As of April 2015, Techné, the brand managed by VANTGARD is sold in BEAMS department stores across Japan. Established in 1976 in the Harajuku district of Tokyo, Beams earned a reputation as an influencer and as one of the most respected multi-brand retailers in Japan. Besides stores in national locations, Beams have branch offices in New York, Milan, London, and Paris. The new model, Merlin 245, features a 39.5 mm case in surgical 316L stainless steel with a domed crystal in tempered glass and water-resistance to 5 bar (static depth of 50 meter). Taking cues from early aviation instruments, this model uses a luminous dial and hands; and is powered by a sturdy Miyota 1L45 quartz mechanism with metal parts and a three-year battery. The Merlin 245 comes with a machine-washable, one-size-fits-all military strap in woven nylon cut to 250 mm for the USM version and 280 mm for the GB (NATO) version.