Japanese watch brand TACS presents AVL2, second edition of their Automatic Vintage Lens collection of mechanical timepieces inspired from the world of Cameras.
First model from the Automatic Vintage Lens series is AVL1. By tapping into the rich history of vintage cameras, TACS was able to revitalize their design for AVL1 and create AVL2.
AVL2 model boasts some design updates from its predecessor through multiple new innovations and ideas. First, there has been a change in the rings and layers that create the impression of a camera lens. By using depth, steps and layers, it really does appear that AVL2 is the perfect cross between timepiece and camera.
A diamond-cut crown adds an additional nostalgic touch while the minute indicators give off the impression of a focus ring. The use of silver for the skeleton movement and the occasional hint of red help AVL2 stand out further.
By combining the essentials of a timepiece with recognizable traits of a camera, this timepiece is the perfect balance of both. Look closely at any camera lens and it’s very likely that you will see etching describing the lens type and camera brand. Taking inspiration from this camera trait, AVL2 also has etching its rotating bezel to give off that essential camera vibe.
AVL2 has cleverly replaced traditional minute indicators with popular camera focal lengths as a special not to avid camera enthusiasts. The watch is equipped with a Miyota 82SO self-winding movement and AVL2 shows off its beating heart with the open heart movement visible through the central dial. The movement can also be admired through the sapphire crystal case-back.
Cameras are often deeply personal items that mean a lot to each photographer. Thus, TACS has fixed a metal plate to the side of AVL2 where their customers can engrave their name or a special message for that personal touch.
A camera lens is made up of several layers and portrays depth. AVL2 recreates this effect by ensuring that the watch face design is also layered so that the same depth effect can be achieved.
TACS has opted to use high-quality sapphire crystal for the glass of both the front and back of its timepiece. The front glass also features anti-reflective coating so that viewing angles are suitable even in bright sunlight.
The diamond-cut pattern on the screw-down crown gives off a quintessentially camera-related vibe. Water resistant to 10ATM, the AVL2 watch is worn on a quick release straps made with quality HORWEEN calf leather.
Update 10 Aug 18 : The AVL2 watch is now available for pre-order on TACS online store. The special, discounted pre-order price is USD $440 and this offer will end on 13 October 2018. Please visit the TACS online store for more details.
Movement: Citizen Miyota 82SO
Casing: Stainless steel 316L
Glass Back: Sapphire glass
Glass Front: Sapphire glass with AR Coating
Strap Material: HORWEEN calf leather
Strap Type: Quick release
Water Resistance: 10 ATM (100 meter / 33ft )