Devon Works’ Innovative Tread 1 Timepiece in Gold

Devon Works managed to win over die-hard collectors and become a finalist in the 2010 Geneva Grand Prix for the eye-catching and innovative design of its Tread 1 series of watches—even though they run on a battery. Now the Los Angeles design lab, which is known for its work in automobiles, motorcycles, and most recently watches, has released a new version of the timepiece with 18-karat-gold hardware.

The Tread 1G ($35,000) features Devon Works’ signature Time Belts—nylon-and-fiberglass conveyor belts that display the hours and minutes—which, in lieu of traditional complications, prove the complexity of the piece. To design the watch, the company employed talent from the United States aerospace industry, who adapted the mechanism from the indicators found inside airplane cockpits. Many of the stainless-steel details from the earlier models—including the crown, the strap clasp, and the movement’s motor covers and indicator plate—are redone in 18-karat yellow gold, and the stainless-steel case is coated in diamond-like carbon (DLC). 

The Tread 1G is made to order and takes approximately two months to complete. A serial number, along with the signature of the company’s founder, Scott Devon, is etched into the caseback, which conceals an internal battery that lasts up to two weeks and comes with a wireless charging system. (310.402.1530, www.devonworks.com)

Read Next Article >>
The watch features a flying tourbillon that can be hidden behind a protective shield…
The three-dimensional wrist sculpture is set with some 23 carats of precious gems…
Armin Strom advances the art of skeleton watches with modern machinery...
Adept development takes Graff watches out of the stone age...
When asked to describe the idea behind Dream Watch 5, De Bethune’s latest and highly unorthodox...
The watch is also equipped with a date function and moon-phase indicator…
Photo by venzinbuehler
The new timepiece takes its design cues from midcentury travel watches…
The word traditional is not the first descriptor that comes to mind when considering the Legacy...
Navigating the creative process at the industry’s most established firms...
Artisans play with mother-of-pearl techniques to achieve magnificent, modern masterpieces...