one case then onto the next, without apparatuses. The makers of the brand have licensed a straightforward and natural framework for these changes. The caseback highlights a turning cover that fills in as locking framework. Stage 1: turn the caseback to the open position (demonstrated by an engraved point). Stage 2: eliminate the case and set up the upgraded one. Stage 3: lock the caseback once more. Voilà.
Of course, this framework wouldn’t be complete without tradable tie choices. All lashes conveyed by Hegid highlight snappy delivery spring bars. With everything taken into account, you can altogether change the character of your watch in one minute.
The framework, even on the model watch we had for this article, is lovely to utilize, got and very composed. Once set up, the watch feels strong, without free parts. The locking framework, because of springs in the casebands, is flawless and exact. Resiliences in the machining have been decreased to a base as well, to stay away from residue or particles obstructing the system.
The primary thought with Hegid was to give the watch various characters by giving three radically various styles of carrure. The first, named Laboratoire Clandestin, is an extremely exemplary, moderately little, completely cleaned case with a level bezel. It is the dress watch proposition of the brand, with a 38.5mm breadth and steel cabochons on the tips of the carries. It has a somewhat Art Deco pizazz however stays calm enough for business attire.
The subsequent choice, called Vision, is a lively, more device watch-style case with a turning bezel. More powerful, bigger too at 40mm, it is accessible either with a dark or a light dim bezel embed in anodized aluminum (with a glowing speck at 12 o’clock). The bezel has an hour long scale, however being bidirectional, it is more like a pilot’s than a diver’s watch. This rendition can be considered as the “weekend watch”.
Finally, the third carrure proposed by Hegid, the Expedition, is by a long shot the most challenging of the parcel. As compatibility is the situation, Hegrid needed something strong to show the changeability factor of the watch progressing from a dress watch to something as unique as the Expedition. Sharp, squarish (perhaps it’s me yet it makes me think about a Land Rover), the Expedition estimates 42mm x 46mm. It is a major and weighty square of tempered steel with an unmistakable 1970s energy. It includes a unique crown security gadget on its side. Possibly it won’t be the most effortless alternative, however I think this carrure is brimming with character and mirrors the technique of the organizers to offer something different.
The idea presented by Hegid is very much evolved and, in the wake of playing with the various parts, likewise all around developed. This first “Inaugural Series” is only an approach to exhibit the prospects however the brand will develop soon, with new dials and potentially the presentation of complications.
The thought to have numerous watches in one, and to have the option to significantly change the presence of your watch in under one moment, and at a small portion of the cost of purchasing an altogether new watch, is fascinating and has potential. This might be not an idea for bad-to-the-bone watch darlings, but rather I can without much of a stretch envision a few fans being pulled in by Hegid’s concept.
The Hegid Inaugural Series comes in an introduction box with additional areas for new carrures and new lashes. This arrangement is restricted to 90 pieces for the moment.
As for valuing, Hegid offers packs, with one case, 3 or 4 carrures and 3 or 4 ties (which means 9 to 16 potential combinations). These packs range from EUR 3,200 to EUR 3,600. Complete watches (focal case, 1 case, 1 tie) are accessible at EUR 2,800. Cases range from EUR 250 to EUR 350.
You’ll discover more insights regarding the potential combinations and the brand at hegid.com .