Ettiene Malec, a Frenchman, founded Baltic in 2017. The name comes from his father’s birthplace in northern Poland near the Baltic Sea. His inspiration came after finding a suitcase full of his late father's watches with a notebook full of details about the watches. He soon after started to meet other collectors and started to collect himself. Then, seeing the huge interest in vintage timepieces, he completed a Kickstarter campaign with the Baltic HMS 001 and a Bi-Compax 001. Each watch is hand-assembled in France near Besançon. Today the brand continues to grow through its social media presence and its website, to offer contemporary designed, vintage-inspired timepieces.
Here we have a 2021 Unworn Baltic Bicompax Pulso for Rake & Revolution. Revolution is a quarterly publication about luxury mechanical watches. Founded by Wei Koh and first published in 2005. The Rake is a luxury e-commerce platform dedicated to style which was later founded in 2008 by Wei. The watch was initially created as a unique piece that was auctioned off for The Pink Dial Project which benefitted Breast Cancer Charities. As their first collaboration, the watch is limited to 250 pieces. The 36.5mm 316L stainless steel case gently curves over your wrist with tapered drilled lugs. A lug to lug length of 45.5mm and a case thickness of 12.5mm ensures a comfortable fit. Down the right side we have the chronograph pushers and in the center a large crown. The smooth bezel holds a domed hesalite crystal above the star of the show a salmon sector dial with circular patterning and a sandy texture. The dial comprises an outer pulsometer that is finely printed, an inner minute track, and two registers of 60-seconds and 30-minutes. The dial is perfectly balanced with the contrasting black inner circle with batons marking the hours. Steel leaf hands complemented by a lollipop counterweighted chronograph hand complete this vintage-inspired Contemporary Bi-Compax. At 6 o’clock we have an applied star. On the reverse, a screw-down case back with Rake & Revolution engraved in the center. Inside a Manually Wound Seagull ST 1901, 21 jewels, 21,600 beats per hour. The watch comes fitted on its 20mm leather strap and also comes with its Baltic presentation box and papers.
Beautifully proportioned at 36.5mm it hugs the wrist perfectly and really does give all the feelings of being a vintage chronograph, but made with modern build quality and reliability. This will tick a lot of boxes for collectors and it certainly proved itself when released and they sold out instantly! If you missed that, now is your time to get one brand new.