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Do you really want a plain old stainless steel watch when you can have one that’s not only covered in colorful, swirly, organic-looking patterns, but that also glows in the dark as well? If you answered hell no, then you want Texas-based watchmaker Tockr’s newest version of its “hydro-dipped” Air-Defender Lume chronograph watches.
The brand introduced the Air-Defender in 2019 using an interesting case-coating process called hydrographic printing, previously mostly seen in other industries like auto and industrial design. This process allows a watch case to be coated not only with a solid color, as is common in the watch industry, but with all kinds of patterns and designs. So why not add luminescent paint to the mix?
The two new Air Defender models which employ the lume treatment are descriptively called Camo and Marble. Each has a glowing, organic type of pattern that’s unique to each individual example. The underlying timepieces are consistent with the existing collection: 45mm case, 100m water resistance, sapphire crystal, and the Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph movement visible through a display caseback. These will be bold-wearing watches in every way — even the strap’s stitching glows in the dark.
Available directly from the brand, the new Lume versions cost slightly more than the non-luminescent ones, with a price of $3,250 each.
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