Posted on 03 July 2014 by Patrick Kansa
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.
Posted on 09 January 2014 by Patrick Kansa
Bausele is a brand we’ve not heard from since we took a look at their Surf Watch(parts 1 and 2) back in early 2012. Well, the Australian brand hasn’t fallen off of the edge of the earth. To the contrary, they’ve been plugging along, and now they’re back with their first automatic model. Continue Reading
Posted on 02 January 2014 by Patrick Kansa
Earlier this year, we brought you word (here) of the Sans-13, the first crowd-funded watch from Smith & Bradley (you can see my hands-on review of it right here). When I met with the company, they had said they were planning an automatic for the future. Well, that future has arrived, and Matt Himmelstein is giving us his thoughts on their recently-launched Kickstarter campaign.
Posted on 26 December 2013 by Patrick Kansa
Our pal Matt Himmelstein is back with another Kickstarter watch, the Mouve M01. If you ask me, this one definitely has hints of Panerai and/or Tsovet – which I’ll leave to you as to whether or not that’s a good thing. Read on to see what Matt thought of the watch.
Posted on 23 December 2013 by Patrick Kansa
Aviation watches. These seem to be one of the more popular styles of watches, second perhaps only to dive watches (this is solely based on the types of watches I’ve had crossing my desk for reivew, not any empirical data). So, then, it seems only appropriate that a new watch brand would take that to heart. So much, in fact, that they’ve wrapped it right up in their name: AVI-8. Today, we’ll get into their history a bit, and then dive into a hands-on review of one of their Flyboy models. Continue Reading
Posted on 17 December 2013 by Patrick Kansa
Orient is a brand that can sometimes be a hit-or-miss affair, at least for me. Some of their designs are spot on (and are available at amazing prices), and others look like something that you’re going to see in a late-night infomercial, and that price begins to look a little suspicious. One of their more recent models, the Bambino, is in the hit category, and their latest iteration to the lineup takes it in a very nice vintage-inspired direction. Continue Reading
Posted on 16 December 2013 by Patrick Kansa
When it comes to flieger-style watches, you’ve got a lot of options in the marketplace – at least when it comes to look-alikes (ie, the dial at least has the dotted triangle). If you’re looking for one that’s a biit truer to the originals, and you don’t want to break the bank, then you’ll want to read on for more about the Timefactors Speedbird III. Continue Reading
Posted on 03 December 2013 by Patrick Kansa
While I’m not familiar with the first iteration of Speake-Marin’s Spirit line, when I caught sight of the Spirit MK II DLC, I definitely had my attention captured. Sure, putting a coat of DLC on something doesn’t necessarily make for a better, or necessarily different, watch. Here, however, it makes for quite a nice piece. Continue Reading