WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Wilk Watchworks Lydian Tourbillon ABTW Special Edition Watch

WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Wilk Watchworks Lydian Tourbillon ABTW Special Edition Watch

WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Wilk Watchworks Lydian Tourbillon ABTW Special Edition Watch Giveaways

Back in April 2016, the aBlogtoWatch giveaway was the Wilk Watchworks Lydian Tourbillon ABTW Special Edition watch. Richard B. from Austin, Texas, USA, won the piece made by the Canadian micro-brand who we had a chance to interview here. Here is Richard's review for the aBlogtoWatch audience. Once again, thanks to Richard and all the other watch winners who share their experiences with the world. 

WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Wilk Watchworks Lydian Tourbillon ABTW Special Edition Watch Giveaways

I was so excited to win this prize! I could not believe it. I ran to the mail to get the package, and I was not disappointed: a big box with the goodies inside that came from Wilk Watchworks in Canada. I opened it, and there was a lot to unpack. There was a beautiful wood box with a suede inner layer and a polished dark wood finish with streaks of brown. It is an amazing box with beautiful stainless steel hinges with a white suede finish on the inside. It is simply a beautiful case in which to display the watch. In addition to the beautiful box, there was an envelope with three additional watch straps, one of the nicest strap changing tools, and extra spring bars.

WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Wilk Watchworks Lydian Tourbillon ABTW Special Edition Watch Giveaways

The case of the Wilk Watchworks Lydian Tourbillon ABTW Special Edition watch is a combination of brushed and polished steel. The bezel is polished as is the top of the lugs. The polished steel extends around the front of the lugs to the bottom of the lugs. The inside of the lugs where the spring bars are connected and the underside are not polished. This is fine, as you can’t see the underside of the lugs most of the time, and all the better to not show any scratches when you change the straps. The brushed portions are on the side of the case going around the watch.

WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Wilk Watchworks Lydian Tourbillon ABTW Special Edition Watch Giveaways

WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Wilk Watchworks Lydian Tourbillon ABTW Special Edition Watch Giveaways

What I like about the brushed nature of the case is that it has a vertical texture, and if you run your finger around the outside of the case you can feel this. The Wilk Watchworks Lydian Tourbillon ABTW Special Edition case is very well-done and helps to focus attention on the dial. The crown is substantial with great grip and is very easy to use. The crown is polished which makes it stand out from the brushed part of the case. It also has the Wilk Watchworks symbol in brushed metal that is placed in the center of the crown. This is a great touch.

WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Wilk Watchworks Lydian Tourbillon ABTW Special Edition Watch Giveaways

The dial looks like it is a grey metallic material – it is in fact oxidized brass. It has vertical striping that is very subtle - I have tried to take a photograph to highlight this but it is difficult to capture. The dial changes depending on the light from a very light grey to almost black. I’ve never seen a dial like this on a watch before, and I love it. At the 12 o’ clock position is the Wilk Watchworks symbol, which I love. It’s minimalist and symbolizes the brand without the lines of text that I see on watches these days (I call it the triple triangle).

The symbol is white and is also lumed. At the 9, 12, and 3 positions are three white, long, rectangular markings that are lumed. The 6 o’clock marking is smaller due to the opening for the tourbillon. The markings for the other numbers are black and thinner, and they are not great for legibility but provide contrast on the dial with the white markings.

WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Wilk Watchworks Lydian Tourbillon ABTW Special Edition Watch Giveaways

The hands of the Wilk Watchworks Lydian Tourbillon ABTW Special Edition are also lumed and are a combination of sword- and a pilot-style hands that come together with a long tip at the end. I like the size of the hands, and that the hour hand touches the 12 o’clock hour markings, falling just short of the other hour markers, the minute hand just touches the outer cage of the tourbillon. Any longer and they would cover the tourbillon as it moves around the lower part of the dial.

WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Wilk Watchworks Lydian Tourbillon ABTW Special Edition Watch Giveaways

At the 6 o’clock position is a large circular opening where, of course, the star of the show is: the tourbillon. There are small square dots around the tourbillon – white ones at 15 and 45 seconds, and black dots everywhere else. Again, in the dark, the black dots are hard to see but this is not important to me, as the hands are lumed. Speaking of the lume, it is bright and long-lasting, and glows a bright green. I love the fact that the Wilk symbol is lumed and also that only the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock markers are lumed.

WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Wilk Watchworks Lydian Tourbillon ABTW Special Edition Watch Giveaways

The Chinese-made Hangzhou tourbillon movement makes a complete rotation once every sixty seconds, and so is used as the running seconds indicator. The movement also has a ticking sound which you hear only if it is completely silent around you. I love this! This is one of the reasons I love mechanical and vintage watches. Oh, and the movement provides 40 hours of power reserve.

WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Wilk Watchworks Lydian Tourbillon ABTW Special Edition Watch Giveaways

WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Wilk Watchworks Lydian Tourbillon ABTW Special Edition Watch Giveaways

The back of the Wilk Watchworks Lydian Tourbillon ABTW Special Edition watch is attractive with a combination of blued and steel screws and pink ruby jewels. There are horizontal Geneva stripes on the base plate. One of the gears has a nice touch with “ABTW” and the Wilk Watchworks symbol engraved in the surface. This makes a special watch a one-of-a-kind piece.

It was advised to wind the movement once a day, which I love doing. I am also very careful not to overwind the movement. I’ve check the movement and its time with my computer clock and it has been spot on so far, with no noticeable change in the timing. Please note, this was an informal test just checking it against my computer clock periodically.

WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Wilk Watchworks Lydian Tourbillon ABTW Special Edition Watch Giveaways

WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Wilk Watchworks Lydian Tourbillon ABTW Special Edition Watch Giveaways

The Wilk Watchworks Lydian Tourbillon ABTW Special Edition watch comes with a brown strap with brown stitching. The strap has mottled dark spots that reminds me of the skin of giraffe, and it is thick and comfortable. The back side of the strap is black with the stamped logo of Wilk Watchworks. The look is completed with a great, very well-made butterfly clasp. The clasp is very secure and even if it opens, it is fixed in the hole, and you snap it open to move the pin out of the hole before the strap will move.

WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Wilk Watchworks Lydian Tourbillon ABTW Special Edition Watch Giveaways

Wilk Watchworks also includes three additional straps. One dark brown, one light brown, and a black strap. All of these straps come with buckles with the Wilk logo stamped in them. You can change the straps with the strap-changing tool provided and also switch to the butterfly deployant clasp provided.

WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Wilk Watchworks Lydian Tourbillon ABTW Special Edition Watch Giveaways

This Wilk Watchworks Lydian Tourbillon ABTW Special Edition is a great watch that wears comfortably and shows off the tourbillon extremely well. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments wearing it. I do find myself just looking at the tourbillon spinning and being mesmerized by it.

I have to compliment Wilk Watchworks for an amazing package. The box, the additional straps, additional spring bars, and one of the nicest strap changing tools I’ve come across makes this an amazing package. Add to that the fact that Wilk Watchworks backs up its work with a warranty and additional servicing of the watch, and I can’t recommend this watch enough. I’m actually thinking of ordering another tourbillon from Wilk.

WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Wilk Watchworks Lydian Tourbillon ABTW Special Edition Watch Giveaways

Once again, I would like to end with a sincere thank you to everyone at aBlogtoWatch and Wilk Watchworks for such an amazing prize. To everyone else keep entering the monthly watch giveaways! I never thought I’d actually win, and I’ve won one of the nicest prizes out there.

This special Wilk Watchworks Lydian Tourbillon ABTW Special Edition watch has a retail price value of CA$1,325. wilkwatchworks.com

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  • word-merchant

    A good win, and nice to read that you’re so happy with your watch. Hopefully it gives you many years of reliable service.

