Vic’s pen and ink dial-work on Fantastic Exploits conjures up images of 19th century carnivals, circuses, and sideshows. In truth, it reminds me of Ray Bradbury’s short story collection, The Illustrated Man.
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.
The 4512, now in its second iteration, offers four dial variants as of March 2022: the Commando, here presented, the WMB with its more traditional military feel, the California and the latest addition to the family, the California TXD (for Tuxedo.) Regardless of which variant you choose, you will find yourself with one of the most versatile watches out there. It’s versatile not only because it fits a variety of wrist sizes, but also because the design strikes the perfect balance between dressy and sporty, making the 4512 at home hiking, diving, or at a cocktail party.