What do you get when you combine vintage styling and modern watch components? Well, probably something close to the seven timepieces currently offered by pioneering Danish brand About Vintage. Focusing on minimal yet highly original watch designs, this exciting young company was first conceived of in 2013 when two friends got talking on a Caribbean beach holiday.
Those two friends are Thomas Gyvelgaard Andersen and Sebastian Skov Regeser, watch lovers and founders of About Vintage. After years of collecting and obsessing over vintage timepieces, the two pals decided to team up and apply their love of watches to creating their very own company. Six years later and About Vintage is one of the most compelling young watchmaking brands around, with their simple but gorgeous designs appealing to everybody from the bearded hipster to the high stakes stock broker.
Perhaps the definitive About Vintage watch offering is the brand’s Vintage 1844 Chronograph watch. Named after the year in which chronograph watches were updated to include a resetting feature that allowed for successive measurements, this timepiece has a dial that’s designed with numbers and and precision lines to make each timing and reset spot on accurate. This 41mm watch features a sapphire class case and to ensure each piece feels unique, each has its own individual number engraved on the case back. Indeed, the dial itself is pearl white with steel dots and hands and a black small second hand. Featuring a Miyota 6S11 Chronograph Quartz Movement, the inside of this 1844 Chronograph is just as impressive as the exterior.
For the purist, About Vintage have created a stunning range of watches with automatic movement that rival more expensive pieces from some of the great Swiss companies. Their 1820 Automatic offering is so named for two reasons. The first is that 1820 was the year in which Thomas Prest filed for the first ever patent on a self winding watch. Second, the About Vintage HQ is located on one of Copenhagen’s most famous and historic streets, Frederiksburg Alle. The area code? You guessed it, 1820. Yet this offering from About Vintage isn’t all clever naming strategy. Far from it, in fact, because the 1820 Automatic features a NH35A Automatic, 40 hour power reserve movement that runs like an absolute dream, making this watch a pleasure to use. This 40mm watch comes with a domed, sapphire glass and features a striking royal blue second hand. Truly, About Vintage have taken modern-day automatic watches to new heights with this offering.
At the higher end of the scale, About Vintage offer a Swiss made timepiece that has delighted followers since release. The 1971 Automatic Swiss Made is a classically inspired, masculine wristwatch that is named after the year in which Swiss Made standards became enshrined in law. Simple, clean lines dominate this offering, with the more complex elements of the watch enclosed within. Featuring a transparent case on the back, you are free to admire the complex mechanical movements that power this 1971 Automatic Swiss Made watch by About Vintage.
Recently About Vintage released their first true luxury watch, a collaboration with esteemed Swiss brand Frederique Constant. Limited to just 100 pieces, the gorgeous 1988 Moonphase represents a new milestone for About Vintage who, after just six years in existence, are creating some of the most beautiful and original vintage inspired watches around. The fact that a watchmaking icon such as Frederique Constant were so eager to collaborate speaks volumes as to the esteem in which About Vintage is held throughout the horological world. Designed featuring a perfect blend of Swiss knowhow and Scandinavian minimalist flair, the 1988 Moonphase Limited Edition is a truly beautiful wristwatch born from what is a most exciting collaborative effort.
All in all, About Vintage is an exceptionally forward thinking watchmaking company, providing vintage styled timepieces with modern components and a dash of Danish sensibility. Making gorgeous watches accessible to those who might not usually be able to afford a considered timepiece, About Vintage never seem to scrimp on quality, something that is testament to the brand’s founders’ love of rare vintage watches. Indeed, it will be interesting to see how this exciting young company develops over the coming years as About Vintage cement their place among the world’s watchmaking elites.