Have you given thought to how you protect your growing watch collection? Sure, if you only have a few, perhaps a nearby drawer will do. Then the collection may grow, and you start looking into things like watch boxes, or maybe creating your own custom solution using pick-n-pluck foam. But what if you’re getting into some really high-end pieces?
Sure, you could get yourself a safety deposit box at the bank, or maybe tuck the watch(es) away in a wall safe somewhere. But how about a safe custom-made for watches? That’s what Buben & Zorweg are offering (yes, the same guys we wrote about here). Along with the clocks and watch they offer, they’ve also got quite a collection of safes available.
Their most affordable one (and more on that in a moment) is their Vanguard safe. As far as safes go, this is actually a pretty nice looking piece, with the highly polished wooden inlays calling to mind the wooden speedboats of days past. Fortunately for someone looking to secure some things, it’s not just a pretty face. Protected by a Swiss lock, the safe carries a German security certification (class VdS I).
So, this 400 lb safe (it measures in at 29.5″ x 21.6″ x 21.25″) should be able to protect things – why is it watch-specific? That’s because, in the standard configuration, it comes with eight of their Time Mover winder modules, along with another three drawers to store other items (more watches, jewelry, documents, etc). If eight isn’t enough (and you don’t want to jump to another safe), there is another option that sees two of the drawers removed so you can have a total of 16 winder modules.
As far as the other materials go, you’ve got a mix of steel (which you’d want for a safe), leather, and velour (on the interior); you’ve also got what appears to be some trick LED lighting on the interior as well, helping you see what you’ve stashed away – which seems like a good thing when it comes to watches.
I’ll admit, I don’t have any familiarity with the safe industry, or where pricing would fall. I do know that, at $55,000 for this SI-60 model, my watch collection is nowhere near needing this level of protection (though, if someone wants to send one over, I’d be more than happy to review it!). For someone who’s built up a higher-end collection, though, this looks like a good-looking solution to keeping your watches nearby and protected.
While I know this safe probably isn’t something many of our readers would be looking to pick up, I’m curious as to what you do use for protecting your watches. Hopefully it’s something more than just a cardboard box stuffed in the closet, but I know there’s all manner of options. Feel free to sound off in the comments, or drop me an email. I’ll pull together the responses, and look to do a followup / roundup article in the future.