Devon Tread 2 Watch: Round 2

Devon Tread 2 Watch: Round 2

Devon Tread 2 Watch: Round 2   watch releases

I am pleased that Scott Devon considers my opinion valuable enough to run designs by me and ask me questions about the future of his rather cool high-end electromechanical watch brand. As part of this exchange I learned that the highly-anticipated Tread 2 watch that we saw hands-on on here at Baselworld 2012 was likely to be put on hold. That was distressing to me as the Tread 1 needed a suitable follow-up, in addition to the fact that I liked the Tread 2.

Devon Tread 2 Watch: Round 2   watch releases

Nevertheless Scott wasn't happy with the design of the Tread 2 as it was after Baselworld. The project was re-assessed and it was possible that the Tread 2 wasn't even going to be released. This was despite the fact that Devon had orders for the watches. There was even a possibility that the Tread 2 was going to be skipped in favor of another model.

In the end, the Tread 2 prevailed, but in a new and more distinct form. The case and concept of the Tread 2 has been re-thought. The tonneau-style case comes in steel with DLC black coated versions in a few colors. This time it has a single sapphire crystal and two, not three belts. The idea is for the watch to be smaller, quieter, more wearable, and less expensive. When it comes out soon, the Devon Tread 2 will have a price under $10,000 (compared to close to $20,000 for the Tread 1), and I look forward to checking it out.

Devon Tread 2 Watch: Round 2   watch releases

Tech Specifications from Devon:
• 44.2mm x 41.7mm x 14.5mm 316L
Stainless Steel case
• 1mm thick sapphire crystal
• Water resistant to 10M
• Leather and rubber straps
• .002” thick fiberglass-­‐reinforced Nylon Time Belts©
• Lithium-­‐polymer rechargeable battery lasts up to two weeks on a single charge
• Inductive wireless charging system

10 comments
FlederMausMan
FlederMausMan

I also think the fork things look cool, but might catch on things.  Don't mourn the loss of the seconds belt, by pressing the lever, the minutes belt becomes a seconds belt for as long as you wish.  It also has a stopwatch mode.

wwdbillups
wwdbillups

The tread 2 is much smaller and very clean design.  This will be a great watch for everyday use.  Cant wait to see final product!

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Ng, but I still think it needs the seconds belt. Those fanged lugs look like pocket (etc) grabbers, especially considering how they appear to float over the strap and not rest on it; not a very well thought-out design.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

A massive improvement.  This looks like an actual watch and is easy to read.  Those "forked tongue" central lugs look like a superfluous addition not in keeping with the rigid industrial style.  Just a bit wonky looking.

Ryan B
Ryan B

It's a big improvement from the Tread 1. Hope to see an all mechanical version in the future.

OngWeisheng
OngWeisheng

I wish they didn't revise the design for the Tread 2.

The original design for the Tread 2 shown in Basel 2012 looked more solid. This looks like it came out of a box and was snapped and put together from a runner set. It looks like a kids toy and the screws on a bezel of a tonneau shape case just seems Richard Mill-ish.

The good thing is at least it's more afforadable and wearable then the Tread 1.

I am still a fan of what Scott Devon does though, the industry needs innovative ideas like these.

Hacker4748
Hacker4748

I would have welcomed a smaller (and a bit cheaper) version of the Tread 1 (ie including the seconds tread). This is a step into a more "normal" direction. The question is if it's the right direction.

Neil C
Neil C

This is so much better than the Tread 1.  A little more Urwerk a little less Steampunk goes a long way.  Don't like the Crown guard though; over designed.


nateb123
nateb123

A significant improvement over the old design and cool enough that people with a Tread 1 might entertain getting one of these as well. Damn fine work by Scott Devon to not do something until its done right.

P Oktori
P Oktori

Very cool! Please, please, Devon, sell a lot of them so you can develop a mechanical one... 

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