ARC II — Havender

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Pushing the Boundaries of Material Science

Here at Arcanaut, we're dedicated to getting the most out of ourselves and the world around us. We don't look at materials in the same way as other brands. Almost everything is an opportunity for creativity. And thanks to our not-so-secret weapon (Black Badger), we're able to turn those opportunities into wearable art.

The Havender dial is crafted from a specific layer of Scandinavian mussel shells. These shells undergo a meticulous process: they are bathed in a unique solution to strip away the outer layer, then the inner layer is finely ground using a hand drill. This results in a fine powder that is transformed into a lilac-hued composite block, ready for milling. It is then beautifully accented with white lumicast hour markers.

And the name? The Scandinavian word for ocean is "Hav". Hav + Lavender is, according to us, "Havender". 

Limited by nature

During development, it became apparent that the Havender's creation process is far too labour-intensive to make its inclusion in the regular collection possible as planned.

As such, the Havender will be a one-off limited edition of the Arc II. Since there will only be one opportunity to buy it, we decided to increase the allocation from 25 to 33 pieces.

If the model is sold out on our site, don’t forget to check in with our retailers Collective Horology in California and INDP Watches in Stockholm. 

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Availability

Limited to 33 pieces — estimated delivery 8–10 weeks.

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Technical information

Dimensions

40.52 mm (excluding crown)

Case

Micro-blasted 316L stainless steel case with brushed, and hand-polished highlights

Water resistance

100 m (10 ATM)

Hands

Laser-cut stainless steel

Movement

Soprod A10 — Swiss automatic movement

Power reserve

42 hours

Dial

Havender Composite — hand-ground Scandinavian mussel shells

Limitation

33 pieces

Strap

Super ergonomic rubber strap

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Fishing For Complements

Leaving the Black Badger unattended for a weekend is never a good idea... Or is it? This time, our renegade materials alchemist took a trip to the coast in search of inspiration. What he returned with might have resulted in our best composite dial yet...

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The Havender Origin Story

Isn't it wonderful how so simple a thing can result in such untold beauty if you subject it to tender love and affection?

Or, if you're the badger, a Dremel drill. As soon as James got his haul of Scandinavian mussels back to his lab in Gothenburg, he began grinding their most attractive layer to dust, but it wasn't easy...

03

Painstaking progress

The powder takes hours to procure. Not only does only a certain layer of the mussel shell yield the right colour, the action must be performed by hand and the dust gathered incrementally by a small, specially sourced vacuum cleaner. It is not work for the faint hearted, but the results are truly spectacular.

04

A Multi-Step Process

Once the powder has been procured, it must be mixed with our ultra-clear binding agent in a controlled environment to ensure no external inclusions make their way into the mixture.

A few hours later, the compound has cured into a millable block of unique material, with each slice full of the natural character of the material that gave it life.

01

Fishing For Complements

Leaving the Black Badger unattended for a weekend is never a good idea... Or is it? This time, our renegade materials alchemist took a trip to the coast in search of inspiration. What he returned with might have resulted in our best composite dial yet...

02

The Havender Origin Story

Isn't it wonderful how so simple a thing can result in such untold beauty if you subject it to tender love and affection?

Or, if you're the badger, a Dremel drill. As soon as James got his haul of Scandinavian mussels back to his lab in Gothenburg, he began grinding their most attractive layer to dust, but it wasn't easy...

03

Painstaking progress

The powder takes hours to procure. Not only does only a certain layer of the mussel shell yield the right colour, the action must be performed by hand and the dust gathered incrementally by a small, specially sourced vacuum cleaner. It is not work for the faint hearted, but the results are truly spectacular.

04

A Multi-Step Process

Once the powder has been procured, it must be mixed with our ultra-clear binding agent in a controlled environment to ensure no external inclusions make their way into the mixture.

A few hours later, the compound has cured into a millable block of unique material, with each slice full of the natural character of the material that gave it life.

The Philosophy Of Creation

Craftsmanship

Craftsmanship

Taken from a conversation with James Thompson... It’s too rare a thing these days. Oh, sure, I know that makes me sound like a grumpy old man, but how many people do you see picking up tools, what...

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