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Temption CGK205 & CM05 Watches Hands-On

Temption CGK205 & CM05 Watches Hands-On Hands-On

In a little room underneath Basel I sit with the humble and talented Mr. Klaus Ulbrich of Temption Germany. Temption is one of those underdog watch brands that I have been rooting for, for years. I have written about their watches a lot on – and reviewed a few as well (such as the CGK203 and the Cameo). Which you can search for easily. This is the first time that I have actually gotten to meet Mr. Ulbrich and it is an honor to meet the man behind these watches.

Why Temption isn’t more popular is a mystery to me. Little German brands such as this sort of stay in a small club. They don’t advertise much (or at all), nor are they widely distributed. Temption is one of those brands many people can afford, but that you need to hunt for. It amazed me to learn that much of Temption’s business comes from Japan. The Japanese watch consumer is known to be knowledgeable and finicky – so their adoption of these pieces means a lot. Could Temption also do well in other markets? Probably, but the real question is whether or not Klaus could make enough watches. Welcome to one of the many issues a boutique watch maker must struggle with.

Temption CGK205 & CM05 Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Temption CGK205 & CM05 Watches Hands-On Hands-On

What I like about Temption aside from their design is the focus on utility and quality. These are nicely made pieces that feel good on the wrist and look like they were designed using Feng Shui. According to Temption, the design process melds German Bauhaus with Japanese concepts of balance and a mixture of technical and organic aesthetics. While not for everyone, most of Klaus’s designs are attractive in my opinion do balance form and function very well (as well as value).

Temption CGK205 & CM05 Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Temption CGK205 & CM05 Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Temption CGK205 & CM05 Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The watches seen here are the new for last year CM05 and the Temption CGK205. You’ll notice that the CGK205 still says CGK204 on the dial – I am not sure why. It is essentially a CGK204 with a new metal bracelet. The CGK205 will be Temption’s flagship watch using a nicely decorated Swiss ETA Valjoux 7751 automatic movement. Based on the 7750 chronograph, the 7751 adds a moon phase indicator, annual calendar, and synchronized 24 hour hand (AM/PM indicator). In my opinion this is a very difficult movement to design a good looking dial around – and Temption does a pretty good job at it.

As a sign of humility or design, the Temption logo is always black on black (or white on white). You have to look at the dial in the right light to see the logo – else the dial looks logoless. Most Temption watch dials are black, but the occasional light model shows up as well. For instance the CGK204 in white with black and red trip is an amazingly bold piece with a slick design. There are also other pieces with yellow, blue, and other trims for other Temption pieces.

Temption CGK205 & CM05 Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Temption CGK205 & CM05 Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The CM05 had a special limited edition for the Japanese market that was all black called the “Black Rain.” That was what Klaus was wearing and I wanted to show it to you as it is a very neat looking, but simple piece. You can click above for links to more full length articles on the CGK205 and CM05.

Temption has usually impressed me with their bracelets. Having a boutique brand that makes bracelets is impressive enough. This one uses all horizontal steel links and reminds me of some of those older Porsche Design bracelets that are now classics. I believe that the CGK205 and CM05 use the same style bracelet. Leather and rubber straps are also available.

Speaking of Porsche Design, sometimes I feel as though Temption’s watches look like an intersection between the DNA of Porsche Design and Alain Silberstein. Does anyone else see that? Good stuff all around and I recommend these timepieces for those who enjoy the look and concept.

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  • Ulysses

    The watch in the first picture looks great; clean and industrial. Wouldn’t it have been considered very poor taste to call a watch aimed at the Japanese market “Black Rain”? For anyone who is unaware, black rain was the name given to oily, fallout polluted rain that fell soon after the detonation of the two nuclear bombs over Japan. On contact with the human body, due to its highly-radioactive nature, this rain would literally melt away your skin and flesh on contact, since certain types of radiation puncture and kill living cells. Germans should know better.

    • Chris

      Wow, I had no idea. It almost makes me not want that model. It’s a good things I won’t get a chance to own one.

      On a different note, I had no idea that Temption is literally about 40 miles from my house. I have to pay them a visit.

  • kris c

    Who is Jan, and why does Temption want her to be free?

    Seriously though, I’m also a big fan of this brand, but they are near impossible to find. I’d love to try one of these on first, but good luck. I like the new bracelet style, but do I like it more than the 5-link style that the v7751 used to come on? Again, I’d want to see it on first.