Off the Cuff: AndoAndoAndo A-1

The streamlined, asymmetrical silhouette was developed by the Japanese-Finnish designer, and brand founder, Yu Andoh. He attributes the name to the three Andohs in his life: his wife, his son, and himself. For inspiration, Andoh looked to Étienne-Louis Boullée’s Cénotaphe à Newton (1784). Boullée believed in making architecture expressive of its purpose. Andoh brings that same philosophy to watch-making.

Off the Cuff: Hesili Origin Series One

The most attractive feature the Origin Series One has to offer is its dial. All five colourways use lacquered brass for a high gloss veneer. Over this we have rhodium-plated, hand applied indices and numerals. The mirror polish of the markers and the pitched dauphine hands allow for significant light play. The overall effect is clean, with only three lines of tastefully integrated text.

Off the Cuff: Galvin Loimu

Loimu, translated from Finnish, means blaze. And I can hardly think of a better name for this collection. Microbrands, right on up through Rolex, have been very creative with their colourways in the past year. However, the spectrum on offer from Galvin is one of the best I've ever seen. There isn't dud among them. Even the Artic Black positively glows. And their names...Frost, Tundra, Glacier...such an insignificant detail, really, but so much a part of the story Galvin is hoping to create with this line.