I am not the ‘official gift guide curator here art WWR, but I have been doing them throughout my tenure, and it is December, so I figured I would put out my version of the 2016 Holiday gift guide. I am going by price, with the least expensive products (yes, there are things other than watches, though not many) first, and building from there. So you can stop when you get to your price limit. My other rule is that they have to be products available for retail sale, so no crowdfunded watches (unless they are now available for retail sale), and they have to be products we have shown on our pages (and yes, Watching the Web counts). So here you go:
Back when I wrote about the Viking Tempest in September,I covered some of the difficulties that they encountered bringing the Viking to the market, as well as my impressions of the watch. All of that was based on what I could see from spec sheets and pictures, however. Today, on the other hand, we’re able to bring you a true hands-on review.
Mom has had her day, and my birthday has come and gone, but it is not too early to start thinking about gifts for dads, and since it is late spring, gifts for grads as well. In this Fathers Day gift guide, I am going to point out some of my favorite watches and accessories that have crossed our (real or virtual) desks over the last few months, organized by price.
Sales, sales, sales, that seems to be the mantra of the season (at least in the retail world), and we are happy to pass along these notifications to you, our dear reader, as long as they come from a brand we know and trust. And this is the case with the Tempest Viking V2, a serious dive watch with a 2,000 meter depth rating (yes, it is overkill) and a helium escape valve. Through the end of December, Tempest is offering 10% off the Viking V2 if you use the coupon code “xmas2015” prior to check out.
A little bit earlier this month, Matt brought you his thoughts on what the top 5 watches of 2015 were. That seemed to click pretty well with you, and, as we all have our own opinions and preferences, today is my turn to pontificate. Given the wide variety of watches that crossed my desk this year, this was tougher than I thought it would be. To sort of self-filter the list a bit, I kept my candidate pool to only those watches that I actually spent time with. Without further ado, presented in no particular order, are my top 5 watches of 2015.
To borrow the phrasing from a meme – Tempest, there’s a name I’ve not heard in a long time. We had a lot of Tempest watches on the pages here, and they were the first to get the forged carbon cases in at sub-$1000 pricepoints. Well, we got word that the flagship Tempest Viking was back and available to order (until it’s gone forever), and wanted to let you know.
Kickstarter is full of watch projects where the creators claim that they are trying to do something new, or they couldn’t find the watch they wanted, so they made their own… To be honest, however, it is rare that these projects are actually really unique. They may be attractive and a good value, but rarely are they unique. Tempest just posted a project that certainly fits the unique bill though. The Tempest One Forged Carbon Watch is not only an attractive watch and a pretty good value, but it is going to be the envy of all your tech-loving friends.
When it comes to dive watches, the past few years have seen an explosion of brands offering very competent and well-designed pieces, often times powered by Japanese automatic movements. Tempest is one of those brands, and they first caught my eye with the high-domed Viking (reviewed here). Today, we are taking a look at their latest offering, the Tempest Commodore.
If you recall, back in August of 2016, we brought you a hands-on look at the Tempest Carbon 2 (you can see that here). I thought it was a great watch, and it even made my “Top Watch” list at the end of that year. Unfortunately, that Kickstarter did not hit it’s funding level, and the brand decided to take a step back and regroup. What that means is you once again have a chance to snap one of these beauties up, with a new project underway.
Back in December, we brought you word of the latest offering from Tempest, the Tempest Carbon. In that writeup, I lamented the fact that our friends over at aBlogtoWatch were able to spend some time with the prototype. Well, supporting the saying that “good things come to those who wait”, we actually got to spend some time with the prototype ourselves. So, what is it like having the Tempest Carbon on the wrist?