Posted on 20 August 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
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
Posted on 13 August 2014 by Patrick Kansa
As we’ve written on these pages before, the Venn diagram overlap between watch enthusiasts and car enthusiasts is not small, by any means. Mix in a specific brand, and it might limit things some, but for those the brand meshes with, it’ll be right up their alley. So, is the Frederique Constant Healey GMT 24H for you? Continue Reading
Posted on 12 August 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
I view a lot of crowd funded projects, and have backed a couple of watch projects myself, but every once in awhile a project just blows up on a crowd funding site, and that is what has happened to the Ritot Projection watch on Indiegog0. With the project slated to end funding on August 21, the watch project has already garnered over $750,000 in pledges against a goal of $50,000. And it is a very cool concept. I just wonder if it will ever make it past the point of being a concept. Continue Reading
Posted on 11 August 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
Projects Watches is an interesting brand, putting out low cost quartz watches driven not be fashion, but by design aesthetic. We have covered them on our pages before, and recently they reached out to us for a new watch they are debuting, the Projects Watches Twirl. The brand’s tag line for the watch is “a new interpretation of time,” but I see it more as a unique but still readable variation on the standard 2-hander. Continue Reading
Posted on 07 August 2014 by Patrick Kansa
If you’ve been reading here for any amount of time, you know I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for New Zealand brand Magrette. Most of this stems from the fact that the Regattare 2011 was the first automatic I ever had. As of late, though, it’s of course influenced by the tremendous value I feel you get your for money. You may also realize that I love a good GMT complication. While this new watch doesn’t quite hit that mark, the Magrette Dual Time has a fun trick up it’s sleeve. Continue Reading
Posted on 04 August 2014 by Patrick Kansa
Ok, so that last Kickstarter project I put up was a bit of a last minute affair (that’s what we get for having me cover these instead of Matt, eh?), so I’m making amends this time around. We’re giving you plenty of advance notice for the latest US-built watch on Kickstarter, the Smith and Bradley Ambush. Continue Reading
Posted on 30 July 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
If you have read the site for a while, you should be aware of TokyoFlash Japan, a watch maker that specialized in… alternative displays built into digital watches. We have reviewed a number of their watches to date, and they just reached out to us for a launch deal on the new TokyoFlash Japan Kisai Kaidoku Wood. Through around 7:00 Pacific on July 30, you can get this watch for the introductory price of $109 (I don’t know what it goes up to after that). Continue Reading
Posted on 29 July 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
For a lot of guys, a diver is the default tool watch. The cases are usually fairly beefy, and that translates to masculine, the watches themselves are rugged, they serve a purpose, and they broadcast to the world that you are a man of action. So you might as well inject a little style into the watch as well. That is where the Lew & Huey Orthos comes in with their latest Kickstarter campaign. These ‘friends of the site’ have put their fifth model up for sale, and the first true diver of the bunch.
Like the previous watches from the brand, this one is an automatic, powered by a Seiko Calibre 4r36 (NH35), which is both haking and hand winding, with a 41 hour power reserve. The 42mm case and bracelet are done in brushed stainless, and there is a slightly domed sapphire crystal up front. The watch offers 30 ATM (990 feet) or water resistance and a 120 click uni-directional bezel, so yes, this is a true diver’s watch. Not that you have to wear it diving. Visually, the dial is very attractive with both a color fade and a sunburst pattern. After reviewing their Acionna, I can attest that they make interesting dials that really pop in the sunlight.
With this as their fifth model debuting on Kickstarter, I have to commend the brand for doing things right on the site. This is a new model, and the prototypes do not always match the final product. The project page does a very good job in laying out how the watch is going to change from prototype to final project, something I think all watch makers looking to move to crowd funding should understand and emulate. The price for a watch is $400, and there are a number of other types of rewards offered. There are two versions a red and a blue face. I like the looks of the red face, but I also really like the orange bezel on the blue watch. And no, I would not suggest pairing them, as I think it would be too much. The lume on the watch also looks to be well done and appropriate for this type of watch. If you are looking for a budget minded diver, check out the project page. lewandhuey.com
- Brand & Model: Lew & Huey Orthos
- Price: $400
- Who we think it might be for: Everyone needs a diver.
- Would I buy or recommend it just on the photos?: Yes, the brand delivers on their watches.
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: Expansion built into the clasp.
- What spoke to me the most about this watch: I like the color fade in the dial.