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A dive into the industrial age. The Locke & King "James."

The world of watches has a vast array of categories to satisfy collectors in all price ranges, but the one category that has been on the rise is microbrands. Microbrands are coming to the forefront of watchmaking by unique inspirations from history, vintage cars, architecture and many other avenues. A brand can tell stories by using their watches as a physical representation of years gone by, almost like a wearable time capsule. I had the opportunity to check out a watch by a brand based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, that pulls its inspiration from 1950’s Hamilton and the industrial era.

Locke & King has created a timepiece that speaks to the 1950s and the industrial era. A fitting choice since the brand was born in Hamilton, Ontario, which is the industrial capital of Canada. The industrial age represents true craftsmanship and perseverance, defining Hamilton as a city. The timepiece that Locke & King produced is called the “James,” named after the main street in Hamilton, and wears its industrial inspiration with pride.

Since my wardrobe consists of mainly black and neutral tones with minimal colour, this watch is perfect for anything. Its matte black aesthetic with silver accents is the ideal piece to wear with any outfit in any scenario and has an elegant and simplistic beauty. In the time that I’ve spent with the “James,” this watch never left my wrist.

The James is slightly bigger with its 42mm case, but the short and curved lugs wrap the wrist perfectly and wear much smaller. On top of the size, its 12.4mm case thickness is much thinner than others with a similar style, allowing for even more comfort and wearability. The front is a beautiful matte black dial with silver accents for the indices, black hands with lume inserts and a red-tipped seconds hand, with a beautiful piece of sapphire over the dial. Powering the watch is a Miyota automatic movement without hacking, which some people consider a disadvantage. Still, I have never personally cared if a watch movement has hacking seconds or not.

My experience with the “James has been fantastic. It’s been a while since I’ve had a watch that I don’t want to take off because of how good it feels on the wrist. There are two other colour options, but my personal favourite is the matte black variant due to its flexibility and wearability with literally anything. Would I recommend this to people? Absolutely. If you’re interested in getting one of these gorgeous timepieces for yourself, click the link below and check out the “James” for yourself.

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