Off the Cuff: Octon Havsörnen 

Some brands hit the market like a tsunami, leaving enthusiast forums abuzz for weeks and months. Others make a splash, only to fade off quickly into a ripple. And then there are others yet who fly unjustifiably under the radar (pardon the mixed metaphor), quietly going about the business of making good watches. After having experienced the Havsornen in the metal, I think Octon is part of the latter.

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.