Review: the new Horage Lensman 2 Exposure

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Horage, a brand known for its innovative designs and refined engineering in the field of watchmaking, has introduced a new timepiece called the Lensman 2 Exposure. This watch combines the fascination of photography with the art of watchmaking, offering a unique function that simplifies the process of calculating exposure settings.

Review: Horage Lensman 2 Exposure

the retail price for the Horage Lensman 2 Exposure is as follows:

 Preorder 9-12 May (offer expired)Preorder 6-9 JuneNov onwards
Standard EditionCHF4,900(~SGD7,311.29)CHF5,450(~SGD8,131.95)CHF5,900(~SGD8,803.39)
Brian Griffin Special EditionCHF5,900(~SGD8,803.39)CHF6,450(~SGD9,624.05)CHF6,900(~SGD10,295.49)

*SDG prices are approximate and may be subject to change

**Prices are inclusive of taxes and shipping

The Case and Dial

The Lensman 2 Exposure features a dual material case construction, with an outer case made of Grade 5 titanium and an inner case crafted from black anodized aluminum. This combination creates a distinct bi-metallic exoskeleton design, reminiscent of pro cameras. The matte black aluminum is framed by highly polished titanium, giving the watch a modern and geometric aesthetic.

The dial of the Lensman 2 Exposure is available in two color options: classic black and vibrant yellow. The dial resembles the top plate of a professional SLR camera, with a bidirectional rotating bezel that doubles as an exposure calculator. The bezel allows quick reference to ISO settings and aperture values, aiding photographers in calculating the optimal shutter speed and aperture for their camera’s exposure. The dial also features Arabic numerals for the 24-hour GMT hand, surrounded by a detailed minute/seconds track with luminescent marks. The hands are designed with diamond-cut square tips, accompanied by white X1 Super-LumiNova┬« inserts. The second hand contrasts well in white, without luminescence.

The Movement

Powering the Lensman 2 Exposure is Horage’s K2 micro-rotor movement, which has been reworked to accommodate the new 24-hour GMT function. The movement showcases Horage’s commitment to in-house design and engineering, with notable features such as a rhodium-plated tungsten or PT950 platinum rotor, non-magnetic silicon components, and a power reserve of approximately 72 hours. The movement is COSC chronometer certified, ensuring precision and reliability.

Competitive Landscape

The Lensman 2 Exposure offers a unique combination of form and function, making it stand out in the market. While there are other watches that offer GMT complications or rotating bezels, the Lensman 2 Exposure’s integration of these features with the art of photography sets it apart. Horage’s use of premium materials and their in-house engineering expertise further contribute to the watch’s appeal. However, it is worth noting that there are other options available in the market with similar functionalities and design elements.

Brian Griffin Special Edition

In addition to the standard models, Horage also offers a special edition of the Lensman 2 Exposure dedicated to the extraordinary life and work of British photographer Professor Brian Griffin. This special edition features a platinum rotor instead of the tungsten rotor found in the standard model. The dial is a classic silver finish that resonated highly with the photographer. Each special edition comes with a case back engraving quote from Brian Griffin: “Believe in your light.” Furthermore, customers will have the opportunity to choose from four limited edition photo boxes, each containing four curated images from Griffin’s archive, signed and numbered by the artist himself.

For Pre-Order pricing and details, please visit the Horage Pre-order page. Please note that pricing and availability are subject to change, and it is recommended to check with authorized retailers or Horage’s official website for the most up-to-date information.

Concluding Thoughts

The Horage Lensman 2 Exposure is a timepiece that appeals to both watch enthusiasts and photography aficionados. Its unique exposure calculator function simplifies the process of calculating exposure settings, making it a valuable tool for photographers. The design, inspired by pro cameras, showcases a sense of elegance and sophistication. The K2 micro-rotor movement, with its GMT functionality, demonstrates Horage’s expertise in watchmaking and commitment to innovation.

The addition of the Brian Griffin Special Edition offers a unique opportunity to own a watch dedicated to a renowned photographer, adding an extra layer of exclusivity and artistry to the timepiece. Overall, the Lensman 2 Exposure offers a compelling proposition for those seeking a timepiece that combines the worlds of watchmaking and photography.

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