Recently released at Blackbird is a great range of watches from the American watch company EPMartin. The designers have drawn inspiration from admirable personalities that they’ve encountered in their lives including their grandfather Edward Perry Martin, a Crew Chief for The Eighth Bomber Command as well as their close friends whom recently completed a 4,620 mile run across the Sahara in 111 days. The release includes EPMartin’s debut ‘Sahara’ models in the Torch collection which were Inspired from Operation Torch of the North African Campaign marking the first major airborne assault carried out by the United States in World War II and built for Charlie Engle for his coast to coast run across the Sahara, the chronograph comes equipped with an ETA Swiss Chronograph movement enclosed in a 44mm machined case with modular removable strap brackets, an Italian leather strap, a second Nylon expedition strap, and two custom strap replacement tools – all packaged in a leather stitched case.

The inspiration for the design of the Cartridge collection on the other hand came from the FP-45 Liberator pistol manufactured by the US in World War II for use by the resistance forces in occupied territories. A simple pistol that the Army turned over to the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) was stamped stainless steel construction that fired a single .45 caliber round. A simple yet refined design that is truly ready for anything, the Cartridge comes equipped with an ETA Swiss Made big date movement, Italian leather strap, a second Nylon expedition strap, and two custom strap replacement tools – all packaged in a leather stitched case.

I particularly like the black on black Cartridge watch, with its simple and sleek design featuring a square watch-face, giving it a more unique look and feel. Take a look at the images below. Or checkout their official website here.