Marloe Watch Company has announced its latest mechanical timepiece collection – the Solent. This nautical-themed automatic wristwatch takes inspiration from the story of Sir Alec Rose – ‘the shoestring sailor’.
Sir Alec Rose (13 July 1908 – 11 January 1991) was one of the first people to single-handedly sail around the world. On 16 July 1967, he set off from Portsmouth, sailing down the Solent strait, out into the English Channel and onward around the world.
On 4 July 1968, 354 days after he set off for global voyage, Rose reached back home. Inspired by this adventurous story, Marloe Watch Company has created Solent watch. This automatic timepiece is available in two versions: Solent Cardinal and Solent Windward.
Inspired by lighthouses, and ocean-furniture designed to withstand brutal environments, the case is a combination of various energy-dissipating angles and chamfers. Like all nautical design, it’s slim and neat, but looks and feels robust.
The dial designs echo the sturdiness of the case, with uncompromising colours and subtle flairs. Each model represents an area of seafaring that is essential – the navigational buoys marking sub-surface hazards, and the power of wind.
The Solent Cardinal watch takes inspiration from the navigational buoys of the same name, designed to keep mariners safe from sub-surface hazards by displaying the direction to which you must pass the buoy, either North, East, South or West.
The dial has these markings at the main cardinal points of 12, 3, 6 and 9. The black, subtly textured dial comes with bold white and yellow markings. The slightly recessed signature colour ring brings an element of complexity with the chamfered upper ring adding depth dynamics and drama.
The Solent Windward watch takes its cues from the wind-direction instruments and vector field diagrams showing wind patterns. The wind is one of the most important forces at your disposal in the open ocean and this model pays homage to the tools that help us to read and utilise it.
A colour scheme of greys, white and the Solent signature yellow forms the Windward’s classic yet contemporary aesthetic and sits alongside the Cardinal in beautiful contrast.
In the early days, sailors used to carry a dividers tool (a typically brass instrument that resembles a current-day technical drawing compass) for mapping and calculating distances. This a-frame instrument inspired the main hands on both models, with a skeletal frame that embraces a central coloured pin.
On the Cardinal, the central pin is painted bright white, while the Windward’s pin is dark grey. The hairline running seconds hand is painted in the Solent signature yellow on both models.
Made in Japan, the Miyota 9039 movement has a power reserve of 45 hours. An exhibition caseback affords the view of this self-winding movement.
The caseback also features a painted ring with the words from the ‘shoestring sailor’ himself: “I had a good boat under me and I felt as free as the birds that circled above. I was king of my little world.”
For every Solent watch sold, Marloe Watch Company will donate £10 to the Raymarine Lively Lady Project; a charitable endeavour to rebuild Sir Alec’s ‘Lively Lady’ vessel and allow her to sail around the world once again. The funds will support disadvantaged young adults to learn nautical skills while they help to restore the vessel.
The Solent Windward and Solent Cardinal are available now for £349 via the Marloe website.
Model: Marloe Solent
42mm diameter, 10.5mm depth
22mm lug distance
Sapphire domed crystal with anti-reflective coating
Weight of the watch: 79.7g
Water resistance: 10 ATM
Three-piece dial with signature yellow coloured ring
Nautical divider main hands, hairline running seconds hand
Miyota 9039 automatic mechanical movement
Automatic (with hand-winding capability)
40+ hour power reserve
Accuracy: -10 ~ + 30 sec/day
Hours, minutes, sweep second, hacking function, parashock anti-shock
Custom crown with concave cap