THE NOVICE COLLECTOR

Bulova X Christian Dare


My name is Christian Dare, and I will admit I’m a bit of a watch addict. I have dabbled in watch collecting since I was a young boy. I still recall receiving my first serious watch when I graduated high school. While most kids my age wanted some high-tech gadget, I opted for a collectable grown-up watch. Sure, it cost more than a laptop back then, but it’s still in my collection today.


Now I wouldn’t call myself a serious collector—more like a novice collector. But I can tell you this: Bulova makes covetable timepieces. And any serious watch collector can back that up. Bulova is one of the few heritage-watch companies still innovating the industry to this day. Rather than simply a watch company known for its status through price-point, they established themselves as the standard of well-made watches. As a pioneer in the industry, Bulova can claim ownership of many of the world’s “firsts”—first wristwatch collection, first clock radio, and first fully electronic watch. In addition, the brand broadcasted the first TV and radio commercials and accompanied NASA on 46 missions with the brand’s innovative Accutron tuning fork technology. They also created one of my favourite watches in my collection, the 1960s Accutron. Known as the most accurate watch in the world, I just love how the seconds hand glides effortlessly rather than ticking away.


My latest Bulova addiction came about last year when the company announced another industry milestone: creation of the first fully curved chronograph watch. The concept behind the CURV Chronograph is that your watch feels more integrated into your body. The designers’ full curve matches the anatomy of the wrist, making it very easy to wear. This is my go-to watch now for everyday—it just sits so comfortably on my wrist and hugs my body. Unlike other watches that feature only a curved casing, Bulova made all of its interior movements curved. Some models even feature the movements exposed for all to see. (More about the movement: the watch has a 262 kilohertz frequency, as opposed to about 32 kilohertz for a conventional quartz oscillator. But what exactly does this mean? Way better accuracy.)

Bulova X Christian Dare

As a watch aficionado, I wanted to sit down with Bulova to find out more about their latest innovations and the brand. So we reached out to Susan Chandler, vice president of merchandising at Bulova, to find out more.


So why go fully curved (inside and out)?
We introduced the world’s first chronograph movement and CURV watch, adding yet another milestone to our history of firsts. This project was over two years in the making. Technological improvements in our proprietary high-performance quartz movements and advanced design made it possible.


What inspired the concept?
Form follows function. Nothing on your body is flat, so why should your watch be? We built this product from the inside out.


What kind of man are you trying to appeal to with the CURV?
We are looking for an aspirational urbanite. Someone who appreciates design, function, and something new and different.


Bulova was recently recognized as having one of the best new watches at Basel. Tell us more about that accolade.
It is always great to receive recognition, especially amongst the ranks of all the high-end Swiss products. It is even more special when you create a watch retailing for a little over $1,000 and receive praise alongside some Swiss watches that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.


What is your favourite model in the CURV line up?
Model 98A162. The titanium makes this extremely light and wonderful to wear.


What can we expect next from Bulova?
Some secrets must be kept.

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