Saturday, April 30, 2016

T F Est. 1968 Automatic Belt

The playful spirit of T F Est. 1968 Genève Suisse, a global brand from Geneva, is making the rounds once again with accessories inspired from the world of mechanical watchmaking. The 2016 novelty is a belt created for the Automatic collection that features a variety of cufflinks.

For those with a sense of style, be they watch collectors, aficionados, or merely influencers with a passion for a “killer detail,” the brand has now designed a tonneau-shaped item for the waist. The T F Est. 1968 Automatic belt was presented at Basel, Switzerland, in the spring of 2016 during the world’s greatest watchmaking trade fair.
The new belt is a bold eye-catcher in its own right. It has a buckle that allows one to see every mechanical detail through the open back. All those gear wheels that are silently set in motion when the owner moves. The person wearing it will be showing an affiliation with the world of watchmaking, with its meshing wheels, its complications, and references to the craft's quintessential symbols.

This T F Est. 1968Automatic belt is more than just a reference to automatically wound mechanical watches and high-end watchmaking. It also adopts its essential codes: Blued screws draw the eye and suggest a realm in which special finishing gives esthetic meaning to the most discreet pieces. The combination of golden brass and steel also underline this affiliation with the fundamentals of watchmaking.

On the decoration side, the buckle takes the form of a tonneau case. All angles are polished, their shininess contrasts with the brushed finishing of the middle case. The balance wheel is engraved « Côte de Genève ». And there is a surprise for those who could magically look at the back of the buckle: You can also see the caliber moving from there. The open case back, which has become a general trend for the high-end watchmaker, is also a symbol of the industry and testimony of craftsmanship quality.

The natural premium leather is opulent; the clasp is solid, reliable, and straight forward. The sewing and stitching testify to the excellence in manufacturing of the T F Est. 1968 Genève Suisse belts. Like the references of the other models in the brand’s collections, the novel Automatic 2016 is reversible. The one side is smooth black leather with stitching, hue in hue, while the reverse side is brown grainy leather sewn with beige thread. It reflects a truly stylish combination.

The brand from Geneva seeks quality right down to each detail of its creations. A simple pair of scissors is all that’s needed to cut the belts to the right size from one of three size options: 110, 120 or 140 centimeters.

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