Interview with a watchmaker: Ziv Nissimov of PureDial watches

September 30, 2016 . by Victor Marks

Ziv Nissimov is a 17 year-old starting his first crowdfunded watch, but it’s not his first experience making watches. The PureDial Square Legacy is a square case in a 42mm size, 12.4m high, with a sapphire double-convex crystal, powered by a Miyota 2135 quartz. The square case makes me think of my grandfather’s Bulova, and…

Marchand Watches and racin’

September 30, 2016 . by Victor Marks

Rubbin’ is Racin’. Tradin’ Paint. American Racin’ goes round and round with just left turns. F1. Bonneville Salt Flats. Watches and autos have gone together for as long as people have been pushing motorcars past the limits of good sense.

Dive! Dive! Bell & Ross goes all Captain Nemo on your wrist

September 29, 2016 . by John Biggs

Bell & Ross, everyone’s favorite big square watch company, is making waves with their new Instrument De Marine series, a decidedly nautical set of watches including a standard three-hander that Captain Cook would strip off the body of a dead privateer and a tourbillon that would go great with an alternative-Victorian-history-sci-fi submarine.

Alpina adds to the Alpiner 4 Collection

September 23, 2016 . by Patrick Kansa

It has often been said (by yours truly, and others), that Frederique Constant offers affordable, well-built Swiss watches. Those tend to the more conservative, or dressy style; if you are in want of something sportier, then you need to look to stablemate Alpina. They just recently released two new watches in their Alpiner 4 collection, and both are sharp.

SaStek takes your wrist to Mach 3

September 22, 2016 . by John Biggs

Of all the cool Kickstarter designs I’ve seen this year, SaStek seems to take the proverbial cake. Their watch, the Time Speed Indicator, is a clever amalgam of mystery dial complication with a clever aeronautical theme. Based on an airspeed indicator for a jet airplane, the watch has an arrow around the edge that shows…

Votum claws itself out of the history books with new models

September 21, 2016 . by Victor Marks

There are a lot of vintage brands out there that have lain unused. Here’s what happens when they come out of cryogenic sleep. Votum used to make watches in the heyday of Swiss watchmaking, from 1962 up until the 70s. They were fairly short-lived, but did make some nice pieces. This year, two Swiss designers…

The Nettuno and Mercurio are perfect for sitting in the trattoria while sipping a Negroni

September 18, 2016 . by John Biggs

The sun sets over the coliseum. The sky turns pink. Your perfectly cuffed pants slide up over your bare ankles to expose a tanned shin. Your Pegasus Mercurio glints in the lamplight. You’re at peace. Why? It’s not because you’re in Rome. in fact, it’s because you’re wearing an “Italian Aged” and Italian-designed watch from…