GEAR | Tender Co. Hands-On Locomotive Watch


A few weeks ago, I was faced with deciding how to spend exactly 24 hours in London. It was essentially a really long intentional layover, and there was a lot I wanted to do, most namely have lunch and a pint at Eliott's in Borough Market. Secondly though, I was eager to check out the English-made mechanical 'Hands-On' Locomotive watch made by Tender. Tender takes most of its inspiration from the Great British Steam Age and antique workwear, with a focus on thoughtful clothing and well-made accessories. I've said it before, but I think this really is my dream watch—its size, historical design, simplicity, and the fact that it's mechanical, it's perfect. The watch's dial is rotated 45˚ as a reference to how drivers' watches were designed in the early 20th century to allow one to easily read the time without taking their hands off the wheel.
So anyway, I was really determined to see the watch, but unable to find a stockist who currently had one in London. I started emailing with Tender's founder, Willam Kroll, who was so gracious not only to email me back, but he invited me to his house to see the watches the following day (!). Since I was headed back in the morning though, he suggested I'd probably (very ironically) have better luck finding one at Unionmade in Los Angeles. Indeed, Unionmade has a version of the watch with a copper dial that is pretty amazing. It's a small world after all.

I still can't decide which dial I like best, but that gives me time to save up for one of these guys.

6 comments:

Sarah said...

Incredible looking watch, so smart and stylish. Im so intrigued by the 45 degree turn of the face!

amiechristo said...

These are just beautiful to look at ! And that turn of the watch face really just adds such a pop.

GelliDani said...

These are awesome! Do you know if some are made to tip the other direction? It seems that the watches in your photos are made to put on the right arm - I wear my watches in the left...

Lizzie said...

@GelliDani

That's funny, I wear my watch on my right hand, but assumed these were for the left, which I think is most common.

nyff said...

Yes, it is a beauty! I own this watch and the turn of the face makes much much more sense on the left wrist.

Angie Thompson said...

This is my favorite blog for many reasons, and this post showcases almost all of them. This blog has never been focused on materialism; and when you do share gear and products, they always come with history and inherent worth, showcasing an objects value and character, instead of just fleeting charm. Also, Tomboy Style is one of the most relatable reads of my day. The fact that you mention "saving up" to buy this watch is something I think most of your readership can relate to, and is sadly something that isn't shown by many bloggers - the reality of financial situations, and the pride that comes with saving for an object that you know you'll treasure. Thank you for being a working womans champion.