Locke & King, Canadian Magic

06/19/2022

Introduction 

Hello and welcome to another review, Today I have traveled the globe to bring you a pretty special piece from a microbrand all the way from the home of Maple Syrup, That's Right, Canada, Hamilton Ontario to be exact. Locke & King is pretty new to the watch business, having been founded by owner Ryan Moran in 2020, But I have a funny feeling the only place this brand is going is up. Their first release, The James, was met with rave reviews; you'll understand when you see it. So today I have their creation The Ossington.   Named after a famous street in Canada, Ossington was established as a military route by colonial settlers, Ossington has grown from those early days, through industrial times and challenging periods in the late 20th century, to now one of exciting experimentation and taste-making. Ossington has emerged as a vibrant center of culture, cuisine, entrepreneurs, and nightlife.

Review 

As always let's start with the case. Firstly I recommend putting on sunglasses as this watches beauty will blind you. Ok, that's health and safety taken care of. The Ossington is available in three color options, Silver/White. Smoked Steel/Grey and My personal favorite and the one I'll be reviewing today, The Copper and Oxidized Blue. With a lug to lug of just 47mm and a diameter of 40mm and a thickness of a mere 11.4mm this watch is extremely wearable, especially for those with slim wrists.  With a polished copper case with curved lugs, The Ossington simply hugs the wrist with ease. To the rear, we have a screw-down case back, engraved with the Locke & King logo which adds a touch of class to the piece. To the side, we have an engraved push-pull beveled crown which comes in at 5mm when pulled out ensuring changing the time is a mere formality.  

Moving onto the dial and Folks it's a beauty. Here we have a striking blue guilloche dial with polished silver numerals along with polished hour, minute, and sweeping seconds hand tipped in red, referencing the needle on a compass, highlighting Northern time. To me this watch is a statement piece, that is a testament to its namesake. With a rustic aesthetic and minimalist style, this is a watch that will surely appeal to a mass demographic. The guilloche dial is a touch on the rough times on the streets that the street has seen over its history. The date window occupies the six o clock position and is framed effortlessly with numerals on a contrasting white background. All encased with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. 

The movement, Here we have a bulletproof movement, The Miyota Caliber 9015 Automatic movement, which features 24jewels ensuring your movement runs smooth as silk, along with the added benefit of hacking a power reserve of 42hours, and Parashock which provides shock absorption to the watches mechanics.

Finally we have the strap, which is a 20mm brown leather strap that tapers down to 18.6mm and is finished off with a touch of class with a copper engraved pin buckle.


Final Thoughts 

Locke & King is a brand that deserves your attention.  They create beautifully crafted timepieces, The James which comes in at 42mm, and their newest model The 40mm Ossington. Priced at $699 with 10% of every sale going to a Canadian Charity, There right in the mix with Seiko, Tissot, and more well-known brands, But their USP is simply put their watch speaks for itself, it's a Different it stands out it's a beautifully crafted timepiece with ageless style, comes with a story and honestly would great in any collection. As always thanks for reading. Check out Locke & King Below. 

https://lockeandking.ca/collections/the-ossington/products/the-ossington-copper-blue