Pit-row preview: Introducing the Geckota C-1 Racing Chronograph

February 21, 2017 . by Jim Manley

I have to wonder if Geckota is embarrassed by its new C1 Racing Chronograph. They shouldn’t be; although it’s obviously a Heuer Camaro homage it brings plenty of new ideas to the table. But they seem to want to avoid that inspiration because the Camaro is just about the only chronograph they don’t mention in…



Rethinking Swiss Made: Hands-on with the Lundis Bleus

February 16, 2017 . by Jim Manley

It’s a story as old as Kickstarter: Two friends get together to start a watch brand, sourcing the parts from Asia to make a three-hand watch. But with Lundis Bleus, there’s a rare twist: These two guys are legitimate watchmakers from La Chaux-de-Fonds, in the heart of the Swiss watch valley, and they are using…



Xeric’s latest retrograde-ish project: Evergraph

February 13, 2017 . by Jim Manley

Love ’em or hate ’em, Xeric are doing interesting things with time telling. Since their original pseudo-retrograde watch hit Kickstarter in 2013, they have earned a dedicated following. This latest iteration of their unique design was funded in hours and has surpassed their $50,000 goal many times over.



Clairette Watches hits Kickstarter with vintage charm

February 7, 2017 . by Jim Manley

Stockholm-based Clairette Watches backs up its claims of historical inspiration with two fairly authentic numbers: 38 mm and 34 mm. Those are the classic sizes of its new Miyota 1L45 quartz-powered watch. In a sea of watches 40 mm and larger, Clairette has set itself apart, and that vintage gambit seems to have paid off….



More than a movement: Hands-on with the Bulova Moonwatch

February 3, 2017 . by Jim Manley

I’m usually cold on quartz because it lacks the whiz-bang micro-mechanized intricacy of a mechanical movement. On the other hand, Bulova’s quartz-powered revival of Astronaut David Scott’s Apollo 15 prototype works on a few levels. First, it tells a lost chapter in the tale of watches and rockets that has been dominated by the Speedmaster for…



Christopher Ward Picks Up Where the C1 Grand Malvern Left Off

January 27, 2017 . by Jim Manley

Christopher Ward ushers in a third-generation today, updating their entry-level automatic dress watch (the C5 Malvern Automatic MK III) and their dressy quartz chronograph (the C3 Malvern Chronograph MK III). After reviewing the flagship C1 Grand Malvern Power Reserve, I was excited to see what was next from Christopher Ward. With these two updates, I think…



The Milky Way to spend $225K: Introducing the DB25L Milky Way

January 27, 2017 . by Jim Manley

De Bethune has been playing at celestial complications for most of its 15 years making high-end watches, but none quite transport you to the stars like their new DB25L Milky Way. The Milky Way shares much with the existing DB25L, but adds a magical gold dusting that represents our corner of the universe.