Hands On With Eldon

October 24, 2016 . by Patrick Kansa

When it comes to new watches, especially from newer brands, they have to do something to set themselves apart. This may take the form of using interesting materials, crazy dial designs, or unique case shapes. In other words, unless they’re competing on value in a segment, they have to show us something we have not seen before. That is what we have going on here with the case of Eldon.

Introducing a new Estonian watch, the Wõitleja

August 24, 2016 . by Patrick Kansa

With watches, we are often curious about those that come from countries that are not particularly known for their watchmaking, or perhaps as a way of diversifying a collection to represent all those different countries. Estonia is a small Baltic country that really is not known for watches. We did review one a while ago, and now we have another one to add to the list of those you could be on the look for – the Wõitleja, by Estonia1918.

Introducing the Astor + Banks Pilomatic

August 22, 2016 . by Patrick Kansa

Checking out new watches is almost always a fun proposition. And when the maker of said watches is local? Well, all the better, because then you get to have a conversation with the guy behind the brand, as well as have a peek around the workshop, and maybe see something new that’s in the works. Well, it’s been awhile since I have been over to Astor+Banks, so I cannot say that I was privy to what was being cooked up. That’s ok, because we still have all the details for you on the recently announced Astor+Banks Pilomatic.

Introducing the Virata VRT1 Series

August 12, 2016 . by Patrick Kansa

Somewhere along the way, I became rather drawn to interestng case shapes. Then again, that should not be all that surprising. There is plenty to like about a well-executed, classic case design, as production (and sales) numbers will attest. With the flood of watches from new brands though, how best to stand out? Prior to today’s example, the best one I can point to, in terms of standing out with a new case, was Visitor Watch Co. Well, there’s a new (patented) case out in the world, in the form of the Virata VRT1 series.

Forging ahead with the Tempest Carbon2

August 8, 2016 . by Patrick Kansa

One of the absolute great things about being a watch reviewer is the number of watches that we get coming across our desks. Yeah, it can be overwhelming at times, but the sheer variety keeps things interesting. It’s even better when you start a relationship up with a brand, and you get to experience their watches changing and improving over time. It was only a year and a half ago that we got to talk about the most affordable forged carbon watch at the time, the Tempest One. Well, as you can guess with that title up above, the second gen has arrived. Read on to see what we thought of the Tempest Carbon2 in our time with it.

I just want to watch the world burn: Firestarter Survival Watch

August 5, 2016 . by Victor Marks

Jake Schmidt is a paracord lover. He’s a nature lover, a luxury house lover, and a paracord lover. Jake’s long-term goal is to build a community of paracord lovers to show off their different weaves, tutorials, and more.

Introducing the Oak & Oscar Sandford

August 3, 2016 . by Patrick Kansa

Ah, the sophmore effort. Many a-time, a brand (be it music, watch, or anything else) has a much easier time with their first creation, as people are not quite sure what to expect. By the time their second outing rolls around, a line has been drawn in the sand, and it can be just as easy to fail as it is to succeed. Fortunately, it looks like my fellow Chicagoan Chase Fancher has followed the latter path, as his second creation, the Oak & Oscar Sandford, looks pretty solid.