Posted on 07 March 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
The Devon Tread watch was one of the first of the way out there modern watches that I found absolutely fascinating and drool worthy. The First Tread was a modern engineering marvel, ready to be worn by captains of industry and political movers and shakers, but it also had an ascetic that would feel at home on the wrist of a steam-punk enthusiast. Continue Reading
Posted on 06 March 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
A new Kickstarter campaign is starting from Zelos, offering a 100M water resistant diver with a couple of unique twists (project page). Common to the line is an internally rotating bezel, which I am seeing on a few higher end dive watches, but not in this price and feature range yet. What is most unique in a relatively inexpensive watch like this is the choice of a bronze case as an alternative to the 316 stainless that is also offered. Fitting for the materials of choice, the watch is named the Helmsman. Continue Reading
Posted on 04 March 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
Cvstos is a small, relatively new high end Swiss boutique watchmaker which has zoomed out of the gate, making several very highly detailed designs over their 5 year history. Several of the watches are housed in very elaborate tonneau style cases, as it is utilized for the brand new Gustave Eiffel design. The latticework on the case and the symmetrical archways made this watch instantly recognizable as an homage to Paris’ Eiffel Tower, Gustave Eiffel’s most well known design.
The 53.7mm by 41mm case is really an exhibition for the movement itself, with large sapphire crystals front and back. The dial elements are minimized and are more suspended over the movement than trimmed away to provide a skeleton look. The three-hand watch is available in either stainless steel or bronze PVD treated steel, and is powered by a skeletonized Cvstos CVS350 automatic winding movement with black rhodium treatment. The date wheel has also been skeletonized, and the screws, crown, indices and hands are all rendered in 5N rose/red gold.
- Brand & Model: Cvstos Gustave Eiffel
- Price: TBD, but not for the faint of heart
- Who we think it might be for: High end watch collector
- Would I buy or recommend it just on the photos?: Recommend, most certainly; but since it is likely out of my price range, buying isn’t in the cards.
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: Courtesy copies to bloggers?
- What spoke to me the most about this watch: The exhibition movement.
Posted on 17 February 2014 by Patrick Kansa
Ok, so the trend I started to predict last week (about a string of watches that prominently featured different date displays) didn’t hold true, but I do have a continuity for you – today we’re going to talk about another new model from Christoper Ward. This time, we’re going to have a look at their latest version of the C7 Chronometer, this time around in Italian Racing Red. Continue Reading
Posted on 13 February 2014 by Patrick Kansa
Looks like we’re shaping up with at least a few days here of watches that feature interesting twists on the display of the date. Many readers of this site of course know Christoper Ward as the British brand turning out interesting designs at affordable pricepoints (with some more recent forays into higher end pieces as well). Their latest brings to bear a design feature that I don’t know that we’ve seen before from the brand – a big day/date display. Continue Reading
Posted on 12 February 2014 by Patrick Kansa
The last time I had some hands-on time with a piece from Smith & Bradley, I was taking a look at their Sans 13 model, which I was in a sense previewing before their Kickstarter campaign finished. That campaign was ultimately successful, and they’ve turned their attention in a new campaign from a quartz tactical watch to an automatic diver. Will the Atlantis project sink like the mythical city? I don’t think so, but read on to see what the watch is all about. Continue Reading
Posted on 11 February 2014 by Patrick Kansa
Just recently, Peter Speake-Marin (and his eponymous company) introduced quite an intriguing new model, the aptly-named Spirit Wing Commander. Not only does this continue with the design DNA we’ve seen in previous designs from the brand, it gives us a refreshing take on an aviation watch. Continue Reading
Posted on 10 February 2014 by Patrick Kansa
I’ve been a fan of the various watch lines that Archimede has produced, covering them both here and over on aBlogtoWatch. For the various lines I’ve covered, though, I’ve not taken notice of their SportTaucher line. Recently, they introduced a new model to the lineup, the SportTaucker K (or SportTaucher Compass). Continue Reading