The Devil's In The Detail
One of our biggest learnings from the past 4 or 5 years is the ability to use little details, almost imperceptible to the eye, that improve the aesthetic quality of a watch immeasurably. Small elements of polished steel or paints used in certain ways, with different finishing techniques, that enhance the user experience adding contrast and legibility.
In the centre of the dial the plateau has changed ever so slightly too, with an overall larger diameter improving the surface upon which we can work with. We’ve used 12 slightly longer batons on this iteration, which are polished and cantilevered outwards onto the luminous moat, improving legibility and uniformity through symmetry and balance. There’s also a contrasting edge detail unique to each colourway.
The hour and minute hands have remained very much the same - we were reluctant to change the style as they are synonymous with the Coniston design - especially the way the skeletonised construction reveals, when the hands overlap, the luminous segment from the hour hand through the minute hand - forming a single glowing hand. However, we have changed the running seconds hand to feature a counter-weight and pronounced arrowhead - something we knew would improve this iteration of the Coniston and not distract from the design DNA.
Iteration. Improvement. The Coniston Automatic dial has been improved in almost every facet, subtly, deftly, to bring a greater sense of theatre - polished chamfers, two-tone bezel and central plateau, brushed textures and polished batons do the job.
Knurling is a mechanical texture deployed in motorsport on important switchgear to make sure it's a positive experience. We've used that as inspiration for the bezel outer in a nod to the Coniston's motorsport inspiration.
Re-designed completely for the Automatic era, the Coniston's case features a three-phase sectioning - the top has the knurled ring, followed by a flowing, beautifully formed light-catching strip leading smoothly into the lugs, and a final aggressively angled case-back, to nestle into the wrist.
For this new and improved Coniston we've turned to an automatic movement - the Miyota 8N24. It's a direct descendent of the 8N33 that featured in our manual Coniston, and features the same beautiful skeletonised structure, but with improved functionality; hacking seconds and hand-winding capabilities.
Continuing the iconic luminous capabilities of its predecessor, the Coniston Auto features a moat of lume around the periphery of the dial, and the same segmented hands, overlapping to create one glowing superhand.
“All round fantastic experience once again fron Marloe. Love the Trackday. Superb value for money and just a really cool looking watch.”
“Looks even better than website photograph, keeps perfect time. Already had lots of compliments. Might be purchasing another style in the near future.”
“This watch is incredibly beautiful and a tremendous value for its price. The details in this watch befit a timepiece of far greater expense. I’m a new, enthusiastic fan of Marloe.”
The Coniston always was a handsome fellow, with incredible dynamism of dial design and beautifully bespoke features - hands that resemble structural cross-sections, a glowing moat of illumination and striking refractions from the domed crystal.
We’ve had a lot of great feedback over the years following the launch of the Coniston, with much of the positivity focused on the dial and hand set, as well as the magically deep dial design that your eye can get lost in.
It would have been sacrilege to ignore these elements when reconsidering the design for Coniston Auto, so we’ve tweaked them ever so slightly, with delicacy and perspective, to make them just that wee bit more resolved.
The Coniston Automatic uses the same framework of dial construction as the original, using an outer bezel that sits just underneath the crystal and angles downwards steeply towards a moat of illumination - a white ring of luminescent material that glows brightly at night. The bezel on this iteration has a subtly polished chamfer on the edge that joins these two faces, and adds a little visual sparkle that moves constantly with your wrist.
The Coniston Automatic has increased slightly in diameter and thickness. Now operating at 41mm, the wrist presence is as powerful, and the downward sloping lugs keeps universal wearability intact. At 11.1mm thick the Coniston, with its gilt rotor and incredible dial depth, is an unobtrusive, daily wearer.
Coniston Automatic Collection
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