Welcome to the first of the Kanyetothe/Watchuseek "crossover episodes", so to speak! For those less familiar, Watchuseek is the largest watch industry forum on the planet, which happens to be under the same parent company ownership as Kanyetothe. Yes, we primarily cover watches, but the crossover between watches and streetwear is pretty hard to ignore, and thus we've decided to spin up an article series for the forum that focusing on watch and sneaker pairings. Some pairings will be more obvious than others, and a lot of the time the choice of dial and strap color will play a role in the selections to keep things properly coordinated. The intent is, more than anything, a means to highlight new, interesting, or out-of-the-ordinary watches and brands that folks might not be familiar with.
To kick things off, we thought we'd take a look at what watch to pair with the upcoming Adidas Yeezy 700 V3 “Kyanite”, which are slated to release on March 27th. Here's what we cooked up.
Why The Oris Lake Baikal Limited Edition?
Given the sleek silhouette of these Yeezys, we could have easily picked something a little more dressy, but the blue dégradé dial—a term for that faded finish—that really won us over. This automatic winding dive watch from Oris launched a little over a year ago—in a limited edition series of 1,999 pieces—but with a bit of hunting these can still be tracked down on the secondary market (eBay, Chrono24, and elsewhere). Measuring 43.5mm in diameter with a stainless steel case and bracelet, this thing is on the chunky side, though its integrated bracelet design helps with overall comfort for those with smaller wrists.
If you're not familiar with Oris—here's what you need to know. The brand has been around for quite some time, and is still privately held, rather than being part of one of the big groups like Richemont, LVMH, or the Swatch Group. While not "cheap" (the Lake Baikal Limited Edition sold new for $2,400), they're still on the more approachable end of the Swiss watchmaking spectrum when compared to an Omega, Breitling, or Rolex, for example. The brand has long been respected in the community for delivering solid value, and in recent year's they've been working on producing more of their mechanical movements in-house. That said, the majority of their watches use movements supplied by Sellita—one of the industry's two main high quality movement suppliers.
Find The Watch Here
See The Watch on Oris.ch