One of the best TV dramas I’ve ever seen is the ground-breaking series called ‘The Wire’. This series was created and written by former Police reporter David Simon, who also created ‘Homicide Life on the Street’. Over 60 episodes (2002-2008) the show explores many gritty themes including illegal drugs, education and bureaucracy within government. The setting is Baltimore in the state of Maryland, United States. In an interview, David Simon was accused of portraying the city negatively. However, as a resident of Baltimore, he has completely contrasting views and cites the city as very liveable. Towson Watch Company also support this view because they’ve had a prominent presence in the region for the last 25-years.
Literally, I get contacted daily by new watch brands looking for free publicity. The majority produce generic timepieces manufactured by private label companies in China. In my opinion, they are devoid of any design merit and by that definition not exciting to write about. In contrast, Towson Watch Company have strived to achieve something more purposeful. Over the years founders, George Thomas and Hartwig Balke have created numerous beautiful timepieces. My personal favourite is an exceptional watch called the Pride II. Interesting this piece is named after the Pride of Baltimore II, a schooner that serves as the sailing ambassador of Baltimore to the rest of the world.
What makes the Pride II so remarkable is the 39mm x 44mm x 10mm slim profile polished stainless steel Triangular case, crafted by an expert German watchmaker in Towson, MD. This really gives the watch a distinctive appearance that is unlike anything else available on the market. The unusual shape creates the illusion that the timepiece is larger than it actually is. However, the reality is this is a highly wearable dress watch that is perfect for formal events. I tested this watch extensively and found it sat very comfortably on the wrist and felt pretty lightweight. For that reason, you could easily wear the Pride II for daily usage.
Aesthetically the Pride II delivers a solid punch and is designed to make a bold statement. Within the range, there are two different variants available with black or silver dials. In my opinion, the latter is more effective because it frames the subtle nuances of the watch perfectly. Main highlights include embossed Arabic numerals, open-worked hour/minute hands, day/date indication (located at 6 o’clock) and company logo. Other features include anti-reflective sapphire crystal, a meticulously engraved case back (depicting an engraved illustration of the Pride of Baltimore II) and a winch-shaped crown, which is consistent with the overall nautical theme.
At the heart of the watch is a Swiss-made self-winding movement sourced from manufacturing company ETA. The Calibre 2892-A2 comprises 21 Jewels and oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. This mechanism has been decorated and modified by TWC watchmakers. The movement has impressive characteristics such as a Nivarox Hairspring, Glucydure Balance and Incablock Shock Absorber. Logistically this was a technical engineering challenge due to the slimline triangular case. Functionally the Pride II features hours, minutes, sweeping seconds and date indication. The watch also is water-resistant to a depth of 50-metres and has a power reserve of 46-hours.
As a perfect finale, the Pride II is presented on a high-quality leather strap with a complimentary stainless steel buckle. Priced at $4,000 I believe for a watch of this quality it offers consumers good value for money. To purchase this exquisite timepiece follow this link