The Axis II Black is a stainless steel watch, with DLC coating and takes its design reference from military instruments of the past. The Black DLC treatment, typically something used in aerospace industries is hardened to provide a durable finish to this practical automatic watch.
The Swiss-made movement (ETA2824-2) provides reliability of timekeeping and the practicality of being automatically wound plus a subtle display of the date integrated into the dial.
The Axis II is designed, finished and tested in England by Pinion and made in strictly limited numbers.
The Axis II is available in two specifications based on the reverse of the watch. The ‘S’ model has a solid stainless steel case back that is engraved and numbered. However, for more detail, the ‘E’ model has a glass exhibition back, that allows the wearer to view the Swiss automatic movement (ETA 2824-2) with the addition of a Pinion decorated hunter green winding rotor.
The Axis II Black is a stainless steel watch, in a brushed finish that is then coated in black using a DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) applied via a PVD ( Physical Vapour Deposition ) method.
The carbon-based coating is hardened ( not easily removed ) and often used in automotive, aerospace and machine parts to reduce abrasion of the metals. For the Axis II Black, it is purely a decorative effect, that provides the watch with a military style finish.
Sitting in between a large and small watch, at 42mm the Axis II is a practical modern sized watch that is highly wearable and appears more modest than it’s listed measurements.
This is due to the design of the case. The lugs that hold the leather watch strap have been produced to be quite short, meaning that the overall appearance of the watch on the wrist is one that could quite easily pass as a 40mm measurement.