Inspiration - Downtown Red
Updated: Aug 18, 2020
Most neighborhoods in New York are identified by the businesses they house (FiDi or the Garment District), or for their cultural background (Chinatown or Little Italy) or by a host of other distinct monikers. But as a highly visual person, I always associated the neighborhoods of New York with certain colors. I don't know when I started doing this, but for as long as I can remember, Midtown was a silvery grey, SoHo was black and Downtown was red.
When you walk down Broadway, past the Flatiron building, past Union Square, you start to notice a change in the landscape. The streets get narrower and the blocks get shorter (and more like a web than a grid). The buildings become shorter and squatter. But most distinctly for me, the colors change dramatically. Manhattan transitions from a cool grey to a warm earthy red and you feel a sense of age. Downtown is where Manhattan was born and if you look closely, you can see the grit and determination of the men and women who built it, brick by brick by brick.
Downtown Red is inspired by this foundation. The dial is a deep red matte finish with cream indices and hands. A touch of blue on the second hand carries through to the crown accent color and adds a desirable brightness. The black PVD case body coordinates with the washed and oiled full-grain leather strap in black. We've been told it pairs well with a cigar and a glass of whiskey.