I always find it interesting to see (or own) different kinds of items that were inspired by photography gear. The Japanese brand TACS has announced a collection of watches that have been inspired by lenses. So, if you’re looking to buy a gift for yourself or a photographer in your life or treat yourself, this is definitely something to consider.
There are six options to choose from and they range from $210 to $550. Here are the models TACS offers and the descriptions:
Vintage lens is inspired by cameras of the past. The watch has a bespoke look to it that exudes quality and style. The watch face resembles the lens of a camera that one would not typically find today, but that look is what sets Vintage Lens apart. Where quality is concerned, the watch has genuine leather straps, solid case construction and plenty of interesting design cues.
The price of this model is $290 and there are two color options: classic brown and rustic brown and it’s available for orders.
Automatic Vintage Lens II
This model looks similar to the Vintage Lens, but it’s an upgraded version. It features a screw-down, diamond-cut crown. The bezel rotates, just like when adjusting a camera lens. For now, it’s only available for preorders, and during the preorder period will cost $440 ($459 if you want an engraving too). The regular price will be $550/$569.
Lens-M is inspired by the SLR range of cameras. The two-tone frame and top ring set the foundation for this watch to look much like the cameras it is based on. The patterns on the dial and overall aesthetic of the watch face also provide the illusion that rather than being a watch, this is indeed an SLR camera. The all-metal straps provide sturdy protection and quality for those who enjoy going outdoors to find their clear focus.
This watch is available for $210 and in three colors: Sturdy Steel, Boss Black, and Gunmetal Solid Grey.
Nato Lens is for people with an active lifestyle who are always on the move. The type of person who enjoys going outdoors to get that perfect shot will love the detail and design of Nato Lens. The watch takes inspiration from camera straps and camera lenses and provides great comfort when being worn. The dial of the watch resembles a focus ring and surrounds the watch glass which is convex like a fisheye lens.
You can get the Nato Lens watch for $220 in either Olive Green or Earthy Brown.
The unique look of T-CAM can be attributed to the fact that it is inspired by a digital camera. The watch face has a special design that contains many layers and styling cues. The rounded corners of the watch case and the curved edges of the front glass all help give off that digital camera vibe and impression. Even the straps, which have the logos from a typical digital camera on them, follow the look and theme of this timepiece.
The T-Cam watch is available for $220 in Silver, Rose Gold, and Gold.
Color Lens is a clear homage to cameras, but adds a splash of brightness to the mix. The bezel and front glass of the watch still retain a strong camera feel to them while remaining uncluttered. The straps feature symbols commonly found on a digital camera embossed into them.
You can get the Color Lens watch for $200. It comes in three colors: Flash White, Camo Green and Slate Orange.
You can find out more and see more photos on TACS website. Personally, I really like the way these watches look. But as I have a bad luck with watches (every single one I’ve ever had got broken), I’d only buy them as a gift. As far as treating myself goes, a chocolate Nikon would be just fine. : )
Oh, and if you’re more into making your own lens-inspired watch, check out this one by Alireza Rostami. It even takes photos!