  • MEddie90

    While I know many like to rally against the cheaper, Chinese tourbillons on the market the fact is that they take a cool piece of horology and make it affordable. I doubt anyone would compare this to a Patek or ALS in terms of quality but then that’s not what its trying to be, its a fun and interesting watch that mere mortals can actually afford. Add to that the fact that Wilk watches offer customisable designs below the 1k mark and I think you have the makings of a decent watch.

    • SuperStrapper

      I’d hold your doubts until our resident failtroll pops by to reminds us all how miserable he is. I would imagine that because this is an ABTW edition of the watch he’ll start as dinky and smear it for not being a Zenith or nomos SE like Hodinkee paid those brands for, and then log back in under Marius, like that post, and agree by starting with ‘my distinguished colleague…’

      • IG

        Wow, you have some quite detailed account of some future events. Do you know next week’s lottery numbers maybe?

        • SuperStrapper

          Easily predictable patterns are easy to predict.

  • laup nomis

    My congrats to the winner.
    I would have liked to know how accurate it was on a daily basis. I believe they’re so expensive partly because they’re so difficult to regulate.

  • Ariel Adams

    You know, I’m even jealous at this point 🙂 Cool watch.

    • Richard Baptist

      LOL thanks Ariel!

  • ??????

    I remember Android watches (not smart watches LOL) were selling dirt-cheap Chinese tourbillons at below 500 bucks price point with some coupons. I was kinda amused how these tourbillons cost 100 times less than Swiss, but still deliver some function 🙂

  • SuperStrapper

    Great watch and win, and a very nice review. Congrats Richard.

    • Richard Baptist

      Thanks super strapper

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Well done. Enjoy your new watch.

    • Richard Baptist

      thanks

  • IG

    A hand-wound gift from ABTW! Can it get any better?

  • Great shots sir – best ABTW watch giveaway so far IMO

  • David Williams

    A well-written and photographed review of a fine-looking watch with an interesting movement – good to see Canada on the watchmaking map.

  • Marius

    $1.325 Canadian equals around $980, which is great value for such a watch. Granted, the dial and clasp are not of the highest quality I have seen, but overall, this is quite an attractive watch. Although the movement is Chinese, it`s not that bad-looking. In fact, it has a very appealing architecture and it appears to be decently-finished as well. Looking at this caliber makes one wonder how the Swiss brands can charge such absurd prices for their tourbillons.

    • SuperStrapper

      That deployment comes in 3 basic formats, and having bought hundreds of them over the years for my strap operation, I can easily identify them. 1 of the 3 doesn’t actually Lock, it is just friction fit, and is the cheapest of the bunch. I don’t use them. The one used here is of better quality and should operate for years of regular use.

      The issue is with the strap itself: if you see the picture of the other straps supplied, you see they come on tang buckles with a flattened tang. The holes bunched in the strap are elliptical to accomodate that. But the deployment uses a round pin. Unless you wear the watch loose (and in Richards case it looks like he prefers a snug fit) that pin will cause unsightly stretching in the hole punched in the strap, and will eventually change the fit. The deployment will last, but I don’t think the straps will have a great run.

      • Bulgarian

        *DEPLOYANT ?

        • SuperStrapper

          Same difference. Neither is wrong, and I’ll often use both versions in the same communication.

          • Dinkee, H. O.

            Both are actually correct. Superstrapper can be applauded for once on this board. And I, for one, am pleased with his progress. To verify this milestone, let me explain why he’s right, even though he doesn’t know why himself:

            You can tell how poorly done the vast majority of dictionaries are by this simple problem. In no online dictionary will you find the word “deployant” and in no online dictionary will you find “deployment” as having anything to do with folding buckles for watches either.

            However, if we use our brains, we can deduce which is correct:

            The suffix “ment” at the end of the word can mean: A means, INSTRUMENT, or agent of an action or process eg. adornment.

            http://www.thefreedictionary.com/-ment

            While the suffix “ant” at the end of a word can mean: A suffix of nouns denoting impersonal physical agents ( propellant; lubricant; deodorant). In general, -ant, can be added only to bases of Latin origin, with a very few exceptions, as coolant.

            http://www.dictionary.com/browse/-ant

            You’re welcome.

