A few months ago we told you about a new and highly original brand called Xetum. Based in the United States the young company introduced their first collection of timepieces late last year. Recently we were lucky enough to get our hands on one of their cool new timepieces known as the Tyndall and let’s just say we were pretty impressed.
A Unique Style
Although all the watches are made in Switzerland they are designed in San Francisco where the company is headquartered. This means that the sources of inspiration and influence are completely different from say those of a European based designer, and it shows.
Decidedly minimalist the Tyndall’s key strength lays in its simplicity. The dial is attractive and easy to read, and although it is very basic the effective use of contrasting colors means that it still draws attention. From our experience on the wrist this funky looking piece drew a number of compliments from envious admirers not to mention stares of disbelief when they heard the price (just US$1,395).
The stylish stainless steel case is perfectly sized at 40mm making it suitable to wear as a dress watch or for more casual occasions. The uncluttered dial also makes it appear slightly larger than it is and means the wearer can read the time with just a quick glance at their wrist, although given its eye-catching appearance you may find it harder than you think to drag your eyes away.
On the reverse side of the watch the exhibition case back reveals the timepiece’s beating heart, a Swiss ETA 2895-2 movement. Whilst by no means a complicated or specialized movement, it is accurate and reliable and for this price that’s more than you can ask for.
Whilst looking at the back side of the Tyndall you’ll also notice that it has been designed without lugs and so the naturally tanned leather strap attaches directly to the case, ensuring a snug fit on the wrist. As an extra finishing touch the underside of the leather strap features a unique, and eco-friendly, Italian cork lining and the clasp is a push-button butterfly deployment that is signed with the Xetum logo.
The Final Word
Xetum have come out with a very solid offering for their first collection delivering a timepiece that is both stylish and well made, not to mention well-priced. The design is simple but at the same time distinctive and the quality of the piece is evident from the moment you take it out the box.
Overall we were very impressed and certainly recommend the Tyndall if you’re looking for a timepiece that is reasonably priced and highly versatile.
For more information check out www.xetum.com