For all the nearly infinite variety of watches across the industry, there’s an equally great spectrum of solutions for watch storage, display, and winding. Nearly every watch enthusiast has their own unique system for showcasing their collections, but one of the most common aims for these showcases is to highlight a particular watch while keeping it ready to wear at a moment’s notice (especially if the watch in question has difficult-to-set complications like a GMT, a moonphase, or a perpetual calendar). This is where single-watch winders truly shine, and WOLF consistently stands as one of the most sought-after names for watch winders and boxes. WOLF’s collection ranges from the demure and deeply traditional to wildly vibrant show pieces that are as much a part of a collection display as the watches themselves, and its latest collection cleaves closer to the second category. With its plush upholstery, vibrant camo-pattern colorway, stellar finishing, and exemplary winding performance, the new WOLF Elements Single Cub Watch Winder is an ideal choice for enthusiasts looking to add some personality to their collection displays without sacrificing quality.
As part of the newly launched Elements collection of winders, boxes, and watch rolls, the WOLF Elements Single Cub Watch Winder spices up the usual watch winder format with a bold and splashy camouflage colorway. Our review sample came in the “Elements Water” colorway, reinventing the classic US Woodland four-tone camouflage pattern in a mix of suitably aquatic blues. It’s a natural pairing for dive watches and offers what might be the most adaptable look in the Elements lineup. While the “Elements Earth” offers a classic mix of greens, browns, and tan tones, these colors can be difficult to integrate into surrounding décor, and the mix of reds, oranges, and whites on the “Elements Fire” is almost guaranteed to draw attention. That said, the camo motif will likely not be to everyone’s taste, and definitely lends itself to being more of a statement piece than a simple black winder design would. The camouflage print itself is sharply executed, with crisp borders between colors and a handsome balance between light and dark hues. This obvious attention to detail extends through the entire design. The vegan leather surface provides an even, moderate texture, the stitching throughout the design is excellent, and each element is presented with refinement – even the power cable adapter sits inside its own mirror-polished chamfered black bezel. While the Elements Single Cub Watch Winder may not carry the shelf presence of Wolf’s multi-watch winders, its nearly cubical 5.25 inch-long by 6.25 inch-wide by 5.75 inch-high form is easy to fit on a desk, bookshelf, or side table.
WOLF prides itself on the technical details of the Elements Single Cub Watch Winder as well as its aesthetics. The brand claims that its winders are the only ones on the market to count an exact number of rotations per day (900, in this case) to prevent undue wear on watch movements. WOLF also prioritizes equalizing winding strain across the movement, thanks to a proprietary bidirectional winding program that includes intermittent pauses and a sleep mode to better simulate the winding action of an automatic movement on the wrist. In addition, the locking cuff that secures the watch in place is customizable to fit a variety of strap and bracelet sizes, thanks to a remarkably simple set of interchangeable-sized pads. In practice, this makes the Elements Single Cub Watch Winder remarkably adaptable and easy to use, especially when paired with its optional battery-powered mode. Of course, much of the point of a watch winder in the first place is for presentation, and offering users the choice to remove unsightly power cables from the equation makes the whole design even more attractive.
Although watch winders may not be the perfect solution for every enthusiast’s collection, the WOLF Elements Single Cub Watch Winder provides a dynamic, yet refined way to showcase a special watch while keeping it ready to wear. The WOLF Elements Single Cub Watch Winder is available now through authorized dealers and the brand’s e-commerce platform. MSRP for the WOLF Elements Single Cub Watch Winder stands at $375 USD as of press time. For more details, please visit the brand’s website.