            The HO
            Official Horologist to President Trump

          • SuperStrapper

            “deployant” as it is used today (and you are correct, it exists in no dictionaries) is just a bastardisation of the original (almost) French word “déployante”.

            You’re welcome.

            SuperStrapper
            Official strap designer and maker to President Trump, and I also refused the invitation to design Killory Klinton’s handcuffs.

          • Berndt Norten

            But tell us what the Urban Dictionary says! I imagine you’ve posted there

          • beardedman

            In French it’s “boucle déployante” or folding. Apparently, “deployant” comes from the verb “deployer” which means to unfold? Sometimes mistakenly referred to as a “deployment” clasp. Deployment is a word, often used by the military, for sending troops into duty. Sounds to me like they are not the same difference at all.

          • SuperStrapper

            It might if you kept the subject at hand in scope. We’re not discussing anything other than watches, specifically watch strap buckles.

          • beardedman

            Exactly.

    • Bulgarian

      * DEPLOYANT ?

    • Dinkee, H. O.

      My fellow horological authority,

      I must admit I agree with your assessment regarding Swiss tourbillon prices. I look at it similarly to Hodinkee vs. ABTW. Hodinkee is worth twenty times what ABTW is due to the inherent quality of coverage and, frankly, PURE LUXURY of it all. Hodinkee = Swiss tourbillon ABTW = Chinese sweatshop tourbillon. They’re both blogs / tourbillons but that’s where it ends.

      • Shinytoys

        many of us wish that’s where you would end

        • Sheez Gagoo

          Disrupted. By his own arrogance.

      • DanW94

        But yet you can’t stop from frequenting this blog? Why is that?

        • Dinkee, H. O.

          It’s because this blog needs me. Marius is a towering horological authority, but with the amount of mistakes and wrong-headed botched reviews on here — not to mention all of the unfortunate trolls who linger around these boards spreading lies — even he can’t shoulder the entire burden of keeping this floundering blog on course to perhaps some day become something worthwhile.

          • DanW94

            How magnanimous of you to take on ABTW as your pet project. Been banned from the Dink’ have ya?

          • Dinkee, H. O.

            PERHAPS you might look at who gave a “like” to my post which mentions the name of my blog. It’s just up there, right above Marius the Master’s post.

            At this moment, you will feel like Hillary Clinton’s screeching lunatic supporters come Tuesday night. Scream and scream again, Danny-boy.

          • Shinytoys

            You know, I’ve never seen his comments on the other page…interesting point.

      • Berndt Norten

        You know what Sully (Dinkee)? You’re a funny guy. I like you. That’s why I’m….. Your friend, John Matrix.

  • Dinkee, H. O.

    So Hodinkee, the greatest watch blog in the world, has Zenith and Nomos special editions, while ABTW gets a Chinese watch with the initials on a gear. Fitting.

    The HO
    Official Horologist to President Trump

  • Shinytoys

    nice pick up, nice watch. Congratulations!

    • Richard Baptist

      Thanks!

  • Gabe Wong

    An attempt at constructive criticism: ABTW x SEIKO collab could be interesting, as of fusion of no frills, honest watchmaking and friendly budget…

  • wallydog2

    I’m old enough to remember when “Japanese” was synonymous with cheap junk. And then along came Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, and Seiko and Citizen. How long will it be before the reactionary/conservative watch community begins to soften its “Chinese” knee-jerkdom?

  • Larry Holmack

    Nice review and huge congrats from a fellow Austin, TX area resident!! I am up here near Liberty Hill off of Hwy 183 and Hwy 29, in the boonies!!!

  • spiceballs

    Congrats Richard, nice review.

  • The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

    Much Congratulations on Your Win!
    A nice review of a very nice watch.

    Keep it “Weird” Richard…;)

  • Ye

    Great review.

  • Ian john horwood

    A cheap tourbillon , ingersoll does these too , with same movement , once tried a cheap tourbillon for fun , also from ingersoll but was not impressed with the accuracy , at over 30 seconds a day fast , though . Though regulation might have improved it . Movements made in china , what can u expect.