The Block M is synonymous not only with the University of Michigan, but also the Michigan experience. By pushing the boundaries of creativity and deconstructing a traditional Swiss timepiece, the Wolverines Collection forges the essence of the Michigan experience with the art of traditional Swiss watchmaking.
Modern Meets Classic - Case Design (1 of 5)
The slim profile of the case combined with a narrow bezel speaks to the sophisticated and versatile needs of today’s wearer. The surfaces utilize different finishing techniques – high polish, sand-blasted, and satin – reflecting the distinction and elegance expected from a significant timepiece. Quick-release pins allow the wearer to change the custom-made straps without tools.
"Big House" and "Go Blue" - Caseback Design (2 of 5)
The caseback design has a distinctly Michigan flair. The sapphire glass window is inspired by an aerial view of the Big House and an ideal way to admire the piece’s impeccable Swiss movement. The rotor, which spins to charge the automatic movement, is decorated with “GO BLUE” in blue lacquer. It pays homage to the 50-year tradition of the Go Blue banner that is proudly waived during the football team’s entrance onto the field.
"MAIZE AND BLUE" - Case Engraving (3 of 5)
The inner ring of the case is delicately engraved with 12 letters, one letter for each hour. These 12 letters combine to form three words: “MAIZE AND BLUE” – the emblematic colors of Michigan that are integral to a Wolverine’s DNA.
The Block M - Dial Design (4 of 5)
The open, round face presents hours, minutes, seconds, and date with total clarity. Each of the three dials makes a statement of understated elegance. The repeating Block M pattern at the center of the dial is a modern take on traditional guilloché – a repeating pattern produced by engine-turned engraving. The finishing of the hands and appliqué of the hour markers and the Block M at the 12 o’clock is indicative of techniques used in haute horology.
Master Swiss Watchmakers - Assembly (5 of 5)
In addition to the many artistic techniques represented in the design, constructing and assembling a Swiss Made timepiece is a highly challenging technical pursuit. It requires knowledge of the inner workings and tremendous manual dexterity, patience, and ingenuity. For many, owning and wearing an automatic timepiece is more than just about telling time. It is about the appreciation for longstanding traditions established and practiced only by master watchmakers and artisans.