Temption CGK205 Watch Slightly Updated For 2016

Temption CGK205 Watch Slightly Updated For 2016

Temption CGK205 Watch Slightly Updated For 2016 Watch Releases

If you want a modern German Bauhaus watch produced affordably but in small quantities, you have some great options out there. For those made with in-house movements, a lot of people flock to Nomos - but there are some even more boutique and interesting brands available that are worth consideration. My favorite continues to be the ultra-rare brand Temption, who continues to produce only a few hundred watches per year. Their current flagship product is the Temption CGK205 model watch, and it has been slightly updated for 2016 with a new lug system.

According to Temption founder Klaus Ulbrich, the new lug system which was designed to elegantly attach both a strap or bracelet is both unique and unparalleled on the market. The Temption CGK205 first came out in 2011. Only a year later, Temption released the slightly updated CGK205 Version 2 which made some technical and design changes. While this 2016 iteration of the Temption CGK205 is still technically a "version 2," it might be proper to actually call it CGK version 3 given the apparent change to the lug system.

Temption CGK205 Watch Slightly Updated For 2016 Watch Releases

Visually, it seems very difficult to tell the difference between this 2016 Temption CGK205 and the CGK205 version 2 that was originally debuted in 2012. One difference that consumers should appreciate is the inclusion of both the steel bracelet and the leather strap with the watch - without asking the consumer to choose. That is a nice addition, and I always (always) appreciate it when watches come with multiple straps. It is even better when that means a strap as well as a metal bracelet.

So what is so special about the lugs? Well, you first need to understand that Klaus is super OCD about the little things which can take away from the appeal of a finely made timepiece. In this context, the issue is how sometimes the same watch doesn’t look as good on a strap as it does on a bracelet. Temption points to unattractive gaps and segments which do not flow together harmoniously. For someone obsessed with German Bauhaus and Japanese wabi-sabi design, this makes a lot of sense. Klaus even shared pictures of other watch lugs and strap connection systems which display what he feels is unattractive.

Temption CGK205 Watch Slightly Updated For 2016 Watch Releases

Temption, like most boutique watch makers is run by someone with a singular vision of what timepieces should look like in their own super subjective opinion. They aren't trying to produce highly marketable timepieces that will sell in mass amounts, but rather they create the watches they want and hope that enough people around the world share their taste so that they can continue making a living by making timepieces. So when you see a boutique watch maker who has prices that you feel are a bit higher than what you might want to spend on that type of product, you only need to consider the price it costs them to produce these watches in small quantities, often using local suppliers, and whose sales margins must fund their operation as well as pay their bills. What I am trying to say is that timepieces such as this from companies who produce under 1000 (or far fewer) watches per year are less like buying a commodity and more like buying hand-made art.

The monochromatic dial and simple legible looks of the Temption CGK205 aren't for everyone, but if you like the looks of an Omega Speedmaster, chances are than you'll see value in a design like this. In fact, the Speedmaster is perhaps the most successful watch around to embody the type of design language you see in the Temption CGK205 and other similar watches. Moreover, the dial design isn't purely minimalist as one might argue upon quick inspection. There are decorating and design elements in there such as the slightly recessed subdials, design of the hands, black onyx cabochons in the crown and chronograph pushers, as well as the integrated style of the bracelet design.

Temption CGK205 Watch Slightly Updated For 2016 Watch Releases

The Temption CGK205 case is 43mm wide in finely made brushed steel. Tech specs are scant, but according to Temption, the watch weighs 190 grams with the bracelet and 129 grams on the leather strap. There is an AR-coated sapphire crystal over the dial, as well as one on the rear of the case over the movement as an exhibition window. Inside the watch is the Swiss ETA Valjoux 7751 automatic movement. This is a 7750 with some added features such as a complete calendar, 24-hour hand (AM/PM indicator - not GMT hand), and moon phase indicator.

