Since its debut in 2015, Ophion has been building a reputation for delivering impressive quality at an attainable price. Their latest release, the OPH 786 Vélos, carries this trend forward.
Delivering heavily on the Art Deco aesthetic, the Ophion OPH 786 Vélos is an incredibly detailed and dimensional piece. The German-made dial consists of eighteen individual components, set into either a guilloche or radial finished base. Arabic numerals have been precisely CNC machined and separately applied, with the thermal blue numerals being cut from steel and the silver (rhodium) numerals being cut from brass. The logo ring, brand icon, and minute track are also individually applied, with the minute track featuring laser-cut markers. By making use of modern manufacturing techniques, Ophion can deliver on the classic “engine turned” aesthetic at a fraction of the cost.
The case of the Ophion OPH 786 Vélos is fabricated from 316 L Stainless Steel, and measures 39mm in diameter. Individual teardrop lugs have been micro-welded to the case, resulting in a 20mm lug width with classic appeal. The total thickness of the case, including the domed sapphire crystal, is a mere 10.45mm. For added durability, the crystal on both the front and back of the watch have been treated with ARDUR scratch-resistant and anti-reflective coating. If you’re still looking for qualifiers on quality, the case for the Ophion 786 Vélos was produced in collaboration with Voutilainen-Cattin S.A. in Switzerland.
Greek for “arrow,” the “vélos” hour hand is the inspiration behind the watch’s name. Greek naming aside, each handset is to be manufactured in Switzerland. The thermal blue hands will be cut from steel, whereas the silver hands will be cut from brass and nickel-plated to achieve a mirror-like finish. Powering those hands will be Ophion’s proprietary version of the caliber TT-718. A hand-wound, double-barrel mainspring gives the OPH 786 Vélos five days of reserve. The movement has 26 jewels, customized bridges, and a prominent hand-hammered finish. Viewable through the sapphire caseback, the modified TT-718 is definitely an eye-catcher.
Each watch comes on a handmade cowhide strap by default, but you can upgrade to alligator leather when placing your order. Manufactured in Spain by JacobStraps, this independent atelier has been outfitting Ophion’s watches since the beginning. Either way you go, you’ll be strapping on the OPH 786 Vélos with a smile every time.
So what can you expect to pay for such a finely tuned horological instrument? The Ophion OPH 786 Vélos will run you €2,870 (≈$3,130 USD) for the guilloché Ophion OPH 786 Vélos dial and €2,580 (≈$2,820 USD) for the radial dial. With an immense horological bang-per-buck factor, it’s definitely worth your attention. Learn more, or order yours today at ophion-watches.com.
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