Run a single nylon (or leather) strap, although in the case of Marc Carson Kerala, curved lugs will bypass the spring bar, and offers a high degree of safety. However, the general shortcomings of NATO is that they tend to cover up with a view of the movement, if a table has an exhibition back. In addition, 20 mm strap not through arcuate opening of my case, a natural fit. So my goal is to retain the traditional design mounted strap but adds redundancy and unique look of it. The results of a large number of paper and leather prototype is the use of a continuous loop, which ensures the conventional belt loop through a pair of so-called “Zulu” steel. Although the resulting table with a lot of “visual density” of the actual system is technically simple production and installation of the watch. Conceptually, a challenge to design, but easy to implement, which is as it should be. With extreme redundancy and continuous secondary circuit, called “infinite justice” is justified
Prototype Infinity Strap
The continuous loop is 5mm wide, and its two traversals under the case back still leave a view of the movement. In the event that even both spring bars were to fail, the Infinity Strap system will keep the watch attached to the conventional strap sections. So the watch becomes a bit looser but remains attached at two points to the strap and remains on your wrist.
How often do spring bars fail? Not often, but if they do, it’s a bad day for your watch with a normal two-piece strap. Plus, part of a sporty watch is that is looks, well, sporty. So the Infinity Strap system scores on both counts. They are available in nylon or leather and a variety of colors from the bold red, blue, and yellow ones, to the stealthy black nylon or leather versions.
Enough about the strap; onto the watch itself. Like other Mark Carson Ka La watches, the case is 316L stainless steel (43mm by 12.7mm tall) and is topped with a slightly domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the underside. The cases are available in brushed stainless steel or PVD black over stainless finishes. The movement is the nearly unstoppable ETA 2824-2 automatic. In the interests of better timekeeping and appearance, I outfit my Mark Carson Ka La watches with the Elabore grade of this well-known Swiss automatic movement.
The dial and hands are more or less dive watch-inspired but are integrated into the Mark Carson Ka La design theme of circular shapes to the greatest degree possible. The date indication at 6 o’clock was a design consideration from the start, so it’s no accident that it is well integrated with the hour marker at 6. The hands play on the shape of the hour markers and provide a harmonious look along with great legibility. During the design phase, I referred to these as “hotdog on a stick” hands, which Ariel found amusing. The center circle on the seconds hand is a design reference to my previous Mark Carson Ka La watches (the “Classic” and “Roman” references) and the counterweight on the seconds hand matches the Honu (Turtle in Hawaiian) petroglyph on the dial. Even a simple-looking dial and handset can have thoughtful detailing and design – such as the use of dots, not batons, for minute markers.
The dial has a white finish over a metallic silver “sun ray” base. This gives the dial an opaline look and breaks up the light to minimize reflections. The applied hour markers have a gunmetal finish and, along with the hands, are filled with C3 SuperLuminova. The hands in particular have great visibility in the dark.
Bottom line: buy one of my watches and save a bunch – you know you deserve it. You’ve been good all year haven’t you? Well, pretty good perhaps. Happy Holiday wishes to all of my friends out there. Again, the Mark Carson Ka La Sport is being offered at special holiday introductory pricing from $1,040 and after January 4, 2016, it will be priced from $1,300. markcarson.com