Manufacturer: Bangalore Watch Co. | Price: ₹49,680 INR (£519 GBP, $670 USD)
In the spirit of producing world class watches that tell stories from India, Bangalore Watch Company announces a new watch collection that pays tribute to the much loved game of cricket. With this release, Bangalore Watch Company becomes the first watch brand to create a specific line of watches to celebrate this popular sport. This collection from BWC is aptly named, Cover Drive. “The cover drive in cricket is the act of stroking the ball through the covers, with well-timed wristwork and conventional movement of the front foot towards the pitch of delivery, aimed at, or outside the off stump”.
The watches have several design features that are a visible nod to cricket, notably the external solid 316L stainless steel unidirectional rotating bezel to track elapsed overs in a 50 overs, or a T20 cricket match. The 12hr marker is shaped like a wicket and the 4 and 6 markers arabics cutout to denote the boundary shots. Three models of the Cover Drive will be made available at launch, namely the Pitch, the Outfield and the Pavilion. Powered by a Swiss Sellita SW200 automatic movement, the watches can be purchased directly via the brands website with worldwide shipping available.
- Dimensions: Diameter – 40mm, Thickness – 12.3mm, Lug to Lug – 48mm, Lug Width – 20mm
- Movement: Sellita SW200 Automatic, 28,800vph (4Hz), Hackable, Self Winding, 38hr Power Reserve
- Case Material: Brushed & Polished 316L Stainless Steel
- Dial: Matte Finish, Sandwich Construction
- Strap: Oil Pulled Leather Buckle: Milled 316L Stainless Steel
- Crystal: Sapphire, Underside Anti-Reflective Coating
- Water Resistance: 100m / 10ATM / 330ft
- Lume: Swiss Super-LumiNova® C3 Grade A
- Crown: Push/Pull, Signed Caseback: Screw Down
- Warranty: 2 Years Where to Buy: Bangalore Watch Company
Bangalore Watch Company
Bangalore Watch Company are a husband and wife team; Nirupesh Joshi and Mercy Amalraj, that have called Bangalore home for over fifteen years. Fascinated by the world of fine watchmaking, during their time spent in parts of Asia, they returned home leaving behind their tech careers in Hong Kong to start an Indian origin fine watch brand in early 2017. With a combined two decades of technology experience spanning sales, quality assurance solutions, design and strategy along with a high attention to detail, allowing them to quickly pivot into the microbrand watch industry. They are essentially industry outsiders, but they’re proud of that fact. After over a year of learning the trade, scouting for the best suppliers, designing & prototyping, they launched their debut timepiece, the Renaissance Automatic back in early 2018.
Backstory of the Cover Drive Collection
Cricket was brought to India in the 18th century during British occupation. Although small cricket clubs formed in Mumbai in the mid-19th century, India never played an international cricket game overseas until 1932. Always considered a gentlemans’ game, the defining moment for Indian cricket was an ICC Cricket World Cup victory in 1983, ironically played in England. India has since produced several first-class cricket players, most of whom have elevated to “demi-god” status within the one billion population of India that celebrates cricket and all of its’ icons.
The spirit of cricketing in India is abundant. It is a common sight to see any small patch of land, or gully turn into a cricket pitch. Roads are often empty on big game days, with huge crowds gathering around any available TV screen. Cricket is not only a sport, but it is akin to religion in India. The Bangalore Watch Company Cover Drive is an urban-sports watch with classic styling, yet with compact proportions, that most definitely celebrate the spirit and essence of cricket.