Earlier this year, I reviewed the TACS Automatic Vintage Lens II, as its name says it, it’s a watch with the looks of a vintage camera lens. I was really impressed with the attention to every detail of the designer and founder of TACS, Yoshiaki Motegi, and now with the approach of the holiday season, they asked me if I would be interested in taking a look at another version of this model, the NATO Lens, but going through their holiday specials, there was another model that caught my attention, the 24-hour Day & Night.
Ever since I was into watches, I always found 24-hour watches to be a very special category of timekeeping instruments because they force you to think about time in a new way. I remember the first 24-hour watch I saw was a Raketa from the Soviet period when these watches were given to officers of the Red Army who would serve near the North Pole or on a submarine. These are the conditions where a 24-hour watch would serve a practical purpose, an environment where you would be cut off from the normal cycle of days and nights, where you would have a hard time telling if it’s 2 o’clock in the morning or in the afternoon. If with a three-hand 24-hour Raketa time reveals its relativity, imagine the uncanny feeling when reading time on a 24-hour watch with a single hand.
On the TACS Day & Night, the hour hand is advancing in a calm, imperceptible way around the dial, giving the impression that time stands still. This stillness combined with the minimalistic design of the watch creates a Zen ambience on your wrist, a microcosmos where time runs at a different pace and you can wear it on your wrist… If with the TACS Vintage Lens, Yoshiaki Motegi is a storyteller, with the Day & Night he proves his talent as a poet too, this is a short poem written with few words, a haiku about time.
Day & Night represented by the stainless steel circle and disc as well as the division of the dial between 6 am and 6 pm into two sections with different texture and shade. The numbers and indexes are pushed to the edges of the dial, taking up very little space, reminding us again that obsessing over time is futile.
It comes with a comfortable black NATO strap made of Italian leather and on the wrist, it feels casual. About 4 mm in height and 41 mm in diameter, this watch can appeal to anyone, big or small wrist, men and women.
The regular price is $240 USD, which is a decent price considering the refinement of the design. I would argue that it is just as interesting as other models on the market at double the price. As a reader of WatchPaper, if you purchase a Day & Night before November 30, there is a 10 % discount, you just have to use Watchpaper10 as a code at the checkout. You might also want to take a look at their other Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials here.
Learn more about it and discover other color variations at https://tacs-image.com/product/day-night/