A signature design feature of Temption watches is the black-on-black logo, which is a cool touch. With all matte surfaces, the dial and overall design seriously emphasizes legibility and utility. You need to appreciate that, at its heart, this is a German tool watch, but one with a designer twist. This is what you get when you like the looks of Porsche Design but want something way more niche and small production. With the included bracelet and strap, along with strap changing tools, the Temption CGK205 for 2016 isn't a bad value for what you get, priced at 2,980 Euros ($3,278 USD). temption.info

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  • SuperStrapper

    Holy shit, a Temption article! This takes me back; I think the first a Blog to Watch (a Blog to Read) article I ever read was a Temption one. I have an uncle that does or used to own a Temption watch. He was a co-owner of a business in Germany and Austria, I don’t know if that is how he found the watch but it would make sense.

    Regardless, I don’t understand this iteration. The ‘new lug system’ just looks like a lugless case with a screw bar holding the bracelet or strap on: am I missing something? If the whole basis for the update is the “lug system” then why are there no good pictures of it? And if my assumption on how the system works is correct, how is it anything close to unique or unparrelled? The hyperbole police will be frothing at the mouth over that one. A huge section of this article starts with “so what is so special about the lugs?” And then absolutely zero information about them is provided, with a pointless diatribe about how the brand owner should actually be on medication for unreasonable levels of OCD is inserted instead.

    Ariel, I know you have a soft spot for this brand, but this is hardly an article-worthy update. This could have Ben accomplished in a single paragraph with links to past Temption article on the same watch, which contains a movement that majority of us are already familiar with anyway.

    • Dinkee, H. O.

      “This could have Ben accomplished in a single paragraph…”

      Ben? BEN? Ah, could you be referring to the lord and master of horology? The ayatollah of watch blogdom? BEN CLYMER? Why, yes you were! You’ve got the great Ben Clymer on your mind every time you get on to comment, don’t you? That’s a Freudian slip if ever one made on on a watch blog. You’re not on Hodinkee now — you’re on A Blog to Watch. And I have news for you: Ben Clymer views you as one step below the gum stuck on the bottom of his shoe. SO GET OVER IT.

      The HO
      Official Horologist to President Trump

      • SuperStrapper

        I’d be casually interested one day in understanding why you have so much unreasonable hate for Ben Clymer. What did the guy ever do to you that was damaging or offensive? I’d wager you’ve never actually met in person, so is it just that you’re insanely jealous of something? That he knows more than you? Or is it typical success envy? He was more successful last week than you’ll be in your entire life, therefore he must be hated?

        I’ve learned by now that you don’t have the ability to climb out of your own dementia and speak as yourself, so I guess we’ll never know, but I don’t doubt that some or all of my assumptions are dangerously close to centre.

        • Dinkee, H. O.

          “That he knows more than you? Or is it typical success envy? He was more
          successful last week than you’ll be in your entire life, therefore he
          must be hated?”

          Yes, you have a massive obsession with Ben Clymer.

          Please, stop talking about him, referencing him, and discussing how great you think he is. He knows that! 😉

          • SuperStrapper

            Didn’t think so, son.

        • iamcalledryan

          He started out mimicking Skeletor (remember when there were suddenly two?) and then he kept the account but changed his name and avatar to this. We are talking about someone who chooses to imitate and irritate, using only one basic insincere premise stuck on loop. It’s a shame because he is clearly capable of expressing himself eloquently, he just chooses to troll instead.

          • SuperStrapper

            Correction: fail troll. I know the particulars, and at one point I think there were 4 skeletons, and I also remember there being more than one Dinkee for a few posts. Interesting that Disqus allows for such blatant account spoofing.

            Anyway, I just wonder why Ben Clymer would be the ultimate target of his childishness but shared with users of an unrelated blog. I can’t stand Hodinkee and stopped going donks ago (not sue to any feelings I have for Ben himself) so I don’t know if he does this over there as well. Or if he has a spoof Ariel Adams account at Hodinkee that he uses to spout similar jealousy he has over someone else more knowledgeable and successful than he is.

  • Rob

    Not my style personally but I am happy to see a moon phase on something else but a dress watch.

