TACS designs the AVL II with fisheye layered sapphire glass to look like a camera lens

TACS designs the AVL II with fisheye layered sapphire glass to look like a camera lens

as part of a camera-themed series of timepieces, japanese brand TACS unveils its latest design – the dark metal automatic vintage lens II (AVL II). created to evoke the feel of a camera with a minimal yet powerful aesthetic, the new edition makes the perfect accessory for photography and videography enthusiasts. 

by combining the essentials of a timepiece with the recognizable features of a camera, AVL II is the perfect balance of both.

all images courtesy of TACS



TACS has spared no details to create the AVL II. the piece features a skeleton back to highlight the timeless beauty of camera and watch mechanics, fisheye layered sapphire glass with an anti-reflective coating that mimics the look of a camera lens, a diamond-cut crown, an etched rotating bezel and even unique minute indicators complete with focal length digits. 

a camera lens is made up of several layers, AVL II recreates this effect by ensuring that the watch face design is also layered so that the same depth effect can be achieved.



the dark metal variant retains the essence of what made the original AVL II but adds a new stylistic flair that takes the original concept to a new level. the all-black color and design makes the watch look far more powerful and impactful than it did before. with super-luminova technology, this new timepiece ensures exceptional readability even in the darkest conditions. 

TACS has opted to use high-quality sapphire crystal for the glass of its timepiece. the front glass also features anti-reflective coating so that viewing angles are suitable even in bright sunlight.



usually reserved for luxury watches, the stainless-steel deployant strap boosts the aesthetic, ruggedness and longevity of the timepiece. launching on TACS’s official site this thanksgiving 2019, people who sign up from the dark metal AVL II landing page will be able to get 30% off the original price of $599.


AVL II features a screw-down crown with a diamond-cut pattern on it. this is not only nice to the touch and pleasing to the eye, but also gives off a quintessentially camera-related vibe.

taking inspiration from the camera, AVL II also has etched its rotating bezel to give off that essential camera feel.

AVL II has cleverly replaced traditional minute indicators with popular camera focal lengths as a special nod to avid camera enthusiasts. 


set as the centerpiece of the watch face, the open-heart movement is both beautiful and fascinating to see.

made with quality deployant metal straps, AVL II provides a luxury solution that increases durability, boosts longevity and ensures the timepiece will never come loose.

with super-luminova technology, AVL II shines bright in even the most challenging conditions.



product info:


product name: automatic vintage lens II (AVL II)

design: TACS


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