Writing about a watch like the Reveal is like writing about music. You can make a few educated statements, but it all comes down to taste. Hopefully, I’m tapping into the general WWR feeling towards this piece when I say it’s a fascinating watch and very cool even if it’s a bit to austere for my complication-happy taste.
The Reveal reminds us we’re in the here and now. It obscures all of the other hours and minutes on the face as its two disks rotate and shows only the current time. This is not a faux-digital watch, either. A clever dot pattern barely obscures the hours and minutes before and after the present time, offering a glimpse into the past and the future. Sorry. I guess I sounded like I was tripping just then. Trust me, it’s cool.
Designed by the Markuse Corporation, whose mission is to bring architecture and design to our everyday travails, this watch is one of the many pieces they sell online and also comes in bright orange. As you’ll notice, this is a smaller piece, about 38mm, and is quartz. My wife, as you’ll also notice, has taken quite a shine to this Reveal and wears it when feeding the youngling.
Overall, the watch is very simple. It has a soft black leather band and a steel back. I’m going to guess this isn’t rated for waterproofness, and that’s just fine. The crown is very hard to grab because it is a smooth cylinder. The movement is as precise as a standard quartz movement can be, and the final clever touch is an internal seconds hand that circles within the other two disks.
Can a guy wear the Reveal? Absolutely. It’s a watch that makes a statement and it’s definitely a conversation piece. Priced at about $80 and available online and at many art museums across the country, it’s clear that we’ve got a hot one on our hands. Good design, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. This, we can all agree is an example of both.
By John Biggs
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