Based in Austin in Texas, Tockr was one of the first watch brands in the world to embrace hydrographic printing technology on the cases and components of its original Hydro Dipped Air-Defender collection. Now with the launch of the new Air-Defender Lume Series, Tockr again leads the way as the first watch brand in the world to produce wristwatches with luminescent hydro dipped cases. The daring and radiant watches illuminate from every angle, from their cases to their hands, hour markers, components, and lume dipped strap stitching. The new Tockr Air-Defender Lume models come in a range of immersion printed designs that include black and white lume, green marble lume, and camouflage lume.
Tockr has consistently demonstrated a creative willingness to embrace alternative materials, designs, and methods to produce its mechanical wristwatches, from using salvaged pieces of historic aircraft and battleships in its dials to the brand’s early adoption of hydro dipped printing technology. Hydrographic printing offers virtually limitless design possibilities, and Tockr’s mastery of the process is evident in its previous models, which have included carbon print, tie-dye, magma, snakeskin, magma, camouflage, wood grain, marble, and other custom designs. Tockr watches are hydro dipped and assembled in Switzerland.
Tockr’s chronograph watches epitomize the active-lifestyle and aviation inspiration that underline each of the American brand’s watch designs, taking cues from 1970s wristwatches designed specifically for military pilots and adhering to rigid NATO specifications. The Air-Defender Lume series maintains these design codes but infuses each model with powerful luminescence.
Each Air-Defender Lume chronograph features a 45 mm cushion-shaped stainless steel case, wrapped with an eye-catching, luminescent hydro dipped design in choice of black and white lume, green marble lume, and camouflage lume pattern. The striking exterior is matched by exceptional performance, offering water resistance up to 100 meters and a max 42-hour power reserve.
Enclosed beneath a sapphire crystal, the chronograph dial is comprised of 60 second, 30-minute, and 12-hour counters, a day-date window at 3 o’clock, ultra-luminescent hour markers, reflector ring, and hours, minutes, and seconds hands. The rotating inner bezel is easily manipulated by pulling the screwed-down crown at the 10 o’clock position. On the reverse side, a sapphire crystal case back reveals a look at the Air-Defender Lume’s top-finished, Swiss-made automatic Valjoux 7750 movement and the custom Tockr skeletonized rotor.
The Air-Defender Lume comes with exclusive, American-made “Stealth” straps produced in partnership with Oklahoma-City based HIX Design studio. The hand-cut and lume-stitched custom “Stealth” straps are flared at the lugs, tapered at the buckle, and feature a raised and perforated section near the lugs with leather colors custom coordinated to each dial. For the first time, Tockr also integrates luminous thread into its HIX straps, hand-stitched with lume-dipped, pigmented thread.
As with all other Tockr models, the Air Defender Lume model comes with a 2-year international warranty. Air-Defender Lume models retail for $3250.