No Boys Allowed: new Victorinox I.N.O.X. V

May 18, 2017 . by Jim Manley

If the feminist enforcers at Jezebel or Mic ever get hold of the press release for the new Victorinox I.N.O.X. V “ladies’ timepiece” they will rend their garments and burn the atelier to the ground.  I’ll leave clichés about “today’s empowered women” and “a mad dash across a rush-hour station on high heels” to them. But…



Hands on with the Nodus Trieste diver

May 12, 2017 . by Jim Manley

Dive watches are a dime-a-dozen, and independent brands sometimes skimp on quality or originality to make a market. Not the Nodus Trieste. It stands out with exceptional build quality, subtly unique details, and two price points that both deliver great value. This is the first watch from LA-based Nodus—I hope it’s the first of many.



Hands-on with the new Christopher Ward C3 Malvern Chronograph MK III

April 28, 2017 . by Jim Manley

The design revolution continues apace at Christopher Ward. The new C3 Malvern Chronograph MK III checks a lot of the same boxes as its automatic cousin, the C5 Malvern Automatic MK III. That means it has a nice slim case (but with some extra finishing), an uncluttered dial (even with two extra registers), and a solid swiss…



Zahnd & Kormann: chronograph me one more time

April 25, 2017 . by Jim Manley

When we announced the first release from Zahnd & Kormann—a Valjoux 7751 automatic chronograph at a fairly reasonable price—we celebrated that “all it takes to start a watch company these days is to be a couple of thirty-something guys from Switzerland. Or Australia. Or anywhere in between. And that is fantastic.” And it still is…



Introducing the Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern Jumping Hour

April 20, 2017 . by Jim Manley

The Malvern Massacre continues, and this time it’s personal. No watch will be spared in Christopher Ward’s march to modernity; their jumping hour timepiece is the next to undergo a makeover inspired by the C1 Grand Malvern Power Reserve. The old C9 Jumping Hour MKIII is one of my personal favorites (which I’m coincidentally wearing…



Hands-on with the new Christopher Ward C5 Malvern Automatic MK III

March 30, 2017 . by Jim Manley

When we previewed the new Christopher Ward C5 Malvern Automatic MK III there were obvious design inspirations from the flagship C1 Grand Malvern Power Reserve. Hands-on, that inspiration is still evident, but it’s faint. Everything that made the C1’s design special is here, but more muted. Still, this is a far cry from the stuffy old…



His and Hers Hands-on with MJW Colour Venn and Cyclops

March 23, 2017 . by Jim Manley

Precision is overrated. You obviously agree, or you wouldn’t be here reading about inherently inaccurate mechanical watches. You and I appreciate the fact that craftsmanship and style are usually more important than down-to-the-second accuracy. Mr. Jones Watches takes that appreciation to the extreme with two of its more colorful watches: Colour Venn and Cyclops. My…