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Brigade 7 Scope – Taking Aim at a Budget Automatic

Posted on 22 July 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

Brigade 7 Scope 01 I like finding good values in a watch, without resorting to too many compromises.  There are values to be had at all different price points, but at the entry level point, I find that you have to sacrifice more of what you would want to get a good value.  Enter a Kickstarter campaign for the Brigade 7 Scope watch, an automatic with a lot of features for a very low introductory price. Continue Reading

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CCCP Shchuka Watch Review

Posted on 21 July 2014 by Patrick Kansa

CCCP-Shchuka-13When you first start getting into watches, you find yourself swimming in the waters of familiar brands. Then you venture out into some deeper waters when you find the online forums, and you start running across a wide variety of brands, especially if you’re talking about older, second-hand watches. A large segment of those older watches (at least from when I was on that path) seem to revolve around watches coming from the former Soviet Union. They’ve got their ardent supporters, for sure, and now there’s a new brand playing in that pool. Today, we’ll take a look at the CCCP Shchuka. Continue Reading

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Orbital by element watch, A Family Affair

Posted on 17 July 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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There are a lot of kickstarter watch projects where the creator has a dream of designing a watch, and then connects with a manufacturer in China to produce the watch.  Well, element watches adds a twist to that formula, in that the watch manufacturer back in China is owned by the designer’s father.  The Orbital by element watch is the company’s second bite at the kickstarter apple, and in my opinion it is a more attractive watch than the (unsuccessful) first project. Continue Reading

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Tsovet SVT-RS40, California Dreaming… In the Space Age

Posted on 16 July 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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You learn something new every day.  I had seen Tsovet watches on-line and in stores, and with the “Swiss Made” designation, I just figured they were a European brand selling their wares on these shores.  Little did I realize that the brand is actually out of Newport Beach, a mere couple of miles from where I sit writing this review.  The Watch Co., an authorized retailer of Tsovet watches was kind enough to send me one a Tsovet SVT-RS40 men’s analog watches for review, and I have really enjoyed wearing it. Continue Reading

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Introducing the Gavox Squadron: Military-Issue, Civilian-Ready

Posted on 15 July 2014 by Patrick Kansa

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When it comes to military-inspired watches, we really don’t have a shortage of options. When it comes to watches that have actually been issued to a military force, and then made available to the general public, well, that’s a much smaller pool of companies. One of the latest to join those ranks is the Gavox Squadron. Continue Reading

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Klaus Kobec Taj Mahal Review

Posted on 14 July 2014 by Patrick Kansa

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Often when a watch draws inspiration from something in the world – be it a car, plane, or even a city – things are limited to smaller touches, or perhaps something on the caseback. With the Klaus Kobec Taj Mahal, however, you’ve got the namesake inspiration front and center. Continue Reading

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The TokyoFlash Kisai Sequence – as Cryptic as You Want To Be

Posted on 09 July 2014 by Patrick Kansa

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While some of the offerings from TokyoFlash have been exercises in relearning to tell time, some of their more recent releases have been much easier to read. Their latest, the TokyoFlash Kisai Sequence, is definitely in that easier-to-read camp. Continue Reading

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The Swatch Sistem51 Hands-On Review

Posted on 03 July 2014 by Patrick Kansa

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It’s not uncommon for there to be great anticipation when a new product is announced, and then we anxiously wait for it to actually hit the market. The watch industry is certainly not immune to this effect, and there’s been one mechanical watch that has been generating a lot of buzz over the past months – the Swatch Sistem51.  The day has finally arrived, and Sistem51 is here on our shores. On July 1 it was unveiled at the flagship store for Swatch in Times Square, and on July 8 a pop-up store hits San Francisco (101 Grant St) for the watch.
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