Here at TimeScape we have a special love for Glycine. The scrappy little brand out of Biel/Bienne has been disappointing the naysayers by producing timepieces of consistent quality since 1914.
In the same vein, the new Airman 7 is a tidy marriage of where Glycine is going and where it's been. A model that debuted back in the late nineties, the 7 aspired to the kind of visual complexity then overtaking the rest of the industry. Three separate time zones, each driven by a separate mechanical movement, all packed into one enormous 46mm watch case.
But like some libidinous sailor struggling to maintain a family in every port, how are you going to keep three movements happy in one can? I'm here to say that the new Airman 7 somehow manages to stay happily married and still keep all the friends with benefits.
I will be forwarding images and video from Basel.
More to follow when I return.
In the interest of enlarging the discussion, TimeScape will continue to host occasional interviews with members of the local watch enthusiast community. I know Brian through #REDBARMSP and as a client interested in customizing his private pieces. We exchanged a few notes by email regarding where he fits in the ecology of enthusiasts, and his perspective may surprise you. "A watch isn't just the timepiece; it's the history, tradition, and branding. Many companies can make a solidly engineered product...that has no soul." "You want my watch money, you need to be proven."