I wonder if Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin understood the importance of his early scribblings in 1874. Twenty years later he must certainly have had some notion, as his ideas were patented first in Germany and then in the United States at the century's close. So successful were his designs, that his surname would become a common noun applied to all rigid bodied airships.
Like the Mark Series of Speedmasters, the 125 is a brutish iteration. It measures 42mm in diameter (45mm including the crown) and 51mm lug to lug. It’s also 16mm thick. To look at it, you might think someone chopped it out of a solid block of 316L stainless steel. Tonneau-shaped and predominantly brushed, the watch sports a finely polished chamfer along both the top and bottom edges of the mid-case. The stationary bezel is also buffed to a mirror-like shine.
Nogent is a small village in the Haute Marne region of France. Traditionally, the town is renowned for its blade-making. However, today it produces cutlery, scissors, fine hand-tools, and medical instruments which are shipped all over the world. A resident of the town is colloquially known as a nogentaise. It is from this that INVOG took the name for its first watch, as the brand founder and head watch designer first met here.