You can take the watch designer out of Switzerland, but you can’t take Switzerland out of the watch designer. When Swiss entrepreneur and watch industry veteran Christophe Hoppe moved to Australia, he found himself inspired by the landscape, lifestyle, and traditions of the Land Down Under — inspired enough to incorporate them into an all-new Swiss-made, Australian-designed watch brand, Bausele, which stands for “Beyond Australian Elements.”
The Bausele Oceanmoon II is available in four versions, in four different case materials and finishes, with distinctively Australian names: Currawong (rose-gold-plated steel case, black dial), Magpie (steel case, white dial), Cave Black (steel case with black finish, black dial), and Drover (steel case, black dial). All of the watches come with a five-year warranty (you can secure an additional year by registering the watch online) and are priced at $890.
As for the “Australian elements” the Oceanmoon II shares with the rest of the Bausele line, each timepiece features a hollow glass crown through which the owner can glimpse an actual living element of Australia — red earth from the Outback, sand from one of the country’s beaches, or opal from beneath the Australian soil. As the company proudly states, the watches allow their owners to literally carry a piece of Australia with them.