As we spoke about in our initial hands-on review of the Filson Journeyman GMT, I view the Filson line of watches as a way for Shinola to sort of play around with their designs a bit, and take things in slightly different directions. While I would not go so far as to say that the Filson Dutch Harbor is breaking new ground, it is definitely a rather comely implementation of a dive watch.
If you stop and think about it, watches really are an accessory. Yes, they are extremely useful accessories, but they are add-ons to what we wear, are they not? If we pull on that thread of reasoning, then, the topic of watches, and what watch you wear, is really an extension of what might be called Men’s Fashion, or Men’s Style. To that end, we here at WWR thought it would make sense to start taking a look at items from the world of Men’s style, hopefully in scenarios where it’s somehow related to the watch world. In this case, we had a perfect stop-off point for our first foray – Filson. They have been making watches with Shinola, which are largely an extension of the great product catalog they have built up. That means that, for our inaugural Men’s Style post, we will take a look at the Filson Short Cruiser, which we had in at the same time as the Filson Dutch Harbor.
Welcome back (or just welcome if this is your first time here) to our weekly installment, Watching the Web, where we point out interesting watches and articles that have popped up over the last week (or so), and we take a second look at our more popular posts over the same span. Today, I am going to highlight the Urwerk UR-105 TA from A Blog to Watch, Hodinkee’s look at the NOMOS Lambda, and a Kickstarter campaign for hand made watch boxes. From our site, we have an exclusive review of the Filson Journeyman GMT, a look at the Swatch Sistem 51 update, and for the 3rd week in a row, the Ventus Caspian on Kickstarter.
As always, thank you for taking the time to join us for our weekly feature, Watching the Web, where we point you to interesting posts we find on other sites, as well as highlight our own popular articles. The week, from across the web, I have reviews of Nomos and Ressence watches, and a short round-up of independent watchmakers. From our own site, seeing how this is the penultimate weekend of the year, I would highlight our most popular posts for the last 12 months.
I don’t think it will come as a surprise to our regular readers that I really like Nomos, I just wish the watches were a little more… modern in their sizing. Take the Nomos Metro Neomatik that ABTW covered. Wow that is pretty. It is also only 35mm. These days, anything under 40 seems small to me. But if you can wear a more traditional case size, you should check it out.
When I saw that Ressence came out with the dive watch, the Type 5, I knew I would instantly want one. Of course, I also instantly knew I could not afford one, but such is reality. But oh my is it a lovely watch. Hodenkee has a run down on the watch, and it just looks so darned cool.
Turning inward, we have our most popular articles from the last year. I am limiting this to articles that were posts in the last 15 months, since we have a lot of older articles that get listed as top posts, but I wanted to highlight the more recent reviews, and include those from late 2014 that remained popular in 2015. Like our number one post, the Tissot Visodate Milanais. Patrick had this watch in for a hands on in October of 2014. It is a sharp looking Swiss automatic that also represents a good value if you want a dressier watch.
Sitting just behind the Tissot was Patrick’s look at the watches made for Filson by Shinola. Given that both of these brands have a large following, it was not surprising that linking the two brands would produce a popular watch. For me, I think these are the most attractive watches Shinola has made.
Sitting at number 3 was my look at the Tissot Quickster. I thought it was a well designed and attractive chronograph, from a reputable Swiss watchmaker at an affordable price point.
Our number 4 post is sitting right at that 15 month posting limit, and is probably the most surprising and divisive review. I took a look at the Michael Kors Jetmaster Automatic in October of 2014. The chrono look-alike (the subdials are day/date/month and 24 hour GMT) isn’t something I would buy, but I thought it was attractive and was appreciative that a fashion designer was putting an automatic watch out on the market. You can also read what ABTW had to say about it.
Finally, our fifth most popular post is captured by yet another Tissot, this time the T-Touch Expert Solar. If you want a non-GPS watch for your outdoor activities, this micro-motor driven, solar powered watch could be the ticket.
There is a little under 2 weeks left to get into our current giveaway for a Benrus Sky Chief. The entry process requires two steps, first comment on the Give Way page, and then follow the link there to the contest entry page.
We do also have a bonus giveaway for a Citizen Eco-Drive as well. This another two-parter, with you needing to put your entry in here, and then commenting on the original review.
We also want to put the call out for wrist shots of our reader’s favorite (or at least favorite of the moment) watches. Put together an email of your wrist shot and tell us a little about the watch and why you love it. If you happened to be introduced to it through our site (or won it through a give-away), even better. Just make sure the image is a JPEG and at least 800 pixels wide.
With that, I will wrap up this edition of Watching the Web. As always, if there’s something you think we should be covering, feel free to drop us a line. If you bring something up that we end up writing about, we’ll be sure to tip our hats (electronically, if not literally) in your general direction.
Welcome one and all to our weekly installment of Watching the Web, where we point you (momentarily) away from our site to some interesting watches related articles from across the net, and we recap some of our own more popular articles. Today, I am going to cover a new Kickstarter project, a watch launch from my hometown of Chicago, and then some more insight about Rolex. After that, of course, we dig into our own archives to see what was popular this week.
When it comes to outdoors-oriented brands, Filson is one of the longer-running names that are around today. This has allowed them to expand what they offer in a variety of directions, say, like their collaboration with the US Forestry Service (got to love that logo, right?). As they’re owned by the same group running Shinola, an expansion into watches made sense. An earlier outing had very much a Shinola feel to it (see here), but they’re expanded into stuff that is all their own. One of the latest is the Filson Field Watch, which we recently spent time with.
Back in March, we brought you word of the newest watch from the Filson and Shinola collaboration, the Filson Dutch Harbor. In that overview, I felt the watch was a slick take on a dive watch. How does that impression hold up now that I have spent some time with the Filson Dutch Harbor on the wrist? Let’s dive in and have a look.
We first brought you word of the new Filson (by Shinola) watches in February. While they are, at their heart, Shinola watches, they have a different look and feel to them that switching to the Filson name allows (sort of how auto manufacturers go for different styles on the same basic platform across brands). My preferences being what they are, I found myself drawn to the GMT models being released, along with their tincloth straps. To the best of my knowledge, we are the first site able to bring you a hands-on review of the Filson Journeyman GMT.
I have made no secret my affinity for the watches that Shinola produces. Sure, not every single one of them is a home run for me, personally, but in general I like what they’re doing, and in specific, I like how they brought some industry back to Detroit. I have also long admired Filson (and one day hope to add a tin cloth jacket to my closet) as they have produced some amazing, long-lasting gear. Well, these two companies have teamed up to create a new line of Filson watches.
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