    • SuperStrapper

      The v7751 was showing up in a rash of sporty chronographs for a time, but I agree that moonphases have been limited to more formal watches and haute horology stuff for a while now. Decent and fun brands like Ball and Glycine, and also higher-tier brands like Breitling and Omega had nice sporty v7751 watches. Then Swatch decided to to shut the party down and nothing like it has since been produced on such a scale.

      • egznyc

        Well I believe Longines – another Swatch brand – uses this movement in some of its Master Collection watches, albeit in a more dressy style (as much as is possible for a 16mm thick timepiece).

        • SuperStrapper

          Yes, I considered those as well, but as you mention they are not exactly appropriately identified as sporty watches. They’re nice though!

      • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

        Not exactly 7751 based but the new Speedmaster Master Chronometer will have a pretty nice moonphase complication.

        • SuperStrapper

          Oh yeah, and she’s lovely. But also comes with Omegas hardcoded $10k pricetag.

  • Dale Vito Boom

    Pretty cool. I remember these from when I used to read the Armbanduhren Katalog back to front. The bracelet reminds me of that my Omega Albatros. VJ7751 does not feature an annual calendar though.

    • Ariel Adams

      Dale, can you clarify why you don’t feel it has an annual calendar if it takes into consideration month, date, and day of the week?

      • Howie Boyd

        From Blancpain’s web page: “Unlike the annual calendar or the perpetual calendar, the complete calendar does not take into account the variable lengths of the months and needs to be corrected five times a year, at the end of months shorter than 31 days.”

        • Ariel Adams

          Yes, you are correct. I incorrectly recalled that the 7751 was an annual versus complete (aka “full”) calendar. Thanks and post updated.

      • Dale Vito Boom

        Howie did a perfect job in my absence with the quote from Blncpain. Cheers guys!

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I think i am all dive watched out with their busy pointy faces and big knobbly crowns and twisty bits.

    • That’s good because this is not, in any way, a dive watch.

      • egznyc

        Agreed – this is a pilot watch through and through (with a bunch of complications).

  • JimBob

    Seems OK, though I could do without the tachymeter scale, rehaut date, fake moon phase, and chronometer complication.

    • SuperStrapper

      The v7751 offers a fully functional 29.5 day moonphase complication.

      • JimBob

        OK, I take it back then. I could do without the *real* moonphase complication.

  • Sevenmack

    What if you took the Speedmaster’s marked bezel, but skipped out on the rest of the classic features that make it so desirable? You get this dry metallic horse manure. I’m good.

  • “f you like the looks of an Omega Speedmaster, chances are than you’ll see value in a design like this.”

    For $3300, just buy a vintage Speedmaster Triple Date already. That’s why you’re looking at this watch in the first place. Actually, for that price, you could buy two.

  • Adam Young

    Not 100% my cup of tea, but I like the monochrome Moonphase disk. Usually they’re pretty ostentatious, but it fits pretty well here.
    Also I’m glad you mentioned some of the reasons small manufacturers can have high prices. If you sell 100,500,1000 watches (or any complex good) just think about how many prototypes you need to make to get it right? With modern computer design and 3D printing it’s easier than before, but still often you can end up with a workshop full of expensive one off prototype parts before you can even start making something to sell.

  • droo

    I own a CGK203 as well as a CG103, normally people are not overreacting among this brand (discretion is the key) but I always loved the way they were designed. The 205 remains my favorite but so close in design to the 203 that it is difficult to own them all. The brushed steel is great, the assembly is really accurate and – according to me – the quality-price ratio really fair. I should sell the old models and afford a brand new 205

  • spiceballs

    Like – although not sure about the lug design. Had a quick look thru the Temption collection – nice. Apparently they market thru a shop here in HK, so I will check them out “in the metal”.

  • funNactive

    I love triple date watches – especially the ones with the date on the outer ring with a hand pointing to it. The steel bracelet is a nice design.

  • Mike Burdine

    Sharp watch. I want one.

  • frustin

    I just bought one.

  • frustin

    …and here it is.