We named the Haskell after the Haskell Strait, a small stretch of frozen water that the Terra Nova Expedition team, led by Captain Scott, needed to cross to begin their quest to reach the South Pole before any other.
The Polar Blue Edition is a celebration of the environment that surrounded these adventurers as they attempted to become the first people to reach the South Pole. Formidable, brutal, other-worldly; Antarctica has become a synonym for human endeavour and endurance, and those breath-taking vistas serve as inspiration to all who venture there.
BLUE GLACIERS BATHED IN SUNLIGHT
Captain Scott speaks often in his diary of the terrain that he and his men had seemingly endless days to take in. Faced with nearly 5 months of daily trekking and skiing, often with weeks at a time of identical views and taunting horizons, they cycled through episodes of desperate frustration at seeing the same wall of white for so long; “everything is blankly white and a sense of oppression is inevitable”. On days where the terrain changed, from white expanses to mountainous ridges and blue glaciers bathed in sunlight, the relief is palpable. Among the most awe-inspiring sights that Scott and his men marvelled at was the Beardmore glacier, beneath brilliant blue skies.
THE BEATING HEART
We have specified the dependable Swiss Made Sellita SW-215-1 manual winding mechanical movement for the Haskell. It’s a petite movement at 25.6mm in diameter, a mere sliver at 3.35mm thick and when fully wound will run for over 40 hours.
Despite this small frame, the SW-215-1 still beats at a brisk 28,800 bph; the running seconds hand moves around the dial at 8 beats per second. Compared to a quartz watch running at one beat per second, the Haskell displays a gloriously buttery smooth sweep to its running second hand. Evidence enough that something special ticks within.
The devil's in the detail
We have printed a subtle, almost imperceptible radiating map grid on the main dial, taken from the map used during the Terra Nova Expedition. In a rare diversion, our logo is not underneath the 12 marking. Instead we have placed our name in its entirety along the southern hemisphere of the dial; a nod to the tradition and style of decorating the aft of a ship with its given name.
Case backs are our hidden calling card, and we make a big deal about them. For the Polar Blue Edition, we’ve celebrated the unrivalled beauty, hostility and magnitude of the Antarctic, referencing with subtlety the place where it all began for the Terra Nova expedition; Ross Island, and Scott’s Hut on the North shore of Cape Evans. The internal domed section is curved to reflect the curvature of the globe, with Antarctica perched on the very end of the earth. Limited to just 100 pieces, this timepiece is a truly special tribute to the magnificent, but deadly, setting in which the Terra Nova Expedition’s epic struggle for survival played out.
Sweating the samll stuff
The Polar Edition comes in our brand new watch box. A monolithic black cuboid opens up to reveal the beautifully crafted booklet, detailing how the Haskell came to be. Lifting the booklet reveals yet more; the letterpressed, hand-stamped collector's card sits within a precision cut recess and displays a quick reference guide on the reverse. The tray that holds the booklet and card can be removed revealing the Haskell below; don't forget to look on the underside of the tray, for it holds the phrase so deeply connected to MWC.
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