A Few Interesting Sales Over at ToM

Posted on 26 August 2014

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It has been a bit since I brought you word of some intriguing sales over at Touch of Modern, and there are two interesting ones live now, one from a brand we’ve reviewed here previously.  So, let’s see what some of the sales over at ToM are. Continue Reading

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Under $500

Matthew Humphries Design MHD02, Vintage Looks, Vintage Size

Posted on 26 August 2014

Mathew Humpries Design MHD02 01

My exposure to new watch brands frequently comes not from traditional watch industry sources, but rather from the world of design and gadgets, especially through other web sites that curate cool new items.  When I saw the Matthew Humphries Design MHD02, it really resonated with me.  The design is clean, bold, and readable with just a dash of color.  I wish it were a tad bigger, but then I would be really tempted to buy one for myself. Continue Reading

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Crowd Funded, Under $500

Twigs Woodwear Natural Time, For the Treehuggers

Posted on 25 August 2014

Twigs Woodwear Natural Time 01

What makes a watch cheap, and what makes it inexpensive?  In both cases, the watch itself has to be sold at a low price point, but the former only has that going for it, while the latter offers something else, a deign, a point of interest, some reason to like the watch other than the price.  The Twigs Woodwear Natural Time is an inexpensive watch, not necessarily a cheap one.  At $50 or less, it hits a low price point, but it offers something back in the way of the materials of construction.

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I like it when wood is integrated into a watch design in a smart way.  I have seen some unattractive wood designs that are too chunky, where the material choice does not make sense for the design.  With the Twigs Woodwear Natural Time, the designers have built a standard case out of ebony wood which does a good job of featuring the product, without going out of way to club you over the head with it.  The watch utilizes ebony wood in three case sizes, 36, 40 and 45mm, so you have your pick of a style that suits your wrist.  As of this writing, the project is nearly at the funding goal of $15,000, with early bird deals on the small medium and large sizes still available at $30, $40 and $50 , respectively.

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This is a watch under $50, so don’t expect a lot of bells and whistles.  It is a simple 3-hander, with a Swiss quartz movement and mineral glass.  It is “splash” water resistant, so no swimming (or showering), and it is offered on two different leather or one cloth strap.  The company is selling other products, including a bamboo watch on their web site and wood sunglasses.  In addition to being a variation someone could introduce into their own rotation, I could also see this watch as a gift for a young adult or teen who does not currently wear a watch, as a way to get them to think about a wrist watch as an option in their life.

Watch Overview

  • Brand & Model: Twigs Woodwear Natural Time
  • Price: $50 or less
  • Who we think it might be for: Someone looking for a different look in a fashion watch.
  • Would I buy or recommend it just on the photos?:  At this price, it is not going to be an amazing product, but I think it would be fun for the right peson.
  • If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: Offer other finishes/woods.
  • What spoke to me the most about this watch:  I like how the wood was used.

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Historical Horology

Historical Horology: The First Rolex Certified Chronometer

Posted on 24 August 2014


If you spend any amount of time looking at the dial of a Rolex, you’ll notice the wording that shows up. Look at another one from a different lineup, and you’ll see the same words appearing – certified chronometer. Far from being a bunch of marketing fluff, this is something Rolex rather prides themselves on, and made the decision from early on that all of their watches would carry this certification. As with all things, it had to start somewhere, and that’s what we’re talking about today – the first Rolex Certified Chonometer. Continue Reading

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Watching The Web

Watching The Web for August 23, 2014

Posted on 23 August 2014


Welcome back to our weekly installment, Watching the Web, where we have a quick look at some interesting watches and articles that have popped up over the last week, as well as taking a second look at what some of our more popular articles this week were. Today, we’ve got a look at how to age an undyed leather strap, and the first hands-on review I’ve seen for the new Omega Seamaster 300. After those, we’ll highlight (as usual) some of our more popular posts from the last week. Read on to see what we’ve got in store for you. Continue Reading

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JEANRICHARD, Over $1000, Reviews

JeanRichard Aquascope Hokusai Review

Posted on 22 August 2014


A year ago, I couldn’t have told you one thing about the JeanRichard brand. My, how times have changed. In that intervening period, I’ve reviewed their Aeroscope (link) and Terrascope (link), which is how I really came to appreciate their case construction and styling. If you couldn’t tell by the names, those watches were air and land oriented. That leaves just one family in the lineup, their divers. And for that, we’ve got something pretty special – the JeanRichard Aquascope Hokusai. Continue Reading

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Crowd Funded, Over $1000, Under $1000

Aegaon Brings Big Watches From Estonia

Posted on 21 August 2014


We’ve featured a variety of crowd-funded watch projects on here, with a good bit of diversity in the products being presented. One thing that hasn’t been as diverse are the countries these watches are coming out from. It’s in that light (and my own family background) that I found myself rather interested to see a watch coming from Estonia – Aegaon. Continue Reading

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christopher ward, New Models, Over $1000, Pre-Orders

Christopher Ward C70 3527 GT Chronometer, How do you upcycle a Ferrari?

Posted on 20 August 2014

C70 3527 GT Chronometer 01

Not many of us are going to be able to afford a truly limited edition car, let alone one that is as steeped in racing history as a Ferrari GTO.  After all, one did sell at auction for the princely sum of $52,000,000.  But what if you could own a piece of one?  A small sliver, but a piece none the less?  That is what Christoper Ward is offering with the C70 3527 GT Chronometer, a bit of the metal from one of these cars built into the watch. Continue Reading

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