March 31, 2014
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These watches were designed and developed taking into account the three pillars of Filson: Made in USA, built with purpose and built to last.The momentum at Filson is palpable and exciting. Our Cool Hunting Video visit to Seattle in June 2013 captured the brand’s new headquarters the week it opened and the company has continued to evolve their core products, launched a bicycle, a customized Jeep and just announced a new line of gear for photographers, designed with the celebrated Magnum Photos team. One of their most ambitious new launches is a watch collection, introduced this week—with impressive timepieces that are still in development—at the Baselworld watch show. Manufactured in Detroit by sister company Shinola, the line introduces four collections—each based on a case design—and will launch with around 20 timepieces. We asked Alan Kirk (Filson’s CEO) to tell us a bit more about the effort. “We look at how products are used—whether people are hunting, fishing or traveling for work or in a more urban environment. These watches were designed and developed taking into account the three pillars of Filson: Made in USA, built with purpose and built to last. The Mackinaw collection is mostly aimed at the outdoorsman in the field or the working man. The RiverMaster collection for someone on or near water. The Journeyman is aimed at the traveler and the Bush Pilot, the explorer. We aim to provide the right watch no matter what the environment.” He continues, “The watches are built with the highest quality components and with specifications of unfailing goods including anti-reflective sapphire crystals, 20ATM, screw-down crowns and highly durable Filson bridle leather and fabric straps… Made with the same tried and true durable materials Filson has used for more than a century—bridle leather, tin cloth, Mackinaw wool. The Filson watch collection is also backed by the Shinola limited Lifetime Guarantee, which means that under the Shinola warranty, any defects, excluding battery, leather strap and buckle, will be repaired or the watch will be replaced, free of charge."