Introducing the Graham Chronofighter Vintage GMT

January 20, 2017 . by Jim Manley

Like so many things horological, Graham’s trigger-fired Chronofighter is no longer a functional necessity. Unless you’re a bomber pilot flying high above Europe, you don’t need the added grip that the trigger gives you for starting your chronograph with freezing fingers. But it’s still damn cool.

KLYNT Shouts “Swiss Made” from the roof tops of Genève

January 13, 2017 . by Jim Manley

We looked at the CODE41 a few weeks back and now we seem to have found its classy cousin: the KLYNT. Both have multi-piece dials, both proudly proclaim their Swiss automatic movements, and both seem to be shouting their names. But the KLYNT’s more traditional case shape and more elaborate dial might give it a…

Ringing in the New Year with Greubel Forsey’s Grande Sonnerie

January 11, 2017 . by Jim Manley

This watch costs CHF 1,150,000 or about $1,123,266. Only a handful will be released each year. But I have a working theory that a watch like this is not much different from any other mechanical watch: It does a very particular thing in a very interesting way. The particular thing this Grande Sonnerie does, as…

Zahnd & Kormann: Valjoux chronograph for the people

January 10, 2017 . by Jim Manley

Apparently, 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. Zahnd & Kormann is just a couple of friends from Switzerland and their freshman effort is proof that the democratization of watchmaking is indeed…

MJW’s A-OK! is too legit to quit

January 7, 2017 . by Jim Manley

I’ve always loved the whimsy of Mr. Jones Watches, but their last two releases have pushed past amusing into artistic. With the Whoomm and Wildstyle, they upped the technical game substantially, bringing Swiss automatic movements and Cloisonné hand-enameled dials. The A-OK! is no technical masterpiece, but it is another entry in MJW’s legit art collection—with…

Hands-on with the Spinnaker Spence SP-5039

December 28, 2016 . by Jim Manley

As we previewed a few weeks back, pioneering underwater archaeologist Edward Lee Spence inspired Spinnaker’s latest Vintage Diver. Spence discovered many Civil War-era shipwrecks, rewrote the literary history of Gone With the Wind (a few shipwrecks revealed more fact than fiction in Margaret Mitchell’s classic), and founded the International Diving Institute to train and certify commercial deep-sea divers. Spence,…

A romp in the woods with Konifer’s rings and watches

December 26, 2016 . by Jim Manley

As part of our expanded focus beyond watches, Canadian firm Konifer sent us a woodsy review bundle: the Sequoia Maple watch and the KT001 ring. Even though they are from the same company, I think they will appeal to very different buyers. The watch is very taste-specific, but the ring could easily have broad appeal….