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The Arrow of Time: Introducing the Ophion OPH 786 Vélos

The Arrow of Time: Introducing the Ophion OPH 786 Vélos Watch Releases

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 Arrow of Time: Introducing the Ophion OPH 786 Vélos Watch Releases

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.

The Arrow of Time: Introducing the Ophion OPH 786 Vélos Watch Releases

Three Available Guilloche Configurations for the OPH 786 Vélos

The Arrow of Time: Introducing the Ophion OPH 786 Vélos Watch Releases

Two Available Radial Brushed Configurations for the OPH 786 Vélos

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.

The Arrow of Time: Introducing the Ophion OPH 786 Vélos Watch Releases

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

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  • Raymond Wilkie

    If I had €2,580 burning a hole in my pocket I would buy one ( blue ) if it had just been a little bigger. I really like the radial finished dial and the font of the numbers. Why make a big deal about the movement? it’s not that special ( but not bad either ) and I would rather have seen it in In situ with a nice rear shot of the sapphire caseback rather than just the movement with sandblasted this and hand hammered that. Merely decoration.
    Why reduce the size of this model?
    With respect it’s my decision to decide what immense horological bang-per-buck is.
    I really like the earlier 42mm, the Ophion OPH-960 ( silver ) even though it’s a tad dull.

  • Gokart Mozart

    Lovely watch. I am a big, big fan of all the watches and really like the movements as well.

    All of the dial configurations are well done and nice hands.

    If the case maker and case style seem familiar it is. › 2019/07/13
    You Are There: Visiting The Voutilainen & Cattin Case Factory And The Watch …

  • Jared

    so its not a real watch? just a bunch of renders and a prototype case?

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