Category Archives: Manual

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Introducing Arcane Watches

Hey, guys and gals, ready to hear about another new watch brand that’s starting up? Wait, wait, don’t run away. What if I told you it was all American-made (not just built in the States)? Ok, ok, well, how about if it managed to recycle not just old pocket watch movements (that’s how you can get an American-made movement), but also the material used for the case? Well, then, hopefully we have your interest, as the new Arcane Watches look to be interesting.

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Introducing the Junghans Meister Driver Handaufzug

As you are no doubt aware, BaselWorld will be kicking off again here pretty soon, which means we will start seeing a lot more announcements about new models and versions. A lot of this comes from the luxury brands, and that is not really where we tend to dwell here at WWR. No, we like our watches affordable and interesting. Sure, the Junghans Meister Driver Handaufzug is not a sub-$500 indie watch, but this one certainly checks off a lot of boxes for me.

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The Marloe Cherwell – A Personal Relationship

OK, you only have a few dozen hours to get behind the crowd-funded kick off of the Marloe Cherwell, but better late than never, am I right? The brand was nice enough to loan me black and white dial versions, and I really liked them. OK, I was probably predisposed, since the watches are hand wound minimalist watches without a date window, but just because a watch was built practically with me in mind, that does not mean I would love it, or does it?

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Vortic Boston 48, Take a Step Back in Time

I very rarely get excited about the packaging of a watch; hey it is a box… If there is an accessory in there, a watch roll, a tool, spare straps, then it is a very nice bonus. But when I pulled the Vortec Boston 48 out of it’s shipping box to reveal the out packaging, string wrapped and wax sealed, I was instantly feeling like I was unwrapping an old school product, even though it was shipped vial UPS next day from ½ way across the country.

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IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch, Bigger and Bigger-er

Do you like large watches? Of course, you have to define what a large watch is, and that varies from person to person, but anything around 50mm for me qualifies as a large watch. The largest watch I own is a 47mm, and it is noticably larger than the rest of my collection. Well, now I may need to rethink my upper end. The IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch comes in two flavors, with the smaller of the two sitting at 48mm. The larger one, a very robust 55mm.

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Ball Watch Trainmaster Cleveland Night Express

I will be the first to admit – I am a sucker for watches that include tritium tubes. While many of them definitely hit more of a tool- or sport-watch feel, there are ones out there that take things in a more classic, or even dressy, sort of a style. I like that juxtaposition of a classic bit of watch styling mashed up with, well, atomic age technology for illuminating the watch at night. While they live in the luxury end of the segment, the watches from Ball certainly fit that bill, and their latest, the Ball Watch Trainmaster Cleveland Night Express, looks to be another interesting iteration.

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Introducing the Limited Edition MeisterSinger Benjamin Franklin Watch

When it comes to MeisterSinger, most people immediately think of their single-hand watches. While that particular style is not to my own preferences, I have become a fan of their models that also incorporate a jump hour complication. This of course keeps the single hand aesthetic while still giving you accurate time telling. While that is certainly what I would opt for, their latest model – the MeisterSinger Benjamin Franklin – offers up something rather more intriguing.