Benarus is a brand I became familiar with early on in my career here at WWR, and we’ve covered a number of their pieces. I was almost two years ago that I first took a look at their Sea Snake diver (parts one, two) and today, we’re going to revisit the watch, as they’ve recently released a new version of the piece. As the v1 is one of my personal watches, we’re also able to bring you some side-by-side photographs as well.
Ocean 7 was nice enough to ship out their LM-8 Professional Deep Diver watch for a review, and I was able to spend a few days with it. The first thing you notice when you take it out of the box is that this watch is substantial, which is to be expected for a watch rated to 2,000 meters. OK, it is more than substantial, it is heavy. And big. There is a possibility that I have held heavier wrist watches (I am sure there are some beasts out there that I have not seen as well), but if I have, it was not by much.
We recently had our first foray into review a ladies watch from Marvin, one from their M025 collection that followed a conventional style overall, and tweaked things a bit with dial layout and strap materials. In today”s review, we”ll have a look at a watch that features styling and functionality we”re more used to seeing in a men”s watch.
Movado is a brand we’ve not covered too much on the site, as they don’t seem to really capture the attention of watch lovers. I myself hadn’t paid much attention to the brand (other than a rather unique solid gold one a family member had for awhile) until a co-worker stopped by, rather excited to show me his newest watch. As you can tell by even a quick look at the pictures, this particular model comes from their Museum line, which is delineated (at least in my mind) by the silver dot that shows up at 12 o’clock.
We’ve reviewed quite a few different models from Marvin over the past few years, and we’ve liked the brand for the combination of style, fit-and-finish, and affordability that their lineup offers. Like the styling of a particular watch, but the mechanical movement is a little out of your price range? Well then, they very likely have a quartz variant, saving you a few bucks. In what we’ve looked at previously, if they haven’t been “true” sport watches, they’ve definitely skewed less formal. Today’s watch, the M184.108.40.206 definitely takes us away from that, and is very much a dressier piece.
Time and again, dive watches have proven to be one of the most popular design styles – and it’s not an allure I’m immune to. While I myself don’t go diving, there’s just something about having a watch that’s built to withstand those pressures (and the design language that comes along with it) that has an appeal. While many of the options on the market today are impressive (and massive) pieces, Boschett’s latest has gone in an different direction, creating one of the more compact modern divers I’ve spent time with.
Ok, so the trend I started to predict last week (about a string of watches that prominently featured different date displays) didn’t hold true, but I do have a continuity for you – today we’re going to talk about another new model from Christoper Ward. This time, we’re going to have a look at their latest version of the C7 Chronometer, this time around in Italian Racing Red.
Looks like we’re shaping up with at least a few days here of watches that feature interesting twists on the display of the date. Many readers of this site of course know Christoper Ward as the British brand turning out interesting designs at affordable pricepoints (with some more recent forays into higher end pieces as well). Their latest brings to bear a design feature that I don’t know that we’ve seen before from the brand – a big day/date display.
The British watch industry really seems to have had a resurgence the last year or so, with a variety of smaller brands coming to the market. Of course, that means that brands needs to do something to separate themselves from the pack, and the folks over at Elliot Brown have focused on the robustness of their watch. For the price points you’ll find their watches coming in at, it is a surprising amount of punishment they put the pieces through.
For anyone who spends any amount of time checking out the watch projects on the various crowd-funded sites, you’re not doubt familiar with the Lew & Huey brand, which started up in 2012. They just wrapped up funding one of their latest models, the Acionna, and they’ve sent over one of their prototypes for us to spend some time with. Read on to get our hands-on take on this new watch.