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

Posted on 20 August 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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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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Introducing the Magrette Dual Time – Double the Time, Double the Crowns

Posted on 07 August 2014 by Patrick Kansa

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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

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Introducing the Smith and Bradley Ambush Digital Analog Watch

Posted on 04 August 2014 by Patrick Kansa

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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

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Weiss Watch Company Standard Issue, Just Your Standard American Issue

Posted on 24 July 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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American watches have been popping up more and more on the site, some by design and some by accident.  The Weiss Watch Standard Issue is one of those accidental finds, something I came across while checking out site dedicated to cool toys for guys.  The fact that is it is assembles in Los Angeles, a few miles from where I write this and the city where I grew up, is a bonus in my eyes.  I am a fan of clean, readable designs with interesting touches, so this watch really ticks off the right boxes for me.

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Off the bat, the watch is driven by an ETA Unitas 6497, a hand wound movement, decorated by Weiss prior to assembly.  The brand describes the movement as based on the 6497 and “finished and assembled in Los Angeles, California from Swiss parts.”  The brand is calling it Weiss Watch Company Caliber 1001, but I like the Swiss pedigree of the movement.  The decoration is fairly simple but attractive, and the exhibition caseback shows it off nicely.  The 4 hex screws are used to secure the caseback, lending another small by distinctive touch to the watch.

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Up front, there is a sword style handset that harkens to a Flieger style, which is reinforced by the markings, giving it the distinctive military feel without really putting it in the pilot watch category.  A sub-dial for seconds is at 9:00, very readable, and there is no date, which I like more and more.  Two options are offered, a white and a black dial version, both a green canvass strap (options are available for leather or other colors of canvass).

The two models are otherwise identical, with 42mm diameter cases, 12.8 mm tall.  The front and caseback crystals are sapphire, with the front crystal double domed, another nice touch that gives a vintage feel in a modern watch.  Weiss is taking pre-orders now with anticipated delivery at the end of July, so you may not have to wait long for yours.  weisswatchcompany.com

Watch Overview

  • Brand & Model: Weiss Watch Company Standard Issue
  • Price: $950
  • Who we think it might be for: Anyone looking for a clean military inspired design.
  • Would I buy or recommend it just on the photos?:  Yes, I think it really works well.
  • If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: I like it as is.
  • What spoke to me the most about this watch:  The clean design and the hand wound movement.

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The Christopher Ward C9 Harrison 5 Day Automatic Goes In-House

Posted on 07 July 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

Christopher Ward C9 01Christopher Ward is a watchmaker that gets a fair bit of space on our pages.  Not because they pay us, or advertise on the site, but because they make really nice watches and sells them at affordable price points.  I have one, a friend of mine has one, and I am pretty sure Patrick has one.  But all of these have someone else’s watch movement ticking away beneath the attractive design.  Well, CW just changed the equation.  The C9 Harrison 5 Day Automatic houses the brand’s first in-house movement, boasting a (you guessed it) 5 day power reserve. Continue Reading

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Lew & Huey Cerberus Prototype Review

Posted on 30 June 2014 by Patrick Kansa

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We’re on a bit of a Lew & Huey streak here, coveringquite a few of their watches. We’ve also been fortunate to be in a unique position with the brand, being able to spend time with prototypes (and, eventually, the production version) of their watches. Given that, we’re able to give you a hands-on take on their latest project – the Lew & Huey Cerberus.
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Purpose Driven Watches With Smarts

Posted on 26 June 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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A lot of smart watches I see try to be everything.  Email, facebook posts, texts, weather, and so on and so on.  They are not watches in a traditional sense, but rather wearable computers that display the time.  Today, I wanted to highlight two purpose driven watches that are more “connected” watches than a “do everything” wearable.  The HotBlack by Hoptroff.com and the Withings Activé are connected devices designed to do a single task, with the former connecting you to your favorite football (soccer) team and the latter tracking your daily fitness goals.  Interestingly, both watches are coming out of the UK. Continue Reading

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A Dive Watch for the Office

Posted on 29 May 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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Both Patrick and I are fans of Christopher Ward.  And we both like dive watches.  But as a diver, I see the days of needing a dive watch as long gone.  But the ruggedness of a dive watch, that is something which should stick around.  And if you take that ruggedness, and tone it down so it works as a true business watch, then you have a nice product for the real world.  Which brings me to the Christopher Ward C65 Trident Classic, available as a pre-order right now. Continue Reading

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