By Eileen Daspin
In Denmark, cycling is part of everyday life. In cities, like Copenhagen, it’s the way many people make their daily commute. Cycling is healthy for the country, for the riders and for the environment. This season, Skagen celebrates cycling with the Ancher Mono watch, the Tornby commuter bag and a book about a lovable cartoon mosquito, Egon.
The Ancher Mono Watch
There’s a special energy to the city that travels by bike. As commuters pedal from home to work, from office to shop, from school to dinner with friends, there’s a sense of both common purpose and independence. The city is striving to be humane, responsive and responsible. The Ancher Mono nods to that spirit of shared values. An update of a classic Skagen watch case, this edition of the Ancher incorporates references the world of cycling. The face of the watch, with its minimalist style, echoes the wheel’s efficient, essential rim, and sixty lines markings minutes, its spray of spokes. The single hand represents the air gauge of a pump, one of the cyclist’s most indispensible tools for a smooth efficient ride. The Limited Edition Ancher Mono, available on its own, is also available in a Limited Edition Box Set that features a bike pump, bike bell and trouser strap alongside this special edition of the watch. Only 25 of these sets have been issued.
In all its iterations, the Ancher Mono is the most functional and elegant of timepieces, designed with the absolute least number of elements necessary to be effective. “If art is subtraction, we have subtracted everything that is unnecessary,” says Skagen’s Chief Creative Director, Mariza Scotch. The hour is displayed in a small window on the watch’s face, and a single hand travels the dial pointing to the minutes so that it is extremely easy to read at a glance. In the Ancher Mono, Skagen fans will find a watch that speaks to simplicity, quality, form and function.